Tablets have become the latest technological platform that consumers are dying for. While the iPad and Android platforms rule the market now, some people would like systems that are more geared to be compatible with their Windows applications. On the other hand, not everyone is thrilled with the new Windows 8 operating system with a radically different interface. For these people, I have included a list here of the Top 10 Windows 7 tablets.
10. ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro
Not so coincidentally the 10 Pro comes in at number ten in my top 10 Windows 7 Tablets list. For the Windows user that wants to keep one foot in the Android world, the unique feature of this tablet is that it can be configured to dual boot both operating systems. Unfortunately, that is its best feature as the battery life is limited, it runs really hot, and the touchscreen does not work that well. It also comes with only a 16 GB SSD hard drive which is well below most models that appear on this list. The processor is a 1.5 GHz Atom and it has 2 GB of RAM.
9. HP Slate 500
This is a slimmer 7″ inch model which was originally supported to simply function as an ebook reader. As a result, it is not nearly as powerful as many devices on this list. The screen is not as clear, there is no GPS, and the company skimped in the camera as well. The best feature of this device is its low price which compares more with the Kindle ebook readers than most fully functional tablet computers.
8. iiView M1Touch
If you ever imagined what an iPhone would look like if it were enlarged to be as big as a 10″ tablet, this device would probably look the part. While it looks sleek like an Apple device, these dimensions do not work well for tablets in terms of usability and portability. However, the device does have some decent computing power with a 1.66 GHz Atom processor, 1-2 GB of RAM, and an ample 160 or 250 GB hard drive, although it is not solid state. The biggest problem with the device is the battery life is roughly only 3 hours, which is much less than what tablet users have come to expect.
7. Viliv S5
This device is an ultraportable 4.8″ model whose great feature is its long battery life. The biggest problem with it is the screen is too small. That being said, it packs a good amount of performance in a small device which is almost on par with netbooks. The device features a 1.33 GHz Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a standard 60 GB hard drive.
6. Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet PC
Like its more modern cousin running on Windows 8, this one stands out for its design. Converting it from a laptop to a tablet is quite easy as one just swivels the screen around and closes it on top of the keyboard. However, as a tablet it is a little sluggish and heavy and probably works best for hard core laptop users who want the option of using it in tablet mode. It also has a less than impressive battery life. It uses a 1.5 GHz Atom processor, has 2 GB of RAM, and a large 320 GB non-solid state hard drive.
5. Viliv X70 EX
This is a more portable 7″ screen model which basically tries to pack the functionality of a netbook in to a small tablet like device. Its screen size is a big improvement on the Viliv S5. At 1.6 pounds, it is a little heavy for a smaller device. The processor is a 1.33 GHz Atom, it has 1 GB of RAM, and a 32 GB SSD hard drive.
4. Motion Computing CL900
This is a 10 inch tablet that does reasonably well integrating touch features with Windows 7 so that it can be used with both fingers and a stylus. Unfortunately the stylus and an optional docking station are not included. This one probably works best for those who subject their electronic devices to a lot of abuse, as it is build to be extremely durable with a Gorilla Glass screen. It has a great resolution of 1366 x 768. If has a 1.5 GHz Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB SSD hard drive, and a 7 hour battery life.
3. Acer Iconia Tab W500 Series
This unit comes with a detachable keyboard to make it much more palatable as a laptop substitute. The problem is the keyboard docking process is much more unnecessarily complicated than simply folding a laptop cover open. Other than that, it serves as a pretty good hybrid laptop/tablet device. The processor comes with a decently powered 1 GB processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 32 GB solid state hard drive.
2. ExoPC Slate
This 11.6″ tablet seems to have one of the best touch screen experiences for the Windows 7 platform. It has a capacitive touchscreen and comes with a lot of apps designed to be used with fingertips included. Its larger screen makes a lot of more usable and it is surprisingly thin, but it is also heavier at over 2 pounds. The resolution is quite large at 1366 x 768 so it is great for watching movies. It comes with a 1.6 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, and has a moderate battery life of up to 5 hours.
1. Asus EEE Slate EP121
This is a very powerful tablet PC that is probably most appropriate for those who seek a true laptop replacement. It is about twice as heavy as the average tablet, primarily due to all the processing power packed inside in addition to the full bluetooth keyboard that is included. It boasts a full Core i5 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz which makes it much faster than most of the Windows 7 tablets running the Atom processor. That is also one of the reasons it rises to the top of the list. The model also comes up with 4 GB of RAM which will be well appreciated by multitaskers out there. The device uses a spacious 64 GB SSD hard drive.
If you are a Windows user looking for a Windows 7 tablet because you are not quite ready to trust Microsoft with Windows 8, this list of top 10 Windows 7 tablets could be a good place to start looking for your next portable device.