Although many of our more aggressive computer users will opt for the Samsung ATIV Tablet, we imagine that device will come at a premium price: ~$800? So for those who are focused more on consumption of media instead of producing it, may we offer you the VivoTab RT for your consideration?
The VivoTab RT from ASUS is smaller than the Samsung with only a 10.1” Super IPS display. That actually made it feel really nice to hold—not too big, not too small. In addition, it has 32GB of on board storage and a zippy quad-core Tegra 3 TE processor. Not too shabby.
RT tablets are unique in that they don’t run the full OS, just Windows RT apps. Having said that, it does have a desktop mode with IE10, File Explorer and a full Office 2013 suite on board. And those RT apps aren’t too bad either.
We think the price between the ASUS and Samsung will be the defining factor for many with the former being significantly cheaper than ‘Pro’ tablets. But from our experience, it’s a nifty little gizmo that we’d like to keep on the couch with us.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.