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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but has issues, 31 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Lenovo Miix2 8-inch Tablet (Silver) - (Intel Atom 1.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Windows 8.1) (Personal Computers)
This is a Windows PC and thus runs everything that runs on a PC. So Flash works, JAVA works, every web site works, your MS Windows software works too though not always as conveniently as it could or should.

The good news:

1. Instant on.
2. Good battery life, though slow to recharge.
3. Fast reboot.
4. Very familiar as it uses windows.
5. Same low weight in grams as the Nexus 7, but significantly larger screen.

There are problems.

1. The wireless LAN is unreliable loses connection far more often than a NEXUS 7. The connection speed is often very slow and much slower than other devices. I have applied patches that improve this but do not fix the issues.

2. The device can freeze up so that no touches work. It will sometimes recover, but frequent reboots are required. Fortunately these are very quick - about 15 seconds. Much faster than an iPAD or Android. This is still quite annoying. Perhaps LENOVO or Microsoft will fix the issues. (EDIT After the 8.1.1 update this seems a lot more reliable. I have not had to reboot recently.)

3. I don't see any point to run Metro Apps, I just run regular Windows apps. The small screen combined with a fat finger and no visual feedback like a mouse cursor can make the experience very trying. It doesn't have the Android feature of magnifying the screen and inviting you to touch again to disambiguate your request. This is a massive limitation.

4. The metal casing is a bit slippery and this makes it a bit harder to hold than it could be.

It seems to me that designers at Microsoft decided that Windows Apps can't run on a touch tablet and spent all their time on the Metro UI. Of course, the #1 reason to buy a Windows tablet is to run Windows apps. If I want a whole new UI I might as well use an Android Tablet like the Nexus 10 and 7 I already had.

Microsoft really must make it run legacy Windows Apps and then, in my humble opinion, Windows tablets become compelling.

It is hard to rate the number of Stars when it works it is easily a 5. When it hangs or loses wireless connection it is a one star device. I think 4 stars is too generous, but 3 stars a bit mean.
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2014 20:36:04 BDT
http://www.istartedsomething.com/20110917/windows-8-tip-enabling-demo-like-touch-feedback/

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2014 23:13:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jun 2014 11:13:54 BDT
Paul says:
Thanks Ibrahim.

I have now enabled "Optimize visual feedback for projection to an external monitor." This is very useful.
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