Thursday, March 7, 2013

Few weeks using the HP ElitePad 900

I've been testing the HP ElitePad 900 for the past few weeks. When I was at the HIMSS conference, I used the ElitePad as my main device. I also carried a portable Bluetooth keyboard so that I could do some fast typing. The ElitePad never ran out of battery life even though I used it all day. This is one of the first Windows devices I have ever owned that delivers impressive battery life all day.

In case you're wondering about performance and speed, the dual core Intel Atom processor is much faster than previous generation Atom processors. If you do a lot of intensive computing, then you'll want to get a device powered by an Intel i5 or i7 processor, but those devices won't have all-day battery life.

After spending a few weeks with the HP ElitePad 900, I've grown very accustomed to computing on the Windows 8 environment. Windows 8 starts up faster, switches between apps faster, and uses power more efficiently than Windows 7.

Windows 8 is really two operating systems in one device. It's a true enterprise desktop operating system that largely resembles Windows 7 (but without the Windows start button) and it's a mobile operating system that uses touch-friendly tiles and mobile apps. Don't forget that some mobile devices are running Windows RT which only runs apps that you download from the Windows Store. Mobile devices running Windows RT will not run enterprise applications designed for legacy Windows operating system.

I plan to spend some time testing and reviewing some other Windows 8 devices, so stay tuned as I go through this journey and use various Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks.

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