Summary: The battle begins. The Microsoft Surface RT was the first device that introduced the world to the newest version of Windows and the first one to run on the ARM architecture. Asus is well known in the industry to make the best quality tablets other than Apple.
Pros: Precise touchscreen, Workmanship / choice of materials, Work speed, Battery life, Bright screen, The maximum brightness enables outdoor use. The tablet mutates to a permanent companion due to its robust build and size.
Cons: No digitizer pen, Current price, Full-sized USB port only in dock or via adapter, A digitizer pen for handwritten inputs like in the case of Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 would complete the bundle
Conclusion: Before we get into the nitty gritty, we’d like to point out that Asus is offering a special promotion on the VivoTab RT , which enables any buyer of the tablet to get the keyboard dock for free. Yes folks, you heard that right!
Pros: Sleek and sturdy design, Better camera performance than the Surface RT, Convertible design, Phenomenal battery life with the keyboard dock
Excerpt: When I reviewed the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity , one of the best Android tablets available, I ended with this: "If you want one device that's both a tablet and a laptop, I'd wait a few weeks to see what Windows 8 has in store.
Pros: Light, thin form factor, Excellent battery life, Above-average speaker
Cons: Windows RT has some serious flaws, Keyboard and trackpad are too small, App ecosystem is basically non-existent
Summary: However, the Surface has a jaw-dropping industrial design and a more innovative Touch Cover. While the Vivo Tab RT's slightly cramped keyboard and sluggish internal memory give us pause, the touchpad should improve with updates.
Excerpt: Asus was making full touchscreen tablets with optional keyboard docks before it was cool. They did it with Google’s Android, and now they’re doing it with Microsoft’s Windows. One of their first Windows-powered creations is the Asus VivoTab RT LTE .
Summary: The Asus Vivo Tab RT is a really portable device with loads of features, as well as some major power and the excellent keyboard dock. The Windows 8 RT OS is user friendly but does have a few odd quirks, and there need to be more apps available.
Pros: Quad-core processor; Bright, sharp responsive display; 64GB of expandable storage, along with SkyDrive; Dock offers double the battery life as well as a physical keyboard
Cons: A little awkward to type with dock; Windows 8 too simple and has the odd quirk; Shortage of decent apps as yet.