Windows 8 Tablet
Posted on 2013-12-13
I'm looking for some advice please.
I'm currently developing a fairly straightforward application in C# designed to capture various types of client data. I was intending to run the finished program on Windows 8/8.1 tablets and to that end I purchased a Surface pro 128gb.
The performance is great and I was really pleased with it until I tried the camera at which point I promptly returned the tablet and I'm now looking for an alternative. The problem is that one of the key parts of the program is the ability to photograph a clients business card and the resultant pic from the Surface pro was completely unreadable. Although the specs state a 720p camera front and back, it's only 0.9mp which is, quite frankly, rubbish and not fit for anything much more than video calling on Skype or whatever. Basically a real shame and a let down to what is otherwise a nice piece of kit which happily runs sql studio and visual studio making it easy to tweak layouts on the actual tablet itself.
So, the big question is: Does anyone know of a viable Windows 8 tablet alternative or do I need to rethink and look at developing for the iPad?
It must have a camera of comparable quality to the iPad, a usb port to allow the transfer of the install files, a reasonable memory and storage capability - and of course Wifi.
I have looked myself and the most promising looking alternative that I have found is the HP Elite 900. It looks pretty good but I don't want to go to the hassle of buying and having to return again if I'm not satisfied with it so I thought I would see if anyone had any hands on experience with this, or anything else that they could recommend.
All comments welcome.