We spend a lot of time here focused on Android tablets and, of course, Apple’s iPad. However, there is a third major player in the tablet market – Microsoft. Admittedly Microsoft was very late to the tablet party and even when they finally came out with their own take on tablets, the Surface, they got off to a slow start.
Today, however, things are different. Microsoft finally caught up to the rest of the tablet world and more and more hardware designers started creating tablets powered by Windows. Then came Windows 10. The much improved version of Windows, especially when compared to Windows 8, has breathed new life into devices powered by Windows.
Now there is no short supply of Windows-based tablets on the market. In fact, Microsoft’s own line of tablets, the Surface, are some of the most popular tablets in the world and the company that once found itself left out of the market is enjoying amazing growth that has been eating away at the dominance of Android and Apple.
Of course, many of you may be wondering if you should bother with a Windows tablet. After all, you have gotten used to the iPad or Android. Is it really worth making the change? While I can’t really answer that for you, as so much of it depends on you and how you use your tablet. What I can say is that you shouldn’t count Microsoft out when you are tablet shopping. They offer some of the best tablets on the market and when powered by Windows 10 you gain access to many features that you would never have if you didn’t use Windows.
Reasons to Choose a Windows Tablet
Let’s take a look at several reasons to choose a Windows tablet. While they may not be for everyone, many users will recognize the value that these features bring to the table and you could find that a Windows tablet is actually a much better fit for your needs compared to other tablets on the market.
Reason 1: Familiar user experience
One of the first things you will notice about a Windows tablet is how close it is to the same experience as your laptop or desktop. That’s because it is powered by Windows 10. Sure, there is a tablet mode that gives you nice large icons to tap on, but with a few taps of your finger you can gain access to your full desktop just like you would have at home on your laptop or desktop computer powered by the same version of Windows. This makes it very easy to go back and forth between your devices, and you don’t have to relearn how to do things. If you can operate a Windows 10 computer, you can use a tablet powered by the same operating system. Everything will look and feel the same.
Reason 2: Peripherals
This is probably my favorite feature of a Windows tablet. Because it is powered by Windows, you essentially have the same hardware compatibility you have come to expect on your PC, only in tablet form. That means that your keyboard and mouse that you love will probably connect with ease just as they do on your desktop computer. Now, you will be limited on the number of ports on your tablet. But many Windows tablets have at least one USB port. With that, you can connect a USB hub and connect almost anything without much work on your part. Now, if you don’t want to invest in a hub, you can always try the next option on this list and transform your tablet into a mobile workstation.
Reason 3: Docking Ability
One of the coolest parts about many Windows 10 tablets is the ability to dock them and use them as a full laptop replacement. Remember those days when you would take your laptop and drop it into a dock? When you did, you would be able to use a full size keyboard and mouse and often you could even run multiple monitors off your handy laptop. This same ability is now available for many Windows 10 tablets. Of course, it all depends on the tablet you purchase. But, if you buy one of the high end tablets, chances are you can dock it without much work on your part. On top of that, because of the peripheral compatibility, you may even be able to use third party docks to accomplish what you want so you never have to worry about switching devices or what hardware you can and can’t use. Try that with an Android tablet or an Apple iPad. It just won’t work.
Reason 4: Desktop Applications
If there is one thing that I often miss when using a tablet, it’s desktop applications. Sure, there are many different alternatives and options out there to replace your desktop apps, but none of these are quite the same as the original. Often these apps feel stripped down and lack many of the features that you have come to rely on. In other cases, there simply isn’t an alternative to the desktop application. Adobe’s Photoshop comes to mind here. But, if you run Windows on your tablet, you can install and run all of your typical Windows desktop apps right on your tablet. Many of these won’t necessarily be optimized for touch so using them may be difficult, unless you plug in a mouse and keyboard, of course.
Reason 5: Many Choices
Because Microsoft licenses Windows 10 to many different hardware manufacturers, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing your tablet. Microsoft, as you probably already know, has the Surface line of tablets. But they aren’t the only ones that make Windows-based tablets. Almost all the tablet makers, including Acer, ASUS and many more, have tablets powered by Windows 10 in their hardware lineups. More choice is always a good thing. These tablets come in a wide range of prices designed for users with all types of budgets and they all come with a different set of hardware and features to fit everyone’s needs. Compare that to Apple, that has only a few options for iPads that are all very similar to one another.
Reason 6: Seamless Experience
If there is one thing that users demand these days, it’s a seamless experience. It’s why they use the same software across very different devices, if possible. With a Windows 10 tablet, you don’t have to worry about that. Your transition from one device to another will be seamless. If you use a Microsoft account, you will even be able to easily sync all your settings and apps as you go. Load something on one device, and it will appear on the other without you having to spend time installing a bunch of software over and over. On top of that, you will be able to sync your files if you use the cloud to store your files. If you store everything on the cloud, you will quickly be able to work on a file and pick right up where you left off on that file with your other device.
Reason 7: Workplace Security and Compatibility
If there is one area where Microsoft shines, it’s business. Much of their software and way of thinking are designed specifically with businesses in mind. Windows 10, and especially the Pro version, comes with a host of networking and security features designed to keep businesses safe and secure. This same software and security can be found on tablets when they are powered by Windows 10 Professional, meaning business owners and IT professionals know what they are dealing with right out the box. Combine that with the peripherals and docking abilities, and many businesses could completely replace their bulky desktops with small tablets and docks while still getting the same functionality.
So Should You Choose a Windows Tablet?
Really, only you can answer this question. However, many of these reasons really mean that a tablet powered by Microsoft’s operating system makes sense. In the end, it’s all about how you use it and the features you expect from your tablet. Android and iPad may have more apps out there, but if you are looking for a device to bring you the very best of both the mobile and the desktop market, then a Windows powered tablet is the best choice, by far.
While many still don’t even bother considering a Windows tablet, don’t count them out just yet. As you can see from the list above, there are many great reasons to choose a Windows tablet instead of Android or Apple.
While these tablets really do shine in a work environment over all the competition, they can still make amazing tablets for home users alike. Heck, you may even be able to use one of these as a true laptop replacement, considering you can install pretty much anything you want on it. If you are tired of what Apple and Android have to offer and are looking for something to truly give you a seamless user experience across your devices, then look no further than a Windows 10 tablet. I know you will be glad you did.
Tell us about your experiences with Windows tablets. Were they good or bad? Do you prefer using a tablet powered by Windows instead of a more traditional tablet powered by Android or an iPad from Apple? If so, sound off about your experience below. If you disagree, we want to hear from you, too. Tell us why you think Microsoft still has more work to do before they can truly call themselves a tablet maker. We are awaiting your comments!