Tablets are some amazing little devices. They run extremely fast for their size and bring the huge world of the cloud into the pockets of everyone from students to businessmen. The big question is where in this fast moving tablet market are the devices for designers? Where are the powerful long lasting tablets that can hold their own against a laptop? It is not an often asked question but maybe it should be asked.
Take Apple for example they have powerful graphics processors and an amazing sense for design but the Ipad and even Ipad 2 lack in the ability to us them for daily design work. I admit that this is not what they are meant for but with the huge amount of Apple users being designers they (if not already) should be thinking about this.
Personally I am not particular to any type of operating system as long as it has the strength to power the Adobe suite and my music (which is essential). This then leads to PC’s and if they have enough gall to stomach a power hungry processor and the memory to use the Adobe CS5 suite.
Well in searching one will find a match few and far between. The closest I found was the Asus Eee Slate which though low on the battery life (3 hours) packs enough punch with an Intel i5 processor to make the cut. The main trouble with the eeslate is its price tag $998.00 + tax which is for some not that bad. Though I am looking for a little more in the battery life department for it to dig into my pockets that deep.
Other tablets and slate that run windows are on their way to the market, yet it seems it will take a few more years to reach the sweet spot on cost, battery life, and processing speed.