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Is Windows 8 worth it with Atom?

by flame7926 / November 18, 2012 10:09 AM PST

I have been looking at a few tablets, like the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2, HP Envy X2, HP ElitePad, and Acer Iconia W510. But, all of them have Intel Atom processors. I would like to know whether it is worth it to buy a full Windows 8 tablet, instead of RT, with the Atom Processor. Is the Atom not be able to do anything besides what RT can do?

I think I want a 10.1", but someone in my family is getting an 11.6", Samsung Slate 7, so I will see if that is too heavy/big for what I want.

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It comes down to what you want.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2012 11:29 AM PST

If you want to be able to install your own software of your choice then the Windows 8 Pro is for you.

Windows 8 RT is something of an odd thing where the only apps allowed are the ones that Microsoft allows. Are you OK with that?

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It depends if it can
by flame7926 / November 18, 2012 12:04 PM PST

But what kind of software can those chips run? I would like to run some stuff, but if they can't run barely anything then it wouldn't be worth it.

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OnIy Intel-based tablet supports Win7 compatible software
by meilinhsieh Intel staff / November 18, 2012 1:31 PM PST
In reply to: It depends if it can

Yes, strongly recommend getting an Intel-based Windows 8 Pro tablet. Only Intel-based Windows 8 tablet gives you access to the best of both world - new Windows 8 UI (RT) and tranditional desktop. On the desktop side, you can install and run any Windows 7 compatible software. What you have on your current Winodws 7 PC/laptop should just run on Intel-based Winodws 8 tablet. This is something that Windows RT can't offer.


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What is this "stuff"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2012 2:35 PM PST
In reply to: It depends if it can

I'll be as clear as I can be. Win RT tablets as it stands only run what you can get from the Microsoft Store. You can not currently install any app that is from anywhere else.

Does that tell you what folk are calling RT a Restricted Tablet?

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RT-based vs. "real Windows"
by krellmeister / November 22, 2012 8:02 PM PST
In reply to: What is this "stuff"?

R. Proffitt's reply is responsive to the other parts of the main query in it's correct caution that choosing RT effectively has one opting out of the ubiquitous, huge, standard universe of regular Windows applications. This should be your prime concern and criterion... over and above type or capabilities of cpu.
The superficial similarity of the Windows 8 user interface on both RT- and true Windows-based tablets or "slick-books" should not distract you from or otherwise obscure their important and quite essential differences.

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Is Intel Atom cpu up to running full Microsoft Windows OS(?)
by krellmeister / November 22, 2012 7:37 PM PST

Yes, the latest version of Intel's mobile ATOM cpu is quite capable of adequately handling the latest full blown Microsoft OSs... as long as you understand and accept that no consumer level portable device (whether tablet or laptop) is going to give you desktop-level performance even while exacting a price premium for portability on each performance increment. Bear in mind that 64-bit versions of Windows 7/8 will not run natively on a 32-bit only cpu. You also will not get even Intel-only desktop quality graphics coupled with most, if not all (?), devices built around the ATOM. This last will probably change for the better soon but take care to acquire now what you want and expect now. Your basic question seemed to be, "Can an ATOM do Windows?" (i.e.,...and not really about RT and it's ARM-oriented implementation). I hope to have perceived and answered the right question.

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You will be able to run
by orlbuckeye / December 5, 2012 9:18 PM PST

Windows Desktop software and applications from the Windows storeusing the Atom processor whereas with the RT you will only be able to run applications from the Windows store and the Office version that comes with th RT devices. The advantage to the Atom processor over the Surface pro is cost but the Atom will not be as powerfull as the i5 in the Surface Pro. The tablet with the Atom processor will probably have better battery life and be lighter.

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