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Watch Apple iPad 2 with iOS 5 beta face off Samsung's Windows 8 slate

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Watch Apple iPad 2 with iOS 5 beta face off Samsung's Windows 8 slate
The tablet industry was pretty much created by Apple's iPad last year, but Windows-based slates have been a dream of Bill Gates even a decade ago.

Now that Microsoft is reinventing the most popular OS to enter the touchy-feely era, it introduced Windows 8, which is probably the biggest gamble it has taken in its history. While it's tempting to have a full-blown PC in tablet form, execution is everything for Windows 8 tablets to put a dent in the iPad dominance.

The early developer preview that Microsoft let out of the bag the other evening has its reference hardware, made by Samsung, which runs 1.6GHz Core i5 processor with two cores and has 4GB of RAM. The slate also sports a 11.6" Super PLS LCD screen and a full USB port.

Now it has been pitted against the Apple iPad 2 with iOS 5, to hint at the Windows 8 capabilities, even in this pre-beta form, and answer the burning question whose concept about computing will win the hearts and minds of consumers. Enjoy the video and tell us what you think in the comments.

source: Winrumors  


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posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:36 4

1. moneymakerjnr (unregistered)


Steve jobs wins!!!!! Microsoft Sucks!!!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:38 28

3. yayea (unregistered)


Wrong!!!!!!!!!!! Microsoft is better sorry.. dont be so jelly kid

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 00:17 2

69. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


sorry but iOS won't slaughter a full-featured OS. let's face it... there is really something that makes Windows OS more superior than the rest of all the OSes.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 10:37 1

71. Jake (unregistered)


Isn't Steve Jobs Dead?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:37 37

2. yayea (unregistered)


Windows 8 is better hands down... thumBS up if you agree!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:41 18

4. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


IOS is outdated even as a mobile phone OS, can't even be compared to a full OS like Windows 8.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:49 1

32. Satya (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


After soooo many years that they have the OS in this shape.. so probably enhancing this will take another decade. by then Apple will far advanced.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 00:00 6

43. dipereira0123 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


iOS is still the same piece of caged sh*t it was on this first version, its fast coz theres nothing inside its sourcecodes except by locks, my S^3 has MUCH more resources than this dumb iOS

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 13:34 1

60. joaolx (Posts: 354; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


You only say that because the interface is customizable because it does everything else other OS do.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:41 11

5. Simple answer (unregistered)


Why I have bought Microsoft stock. They beat Apple in putting a full version of an operating system on a tablet. Not to mention they have done that years ago with XP.

I believe Apple will loose in the long run unless it is able to put its full operating system on a tablet.

I currently run windows 7 on a Lenovo tablet PC and it runs great with touch.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:54 5

33. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


You heard that thing about the OS mod that brings iOS X (not sure if Lion) to the iPhone? IMHO, Apple should have tried that before. With the iPad. They could have offered the iPad in 2 flavors, iOS and OS X, and let the people choose which OS they preferred. Alas, Apple (specifically Jobs) is not really into giving people choices. They've seen consumers as just that - consumers. They want people to just consume what they release. On the other hand, Microsoft gives people choices. Even after changing the whole Windows interface with Win8, they still included the old school desktop, if ever one might prefer to use it.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:45 16

6. Heatfan316 (Posts: 432; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Windows 8 Slate > iPad

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:45 13

7. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


4GB of Ram is ridiculous. I am liking this Windows 8 slate. I have never been a big fan of tablets I always see them as toys and unable to do an eighth of what a standard laptop can do. This Windows slate will definitely give people a decision of should they go for a Slate or a Laptop. Now can we get Steam on here and possibly a video game controller hookup.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:48 6

8. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Better yet a wireless controller hookup.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:59 6

14. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if they dont include blutooth controller ability, id be really suprized.. especially with the XBL integration in the WP7 (and i would assume in W8)

portal 2 on the go.. oh yea baby :)

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:03

17. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I think, for once, Remix and myself agree on something.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:57 2

12. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


vv,
you also have to remember that a windows 8 tablet runs the full version of windows7 underneath it, so it needs a lot of extra horsepower. Its not a set of simple icons like iOS.

Now is that DDR2 or DDR3? :)

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:01 1

16. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I'm hoping DDR3,

I believe an i5 processor is plenty of horsepower. Of course I don't think anyone here wouldn't mind an i7 with at least 6GBs of ram in that puppy. Anyone know how much internal memory is this thing going to have?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:35 2

29. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


can i get one with a sandy bridge processor? would that make it too thick? lol. j/k

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:50 3

9. Kjayhawk (Posts: 289; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


This is stupid no one can argue that windows 8 is better than iOS, really comparing apple and oranges.

But Samsung your going to get sued again that thing looks exactly like an iPad.. like damn!!

I think Microsoft will defiantly give apple a run for there money when it comes to tablets. Windows 8 is amazing and really makes iOS look like an outdated OS

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 00:03 2

44. dipereira0123 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


just for fun, the apple will have his ass kicked even if compared to a mango XD

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:52 5

10. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


Just that fact that we are having this conversation comparing a full blown Windows anything to an iPad means that Microsoft has won.

It doesn't necessarily mean that the slate is better than the iPad, but it does mean that everyone is now ready to put both in the same conversation which is a HUGE improvement for MS in this area and validates the one OS multiple platform strategy even if half of us still think the iPad is better.

Does Apple have a similar announcement imminent, or are they going to announce the iPhone5 will excrete gold?
doubtful...

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:55 2

11. OhSo3D (Posts: 39; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


Both are good tablets, with good OS's. Can't really go wrong either way, although Windows 8 seems more appealing.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:58 3

13. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Windows 8 is a beast i like it

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:59 2

15. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that was nice.. it was just like the phone.. now show us windows 7 compatability mode and how that runs :)

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:27 3

18. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Love you MS, take away everyone like this in mobile phones too

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:34 1

19. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


I would like to see a fruit come on hear and say that the ipad 2 is better if u do u must be smoking that sh*it lol..I love the little green robot but that tablet was nice.good job sammy and micro

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:48

20. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Samsung i5 processor and large screen will be short battery life 5 hours instead of 10 hours like iPad.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 23:47 2

42. Chix017 (unregistered)


D Kal-El chip with windows 8 would last for days not hours. Check d articles on dis website between yesterday & today.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:50 1

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


see by not copying . Samsung can be succesful ... in other note.. good teamwork... MS is here to stay...on tablets.. only..

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:07 2

27. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Funny how the SGS2 has been the fastest selling Android phone there is. I think that's pretty damn successful. But what can you expect from an isheep. Isheep believes everything Apple says. If Apple says Samsung copies, then they believe it. lol I wonder if they would be stupid enough to believe if Apple said the world was flat or that you can breathe under water.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:36 4

30. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you mean, if you get to the end of the world your ship doesnt just flip upsidedown and start sailing underwater? :)

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:06 1

35. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


This just in, Steve Jobs is actually God and Apple HQ is Heaven.


Isheep:SEE I KNEW IF I BELEIVED IN STEVE JOBS I WOULD GO TO HEAVEN.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:54 3

22. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


hmmm... windows? I'm kind of liking it... its fresh and new and looks clean. iPad will be good of course. boring? thats an opinion, but everyone knows it will run well and do its job. I think its a tie for now. If Windows is cleaned up and polished and has the same smoothness and ease of use as the iPad, were looking at a serious competitor here because it has so many more features. Windows 8 > Android? We shall see :]

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 17:34 4

23. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Windows 8 seems flashy. It looks "cool". But I don't like the set up. Too much moving around with the animated icons. That is probably a battery killer too. I must say it has some cool stuff but too much to customize and if you don't customize then you are stuck with ugly plain icon in conjunction with animated icons. The iPad is in your face everything right there. Just click and you are where you want to be. Apple keeps iOS 5 very classy I love it. Great post though.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:22 2

37. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


so instead of being able to put your own spin on a device and make it truly yours, youd much rather have a carbon copy like every one else who owns the device?


and, alas, its a big shocker when people poke fun at apple boys for not wanting to think for themselves...you were givin a brain, youll be amazed at what can be accomplished when you use it....

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 11:23

53. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I am still not using more or less of my brain by customizing. I am limited to customization that the developer predetermined.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 11:25

54. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


So Park you are smarter because you can change the color of an icon? Get real. On my jailbroken iPad i can do 10x more "customization" than this windows device. And i can prove it. We both make youtube videos on customizing and lets see who wins.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 18:20 1

65. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


It'd be hard to actually do that seeing as this OS hasn't been released yet buddy!
More tough talk that can't be backed up....SMH

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 00:47 3

46. - (unregistered)


Battery consuming? WP7 has live tiles too and my WP7 device's battery life beats the iPhone's. In short, no, it doesn't consume much battery. And I can tell you one thing, even though it may require a more swiping for W8, the tiles display information. Thus, a bigger space is needed for the tiles and hence, more swiping. It's definitely better than swiping through pages and pages of 4x4 static icons/folders.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 11:26

55. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Im not even going to waste my time on this UnReggie commenting on the wrong topic

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 19:12

66. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


But waste time on writing a comment about not wasting time? Oh irony how I love thee.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 19:27 3

24. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Windows 8 looks awesome, you cant even tell the difference to IOS5. Kudos to Microsoft for this awesomeness.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 19:35 4

25. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I love how the isheep can't just enjoy something new like Windows 8. No they have to whine and complain and defend Apple. Can't you idiots just enjoy something else for once? Compeititon is a good thing morons, it means your precious Apple has to improve their products and services. If there was no Android, No Windows Mobile, you would still be stuck on your iPhone 3G. Stop hating on competition and enjoy it for once. You guys don't have to be so damn brain washed to actually like something else for once.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:17 2

28. Heatfan316 (Posts: 432; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Well said Rory, I completely agree with you.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 19:39 2

26. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


What's even more interesting is the comparison is on 'beta', of sorts, OSes; I think even after the official iOS5, and future iterations of it, is released, it will not be able to match the final release of W8.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 23:31 1

41. Commentator (Posts: 2433; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Definitely, since W8 is a full-desktop AND full-mobile OS. As long as MS gets them to mesh well together it should destroy the competition. I have this nagging doubt, however, that this is too good to be true... hope I'm wrong.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:37 3

31. Heatfan316 (Posts: 432; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


The only thing these two devices have in common is they're both
Tablets other then that they are completely different. Windows 8 slate
is a full blown OS and the ipad is only mobile OS or an oversized iPod touch there is no comparison really.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:04 4

34. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Agreed. I very much love my android but Windows 8 really has me interested. I love the fact that Microsoft wants to bring in a true PC like experience on a tablet rather than just a super sized mobile OS.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:19 2

36. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I had no intentions of getting a tablet until I saw what Win8 can do. Microsoft may have a game changer on their hands. Let's say Windows 8 is in it for a long time before Apple or Google put out a proper tablet OS. Microsoft plans to blend the phone, tablet and gaming experience. If they successfully blend the 3 I think my next phone after the prime or vigor is probably going to be a win phone and I'm already an xbox fanboy. I think it all hinges on the success of the tablet part and from what I see they are starting with a huge leap.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:23 2

38. somebody (unregistered)


ios 5 is outdated and windows 8 is a fresh and smooth ui.just wait for the last component android ICS for tablet version and make a video to face off with each other! :)

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:57 2

39. myclevername (Posts: 94; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)


How long before Apple can catch up and put a full OS on their tablet? Anyone have any ideas about pricing yet? Under $500 for a decent Win8 Tablet? These should be cheaper than iPads since there will be multiple manufacturers cranking them out and selling them all over the planet within months of each other.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 06:51 3

47. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they will also be using much stronger hardware than an ipad. The ability to dual run windows 7 and windows 8 needs desktop power.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 09:18

49. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


The Samsung slates given out at Build were said to be $1099.
http://www.istartedsomething.com/20110914/build-attendees-take-home-samsung-windows-developer-preview-pcslate/

The $1,349 version will include a 128GB drive, a stylus and both a docking station and keyboard
http://www.istartedsomething.com/20110914/build-attendees-take-home-samsung-windows-developer-preview-pcslate/

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 21:37

68. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


holey crap!

well, i shouldn't be surprised considering the specs, but they do need to figure out how to lower their costs a bit or they will be a niche, no matter how great the tablet. not too many people go $1100 to drop on a tablet. Of course, by the time these specs come to market they should be hopefully a decent bit cheaper.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 21:22

72. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


Yeah, probably much cheaper, especially if they drop the SSD. They really needed the SSD in the demo to splash those under 10 second boot times though

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 23:28 2

40. Commentator (Posts: 2433; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Remember, this doesn't only put the iPad under the gun, but Android tablets as well. Also, I wouldn't be surprised (this might just be wishful thinking) if this dramatically boosts Windows Phones as well. It's all about marketing, though.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 00:33 3

45. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dont like the setup on WP7....but I'm liking this!!!

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 07:23 5

48. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


The iPad looked like a toy. Lol!

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 11:27

56. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Yup it does. i play with it all day

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