Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st May 2011 20:37 UTC
Windows As you all know, Microsoft is hard at work making sure Windows 8 runs well on tablets, including a completely new, Windows Phone 7-like Metro user interface. Another similarity between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7, apparently, is that Microsoft will be controlling the hardware experience rather tightly. This all comes from Acer CEO J. T. Wang.
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graig
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2010-09-18

"My suspicion is that truly innovative designs permitted by Android and (I hope) other less restricted environments will eventually dominate the market in place of tightly controlled "experiences".

i wont try android again after having a bad experience with the hardware. i now use an iphone, and i love the thing. because the experience is good. no problems with software, no problems with hardware.

android needs higher quality control. and microsoft is smart to try to control the type of hardware that gets used for windows 8. in fact, for the first few tablets or so they should only sell to oem's and not let them ship the tablet unless it is PERFECT... later on they could relax their rules and stuff. but those first few tablets had better be perfect.

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

i now use an iphone, and i love the thing. because the experience is good. no problems with software, no problems with hardware.


That's interesting. I use an iPad, and have had quite a few problems though overall the experience has been positive. Here's a few random examples.

(1) The Safari browser is limited to one instance with 9 "tabs". Since I rely on a fairly large number of webapps, this results in a lot of app reloading.

(2) Safari often insists on reloading webapps when I switch "tabs". If I have a partially written comment or document and need to consult another "tab" or app, of if the page is a one-shot (e.g., order completion), I can lose my work. Worse, Apple's version of "multi-tasking" works poorly with any app that requires significant reload time - painful, painful.

(3) The tablet occasionally locks up. Thus far a long hold on the power button has succeeded in rebooting the device, which is fortunate since removing the battery is not an option.

(4) The tablet is not scriptable at all - I need a PC for that or to update the OS or... well, for quite a few things.

(5) Discoverability is limited. After weeks of struggling with no cursor keys with which to scroll text windows on web pages, I accidentally discovered the two-finger drag. And while I finally found a way to copy and paste, it's quite primitive compared to the great control on (say) my N900. What else am I missing?

Again, I think Apple does a great engineering job, but "no problems" has not epitomized my experience with their mobile (or desktop) products. I'm delighted you're delighted, but I think a window exists for less expensive and more versatile devices.

Just my $0.02.

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