I have held off on writing my impressions for a while now thinking it might get better. But, it hasn’t. The best way I can describe the new Windows 8 Tablet experience is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Windows 8 is not really a tablet operating system, and unfortunately for Microsoft, not really a desktop operating system either. But for now, we’re going to focus on the tablet experience. I think the main issue where it falls short is when you are trying to set something up and it just doesn’t appear to be there on the tablet interface and you have to resort to the desktop interface. Even the tablet interface has some definite shortcomings, and maybe it’s not so much the interface as it is me. Maybe there is a manual that I need to read to learn how to do something. If so, there’s still a failure in the interface. Is there a manual for the iPad? I don’t know. I have an iPad, but I never read a manual. I didn’t have to. Getting back to my point, actually, I think this is my point. But anyway, just something as simple as searching for an App in the Windows store is complicated. There is no search box that you tap that brings up a keyboard. From what I read, you just start typing. Where? On an attached keyboard? I haven’t found how you activate the onscreen keyboard yet. In the desktop version, you just start typing. How do I know that? I had to look it up. It certainly wasn’t intuitive. I have started to use this tablet, then given up, gone back, given up, and repeated this I don’t know how many times. Would I recommend this to a client? Certainly not. It would be a nightmare for me to try to support it right now. I had high hopes. I had envisioned a device that could function as a tablet while traveling on a plane or elsewhere and then once you arrived, or even really while still on a plane with WiFi you could bring your bluetooth keyboard and connect back in to your desktop computer. In theory, it sounded great. But, like most Microsoft products these days, theory isn’t real world. Speaking of bluetooth keyboard. That’s something I still haven’t gotten to work. I spent the majority of the time that I’ve tried to use it to do something about Windows being hung up on Removing Device, or rather, removing the keyboard so I could add it back it. At this point, I don’t know if it is just Windows, or if I have a bad bluetooth keyboard. I do know that when I had both a keyboard and mouse hooked up, the lag was horrible. However, when I hooked it up to a USB keyboard and mouse, it worked great. That did require a USB hub. While I’m on the subject of the USB keyboard and mouse, I will say that the system works really well. I mean, REALLY well. I would guess that something like a notebook with a twist screen would work really well. In that case, you could use it as a tablet for those times when you needed to hold it or didn’t have the space, and then twist the keyboard around and use it with the keyboard and, say, a trackpad along with the touch interface. That does add quite a bit of weight to it though. That’s not comparable to an iPad. So, the bottom line is that in a form function such as an iPad, the Windows 8 based tablets have a long ways to go. This first impression was based on a Lenovo Tablet 2 with the Lenovo bluetooth keyboard for the Tablet 2.
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