Here’s the comparison between Windows 8 vs Android Tablets. Their complete features and specifications are given below.
With its commercial debut scheduled to happen in October 2012, Windows 8 will be an addition to the battle for supremacy between Android and iOS based tablets. Like the others, the OS is introduced with the intention of innovating better ways of using tablets for businesses and at workplaces. But the question that how far it impresses customers and the measures Microsoft has taken to secure its position in the Android-monopolized tablet market still remains an enigma.
One factor that contributed to the increase in tablet sales is the feasibility to host e-reader apps, which made them inevitable for businesses and end users who had less time to spend in front of their personal computers and laptops.
Windows 8 is based on Metro User Interface and with a wide network of customers for the market through the use of desktops and laptops with Windows OS environment, end users are much comfortable with Windows and are less familiar with the Linux-based Android.
The most impressive and innovative feature of Windows 8 OS is multitasking. The inconvenience of performing more than one task at a time in Android-based tablets is eliminated from Windows 8 OS, and applications can be run side by side without having to disrupt your work. Moreover, Android limits the users from downloading files larger than 4GB. On the other hand, with the support from Windows NTFS file system, the use of Windows 8 in tablets can support your requirements of downloading larger files. Good news to those looking for file sharing between the windows based desktops or laptops and tablets, as Windows 8 tablets are the most compatible for file transfer.
By integrating enterprise management solutions into the tablets, Windows 8 based tablets are bound to change the use of tablets in business. Performance is a concern associated with most Android apps. However, tablets operating on Windows 8 platform are expected to address this challenge by including more fine-tuned Windows 8 apps. Even so, Android tablets are found to provide better battery performance and the OS supports a lot of applications.
Playing videos is no more a concern with tablets, as Windows 8 based devices come with Microsoft Media Foundation that does not require you to force hardware acceleration while playing videos. Document compatibility is another concern with devices functioning on Android environment as they use alternatives to MS office. As such, foreign texts are often misspelled, misplaced or unreadable. Font related issues are found to be common in Android based devices and the issue still remains unaddressed.
With its long term market presence, Android has been tried and tested for years and is suitable for many mobiles and tablets. Nevertheless, with the most innovative touch interface and easy-to-manage infrastructure, Windows 8 is a recreated version of Windows 7, and its user friendliness and application based compatibility might be enough to impress end users and help Microsoft in dominating the current tablet market.
Though tablets operating on Windows 8 are expected to reap out a lot of share from the current market of tablet sales, one disadvantage might possibly hold it back from crushing the sales of Android tablets The cost of the tablets involve paying for the Windows 8 RT license, which is estimated to cost between $90 and $100 per device. It is estimated that Windows 8 tablets are set to hit the markets at $700+ compared to the much cheaper tablets operating on Android based environment with high performance. Therefore, the current surge in the sales of Android tablets might not possibly change with the introduction of Windows 8 tablets.