A recent survey by the Boston Consulting Group has found that consumers would prefer a tablet with a Windows operating system (OS) over Android and iOS. Android is the OS developed by Google, and used in many tablets on the market now. iOS is the Apple OS, developed for the iPhone and iPod touch, but also used in iPad. There are a number of reasons why some people prefer Windows tablets.
One reason people prefer Windows tablets may be that many more people use Windows on their desktop and portable computers than Apple's OS. The familiarity of Windows would make it easy to integrate a tablet with existing hardware and software, as well as a familiar user interface. There is actually a hard drive on the tablet, as opposed to flash drive on other tablets. Windows tablets have USB slots, allowing other devices to be connected, and a memory card slot, which becomes portable storage for the tablet. It also has an HDMI port, allowing direct connection to HDMI devices, and the largest screens on the market today, up to 12".
Another plus for Windows tablets is the ability to access the Windows desktop, to work on MS Office files, and transfer them to your file system easily. Windows tablets run programs, not applications, as other tablets do. This means more seamless integration with work you have ongoing. One of the weaknesses of iOS is the inability to play display Adobe flash web pages or videos, Windows OS plays flash, allowing the user to view content that the iOS user must wait to view on their desktop. Windows tablets can also play HD videos and 3-D. This means that the multi-media features outrank other tablets.
One feature of the Windows tablet is handwriting recognition - either text or numbers. Written numbers can then be imported into a word processing or computational program. Windows tablets are touch screen, as are most tablets on the market, but also work with a stylus, for those more comfortable pointing. The stylus can be used to copy, paste, delete, undo, or to navigate, up, down, scroll. It may feel more mouse-like to some users than the touch screen. Another feature of Windows tablet is the ability to "snip" part of a page or text, to send in an e-mail or use in another program. You can also alter the snip with the stylus, make notes, or highlight the important information. Buttons on the tablet can be configured to do specific tasks; a button can be assigned to open Word, if that is something you do frequently, or to open mail. The interface is very customizable, and aimed at productivity.
One of the selling points of a Windows tablet is that it is heavy-duty enough to do real work; it has a hard drive, storage, file system and enough capacity to truly replace a laptop. With an external keyboard and mouse, Windows tablets are designed for work as well as play, and give the user much versatility.
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