If you thought you had to wait until Windows 8 to get a Windows tablet you’ll be pleased to know they are still popping up despite the poor battery life Windows 7 offers in theform factor. Samsung has released the 11.6 inch Series 7 Slate PC with a 1366 x 768 screen resolution an Intel Core i5 CPU, Windows 7, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk.
Like all Windows 7 tablet makers Samsung has released a customized touch friendly app launcher, they have also included an active digitizer pen that provides the needed precision when dealing with Windows 7 traditional interface. The launcher gives you the ability to run a handful of apps that run in full screen mode, much as they would in other mobile tablet focus operating systems.
An app that I’m glad they have been able to port from Android is Swype, if you’re unfamiliar its a keyboard that allows you to run your finger across the keyboard to make words. It’s necessary to have included such software since the stock Windows touch screen keyboard is not a usable option. However, Brad Linder over at Liliputing who gave his first impressions noted that Swype “Unfortunately it has a way of taking over the input panel and popping up when you don’t need it, or when you’d rather use the Windows handwriting feature.” Since the is a software glitch we hope that they take the time to refine this feature since text input is clearly important.
One of the main advantages to running a Windows 7 operating system is that you have the ability to run full desktop apps like Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and more. If you’re looking for a desktop experience the slate also comes with an optional docking station which allows you to increase your productivity.
The notable difference between the Series 7 Slate and other Windows 7 tablets is its extremely thin profile at 0,5 inches which makes it competitive with many Android tablets. The other is its price tag, at $1149 its significantly more expensive than any Android tablet on the market and though Windows tablets are a more expensive than Android tablets this is the most expensive Windows tablet I’ve come across. Its high price comes from its premium parts with the i5 processor and the added active digitizer pen. Since Windows 7 tablets are traditionally aimed at the businesses user whose custom software can’t be ported over the iOS or Android the added cost can often be justified.