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

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  



1. moneymakerjnr unregistered

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

3. yayea unregistered

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

69. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 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.

71. Jake unregistered

Isn't Steve Jobs Dead?

2. yayea unregistered

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

4. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

IOS is outdated even as a mobile phone OS, can't even be compared to a full OS like Windows 8.

32. Satya

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

43. dipereira0123

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 26, 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

60. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

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.

33. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 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.

7. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

8. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Better yet a wireless controller hookup.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :)

17. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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? :)

16. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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?

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

9. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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

44. dipereira0123

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

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

10. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 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...

11. OhSo3D

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

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

13. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Windows 8 is a beast i like it

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

18. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

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

19. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 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

20. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

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.

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

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