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10 disadvantages Windows 8 tablets have compared to the iPad and Android
Windows 8 can be different things to different users and that's by design. I use it heavily on tablets and have come to appreciate how well it works on the slate. Tablets running Windows 8 have some advantages over the competition, detailed in a recent article (linked below).
I use iPads and Android tablets a lot, too, and it's apparent that Windows 8 falls short in some areas. That is because both iOS and Android were written from the ground up for mobile devices, and Windows 8 is still a PC OS under the glitz. That is an advantage over the competition in some ways and lessens the quality of the user experience in other ways.
Having discussed the advantages Windows tablets have over the competition, it's only fair to point out how it could be better. That's how to push improvements after all.
This is not intended to bash Windows tablets, the more I use them the more I like them. They are full PCs after all, and that's a good thing. That is also the reason for Windows tablets falling short compared to the competition in some areas.
Windows 8.1 is coming and it may address some of these concerns. That's in the future, though, and this article is dealing with the here and now.
This is dealing strictly with the tablet user experience and how it compares to the competition.
Apps, apps, apps
The Microsoft Store is getting apps at a rapid pace, but the selection falls short compared to the iPad and Android tablets. Not all apps in the iTunes store or the Google Play store are gems, but when you need a good app to do something you can find one. That's not the case with Windows 8, at least not yet.
Inconsistent touch control
Windows 8 is very versatile with both the Metro environment and the legacy desktop. The latter makes it possible to install any legacy Windows program you need, but that comes at a cost.
The desktop environment works with touch control, a critical part of the tablet user experience (UX), it doesn't work particularly well. The Metro side of things handles touch control nicely, but when you slide over into the desktop it is not so.
Sure, that's largely due to running old apps not optimized for touch but it's still jarring when you switch back and forth. It's necessary to do that due to the lack of touch apps for Metro, and that needs to improve.