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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice Sized and apportioned Tablet; Windows 8 just doesn't help it., 12 Feb. 2014
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)
The Lenovo Miix2 is a (barely) pocketable Windows 8 tablet; running full Windows 8 rather than the cut down RT version. I have been using Windows 8 on my desktop (as a developer) before it was released and thought that I would enjoy using it as my tablet computer. After looking at a number of different tablets; including a colleagues Surface Pro 2 i found the Miix2, liked the size, weight and battery life and took the plunge. In getting it to this size Lenovo has included a Headphone, USB and MicroSD ports and bluetooth and wifi. It doesn't have a video out option.

After charging it up with the included charger and cable; I found that of the 32gb of original storage out of the box roughly 10gb was left was available for applications and documents. In this day and age of saving files on cloud storage like Microsofts Skydrive it shouldn't matter; but the more i travel this year the more I find how 4g just doesn't have the coverage, 3g is still too slow to use and none of my clients have public wifi points meaning i need files locally. That was quickly addressed by plugging a MicroSD Card into the device; something an iPad can't do; though a 32gb iPad comes with a lot closer to 32gb of storage - microsoft needs to start getting devices installing windows onto a separate storage space from the user.

In your hand the device feels robust. The screen is bright; and has a quite high resolution. The included apps load quickly; so long as you remember to close them down when they aren't running. The more apps you open the quicker the battery haemorrhages its life - just using office apps I haven't been able to get more than 5 hours without reaching for a power cable.

In use those 5 hours are VERY painful for all but one app - Onenote. I absolutely adore Onenote (available for free from the Microsoft App Store) and the Miix2 (with the optional pen) is close to the perfect one note device.) The issues for this and other windows tablets are the keyboard takes up too much room in landscape mode; and when you need numbers unlike iOS and android they are grouped in a little keypad - so 4 is off to the side rather than above the letter R. Desktop apps are very difficult to use without a mouse; there is no proximity detection of your finger so when you click there is a measure of rushing roulette to your success.

If you stick to the modern desktop apps and browser it does work very well; sadly most all of Office isn't in Modern Desktop and unless you have the pen you have to click icons far smaller than my fingers and press and hold for left click. If you do have the pen; one discovery was that at the hand writing recognition is absolutely fantastic.

The leaves me with a mixed bag; the device is brilliant, and if you want a tablet for Skype and Modern UI apps like one note its easy to use and more functional than an iPad thanks to proper multitasking. Its a disaster for inputting information even with a pen. That input problem compounds when you use the desktop as its entirely hit and miss what you click. Apple and googles productivity apps may leave a lot to be desired; but they may have left things out in the reach for actual usability. 2* because of the windows; the actual device is 5*.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2014 11:20:29 GMT
WP7Mango says:
Call yourself a developer, and yet you don't even know how to enable the full standard on-screen keyboard? Well, let me explain...

1. From Charms, select Settings, then Change PC Settings, then PC and Devices.
2. Select the Typing option.
3. The last item is "Add the standard keyboard layout as a touch keyboard option". Switch this ON.

This enables a full size standard keyboard layout just like a physical keyboard, with numbers above the letters, and even function keys are available.

Posted on 8 Mar 2014 08:30:58 GMT
Thanks for a useful review. Almost all 8" windows tablets get negative reviews for windows desktop use. I have a 10.1 tablet with Wacom pen, and windows apps are still a pain. However a windows tablet is still cheaper than iPad, runs Flash and JavaScript and allows use of standard windows apps - better than Apple but not as good as it could be.

Posted on 10 Mar 2014 16:12:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2014 16:13:18 GMT
A well written and useful review although I (personally) don't think the gripes you have with it means it deserves a 2* review.

Yes the desktop is difficult to use on a tablet - there's just no getting around that - however, to expect to be able to use the desktop via touch on an 8" tablet without any issues is unrealistic. Your review should point out that it is possible to use both a keyboard and/or mouse via bluetooth (or USB) for the occasions where you need to input a lot of text or work more precisely. Both Apple and Google's tablets suffer from losing around 50% of the screen when the keyboard is shown, and neither can compete with the handwriting recognition.

As more apps (especially productivity apps) appear in the Windows Store, the less you need need to use the desktop mode over the much more touch-friendly Modern UI mode.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2014 14:14:26 GMT
Jraff says:
Do you have any experience at running older games on these tablets? I like to play turn-based games such Alpha Centuri, X-Com, etc ... (you can imagine how much fun I am at parties!) and to be able to play them on a tablet computer would be fantastic.

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 13:47:24 BDT
What exactly is rushing roulette? Can't find it on the app store.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2015 23:40:19 BDT
EricD says:
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