I’ve been using a ASUS eee Slate since around June this year and absolutely love it on Windows 7 primarily replacing my iPad as a note taking tool via OneNote 2010. The deficiencies of the device were really more to do with the Operating System than the hardware itself as the eee Slate is packed with quad core i5, 4Gb RAM and 64Gb SSD to name the core specs.
At the BUILD conference we were lucky enough to be given new Samsung developer preview Windows 8 slates. The form factor is slightly smaller than the ASUS in screen size and much closer to the original iPad in size and close in weight.
Dan Holme actually recorded on my Flip me unboxing my new slate…check out for my reactions here!
I’ve noticed a few things with Windows 8 that have made me put my ASUS eee Slate with Windows 7 down.
- Cold Boot Time – this thing boots from full shut down in around 6-8 seconds which is crazy!
- On-screen Keyboard – much more comparable to iPad in terms of tactileness, Windows 7 sucked so much I had to buy an software add-on
- Metro UI – to be honest, the current metro UI apps are ‘gimmicking’ but it’s a dev preview…once there are Outlook tiles, SharePoint tiles (starting to build a few), Twitter, Google Plus etc. it’ll be a much more useful interface! Currently I stay in ‘retro’ (desktop) mode.
- Task Manager – task manager got a serious face lift and much it a lot easier to see how much CPU, RAM and network each application is using!
- Gestures – I’m still learning the gestures, but the 1pixel edge that you slide across for popping up sub menus is simply awesome and keeps the screen clutter free!
- IE10 – the IE10 Metro version, which is causing some debate being plug-in free, is great for touch compared to IE9 in Windows 7. I will say that Firefox, Chrome etc. need to get on the bandwagon and make hooks into the Windows touch UI for example, going into the address bar and getting a more incontext keyboard would be useful!
So far, I haven’t turned my other machine and this has been really stable…which for a ‘developer preview’ at least 3 builds earlier than what they were demoing at BUILD is just amazing! It is available on MSDN for download and from the community seems to run better on older machines than Windows 7 so give it a try…it will also run up in Virtual Machines as well if you’re not brave enough to start from scratch All my Windows 7 apps: Office 2010, MindJet Manager 9, Skype, Live Writer are running fine in ‘retro’ (desktop) mode.
Top effort to Microsoft in not only putting together a great OS but keeping the whole conference a secret for so long!
I can say 100% that I came out of the keynote by Steve Sinofsky absolutely pumping the air! Such a refreshing feeling for a Microsoft keynote where usually they just don’t hit it for me personally.
BTW my Asus eee Slate is for sale, so e-mail me and make an offer, I paid USD$1100 for it and it has an extra AC adapter.