Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Acer Iconia W3 Australian release date not yet known.

The Acer Iconia W3 has been announced and according to news on the internet it is now available for pre-order in the States. One article indicated the UK market would be next but there is no mention of Australia.

The Acer Iconia W3 is an interesting device as it represents the first small form factor Windows 8 tablet. The problem with Android and iOS tablets is if you're a Windows user and have software which you use, those tablets simply won't work with the software. The time and effort involved in replacing the software can often far exceed the cost of the device. I have scripts I use with Internet Explorer, the preferred Australian English spelling for use with Office and Internet Explorer and these simply won't work on Android or iOS tablets. They will however work with a Windows tablet and to me that is what I'm interested in.

My only real concern is whilst Microsoft have worked hard to create Windows 8 so it works well on a tablet, it is hard to say how well it works until you have to live with it. To me their Mail app isn't good enough and I prefer the Desktop version of Internet Explorer to the app version, but that's when using a notebook.

This is the type of device I'm looking for. Small enough to be portable when out and about, a long battery life, and when coupled with some accessories may just cut it as a desktop/notebook replacement. It may not be the Acer model that suits me, but I get the feeling the hardware is getting close to what I'm looking for. I'm sure we can expect to see more of the 8" Windows 8 tablets announced this year.

Kelvin Eldridge
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