The Lounge is rated PG. If you're about to post something you wouldn't want your
kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
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.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
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.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.-John Q. Adams You must accept one of two basic premises: Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not alone in the universe. And either way, the implications are staggering.-Wernher von Braun Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.-Albert Einstein
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...