If you’re looking to get a tablet but want to keep the Windows experience, it might be worth looking at Microsoft’s own tablet – the Surface. Last month, the company released the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, the second-generation of their Windows tablets. I had the opportunity to check out the Surface 2.
If you’re looking a tablet, there are a lot of options out there. Of course, there are couple of different iPads to choose from and a veritable army of droids, but generally speaking Windows tablets don’t get the same kind of notice. Part of this may be because, until the last couple of years, the mobile Windows experience was frankly just terrible. And while Microsoft improved thw OS with Windows Phone 7 and 8, the nice thing about Windows tablets, now, is that they’re advanced enough that they don’t necessarily need a mobile version of Windows to run on them.
Granted, many Windows tablets run on Windows RT, which, strictly speaking, is a mobile version of Windows for devices based on the ARM architecture. (This is the most common architecture for tablets as most Android tablets use ARM processors.) But it is a full OS, offering much of the same functionality as Windows 8. My main issue with Windows RT devices is that since the OS has been optimized for a different architecture than your desktop (or laptop), you can only run programs on it that you can find RT versions for – usually through the Windows Store. So even if I could find an RT version for every program I could ever want, I instinctively lean towards tablets that run Windows 8. And one of those that’s worth a look is the Dell Latitude 10…
When I’m in a store, and I see a 24-inch all-in-one computer, with a wireless mouse and keyboard, my mind immediately accepts that’s it’s a desktop replacement.
But when the screen is only 18.4 inches, a funny thing a happens. I know it can still easily be used as a desktop, it’s actually still somewhat portable. Throw in a touchscreen and you have what appears to be an oversized tablet.
When designing a communication device for seniors, Geof Auchinleck, CEO of Claris Healthcare, said the goal was to make something easy to use, as many in that age group are technophobes.
Being accustomed to using an iPad, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to leave the iPad at home and take along the iPad mini. I wanted to see if it would live up to my expectations and the claim by “Sir” Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, that the iPad Mini is a “concentration and not a reduction of the original”.