Asus VivoTab RT Review
If there’s one thing we can expect with Windows RT, it has to be clear and straightforward consistency with the experience and interface – much like what we’ve been seeing with Microsoft’s mobile platform in Windows Phone. Well folks, there’s nothing really different with the VivoTab RT, as it’s sporting the spiffy look and feel that’s typical of Windows RT. Just like on the Surface RT, we see the biggest departure with the new Start homescreen, which is littered with all those cool looking dynamic live tiles. Overall, there’s a steep learning curve at the beginning for anyone checking it out for the first time, but once it’s mastered, there are few problems trying to navigate. Still, the overall experience is still lacking in substance over other rival and more mature platforms.
Taking a gander at the tablet’s set of core organizer apps, they offer the same basic functionality we find on other platforms – though, it doesn’t have Android’s deeper and seamless functions. With the email experience, it’s pretty much steering the correct direction with its straightforward approach, while still presenting us with a tablet-optimized layout.
on-screen keyboard is also a good alternative. Not only are we given a spacious layout, but it’s complemented by its speedy response, accuracy, and tertiary layouts. Specifically, it also features a split-style layout and a hand writing recognition service.
Processor and Memory:
Complementing its razor sharp looks, the VivoTab RT is powered by the venerable quad-core 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. As a whole, the tablet performs smoothly, as expected, especially considering that Windows RT is a stable platform. Of course, we’re greeted with fluid operations with nearly everything, but it still exhibits just a pinch of sluggishness whenever it’s trying to juggle an assortment of apps simultaneously.
Surely, its 32GB of internal storage might not seem as exorbitant as some laptop hard drives, but it’s enough to appease multimedia conscious users to store their content on the tablet. Even better, the microSD card slot and USB attachment port can expand its tally.
Internet and Connectivity:
Seriously, it’s like heaven when it comes to surfing the web on the VivoTab RT! For starters, its performance is characteristic of any high-end beast, as it’s able to produce buttery smooth navigational controls, fast page loads, and proper rendering with Internet Explorer. Alternatively, we can get the full IE10 experience by getting into the desktop mode, which essentially dishes up that likable desktop-like experience we’re so accustomed to seeing on PCs.
At the moment, this is available in Wi-Fi only form, or In AT&T-friendly 4G LTE version. Not surprisingly, it’s packing all the usual characters of connectivity features that are commonly expected – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC.