Is Clover trail still supposed to come out 90 days after Surface RT?
Two nice looking products are the Samsung ATIV 500T tablet and the Lenovo ThinkPad2 tablet.
The Samsung ATIV 500T is a tablet that docks to a laptop keyboard. It has an 11.6" screen, WiFi, ethernet, and weighs 1.6 pounds. The $750 price includes the keyboard. Some retailers are saying November 20.
The Lenovo ThinkPad2 is $650 without keyboard and weighs 1.3 pounds. It has a 10.1" screen, WiFi, and cellular. It was scheduled for November 16 but didn't make it.
I just read several reviews on Amazon for that Samsung Clover Trail tablet and the recurring theme was that people were very impressed with Clovertrail and one guy said "wow, Atom has finally matured!" I think Intel may surprise to the upside when it announces Q4 earnings. I was also happy to see some reviewers say that Windows 8 was fine, not "catastrophic" like some of the idiot Analysts (Apple fans) acted like it was.
I think Win 8 is a great idea for tablets but not a good idea for laptops or desktops. Touch on a laptop would be tipping it over and touch on a desktop would be a longer reach than the mouse.
But the tablets that dock to a laptop keyboard are not a very rigid dock (according to reviewers). And a tablet docking to a desktop would be the main computer but who wants to walk out the door with the main computer ? A tablet is best simply as an accessory carry or tavel computer. Someone who needs a keyboard should just buy a laptop.
My favorite laptop is the Samsung 13.3" Series 9 at 2.6 pounds weight. Amazon has it with Win 7 at $1200 or with Win 8 at $1300.
But I like a tablet with both WiFi and ethernet because I might be able to plug in at a hotel and who knows about WiFi security ?
One reviewer said that the ATIV 500T was not great performace (except when running RT apps) but that Photoshop worked okay.