Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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RE[2]: Comment by leos
by leos on Thu 24th Oct 2013 19:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by leos"
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WHy should you buy a Windows tablet with x86 CPU? There aren't enough good Metro apps. You can run x86 desktop apps, but them a netbook or small laptop would be more suitable. If you want a tablet, an Android tablet would be better.

If I want a tablet I would buy an iPad, but that's not the point. The point is given the choice between Windows RT on an ARM tablet and Windows 8.1 on an x86 tablet, the x86 tablet is not as far behind in battery life and power usage as it used to be. I have an Asus tablet with Windows 8 at work that is approximately the same size and weight as an iPad, runs an Atom processor that is relatively speedy, and gets about 8 hours of battery life.

There's no way I would chose Windows RT over that. On the intel tablet I can run any of my windows software, on the RT tablet I can't. Yes I would prefer a windows laptop to either of them but between the tablets I would definitely go intel.

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