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Tablet Buying Demystified: 10 Tips

Tablet shoppers face an ever-growing number of options beyond the iPad. We break down 10 key considerations.
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Android and iOS slates do many things well. But like that school district near Houston, an organization might decide to simplify its IT management tasks by standardizing on Windows devices. Microsoft's much-maligned Windows 8 Start screen, with its touch-friendly Live Titles, is designed to inspire organizations to go Windows-only, although its efforts have fallen flat thus far.

For full Windows compatibility, the best choice is a Windows 8 tablet, not an ARM-based Windows RT model, which doesn't run legacy Windows desktop apps. Microsoft's own Surface Pro is an obvious pick, but it's just one of many options. Contortionist devices like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 and Acer Aspire R7, for instance, quickly convert from conventional Windows 8 laptops to touch tablets. The main drawback: hybrids are heavier than slate-only tablets.

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6/3/2013 | 1:54:45 PM
re: Tablet Buying Demystified: 10 Tips
Putting the explanatory text off to the side does not improve this article. People are used to finding the text below the image and forcing them into a new mode when it doesn't improve the delivery of the information seems counter productive.
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