When looking for tablets, many consumers aren’t looking for a larger version of their smartphone, but a portable version of their computers. The simplest way to complete this goal is to run the same Operating System as the one you have at home. You will be able to use the same programs and interface that you have gotten used to already with your paperweight computer. This being said, Windows tablets give you everything you expect with Windows 8, plus the desired mobility – the reason you’re looking at tablets in the first place.
Even knowing the operating system you want to run, there are still so many options to choose from. Many manufacturers are choosing to run Windows 8 on their hardware, and the game changes from software to evaluating hardware. To properly review any type of technology, you should match the price to the physical components that come with it. Everything in life is relative, so is deciding which Windows 8 tablet to purchase.
For your convenience, we’ve reviewed these two customer favorite tablets for you.
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Dell’s Venue 8 Pro really straddles the line between tablets and smartphones with its smaller 8 inch screen, but when put to the test it delivers the full tablet experience. Compare the following specs with your current smartphone and you’ll see why the price jumps and the experience is completely different.
A quick rundown: The Venue 8 puts out an impressive 8 hours 31 minutes battery life, a decent 1.34 GHZ processor speed, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.
For an affordable price, around $300, the components are within the range of reason and expectation. This is an entry-level tablet that will get you average performance at a wallet friendly MSRP. It has a simple, no frills design and can perform all your basic PC operations.
Sony VAIO Tap 11
At an MSRP of 1099.99, buyers will assume that they’re bringing home a real workhorse of a tablet. Similarly priced computers, such as the macbook pro 13’’ start to look like a better decision, but there are still pros to buying the VAIO Tap 11 – especially if you need to work on Windows 8 for work or school.
Of considerable notoriety is this tablets extremely slim profile, paper-cut range of .39 inches, and large screen, 11.6 inches. It also comes with 128 GB storage and a 1.5 GHz processor speed. All of this paired with 4GB RAM, and you actually are getting a mini computer minus the attached keyboard. There is only one real tradeoff for this powerhouse and that is how much power this beast can drain at an unfortunate rate. The VAIO Tap 11 taps out at only 4 hours battery life. As a portable device, four hours isn’t that much time for much and can get hectic when you’re not around a plug for a while, especially when heavy use will cut into that number significantly.