Windows tablets? Part 1

Kwez wants me to apologise for not posting for a long while. She knows I have been busy with lots of babysitting, working on paid gigs and my other site (baltree does Ballarat) but she is right.

I should share some thoughts on Windows tablets. They were not a big hit originally – the reception to WindowsRT on Microsoft’s original Surface line saw to that. WindowsRT was cheaper than real Windows but false economy for many who did not want its restrictions – it only can run apps, not Windows desktop software.

So I will be confining my remarks to tablets running Windows 8.1Pro.

I have recently purchased a Samsung ATIV tablet (the XE500T1C-A01AU model)

samsung ativ tablet - back and front

Its specs are as follows

Operating System Windows 8
Processor / Chipset Intel® ATOM™ Processor Z2760 (1.8GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator
Display 11.6″ HD LED Display (1,366 x 768)
Memory 2GB LPDDR2 System Memory at 800MHz (on BD 2GB)
Hard Drive 64GB e.MMC iNAND™ Embedded Flash Drive
Multimedia Stereo Speakers ( 0.64W x 2 ) Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
2.0 megapixel Webcam (front), 8 megapixel Webcam with Flash (rear)
Ports 1 Micro HDMI, 1 USB2.0 port(full size), MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader, 1 Headphone out / Mic-in Combo, 1 Dock Port,  1 DC-in
Input Touch screen / S Pen
Dimension 304.0 x 189.4 x 9.9mm (11.97″ x 7.46″ x 0.39″)
Weight 0.744kg (1.63lbs) [Wifi Model]


It can be bundled with a keyboard but I did not get one as I wanted a pure tablet experience. Plus it saved me $$$.

If you want a little bit of intellectual exercise, compare these stats with those listed in What the heck is in the specs? which was published over 12 months ago.

More to come soon in Part 2.