RE: The Engadget Review
Additionally, when used as a tablet you'll want to steer as far clear of the traditional desktop as possible. We mentioned issues with text scaling, but typing is an issue as well. While there is a virtual keyboard for the desktop, it's wholly separate from the version you get in native Windows 8 apps. It doesn't offer any of the predictive text or autocorrect functionality offered by the (identical-looking) keyboard you get when running an app that plays nice with the tiled interface. Switching back and forth is incredibly confusing and makes typing a real chore.
No, it isn't.
It really, really
There are also third party touch keyboards with a craptonne of features/customisations that can completely replace the one provided if needed and do have predictive text on the desktop.
Finally, just getting into the tablet takes longer than the Android or iOS competition. Hit the power button and you'll have to wait for about three to four seconds for the display to pop on. Then, assuming you've set a password, you'll have to type that in, and secure passwords are rarely fun on virtual keyboards. Login passwords can be replaced by a simpler PIN or even Microsoft's innovative picture login (where you tap on specific areas of an image), but there's no way to tell the OS to only ask for credentials after a certain period of inactivity. If you're the type who likes to quickly pop on your tablet to check for new email or Facebook messages every few minutes, you may find yourself forced out of that habit here.
It takes three or four seconds for the display to turn on?
My ATIV Smart PC pro running the exact same hardware turns on almost instantly?
Well no, typing your password on a touch keyboard won't be fun for everyone, which is why they allow picture passwords....
You don't even need to log in to check for new messages because the messages icon at the bottom of the screen shows messages/how many new messages you have just by turning the screen on.
There's no way to tell the OS to only ask for credentials after a certain period of inactivity?
You can't just wake it and check your emails like you can with other tablets without needing a password?Really
Its a WINDOWS PC.....the settings are there.....just like they always have been.....
I guess this is the problem when professional reviewers (or basically anybody in professional media) use nothing but Macbooks in their day to day lives.
We're still completely enraptured by the idea of a full-featured device that can properly straddle the disparate domains of lean-forward productivity and lean-back idleness. Sadly, we're still searching for the perfect device and OS combo that not only manages both tasks, but excels at them. The Surface Pro comes about as close as we've yet experienced, but it's still compromised at both angles of attack. When trying to be productive, we wished we had a proper laptop and, when relaxing on the couch, we wished we had a more finger-friendly desktop interface -- though more native Windows 8 apps might solve the problem by keeping us from having to even go there.
And when packing your bags, you wish you didn't have a laptop, a tablet and two power bricks to carry.
And when you want to use your laptop while using your tablet on the couch, you wish you didn't have to get off the couch to go get your laptop and vice versa.
Hey, this is fun!
Really though, why are you wishing you had a more finger friendly desktop interface when relaxing on the couch? They put added an entire touch friendly interface right there
for you when you press the start button.
I guess the only alternative is to use all those other
types of tablets out there that also have touch friendly desktops.....oh wait.....there aren't any alternatives for that.
If you want to use it like a tablet, use the touch friendly part of the OS?
Pretty legit review Edited by GrizzleBoy - 2/6/13 at 9:32am