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Ever since the Apple iPad Tablet market the rapid rise. Microsoft has been in the desktop and notebook market shaking heaven and Earth, Tablet craze makes Microsoft began to worry that they adhere to the market will be flat erosion, after several years of gestation and development, Win8 systems as well as Surface RT tablet was born. But Surface RT also has a fatal weakness–can’t have abundance of Windows before running the application, in order to make it clear to consumers Windows RT and the difference between Microsoft Windows 8 also took great effort. But for ordinary consumers to ascertain the relationship between the two seems to be not easy, so Samsung simply abandon ATIV Tab in United States listed.
However the Tablet is also sold in other countries. We finally starting with a through other channels, we have come to the conclusion that after the evaluation ATIV Tab has to be much better than Surface RT!
If you play with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 or Galaxy Note 10.1, it congratulates you, look you can skip. ATIV Tab and Samsung Tablet is almost the same as a decade, Samsung still own design style. That is camera is still plastic casing, through the polished look of metallic. Although a bit cheap, but combat drop damage and scratching capabilities are better than one.
▲ Back continues to be commonly used by Samsung plastic polishing
▲ Back 5 million pixel camera and Flash features
▲ Right ATIV Tab uses a solid home bar design
Above the front have a 1.9 million-megapixel front-facing camera, Center founder under the screen there is a home button Windows RT system entities. Keep using flat high quality loudspeaker design, and stereo speakers placed in the front of the fuselage on both sides, metal grid on the speaker feels very good. 3.5mm headphone jack at the top, power key, volume keys, microSD card slot, micro-HDMI, and USB 2 ports. Does not have any buttons on both sides of the fuselage, there is a very simple, refined feeling. Border power interfaces, base interface at the bottom there are specially prepared for the keyboard interface.
▲ The bottom port feature
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Internal configuration, equipped with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 APQ8060A (referred to below will show better battery life Surface RT, speculated that distinction should be between the 28nm process and 45nm processors), Adreno 225 image processor and 2GB RAM, same configuration could be found in the Lenovo Idea Tab S220 and Dell XPS 10. 32GB internal storage capacity, without a 16GB version, largely because Microsoft Windows RT systems will account for 11GB, so the obvious 32GB of internal storage space is too small, not enough.
Working in our hardware design has been carefully following the evaluation, foot under the Samsung still is in the quality of that work, and ATIV Tab to the highest standards required to design, manufacture, we used the hand twisted, pressure (test of mild violence) camera, there will be no plastic kind of crunch sound, works very well. Instead of protection, in cases directly into the camera bag, you need to pick up time and did not find any scratches, which ATIV Tab is very suitable for Office functions. The three dimensions 265.8mm*168.1mm*7mm, weight reached 570g, compared to Surface RT 680g lighter, the structure is more compact. After all, Samsung has been designing hardware, has advantages in this respect will not be difficult.
Screens, as well as over sound
Microsoft Windows RT first generation Tablet resolution is limited to the 1366*768, now the top Android 1920*1200 resolution, as well as the iPad for 2560*1600 resolution, is a little shabby. But the reality is that as long as you are not very close distances to watch the screen difference is not obvious, plus Microsoft technology in font handling, display fonts also are very clear.
Now that the season of winter, outdoor test screen when the Sun is not strong, such cases were able to observe from a large angle to the screen display. Because of ATIV Tab does not eject bracket like the Microsoft surface, so if you want to use this piece of flat films, we recommend that you purchase a pedestal, hand-holding plate to the cinema is a very tiring job. Fitted with brackets and Surface with RT, brightness to maximum, ATIV s backlight brightness can be observed to be higher than the Sruface.
The speaker did well on both sides of the fuselage, bass is also good, the greatest volume of sound is also very large. Not very scientific test, we put the camera in an open room, closed the door, increase the maximum to the music. Speaker sound clear and crisp. That is to imagine situations where, if you are having a small party at home, this machine to act as a small speaker.
Performance and battery life
▲ Differences due to processor technology process, ATIV Tab to be better than the Surface life
If you have never used a Windows 8 and Windows RT, especially if you are coming from the Android and iOS devices, you can immediately feel the Windows before RT and differ both in the system response. For example, when you turn a flat 90 degree switch from horizontal to vertical, the screen display is not only turn a 90 degree will be narrowed and then …. then get the 90 degree transition animation. ATIV Tab like this happened on a few times.
▲ ATIV Tab life
Similar situations also have a APP load speed, if you’re used to clicking, get loaded, then Windows loading speed of the RT system to an average of 5 seconds will make you a little adaptation. For example, open the video player, click after the magnets, appears with a red background, there are several starting points around the pictures rotate around the Central picture schematic APP is loading. But when the APP is fully loaded when running, very smooth no cotton, even if you switch between several APP, slide action, responsiveness of the software quickly, rarely seen Caton.
In our testing of electricity consumption, by looping a movie and turn on WiFi, brightness up to the 50%. ATIV Tab can hold 12 hours and 30 minutes, breaking the technology we dependence tests of a similar record, which is also a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 got 12 hours 1 minutes.
Windows RT on October 26, in order to compete with Android and iOS, Windows RT is based on the ARM processor design systems. Back in October when we were evaluating Windows 8, we discovered that Microsoft encountered difficulties in this area, which is the Windows 8 and Windows RT is the same in appearance on the UI and behavior, consumers may confuse the two. This may also be why Samsung ATIV Tab was canceled in the United States causes to be sold. While RT has a desktop model, but Windows RT is not compatible x86 software. For the general consumer does not easily explained.
Video playback is also problematic, we test video file formats are. MP4, encountered a large number of frames as well as decoding issue.
System comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, although with some modifications to suit the RT system. It is unfortunate, the optimization of Office software for touch screen and not enough, perhaps Microsoft is also taking into account the problems, leaving a USB port to connect external devices. After you have connected to the mouse, which many software to control smoothly.
Now Windows RT app store application in a social class is still relatively low. And the People Hub is not good enough, like Twitter and Facebook is still short of the official application. Although there are applications to replace, but are a bit poor quality, the application simply by converting the mobile version of Twitter pages to render content. Other commonly used like Instagram, Spotify, NPR, such as Dropbox software don’t have (foreign social applications are lacking, worse in China).
Other aspects of
▲ Photo effect
ATIV Tab rear camera 5 million pixel effect barely passing, we recorded a number of winter color, images with a color smearing. Also some white, too light. Comes with camera software lacks the touch focus feature, there is no filter can be selected. But Samsung’s own image processing tools to add some filters to take pictures, Samsung will have a white balance in the camera APP provided such a Setup, it’s normal, macro shooting mode.
Microsoft Surface compared to Samsung ATIV Tab RT with lighter, thinner, gripping feeling better benefits. And battery life is much better than Surface RT, connected to the mouse, the keyboard can also be very good after production. When it comes to defect, more Microsoft Windows RT system, such as application is not rich enough. Also had to said of, and Microsoft “Pro-son” competition is does not easy of, like Google Nexus 4 on has system update most fast, and and Google official system optimization of advantage, this description other of hardware manufacturers to and Google, and Microsoft they of products competition is easily of, needs hardware manufacturers spent more of Kung Fu to produced out excellent of hardware to competition, currently view Samsung in this area do was also good.