Windows Tablet PC Overview
What are the pros and cons of the Microsoft Windows operating system for tablets and how should you choose if it’s the best tablet PC operating system for you?
- Windows tablets are designed to offer an alternative to a laptop or netbook. They offer the same range of uses as these systems. Android and iOS are designed more for media consumption and lighter content creation.
- Windows tablets offer a full operating system so you can load any application just as you would on a desktop PC (Microsoft Office for example – MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint etc.) You can also load other apps that you might find on the web.
- The flip side to this is they take much longer to boot up and get the system running.
- A full operating system requires a more powerful processor and a fan to keep it cool. The impact is a heavier device that will run down the battery quicker.
- The current versions of Windows and associated programs aren’t specially designed for a tablet format either, they’re designed to be used with a mouse rather than a touchscreen and finger tip. These means they can be fiddly to operate with finger taps and swipes. A stylus can improve this and gives you lots more versatility for using software to draw and design. It also gives the option for document creation that utilises handwriting recognition.
- A Windows tablet integrates closely with your Windows PC whereas Android and iOS tablets have their own operating approach which bears more resemblance to a smartphone that a desktop PC.
- If you want to substitute your laptop then really you’ll need to get a physical keyboard for typing as the virtual on-screen keyboard isn’t sufficient for more intensive content creation.
- If you’re fully bought-in to Windows and already have a lot of Windows software then a Windows tablet should be considered, although future versions of the Windows operating system are much more likely to incorporate features designed specifically for a tablet PC interaction.
At a glance…
Windows Tablet PC Pros
- integrates with existing PC software so compatible with MS Office suite of programmes
- Deals with Adobe Flash as well as a laptop
- Potential to replace your laptop
- Choice of hardware to choose from
Windows Tablet PC Cons
- Full operating system results in heavy slates with high power consumption
- Not built specifically for tablets so fiddly to use
- Takes a long time to boot so no quick instant-on access to the web
- Tend to be more expensive tablet PCs