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But really I have no idea, I know what I've heard things about various tablets but I have yet to buy one myself, personally I'd like the Surface Pro, but it's not out yet...and I kind of need it, since I'm about to lose my laptop.
I've had the chance use a surface and was pretty impressed with it. My guess is everybody who wants one is holding out for the PRO version. I'll probably plunk down my cash on one of those once it's out.
Bah! Knowing one's requirements requires analysis of the situation. One should just move forward!
I say this tongue-in-cheek because I'm mildly frustrated by this situation. Our people out in the field use a way-old windows phone with a little app on it; figuring out a replacement is on the horizon (Yay!).
Our VP of Technology has apparently decided that replacement is to be the Surface because, "we're a Windows shop and it will be easier for us to write software for that." Not because any analysis has been done of how people use the phone today, or what requirements they might have in a new application.
I agree there's some value in keeping everything kind of in-house in terms of MSFT. But, it also seems like kind of a knee-jerk reaction to jump straight to Surface without analyzing any other tablet/phone options.
I imagine we'll get it figured out; we always do. So, as I say, mild frustration, nothing major.
That's really up to you. If you want to sell to the iDevice market, then you should consider an iPad. If you want to develop for an emerging marketplace, then Microsoft might offer you a choice. If you want to develop for Android, I'd plump for the Nexus.
The only concrete advice I would give is steer clear from the bargain basement tablets - you really do get what you pay for.
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I (strongly) recommend the Google Nexus 10. It's highly performant, great value for money and will allow you to develop for Android which (IMHO) has an excellent ecosystem (free tools, doc, samples). In addition, I find the Android architecture to be very nice.
I my Nexus 7 - I pre-ordered it during Google I/O.
I have the one that came just before, the Transformer Prime. It's a great tablet, but has some GPS, WiFi issues that have been fixed in the TF700T. Plus, it has greater screen rez and is a better all around tablet than all the competitors.
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Absolutely agree. But being the highly satisfied owner of another Transformer Prime, I'd say the problems were not really there on all units. Specifically because of the rumored problems I insisted on getting myself one from a shop, instead of online, where I'd be able to try it out and return it quickly and without hassle. But I didn't need this - both Wifi and GPS worked perfectly right out of the box on the first unit I got.
In general, the more expensive Asus tablets are light, have an excellent battery life and screens beyond anything else Android. The latest iPad is the only device with a larger resolution than the TF700T, but its resolution is so big I don't know if it makes sense. Could be it was just Apple securing bragging rights, now that they have run out of brilliant technical ideas.
other than being able to see what you are working with/on, I don't think it would be much different than the old cadd digitizer tablets were/are. somewhere down the line should be 'glasses' that would work with any pen and paper (or glove,etc.).
What I know of the software industry is that anything worthwhile in the way of software gets bought out to be shutdown and what you end up with is the craap that had a bunch of money behind it. look back to go's penpoint software and icconex before sap bought them out...
I don't have a reference (couldn't be bothered to look it up) but I seem to recall that other similar articles on that story have updated to indicate that the "modest" aspect was an issue of supply rather than demand. I love my Surface, my wife loves hers, and a co-worker who bought one also loves hers.
You can't efficiently use monitors larger than 27" (studies have shown), and 1920 x 1080 is about enough for working with such monitors, plus it's HD video resolution, so there is no rational justification for higher resolution on monitors.
The higher resolution on some tablets makes sense when using them as readers, but that's not a use case for monitors.
I have two iPads a Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, plus a whole lot more, they are all nice devices but I would call them toys.
The Kindle is the best Android device from a UI design perspective, nice simple home screen, no junk, makes sense. The best tablet I have, by far, is the Surface RT. Does everything a tablet can do, and has the best OS, (there, I said it, iOS fanboys need to take down the 70's fantasy art and get with the 21st century), anyone arguing this point is just not being objective, and Win 8 RT can do much more.
If you want to just check email, read a few blog posts etc. then Metro is great. The other day the wife wanted me to proof read a word doc on her PC, I just browsed the network and opened the file, did some minor edits and saved it, done, didn't have to leave the sofa. Needed to transfer some screen shots to another machine, again browse network, create folder on target machine and select, copy 30 files, took about 20 seconds total. This is the power of having a full Windows 8 desktop when you need it. I could go on but you get the point, and yes the desktop is perfectly usable despite my big fingers and poor eyesight.
The touch cover is great, I have covers on the iPads but you can't type on them...
People have complained about screen resolution, forget it, it's just as easy to read and browse as an iPad with retina display (which is doing a whole load of nothing most of the time - 'density independent pixels'! also, 4:3 aspect, really..!).
As for the apps, they will surely come, you'll probably never use more than about ten on any one device, as long as you have Netflix, Twitter, Skype etc. you'll be good to go. And all the major apps are either there on on their way. Two million iPad apps... really, that's a good thing? Just means 1.9 million pieces of crap to avoid. People make way too much of this issue, particularly for a device that's been out for a month.
Can't wait for the Surface Pro, its a must have in my book.
With a compatible dev environment between Windows Phone 8, Surface and Win 8 desktop it should be a developers wet dream.
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