Samsung Ativ Smart Pc Review: Samsung Hits The Clover Trail
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:29 AM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:37 PM
Some people would compare it to the functionality of the netbook in terms of memory and performance. I think it performs better than that, but I am sure not to have too many demanding apps open at once. It's definitely not for gamers, but writers and teachers should enjoy it.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:27 AM
Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:52 PM
Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:06 PM
This is REAL PC device. This is not just a toy. How could you compare ATIV with iPads at all? You should not even mention iPad here iboy.
Yes ATIV 500 is made to have good battery life, but performance is great too. It has more than enough power for 90% of Windows users. Well its not a gaming device(why should even mention it?), but most of the games are going very good on it. It plays most of legacy real Windows apps.
Clover Triel is much , much better than the old Atom.
You even didn't mention that for power users there is ATIV Smart PC Pro with i5. LOL
It must be forbidden to iboys to make reviews. It's always disgusting.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:29 PM
Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:48 PM
Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:26 PM
I added an external Micro SSD to have more storage, no issues here.
One problem is that Windows 8 has an identity crisis. The Metro style apps are ok and mimic the full screen experience (not as polished) as an iPad. I find myself working in desktop mode most of the time. The problem here is that desktop mode is not smart when you try to enter data into text fields. You have to manually launch the keyboard, and it becomes cumbersome to launch, select field, edit text, etc. I created an simple program that I can launch the onscreen keyboard (look in XDA Forum or tablet pc formum for keyboardbutton!) to mitigate some of these issues.
I had some issues connecting to my work network that implements WPA2 Enterprise (more wifi issues). I ended up copying the security certificate locally and adding to personal store, and it finally connected.
One feature that is not well documented is the fact that the device has auto wake/sleep similar to iPad. There is a small magnetic sensor in the upper left of the device, and if you have the correct cover with a magnet in the general vicinity, it will turn on/off.
I have had some lock ups, but I blame windows 8 for this.
The device is a bit awkward with 11.6 display, but I use it mostly for notes, and it does a great job in this respect.
Battery life is pretty good. I don't use it 100%, so the battery easily lasts a full work day and then some, with 30% or more left at the end of the day. If you watch alot of videos or constantly have the screen on, you may only get 6-8 hours.
One comment I see in many posts. UPDATE THE FIRMWARE before doing anything else. The samsung update software is good, but manually update the software. Do the BIOS first. follow instructions, reboot. Then the WiFI, reboot. Then the sound driver, reboot. then graphics driver, reboot. Then the chipset, reboot. Then any of the other installs.
Overall, after issues with the first one, I'm fairly happy with this device, though it was painful to get to where I am now with the settings and software.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:46 PM