Windows 8 or Windows RT? How do you decide which tablet to pick?
| by Roydon Cerejo |
A couple of days back; we got our first glimpse of an actual retail tablet from Dell that will feature Intel’s upcoming Clover Trail SoC and Windows 8. The tablet comes from their Latitude series, which means it’s geared more towards businesses, so we are yet to see what their Inspiron and XPS series of tablets will look like. If we had to guess, we’d hope to see something like the Inspiron Duo that Dell teased us with a couple of years ago, but never actually managed to get to retail shelves. Only, this time we think the notebook would be a lot slimmer, so that it could actually be used as a tablet, single-handedly. Clover Trail is an interesting SoC, as it uses the similar architecture as Medfield, but will feature two cores, instead of one and will most likely feature HyperThreading. Clover Trail is also designed specifically for tablets and since Windows already has good support for threaded CPUs, we feel it should do just fine.
This design (but slimmer) with Windows 8? Hmmm
For me at least, it’s the idea of having the flexibility of tablet like the Transformer Prime, but with a more familiar OS like Windows, so that I can run all my applications that I use anyways on my desktop. This will be possible only in tablets that have Windows 8 and are powered by Intel or AMD CPUs. Windows RT tablets (based on ARM), on the other hand will only feature the Metro UI (as is my understanding of it) and any and all apps that you install will be from the app store. This means Windows RT tablets won’t be any different from an iPad or a Galaxy Tab and unless they are cheap, it makes no sense buying them since the ecosystem of apps will be nowhere close to what iOS and Android offers. While I’m looking forward to Windows 8 tablets, I’m only really excited about the ones that run Windows 8 and have ‘Transformer-like’ abilities, as those are the ones that will really be a game changer.
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