What tablet are you using now? What made you choose this one?
Eve V: It had the best battery life among Windows tablets at the time, great display, and last but not least, the cheapest Windows tablet with 8 GB RAM.
iPad Pro: I like how light and portable it is, and the app support is top-notch. Truth is, I wanted it to be a laptop replacement like the V, but iOS just isnt there yet.
What kind of things do you feel a tablet is most suited for?
Honestly, anything you could do with a phone that doesnt require a lot of typing, plus anything you could do with a PC but outside of the house
Would you like to use a tablet as your main PC (productivity device) or have it complement your PC?
Definitely to complement. I have tried it several times, and it never really works. Desktop is always snappier, faster, especially for engineering and gaming
Which operation system is suitable for your ideal tablet? Android, Windows, Chrome OS, Linux, iOS?
iOS and Windows, each has their own strength. Windows can do more than iOS, but for what iOS can do, iOS does it better.
If you were to buy a new tablet today, which one would you choose and why?
Ideally, it would be an iPad Pro that can switch between iOS and Windows easily. Ideally, it would be the perfect blend between my Eve V and iPad Pro.
Otherwise, I would have to choose a compact Windows tablet for its desktop features. Perhaps a Surface Go.
What do you think are the common shortcomings for tablets currently on the market, and is there a unique value or innovation that Eve & the community could bring?
Other than the iPad, there is really no good 10" tablets. The current 10" tablet market is filled low-cost alternative to their more premium 12" products. That means, you’ll see low resolution screen (FHD) and lesser build quality than the premium 12" models. Its also often compromised in RAM and storage department. Same with the Snapdragon Windows tablets, they have impressive battery life, but unimpressive everywhere else.
On the opposite side, we have the Surface Go which aims to be the premium 10" Windows tablet, but still falls short on short battery life, poor performance, and unimpressive screen (both in PPI/resolution and bezel).
Here’s what Eve could bring, and its rather simple: iPad Pro running Windows, powered by either Intel Lakefield 10nm or Snapdragon 8cx 7nm.
So compared to other 10" tablets, it would have:
- Premium build quality, like the V
- Much better display: 250+ PPI, IGZO/OLED screen with 120 Hz (if possible)
- Large RAM (6+ GB) and storage capacity (128+ GB)
- Crazy long battery life (compared to Intel-based ones)
And compared to Surface Go specifically
- Better performance in UWP apps
- Much better display as mentioned above
- Crazy long battery life (we are looking at 200% - 300%)
From another point of view, Eve could revive the asymmetic design:
Xperia Tablet S
Lenovo Yoga Tablet
The idea is to move the battery --the heaviest component-- to one edge of the device instead of being “distributed” nearly equally everywhere from the center. There are FOUR main benefits:
- Center of Mass closer to your hand in portrait mode: Imagine holding the Lenovo tablet above, but from the thin side, I am sure it would be much harder to hold. Its due to the classic lever effect.
- Less top-heavy in laptop mode: This is by far the biggest complaint of a detachable tablet (see the picture below).
- Lower cost: Battery in 18650 and 21700 cylindrical cells are produced in large quantities at near-commodity cost (e.g every Tesla vehicle has thousands of those)
- Most importantly, longer battery life: The 21700 cell is the most interesting one due to its density of up to 18.5 Wh per cell. On a 10" tablet, you can fit up to three of those cells for a total capacity of 55 Wh, 15% larger than the V, and larger virtually any tablet out there. Remember, this is on a 10" tablet that’s just as big as the non-Pro iPad. Despite the extra capacity, the weight of 69gr per cell would total to just 207gr, or approximately the same as the battery on the V. With the more common 18650 cells, you could get 39 Wh for 3 cells (10" tablet), still larger than 32 Wh in the iPad and 28 Wh in the Surface Go. The weight is around 48 grams per cell, so 144 grams for 3 cells.
The difference in stability between a tablet with equally distributed weight and a device with low center of gravity