In my practice, I don't go to court often. More of an office practitioner. Then last week, among several "deal closings" I had to shuffle between client offices and a guardianship hearing for a long time, now elderly, client. And guess what...yep...it wasn't all there on that itty-bitty Asus VivoTab Note 8. Again I was stymied by "settling" for a multi-device solution.
Now, the remaining six readers I have left should recognize that I have not given the in-depth review of the AVN8 that I had promised. Here it is in a nutshell:
- Very small, light, and mobile
- Mediocre screen - major league fingerprint/smudge magnet
- Screen also has "rough patches" which can't be seen but felt with pen while writing
- Pretty good Wacom performance; weak within 1cm of edges
- Plastic casing is nothing to write home about
- Good WiFi performance
- Speed and responsiveness very good
- It's going back to Microsoft
Why is it going back - because the 8" screen is just too small for fast paced note taking during a meeting. I felt I was scrolling around a lot like you have to do on an iPad. Plus, 32GB, even with 64GB mSDXC, is not sufficient for all the junk I keep finding I need whether or not I have internet access.
That first reason deserves a better explanation. I found that the 8" screen, even with Wacom goodness, is not enough real estate for my old hands when it comes to note taking. Plus, this tablet lives for portrait mode, but I take notes in landscape in order to get the "feel" of a regular sheet (width) of paper. For many people, this will be a good quick note taking option (think small moleskin), but for me, it was just too small, and just introduces a third device to my life for no good reason. I'm beginning to see why some of my friends swear by a Galaxy Note 3/Surface combination rather than three separate devices - a phone device for the pinch hitting duties when the real computer is not around. It seems like my smartphone (iPhone 5) is NEVER far from my side, and I could see how a little note taker like the GN3 would be handy - but it is ANDROID - no, not ANOTHER OS in my life...
As for that SPro 2 - thanks to Best Buy's overly generous 45 day return policy for tech addicts, it hadn't quite made its way back to hell as I envisioned in last week's post. I dusted it off, updated the display and USB drivers as my friends at Tablet PC Review recommended, and it has been clean and sober for 72 hours now. Somehow, I've got to develop a little patience (which may have come in the form of my office manager who informed me there will be no more returns/exchanges/upgrades or shenanigans on her watch!) - wait...this is me we are talking about...I seem to remember penning a blog post about patience not being a virtue...
So, I am going to refocus my attention, and this blog, on making the best case I can for Surface Pro 2 and the Windows 8.1 tablet experience in the business world. That includes shining a big spotlight on OneNote, Microsoft's unsung hero (or red headed stepchild).