Since Microsoft began offering the Windows 8.1 with Bing OS to hardware manufacturers for free on all devices that have screen sizes smaller than 9 inches, hardware manufacturers are finally able to offer hardware that performs better than Android tablets at a similar price point thanks to the dismissal of steep licensing costs for Windows.
As you may know, last year I brought Previous Magazine and Split An Atom over from Apple to being companies that run on Microsoft software and hardware as it is the only thing worth using within an enterprise scenario at present in my opinion; Apple has recently gone downhill since the passing of Steve Jobs, and Android is a non-starter for productivity and reliability as we need to spend less time fixing issues and more time achieving our goals. Windows is the only OS I now trust as a daily driver, and we’re bringing our Red Hat servers over to Windows Server 2012 Data Centre Edition.
Recently I’ve been looking for a sweet spot in both specification and price for colleagues replacing their iPads as tablets are hugely useful in terms of form factor but iPads only offer stripped down apps, they need Windows to run the full Office suite, a solid email client, accounting software and to be able to speedily use our project management system whilst out, also an added bonus if the tablet doubles as a media consumption device. Enter Finland’s Eve T1; a solidly specced Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet. The suede black Eve T1 weighs just 395g and is 130mm x 216mm x 9mm, the hardware features an anti-scratch matte finish with aesthetically pleasing metal buttons and capacitive home screen sensor button.
The Eve T1 runs full Windows 8.1, this isn’t Windows RT, this means you can run full Windows applications such as Steam and Adobe Photoshop! Featuring a 64-bit quad-core Intel Bay Trail Z3735F 1.8 GHz CPU, you’ll be able to game rather well and even play Minecraft on the move without resorting to the Pocket Edition of Minecraft, the Eve T1 is a surprisingly powerful tablet. Eve’s T1 really ticked the boxes for me on so many fronts, the T1 also includes a one year Microsoft Office 365 license making it an even better deal for the enterprise user and of course students and home users!
The T1 has 2GB of RAM, if you’ve not bought Windows hardware in a while then this may not sound like a huge amount for Windows, but you will be surprised to know that 8.1 is very usable even with a quarter of that, it just goes to show how Microsoft’s OS has become amazingly streamline in recent years, Windows 8.1 requires a lot less RAM than Android, and thus uses a lot less battery power!
The T1’s 8 inch IPS HD 1280x800px touch screen is very nice for watching Netflix and even reading, plus with a 4000mAh battery offering up to 11 hours of battery life you can be sure you’ll be enjoying the Eve T1 all day. In addition to the stereo speakers the Eve T1 of course features a 3.5mm headphone port. You can get a huge amount of media onto the T1 thanks to the 32GB of on-board storage that is expandable by an additional 64GB via Micro SD, this alone makes the T1 a much more attractive proposition versus the non-expandable iPad that start with just a mere 16GB of storage. Whilst the T1’s 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera aren’t going to be taking award winning photographs, they are a definite step up on the iPad 2 units we have previously been using.
Utilizing the latest 802.11ac WiFi specification, the T1 is really quite zippy for surfing and kills any buffering with services like Plex, Netflix or BBC iPlayer. Surprisingly there’s a lot of hardware still being released that uses 802.11n, we really recommend that everybody upgrades their home and office LAN to 802.11ac for anything that isn’t a static installation, the performance boost from 802.11ac is well worth having, especially if you back up any laptops or tablets using something like Acronis True Image to a NAS on your LAN. We think a great use for the Eve T1 is going to be an in-car entertainment system as it also includes a GPS sensor, especially as the Eve T1 is solid state it won’t struggle with the harsh environment of a car, especially when combined with 802.11ac for fast transfer of your music library and doing software updates whilst parked outside of your home.
We’re really excited about Eve as bringing business to Europe is a very positive thing, especially when they’ve got such a great product, they successfully compete with the major corporations despite being a startup. Eve is currently running a contest for you to win an Eve T1 on December 8th, the Eve T1 also goes on sale globally on December 8th. For a chance to win your own T1, simply like their Facebook page, and guess the price in a comment on their status regarding the competition.
We’ll be publishing our in-depth review of the Eve T1 soon, stay tuned! It’s a great tablet!