Farewell, Yoga 11

by Volker Weber

I have reset the Yoga 11 yesterday and sent it back today. Time for a brief wrap-up.

Love the hardware. Minus the keyboard. Too many typos. Minus the clunky power supply. Everything else is just perfect. This is the Windows RT version of the Yoga. No legacy Windows. A brave new world. Low power processor, no bloatware, looooong battery life.

However, there is a problem:

Two circles. The left one contains all software that runs on Windows 7. The overlapping right circle runs on Windows 8. Look at the two tiny slices. On your left the software that no longer works with Windows 8. And on your right, the software that only runs on Windows 8. Or Windows 8 RT. That is the slice you live in with the Yoga 11.

If you go for an RT device, you are an early adopter. The O/S isn't done, IMNSHO. And the software isn't there (yet?). This has the potential to blow up. About half of the OEMs, which wanted to ship RT devices, have scrapped their initial plans. Surface sales are not encouraging.

Why would Microsoft issue a statement of ongoing support for 5 years? That's an IBM move to reassure everyone that they are going to support Lotus Notes in the future.

Comments

Danke, Volker. Ich liebäugle derweil mit einem Samsung Tablet mit Tastatur (x86) oder dem Asus Vivo Tab mit UMTS und Tastatur (RT).

Aber erstmal sehen, was Nokia dieses Jahr zustande bringt. Schönes Lumia im Bild, BTW ;)

Hubert Stettner, 2013-01-03

I am to (south east + north) asia now for two weeks and Windows 8 on mobile devices (I include the Yoga here) seems to be everywhere. Just a marketing hype, or will Android die?

Volker Kächele, 2013-01-03

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