Tablets are convenient, but their operating systems have significant limitations. So can a Win10 machine replace an Apple iPad — with no compromises?
Based on personal experience, I can give a qualified yes — and the qualifications are relatively small.
Sometime around the end of last year, I stopped using my iPad. It wasn’t really a conscious decision; it’s just that when I wanted to use something bigger than a smartphone but lighter than a PC, I found that I increasingly picked up a small, lightweight, Win10 laptop-tablet hybrid (laplet) I own. Over time, I discovered that I preferred the small Windows machine to the iPad in almost every way.
To be fair, my iPad is far from top of the line. It’s an old iPad 2 that doesn’t support Siri, and its power button is wearing out.
But my laplet isn’t exactly top of the line either; it’s an ASUS Transformer Book T100 (more info) I bought in 2013 — largely because it was cheap and had a touchscreen. With 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 32-bit OS, it just might be the least powerful computer ever sold with Windows 8.
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The ASUS T100 is effectively a Windows tablet with a detachable keyboard. It came originally with Win8.0; it was then upgraded to Version 8.1 and then to Windows 10.