Windows 8 Tablets: will it beat Ice Cream Sandwich Android tablets?

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    Windows 8 Tablets are going to be reality pretty soon. Many wonder if  Windows 8 tablets will beat Ice Cream Sandwich Android tablets? If priced too high tablets based on new OS from Microsoft are doomed to fail.

    A new rumour regarding Windows 8 tablets is making the rounds. DigiTimes has reported that Wintel-based Windows 8 tablets can be priced between the range of $600 to $900. Citing unnamed sources, the tech informer also added that this is because Microsoft and Intel’s are in a deadlock regarding the prices for the Windows 8 OS and Clover Trail-W chips.

    This is far more than the current rate of tablets. Kindle Fire, at $199, has brought down the average cost of tablets. Even the costliest of the tablets in the market, namely the iPad 2, with 16 GB of storage is marked $499. This is more than a hundred bucks lower than the starting price of Mango tablets. If this rate list is not modified to a more acceptably lower level, it might be a deterrent in the popularity of the new tablets.

    Digitimes also reported that in case Intel does not bring down the cost of its chips, even notebook vendors might opt for ARM-based chips from vendors like Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Texas Instruments.

    On the other hand, Microsoft has stated that it would release a version of Windows 8 that would target the tablets but would run on the ARM architecture. Following this information, Microsoft was expected to reveal the price tags also of Windows 8 tablets or PCs, but it did not do so. It went on to give more information about the software itself, adding that Windows 8 will also boast a security feature called Secure Boot.

    Secure Boot takes care that no malware can ever be installed. It confirms that all programs contain the appropriate security certificates before they are allowed to launch, thus eliminating the accepted presence of a malware from the beginning. And since this means that programs must need a green light from Windows 8 to be installed, so all PCs must ship with Secure Boot enabled to be working.

    As good as the concept sounds, some critics are nevertheless not so happy. The doubtful critics claim that Secure Boot would allow Microsoft to block the installation of any software it views as a threat, rather than the software actually being a threat. In such a case, Linux would fall under the category of a “threat”, and thus cannot be installed on Windows 8 systems.

    Microsoft has challenged this criticism, claiming that this is only partly true. It clarified that the certification requirements are clear about the fact that on Intel-based Windows 8 PCs and notebooks, users will have the freedom to turn the Secure Boot system on or off, thus eliminating any chances of an unwanted block in the installation of programs. Furthermore, software vendors can include their own certificates with their products that will in turn be approved by Secure Boot.

    But the disabling of Secure Boot is not possible on ARM-based Windows 8 tablets. Here the softwares will have to be certified by Microsoft itself and no other party. Microsoft claims that this move is in accordance with the plan to create a tightly controlled ecosystem around Windows 8 tablets. This harks to the system created by Apple, where similar certifications are required to be a part of the ecosystems of Apple iPhones and iPads.

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    1. It is incorrect to compare Windows 8 tablets with iPads or Android devices. Since Windows 8 tablets will be fully functional PCs, a better comparison would be with the MacBook Air, but fully functional for touch – so better than the MacBook.

      iPads and Android tablets are oversized smart phones, without the phone functionality. They are great for overpriced portable video viewers or some casual gaming – but not fit for serious work. Ever try to write a long email with an iPad? It is a pain!

      Every Windows 7 application will be available for use on Intel based Win 8 tablets – a lot better than the feature deprecated “Apps” in the App Store.

    2. It depends on which Windows 8 tablets we’re talking about. The version that will run on Arm architecture will have to be priced similarly as Android tablets. Then it will have the same chance of selling as Android tablets. It will certainly out perform Android’s laggy OS so that’s a point for Windows 8.

      But the other Windows 8 that will run on Intel processors will be for people who would normally be buying a laptop. People who are focused on productivity and need a real computer, not a pad device that can’t run serious programs. I know the water is muddied and all of these devices are really competing for the same customer so it’s hard to say how it will all shake out. Personally, only a super slim, high performance, long battery life, Windows 8 tablet capable of running full Windows programs will get noticed by me. If I wanted a pad device to kill time on, I would have gotten an ipad by now. Android devices are way too laggy to consider.

    3. I’ve had a hands on with a new wintab (basically a no keyboard netbook) that my company is testing. IT loaded the alpha version of Win8 on it for grins and giggles and let me tell you; Win8 has miles and miles to go before it can even lick the boots of WebOS, Android or IOS.

      It is sluggish, has no pinch to zoom and handles multiple open apps poorly. Since it is basically Win7 running in a shell, it has all the same issues that Windows has always had, except now it’s complicated even more by the touch tablet interface.

      Tablets are here to stay I’m sure because they fill a nice little niche that most IT professionals just can’t fathom.

      They are light weight, have excellent battery performance, have a user friendly email app that is BETTER suited than Outlook to a tablet environment and are extremely portable and easy to take notes on (which can be emailed, synced or clouded to your PC for fleshing out.

      Face it taking notes on paper is less intrusive in a meeting than an open laptop (puts a barrier between you and the other attendees) but requires you to completely re-write into Word back at your office.

      Using a tablet (sans physical keyboard) is no more intrusive than the piece of paper plus you have the added ability to check email, send email, use Google Earth, or get statistics to support the meeting.

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