Originally Posted by Paul Connell
I both agree and disagree. I don't think the traditional Windows UI necessarily dooms a tablet to failure, much to the contrary, I think if you're vastly exceeding the cost of a full-on notebook, the full capabilities of Windows (the full desktop and the ability to run all you're x86 applications) is very important.
This flies in the face of real failure with respect to the Windows UI on tablets. Frankly I'm not sure how you can make such a statement considering how many times Windows UI on tablets has failed.
I know iPads sell like hotcakes, but I, and a lot of others, simply aren't willing to spend upwards of $800 for a glorified smartphone.
If you see the iPad as a glorified smart phone, there is probably little that I can say to deal with that bit of ignorance. That is not to say that iPad is a replacement for a laptop running a conventional OS but the key here is that it was never intended to do that. It is a new way for people to solve their computing needs.
Which is why, despite some of their decisions, I think Microsoft is on the right track with Windows 8 - provide a tablet friendly UI for basic and on-the-go tasks, and the full desktop for when you need to be productive with the "real" applications you need to use. I know there's some overlap between "apps" and traditional "applications", but there's no denying that when real work needs to be done, there's no replacement for full desktop applications.
Windows RT needs a massive overhaul to ever be competitive in the marketplace. It is basically junk code that will quickly develop a very negative opinion in the publics eyes.
Clearly what's dooming Windows RT is that it's essentially nearly all the cost of a full Windows Pro system with none of the benefits - unlike iOS or Android tablets, the available app selection is extremely limited and limiting. So you don't have access to your traditional applications, you don't have access to much in the way of apps, and the whole Metro UI is essentially barely out of beta status.
RT is junk in other words. Frankly I don't understand your need to promote junk even after you realize above that RT is junk.
On the other hand, give it a generation or two, and I think Windows RT will be gone and Windows Pro will make a very compelling OS for truly dual-purpose tablets -
The concept of a dual purpose tablet makes no sense at all. RT is so screwed up it will take the programming staff at MS another two years to iron it out to the point developer will take an interest. That gives Apple two years to evolve iOS in the same manner they have been over the last three years on iPads. It will give Apple a chance to implement new software features supported by new hardware.
Don't get me wrong I honestly think that iCloud sucks terribly. There are more than few other issues with iOS but as I said Apple continuously evolves iOS. In a very literal sense iOS gets better with each revision.
a touch friendly UI when it's used as a tablet, drop it into a dock and you have a full desktop OS for when you need those capabilities.
What is the point? A tablet by definition doesn't have the screen size to run full desktop apps well, nor does it have the memory and hardware support many desktop apps require. You obviously can't grasp why people make use of tablets in the 7-10 inch range, it isn't to replace a desktop that is for sure. Apple is on the right path here even if the implementation of some features leaves a lot to be desired. In a nut shell they have distilled down what is required when you are on the go and made it relatively easy to keep in sync with your primary machine.