Monday, 25 January 2016

Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 3 introduces Windows 10 Mobile for tablets

Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 3, in my opinion, is one of the more interesting tablets introduced at CES 2016. It is a Windows tablet that runs, for the first time, Windows 10 Mobile. This is the same operating system that you get with Microsoft's Lumia phones and the LTE support means the Pixi 3 can also make phone calls. Windows 10 Mobile is a better platform for tablets (sizes between 7 - 9 inches), as it runs very well with mobile based processors and requires less processor power compared to Android. Further, what makes this the right direction is that Windows tablets, running the desktop operating system, tend to retail with 32GB storage, which is limited for full Windows 10; on the other hand, these restrictions do not apply to Windows 10 Mobile. Also, the desktop no longer takes up resources and this means, as noted, far better performance with Intel based Atom based processors.

However, there remains the problem in regards to a lack of applications, in comparison to Android or iOS, but this is also the case with the Windows Store available through the desktop version of Windows 10. Another concern would be with the translation of productivity applications, specifically Office 365, from the Windows 10 Desktop, to Windows 10 Mobile. Here the issue becomes the development of some form of continuity and differentiation of Windows 10 Mobile between smartphones and tablets, with the latter requiring more feature rich productivity applications. Even with these shortcoming, Alcatel's move to adopt Windows 10 Mobile for tablets should be the way forward if Windows 10 is to be a serious alternative to Android in the budget range of tablets.

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