Just purchased the Asus VivoTab Note 8, 64GB version (8 Aug 2014); was on offer for S$399 [free VersaSleeve, Wedge keyboard].
To be honest, it's not been a bed of roses.
It's my first experience of Windows 8, and it seems the curse of alternating good and bad Windows OS continues.
- Windows XP [good]
- Windows Vista [bad]
- Windows 7 [good]
- Windows 8 [bad]
Anyway, back to the VivoTab first; some of the issues I had to deal with; hopefully this is helpful for those considering a VivoTab Note 8.
- don't forget to install antivirus [I use avast! free]
- default display settings are too small for touch; to make everything bigger, search for "Make text and other items larger or smaller" [full instructions here]; I set mine at 150%
- apps to download [depending on personal preferences]
- chrome [chrome looks "blurry" at 150% zoom]
- hardware to purchase [depending on personal preferences]
- microSD card [I bought a Sandisk Ultra 64GB, S$45 at Best Bargain]
- USB On-The-Go cable [S$5, level 3 of Sim Lim Square, shop name should be UF Technology, #03-69]
- cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, do not automatically files to be stored on removable drives, e.g. a SD card
- workaround is to "bluff" them into thinking that the SD card is part of the normal storage [steps detailed here]
- touch keyboard not as intuitive as on mobile OS, e.g. Android
- when you highlight a textbox, the touch keyboard does always automatically pop-out; so one more additional step of activating the keyboard by touching the keyboard icon on the taskbar
- word predictions only work in some areas (e.g. Microsoft Word)
- have already enabled "Show text suggestions as I type"; so I presume this is a Windows limitation
- 16 x 9 ratio of the screen means it is not easy to hold in the hand, both in portrait and landscape mode
- am purchasing a Bobj TPU case from amazon.com; hopefully it will help improve grip and "holda-bility"
- wifi connection has been iffy, with the VivoTab sometimes losing the connection after waking up
- tried to "repair" the network adaptor; sometimes that works; sometimes a reboot is needed
- version of wifi driver on ASUS website is the same as the one installed on device, so that is a dead-end
- have rolled back the driver to an older version instead [search for "Device Manager", then "Network Adapters", "Broadcom 802.11abgn Wireless SDIO adapter"]; ok so far with version 22.214.171.124
- to be continued with new findings :)