Windows 8 slate
Best Argument: Windows 8 slate
Nothing beats a Windows computer
Matthew Miller: There is no question that the iPad is THE tablet for the consumer, I have a new LTE iPad on pre-order. I've taken my iPad 2 on the road for short business trips and written articles on how you can get work done on the go, through apps and remote access. However, you almost always have to make some kind of trade-off (connectivity required, loss of formatting, reduced functionality, limited multi-tasking, etc.) to use the iPad for "real work" and as a professional engineer there isn't anything that can beat a Windows computer.
Consumer hearts and minds
Josh Gingold: Apple has already won what might be the most important part of this debate: the battle for the hearts and minds of consumers.
Why is this important? Because the rising popularity of the iPad (15 million units sold in the last quarter alone) coincides with the equally important trend toward BYOD, or bring your own device. As a result, enterprise IT and business decision-makers are already forced to recognize and support Apple products in what has traditionally been a PC stronghold. Arguably, the iPad -- and perhaps the iPhone before it -- have given Apple the foothold it needed to penetrate the enterprise market.
So which is better for the enterprise? Well, we're not quite in the so-called "post PC era" just yet and this particular category of devices isn't likely to totally replace the laptop or desktop any time soon, at least not for many of the common business applications. As such, this is really more a matter of which platform is most likely to become a category mainstay for enterprise portfolios. To me, it's no longer just a matter of form factor and features but rather what people want to use and right now that appears to be the iPad.