Windows 8 slate or iPad

Moderated by Lawrence Dignan | March 12, 2012 -- 07:00 GMT (00:00 PDT)

Summary: Which is the better tablet for the enterprise?

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

Windows 8 slate



Josh Gingold

Josh Gingold

Best Argument: Windows 8 slate

The moderator has delivered a final verdict.

Opening Statements

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.

Engineers in my office can't wait for Windows 8 slate computers where they will get the portability and convenience of a tablet without the limitations of the iPad. Success of Windows 8 slates may hinge on price, stability, apps, and attractive hardware, but the timing seems right in 2012 and people are excited about the potential.

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.


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  • I own both

    I own both an iPad2 and a Samsung Series7 Slate (Core i5, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, BT + WiFi + CellularData).

    The iPad is a nice device for casual usage. It has lots of games, a pretty decent browser, it's light and lasts forever on a single charge.

    But it's missing all the other stuff I do with my primary computing experience.

    My Slate on the other hand is essentially a laptop without a keyboard. It too has a very nice touch-friendly user experience, especially since the Win8 Consumer Preview started delivering useful apps like email, etc.). But this device also runs everything else I depend upon for my work & play. It runs full-blown Office, Visual Studio & all my dev tools, synchronizes all my notes and docs with the cloud, etc. And this is just the first step down Microsoft's bold new path of a completely redesigned user experience for the future. It'll be fascinating to see how app vendors and developers re-imagine their app experiences as Metro-style apps in the coming months and years. In the meantime, all my current apps run just as they do today.

    With my iPad, I still need a laptop to run corporate & LOB apps, run many of the tools I depend upon for my livelihood, etc.

    My slate basically allows me to replace my laptop! I now have one device upon which I can do pretty much everything.
    Reply Vote I'm for Windows 8 slate
    • Ipad has nice games

      But your slate will have better... As it can run anything windows 7 can as its an intel processor (i am aware you know this, just pointing it out)

      So people who say well Apple has 500,000 apps in its eco-system, his tablet will have ermmmm how many 10's of millions?
      Reply 1 Vote I'm for Windows 8 slate
      • 10s of millions?

        Will he be able to load those 10s of millions of apps on his slate? Doesn't sound practical, how much time would it take to try out 10s of millions of apps? Could you post a list of the 10s of millions of apps for us?
        Reply Vote I'm for iPad
      • Ipad has nice games

        Exactly, you don't see MS launching commercials about how the PC has over 10 Million apps because they don't have to! It surprises me how foolish consumers can be. Most Apps for iPad replace common tools that you already have access to. Their just wrappers to hide the complicated pieces that most consumers don't understand. I've been waiting for Windows 8 ever since the iPad launched because I know I can trust MS to make a solid OS that's compatible with my current tools and full versions of the products I know and love.
        Reply 1 Vote I'm for Windows 8 slate
      • Microsoft doesn't think so

        According to Microsoft, Windows 8 on ARM will not run ANY existing Windows applications. If your slate is on Intel architecture you may be able to run some (but far from most) Windows applications, but could you actually use them? Desktop applications are designed for high resolution pointing device such as mouse and keyboard, not touch.
        Reply Vote I'm for iPad
      • They don't of course

        You don't see Microsoft advertising the number of apps they have for Windows 8, because as of today, they don't have any. Windows 8 is not yet shipping.

        When it does ship, we can count beans.
        Reply Vote I'm for iPad
      • apps for windows 8

        MS has said many times "If it can run on windows 7, it will run on windows 8 using the intel chipset". Period.! all of them! if there's 10 million, then it will run 10 million.
        Reply 1 Vote I'm for Windows 8 slate
      • haha


        You want me to post every single app ever released for.....

        Windows XP
        Windows Vista
        Windows 7

        I don't think i have enough time in my life to find them all..
        However while i see you are from Ipad. How about you go research how many of them 500,000 apps are soundboards, or fart buttons.
        Reply Vote I'm for Windows 8 slate
      • load 500,000 apps on your ipad.

        tell me, how do i do that?
        other *
        Reply Vote I'm for Windows 8 slate
      • Legacy lost

        Sorry but zero legacy application will run on a W8 slate. Microsoft said so. Also, those '10???s of millions' will look pretty bad in Metro.
        Reply 1 Vote I'm for iPad