I have wanted to buy a tablet now for a while now and while I like what the iPad does from an entertainment value (we have one in our house), I wanted my device to be more for work and ideally to replace my laptop all together.
Overall, I had 3 things that were important to me to have in a tablet:
A great app for:
- Access Email (Outlook)
- Internet Browsing
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
- Access other Office Applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
- Access Facebook and Twitter
- Use Skype
- Play some games
- My tablet replaces my laptop
- That it turns on quickly
Two weeks ago I walked into the new Microsoft Store here in Seattle and was immediately drawn to the new Samsung Series 7 Slate. Interestingly enough, my whole mind set when I picked up the device was that it will have a really good form factor for entertainment purposes and then when I start to look at my list of work/productivity needs, it will need an "App for that" which will come in various capabilities and limitations.
With that in mind, I started to use the Slate in the store and it had this really great app for email called Microsoft Outlook 2010! Next, I opened up their Internet Browser (Internet Explorer 9) and logged into my "CRM App" called Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Next, I viewed the "App" for Twitter and…you guessed it was www.twitter.com. Now not all these "Apps" were built for touch but after 2 weeks I have become pretty good at rotating from mouse to keyboard to touch as it makes sense and with the Office 2010 ribbon in all my "Apps" it actually makes it pretty easy.
So, it made me start to evaluate my list:
Great "Apps" for my productivity, social and games
While the form factor isn't perfect, with Windows 8 just around the corner, the Office 2010 ribbon making it pretty easy for touch and the fact that all my "Apps" have 100% functionality; this has been a good experience.
My tablet replaces my laptop
I have fully moved over to the tablet. I have not been on my laptop for over a week now and don't plan on going back.
Turns on quickly
- It took me less than 60 to turn on the tablet, start Outlook and click into a CRM folder
- It took me 8 seconds to turn the tablet off
Not "instant on" but quick enough given that I am always going to keep the slate password protected which took a
Overall, it has been a great experience with the Samsung Slate. It has changed my perspective that if you have a Tablet, you need custom apps for everything that you do. Right now they are 25% off @ the Microsoft Store. I am now really looking forward to Windows 8.