So, how does Windows RT do on a tablet/laptop hybrid?
So what can you do with the Vivo Tab RT, and how does it work? The interface is wonderful — the Start screen is fluid and smooth, the gestures are responsive and useful, and thanks to the great live tiles you can glean a lot of information without ever launching an app. If you do launch an app, though, the experience gets frustrating very quickly. Apps can take several seconds to load at all and several more to load fully; there are stutters and lags as you swipe through apps; some taps and gestures just don’t register.
I’d blame developers, but the problems are equally persistent within Microsoft’s own apps. I’d blame the hardware, but the Vivo Tab runs a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, which we’ve proven over and over again is a very capable processor. I’m left with no choice but to blame Windows RT, which just doesn’t seem optimized for speed or fluidity beyond the Start screen. A couple of these problems exist on Intel-powered devices as well — apps are slow to load there, too — but they’re much more manageable on full-blown Windows 8. Windows RT just seems too resource-intensive for the hardware supporting it.
It turns out that when I wished for an Asus Transformer Pad Infinity running the new version of Windows, I was half-right. I love the idea of the convertible form factor, and the fact that the Vivo Tab feels like both a tablet and a laptop. But it’s not a great example of either: the tablet has some build quality issues, and the whole laptop element is subpar because a 10.1-inch laptop doesn’t work. Plus I’m convinced that if you only want to have one device, it can’t run Windows RT.
So who wants to take bets on how many of those Surface RT pre-orders get returned? Anybody?