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ASUS VivoTab Windows Tablet


ASUS VivoTab Windows Tablet

ASUS VivoTab Windows TabletASUS VivoTab Windows tablet is a top quality, fully featured tablet PC.  This 11.6 inch IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, is a lovely tablet to look at and use.

Featuring Intel’s 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 64GB of storage, this tablet is a serious machine. The optional Docking station (sold separately) with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 9 hours of battery life, to instantly turn the VivoTab into PC mode with up to 19 hours of battery life.

Fully loaded with Windows 8 and with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 bundled together, this tablet is ready for work right out of the box.

Check out the specifications:

Display 11.6″ HD WXGA Super IPS+ panel with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, multi-touch display
Processor Intel 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760
Operating System Windows 8
  • 2GB (RAM) DDR3
  • 64GB eMMC
  • 32GB 36 Months ASUS Webstorage Space
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • 2MP front camera
  • 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth V4.0
Inputs / Outputs Tab:
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader(SDXC)Mobile Dock:
2 x USB 2.0 port
Sensors G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, Hall sensor, NFC
Dimension, Weight 294.2 x 188.8 x 8.7 mm (WxDxH) , 675g
Battery Tab only:
10.5 hours; 30Wh Li-polymer Battery *2Tab with Dock:
19 hours ; 30Wh(Tab) + 25Wh(Dock) Li-polymer Battery*2
Other Features & Applications Applications:

  • SuperNote
  • Guide
  • Vibe Lite
  • ASUS Camera
  • MyLibrary
  • MyDictionary
  • Asus WebStorage
  • Amazon Kindle

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows Tablet


Toshiba Encore 2 (WT8-B32CN)

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows TabletThe Toshiba Encore 2 8 inch Windows tablet is one of the new tablets on the market.  With Windows 8.1, Office 365, 32GB storage, and Intel’s Atom processor, this is a nice tablet for the price.

The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet includes a free 1 year subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 application suite.  Featuring full-versions of the latest Office applications, including Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote® and Outlook®.  These applications work on or off line, and will automatically sync to the cloud to keep all your files on all your devices in sync.

Encore™ 2 is preloaded with all the apps you want—like Xbox® Music & Video, Kindle® Reader and Skype™. Expand your collection by tapping into the Windows Store where you can grab more of your favorites, discover new apps, get personalized recommendations and more.

The 802.11n WiFi connection and the Bluetooth® 4.0 port allow for fast connections for downloads, streaming music and video, and enhanced connection to external speakers for great audio.

This small tablet comes with 32GB of internal storage plus the SDXC memory card slot will support cards up to 128GB.

This same tablet also comes in a 10 inch model with all the same specifications, plus the 10 inch model includes a HDMI port, which the 8 inch does not have.

Display 8.0″ Diagonal Widescreen IPS WXGA Display at 1280 x 800 Native Resolution
Processor Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735F (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz) Quad Core
Operating System Windows 8.1 with Bing®
Memory 1GB Memory + 32GB Internal Storage eMMC
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • Front 1.2MP Fixed Focus HD Camera
  • Rear 5.0MP Auto Focus HD Camera
Wireless Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth® v 4.0
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
Dimension, Weight 5.2″ x 8.3″ x 0.37″ 13.4 oz
Battery Up to 11.1 hours
Other Features & Applications
  • Office 365™ Personal 1-year
  • Stereo Speakers, Internal Microphone, Dolby® Digital Plus

Windows RT vs Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro


Windows RT vs Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT vs Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT vs Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro – We have a couple of new versions of Windows, curiosity of Microsoft, to add confusion to the already multiple versions of Windows on PCs today.  Let me try to clarify what the new stuff is all about.

All the rage these days is about tablet PCs.  Microsoft built some limited touch screen functions in the latest version of Windows 7, however, it basically sucks compared to iOS and Android.  As usual, Microsoft was behind the eight ball working veraciously trying to catch up.  And catch up they did.  In fact, Microsoft not only delivered an operating system that competes with iOS and Android, they redefined what a touch screen OS should do.

Now, iOS and Android are working hard to catch up.  Way to go Microsoft!!

Windows 8 comes in three varieties, Windows RT (Run-Time), Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro.  Windows RT vs Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro – What about these new versions? Let’s talk about the similarities first.  What is the same between these various versions?

  • Full on 10 point touch screen capable, with new touch gestures that never existed before (cool stuff)
  • Can pull apps from the Windows Store, including several free apps
  • Includes apps for eMail, Messaging, Photos, Skydrive, and Calendar
  • Internet Explorer 10 (Chrome and Firefox are also available for all 3 versions)
  • Keeps you up to date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.

Windows RT also contains the following functions:

  • Comes with Office Home & Student 2013 RT (not the 100% real thing) Preview preinstalled so you can do more out of the box. This includes Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. You can directly view and edit these files and keep them compatible with the regular version of Office. The Office Home RT version does not have all the functionality of the full regular version, but it will do most, if not all, of the functions that most of us use.
  • Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to help keep your information secure.

These functions are available in Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, but NOT in Windows RT:

  • Runs programs that work with previous versions of Windows (will NOT run on Windows RT)
  • Runs programs designed for Windows 8 (will NOT run on Windows RT)
  • Contains all the features and functions currently existing in Windows 7

Here are some additional features of Windows 8 Pro:

  • Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to help keep your information secure.
  • Enables you to connect to your PC when you’re on the go with Remote Desktop Connection.
  • Connects to your corporate or school network with Domain join.

Windows RT vs Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro – OK, so which one should you buy?

If you have an Android tablet already, and I’m referring to tablet running a full version of Android, not a Kindle, Nook, or some other model using a limited version of Android; and you’re happy with the tablet, then you don’t need Windows RT.  I have a Xoom with Android 4.1 on it and it will do everything a tablet with Windows RT can do.  I also have an HP laptop that is just a little over a year old and it took the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro easily.  I really don’t need a tablet with Windows RT or Windows 8 – but the tech nerd in me is dying inside because I don’t own the latest and greatest.  Hmmmm, follow the logic of my mind, or the cravings of my heart?  Currently, my mind is overpowering my heart, but not for much longer.

If you have not ventured into the tablet world yet, or if you are using an iPad, then a new tablet with Windows RT (like a Microsoft Surface) is a must purchase.

If you need a tablet that will run all your old Windows programs, plus the new ones, and/or your PC is old or otherwise in need of being replaced, then get a tablet with a detachable keyboard (like the ASUS VivoTab) with Windows 8 (not Windows RT)

If you need the same as in the previous paragraph, but you also need to join a network at home or work, then get the same tablet with Windows 8 Pro.

Most of us will make the move to a Windows 8 computer in the not far future.  For my laptop, it is running faster and more reliable with Windows 8.  I can easily switch between the Metro interface and the Classic interface, and since I’m still running a lot of older stuff, I find myself in the Classic interface most of the time.

With the limitations of Windows RT, I have to recommend that you hold out for a Windows 8 or Windows Pro tablet.

Samsung Windows 8 Tablets


Samsung Windows 8 Tablets

Samsung Galaxy One Tablet – Concept Design

Samsung Windows 8 TabletsCheck out the Samsung Windows 8 tablets designed by Designers Laura Hong and Charles de Belizal. Let’s hope that Samsung takes this design seriously since this would be an awesome tablet.

This concept product is envisioned for running Windows RT Metro (Windows 8).  Some of the design features look very nice, such as:

  • Built in projector with a rotating head that allows you to adjust where the picture is projected.
  • Dual legs to hold up the tablet in portrait or landscape mode.
  • A choice of keyboards – the entire tablet can be a keyboard while displaying the OS image on a screen.
  • A Stylus for annotating or scripting textSamsung Windows 8 Tablets.

Since this is just a concept design, there are not any technical details, however, the Yanko Design group has offered these specifications which were suggested to Samsung:

  • 305 x 195 x 14 mm
  • Projector
  • Two feet
  • Windows 8
  • Aluminum body
  • Brushed aluminum feet

Samsung Windows 8 TabletsWell, let’s hope to see this from Samsung some day in the near future.

Run Android Apps on a Windows PC


Run Android Apps on a Windows PC


Here is a new Windows application that allows you to run Android Apps on a Windows PC. It seems to work with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. It is just a beta version and can be downloaded free from their website

The interesting thing is that the Android OS and Android Apps are designed and built to run on devices with ARM processors. Windows, however, runs on an x86 processor.  Built on the company’s patent pending “Layercake” technology, Bluestacks brings over 450,000 Android apps to the PC.

With the upcoming release of Windows 8 Metro optimized for tablet PCs,  this App Player will allow those tablets to also run Android apps.  This beta version also includes a Cloud Connect App to allow Android devices to sync apps to the App Player.  So you can either connect to the Android Market via the App Player, or you can pull in apps from your Android phone or tablet.

On a regular PC, using a keyboard and a mouse as a substitute to a touch screen doesn’t work too well, but is a passable experience.  If you happen to have a tablet PC running Windows, then your experience will be much better running the App Player.

Google is building Android 5 (Jelly Bean) to co-exist with Windows on the same tablet PC.  This is a solid strategy to keep Android in the ring as Windows 8 is release and quickly dominates the market.  However, with the Bluestacks App Player, it may not be necessary to also have the Android OS running on the tablet.  I’m sure Google is not to happy about this development.Bluestacks and Angry Birds

Developers also may not be too happy since many of the apps that have both an Android version and a Windows version are free for the Android app, but consumers must buy the Windows version.  For instance, Angry Birds is free on Android, but you must pay $5.95 for the Windows version.

Here is a video introducing the App Player:


Which Tablet PC to Buy?


Tablet PCsYou may be a little confused with so much happening with new tablet PCs.  It seems like anybody who has anything to do with electronics is coming out with a tablet PC.  Almost as if there was a hidden tablet PC manufacturer cranking out generic tablets, and  everyone is sticking their own label on it.  Believe it or not, of all the brands and models that have been annouced, there are not two the same.  Each manufacturer has added their own tweak or unique feature to set their product apart from the others.  Even those unique features are becoming hard to find.

So, you’re asking yourself  “Which tablet PC should I buy?

It really depends on what you are looking for, what your needs are? and How much do you want to spend?

Why buy an Android tablet PC?

One of the biggest advantages of having Google Android as an option is that they do have various versions available.  The older the version, the lower the price of the tablet PC.  However, I would not recommend buying a tablet PC running a version of Android less than 2.3.  The advantages of going with an Android tablet over a Windows tablet is that the Android tablet will be less money, the applications cost a lot less, and is easier to use.

If you are the type of person that must have the latest and greatest  electronic toy, then you need to buy a tablet PC with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).  Android 3.0 is the first of all the Android versions built specifically for tablet PCs.  A tablet running Android 3.0, or greater, will not have any physical buttons on it, rather all the buttons and options are built into the touch screen.  This latest version has some bells and whistles, such as video editing, 3D graphics, multi-touch gestures, etc.  It is an awesome device, however, you will pay two or three times more money for one of these tablet PC devices.  I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10 or 7 inch the Toshiba Excite Tablet, or Asus Transformer Prime.

Perhaps you are not a techno geek and you want the convenience of having an ultra portable tablet PC, but you are not into the bells and whistles.  Then you will be very happy with an Android 2.3 tablet PC.  These devices will have WIFI and 3G and can access the internet, play music, send/receive email, manage contacts, view photos, watch videos, etc.  These low priced tablets will also support apps such as the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes and Noble Nook apps, which allow for purchasing and reading eBooks or eMagazines.  They have a lot of functionality for a lot less money.  Check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the eLocity A7, or the Lenovo A1.  These are all 7 inch tablets which are perfect for a lower Android version.

This link discusses the low priced tablets in more detail –> Cheap Tablet PCs

Here are a couple of comparison charts to help you see the differences between Android tablets:

Android Tablet PC Comparison – 10 inch

Android Tablet PC Comparison – 7, 8 & 9 inch

Why buy a Windows tablet PC?

A Windows tablet PC will be more expensive than most Android tablet PCs.  However, a Windows tablet PC will do more and give you more options.  Today, there are three different versions of Windows that you will find on tablet PCs, Windows XP, Windows 7 Starter, and Windows 7 Home Premium.  Click Here – to read about the differences.  I recommend that if you decide to buy a Windows tablet PC today, that you get one running Windows 7 Home Premium.

However, I suggest that you wait until Windows 8 is out later in 2012.  The tablet PCs that are Windows 8 certified will have some additional features that today’s tablets do not have.  Plus the Windows 8 tile Metro format will work much better on a tablet touch screen format.  Check out the Windows 8 details.

The person that needs a Windows based tablet PC also needs to run applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, project management software, and others; and needs to connect to a network to manage files or use a networked application.  The Windows tablet PC will do everything the Android tablet PC, but with different and more sophisticated software.

Windows 7 Home Premium contains the most touch screen features of all the currently released Windows versions so far.  Unfortunately, not all the Windows based applications are fully touch screen compatible.  So you really need the option of being able to easily and quickly attach a keyboard.  I really like the Asus Eee EP121 with the optional keyboard, or the Samsung Series 7 tablet.

Compare the various Windows tablets that are currently available to purchase here – Windows Tablet PC Comparison.