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8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta

Can't wait until the new Windows 8 tablets are released in the fall? These currently available tablets can handle the beta version of the OS now.
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Form factor: Tablet

Price: $1,349

Weight: 2 lbs

Processor: Intel Core i5-2467M @ up to 2.3 GHz

Storage: 128 GB

Display: 11.6-inch SuperBright Plus LED; 1366x768 max resolution

The lowdown: It's not cheap, but the Samsung Series 7 is one of the most powerful Windows tablets on the market. It's also one of the most portable, at just 2 lbs and one half-inch thick. The Series 7 uses Samsung's Fast Start technology to deliver the instant-on experience that users expect from a tablet.

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4/4/2012 | 10:30:09 PM
re: 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta
This is a weak article. The picture for the Samsung Series 7 Slate is wrong. You didn't even mention the new MSI AMD based tablet which also has a tpm chip built in.

I am running the windows 8 consumer preview on my Samsung Series 7 right now with bitlocker encryption. It is running Office. 2010, Visual Studio 2011 and it flys... The battery last over 6 hours... If I wanted too... I could even run Hyper-v, MS Viso, MS Project, Real Photoshop, or any of the Many many existing windows apps on it.

I use a iPad which I am using to type this. Anyone that trys to compares the Samsung Series 7 tablet and any of these tablets mentioned in this article to an iPad does not understand technology. I have one of each.. An iPad and a windows 8 slate... They both have their role/job that they are the best for...

The article only mentions the Windows 8 tablets based on x86/an iPad and 90% of the Android tablets run on a ARM which uses last power and provides a different experience. There is a ARM version of Windows 8 that is coming out.. And I can only image that there will be new Windows 8 ARM based tablets when it ships. Asus has mentioned at they will have one.

It would have helped if the writer of the article took the time to research if people were already running the Windows 8 consumer preview on any of the tablets that they mentioned.
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User Rank: Strategist
4/4/2012 | 1:52:57 AM
re: 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta
It seems to me there is a hardware vs price vs OS vs services (e.g. cloud and OS updates) disconnect. You can have awesome hardware, but without apps, support, OS updates, good pricing, etc. it's kind of for not?
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uncommonsense,
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4/3/2012 | 8:40:56 PM
re: 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta
Dell Latitude XT - not so good, drivers won't go in, slightly odd screen design makes accessing the Win 8 Betas tiny hotspots tricky.
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uncommonsense,
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4/3/2012 | 8:38:56 PM
re: 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta
Fujitsu T4215 seems to cooperate well with full functionality of the screen control buttons and stylus buttons too.
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4/3/2012 | 8:21:27 PM
re: 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta
I guess the range of tablets offered by Motion Computing didn't make this list for some logical reason. I would have thought that they would have been the first ones mentioned but to be fair, I'm not really one who would consider machines from the same old track-horses such as Dell and HP.

I did rather like the design of the HP Slate 2 and that Samsung rig. The one thing that really holds me back from making any investment in such hardware, though, is my uncertainty that the hardware will be sufficient enough to actually do the work I need it to do and my apathy towards M$ OS's.

I just can't imagine an Atom CPU being useful with 3D object modeling, media transcoding and image editing. However, it should be noted that I am clearly a prime example of the sort of person who would be left behind should the media hysteria surrounding "the post-pc era" ever come to fruition.

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4/3/2012 | 6:23:00 PM
re: 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta
Where as I'll agree that the iPad is less expensive than most iterations on here Windows 8 supports multiple accounts, Active Directory integration and has a fully fledged operating system under the hood.

Now, past that nonsense of price, if Microsoft can't get sub $500 tablets they're in trouble based on common misconceptions about what a tablet "can" potentially do vs. currently does(n't).

Also, some corrections for the article. If the tablet doesn't have a MINIMUM resolution of 1366x768 then Metro "snap" willl not work (metro apps side by side in horizontal display).

That means that really only TWO of the tablets mentioned in the article are even viable candidates to run the beta on: (Dell Inspiron Duo, Samsung Series 7)
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trector300,
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4/3/2012 | 5:52:59 PM
re: 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta
Is this a joke? Except for one, all of these tablets are more expensive than an iPad (and most are SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive!) Ridiculous.
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