tmat3 wrote:Save your money and get an ASUS Transformer (T100T) for $299.99 when on sale at Best Buy (or anywhere less). http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_Transformer_Book_T100/
For a cheap tablet/netbook it is a steal. Has a quad core Intel Haswell processor with 2 GB RAM w/dedicated graphic processor. Also runs full windows, including 8.1 and comes free with full version office and excel
I'm not sure if you actually read the specs on the T100T. It's an Intel BayTrail Atom-based device with Intel HD graphics. It does NOT have a discrete GPU. The BayTrail CPU is adequate for tablet use and basic tasks (Microsoft Office, web browsing), but you'll definitely see performance issues if you try to use it like a Core i-based laptop (like lots of multitasking or lots of open browser tabs).
That's not to say that the T100T isn't a great device for the price.
Another thing worth pointing out regarding getting an x86/x64 tablet versus an ARM tablet - battery life is going to be significantly better with an ARM tablet. Just something to consider.
rasputinaxp wrote:I have a Surface RT, first-generation, first day available. I'll say this: it's very much a tablet. The keyboard may help, but the absolute dearth of Windows RT apps is a real nail in the coffin for me.
The app thing has been a complaint since RT first came out. There has been a boom in Windows 8 apps since the release of 8.1 in November, and the brand-new launch of a unified SDK for app development across the Windows platform (Windows and Windows Phone) makes it much more likely that we'll see a big jump in the number of available apps in the Windows 8 app store. I have a bunch of Windows 8 devices, and I almost exclusively use Windows 8 apps on my ASUS VivoTab Note 8. I have yet to come up empty-handed when searching for apps to do what I want to do.
Additionally, since every new computer today comes with Windows 8, more and more people are going to use Windows 8, and as the user base increases the app library will increase. Keep in mind that there was the same limited app selection before Android was hugely popular, and now there are more apps for Android than iOS in many cases.
rasputinaxp wrote:Which I had to do to install PuTTY.
There's an app for that.
Disclosure: I work for Microsoft, which is why I have dealt so much with Windows 8 and common customer complaints/concerns regarding Windows 8. It's really not as bad as tech pundits would like you to believe. I started using Windows 8 before I became a Microsoft employee, so my positive viewpoint of the OS isn't just because I work for the company.