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Good Tablets?

xxsteelxxxxsteelxx Registered User Posts: 448 Member
edited April 2011 in College Computers
Hey there guys,
I just some pointers to buying a tablet pc (windows operating system). I heard about Dell's Latitude XTC Tablet PC, but I'm not so sure. Basically I want a Tablet with:
-2 GB RAM or more
-2.0 GHz or more
-no more than $1,000.

Any suggestions?? Thanks in advance! :)

Post edited by xxsteelxx on

Replies to: Good Tablets?

  • polarscribepolarscribe Registered User Posts: 3,232 Senior Member
    Why would you want a slow, heavy, no-battery-life, expensive and barely-usable Windows tablet?

    Seriously, read the reviews. There's a reason Windows has been an epic fail in the tablet market: it's almost unusable as a touchscreen OS.
  • KSUArchitectKSUArchitect Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I would have to disagree with the above statement, windows as a touchscreen OS can actually be quite good if handled properly, no its not the iOS like one would find on a I pad. However the i Pad is a consumption device while tablet pc's are creation devices. And with access to Microsoft one-note using a stylus is amazing. I would suggest an Asus Ep121 Slate, which comes with a blue-tooth keyboard for easier typing.

    If your looking for a device that will allow you to watch movies and such, with less emphasis on work get and i pad or another similar tablet.

    If you want all the power of a regular computer with the advantage of a touch screen then a tablet might be the way to go, because you can load any program a regular computer has onto it it becomes very versatile.

    Also the Asus EP121 is fairly light (2.5 lbs) fairly fast an powerful (Intel Core i5) Decent battery life (3-4 hours ish) not that expensive (starts at ~ $1000) and very usable( you can even make the icons bigger and such if you wanted to use your finger for everything.

    I'm sure that was much more info than you ever wanted to know but that's my $ 0.02.
  • polarscribepolarscribe Registered User Posts: 3,232 Senior Member
    The idea that you "can't create" on the iPad is a media-driven myth. Ever seen GarageBand or Keynote or iMovie for the iPad?

    Windows applications are designed for mouse/keyboard input, not touchscreens, and they suck in a touchscreen use paradigm. That's just fact. Read any review of Windows tablets and you find a wide array of epic usability fails.
  • Big CatBig Cat Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    The Gorillaz just released an album that was made entirely on the iPad so I agree with the poster above that it can certainly be a creation device. If you're looking for that windows look and feel though with your tablet, then a full featured windows tablet would probably be the way to go. I've never heard great things about them, but I figure if you go into it with "lower" expectations I think you'll be surprised by how much you like them. Not trying to bash anyone who wants or owns a windows tablet. I've just never heard anyone go crazy over there new windows tablet computer. It seems like a hit or miss thing so i'd do alot of research before buying.
  • KSUArchitectKSUArchitect Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I have heard of and listened to the Gorillaz new album and it was quite good, I'm not denying that content can be created on the i pad I'm sure there are a wide array of things that can be done with it that I may never be able to do. But the fact is that it was created with consumption and entertainment in mind and everything else has been discovered and added later. I'm sure that if one is looking for a device that can play movies, music and the like while reading an e-book then the i pad is a great way to go.

    However Garage Band and the like are simply ported to the i pad, and while retaining most of it's key functionality it loses the little things in translation. Sure when you have a 27" i Mac at home or the office an i pad is a great tool to tweak your documents and audio files on the go, but I'm sure that most people would rather stick with their desktop for creation.

    Back to the subject of a windows tablet, while its true that some have received poor reviews, they have been dramatically improving over the past few years, and these days many of them receive quite high marks, the reason the average consumer doesn't know anything about them is because they are used mainly in the business world. I for one would be hard pressed to buy an average grade consumer laptop, I would be more apt to buy a business grade laptop because they are designed to be extremely durable and have a greater battery life.

    I guess in my opinion people that buy a Windows tablet want a Windows for a certain reason. For me that reason would be Microsoft One-Note, and the tablet ability for sketching (Architecture Major).

    I'm sure I've bored you all right now, and that's just my opinion, not trying to judge those that have an i pad, hell if i had $600 to spend freely I'd buy one right now i mean have you seen that smart cover for the i Pad 2? Absolute Genius!
  • mistaxmistax Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    picked up an x200tablet from ibm during my fall semester as comp sci major and have been using it ever since. Window 7 greatly improved the interface for tablet use on windows compared to vista/xp. Battery life for me on a charge will probably net about 7-8 hours and the laptop it self is pretty much indestructible. With that being said im not quite sure how the lower end tablet faire vs a conventional laptop. Since i was looking for something lasting and durable when looking for my tablet.
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