, I had re-read your messages and realized that you are not a naysayer. Although I did not call you a naysayer, I realize that my wording was sloppy and may have looked like I was lumping you in with the others. I apologize.
Thanks for explaining your level of knowledge - I can gauge my response appropriately to help you.
The Windows tablets that are "app only based" would have to be Windows RT tablets. They run on ARM processors with a stripped down version of Windows that only runs the "tablet apps." There aren't many of those around anymore, except maybe on clearance. I would not advise buying
any of them. I am with the "naysayers" on that one point.
The Windows 8.1 tablets that started appearing middle of last year run full Windows 8.1, which means they run both legacy programs and Modern apps. In fact, they can run them at the same time, and even side-by-side in adjacent "panes". In general, they run on a new version of Intel's Atom processor, which has four cores and seems to be a very nice balance between power and low energy. It is exactly twice as fast as the previous Atom processor.
So as long as you are buying
a tablet that runs full Windows 8.1, you can run old-fashioned Windows programs (including OpenCPN) and the newer Metro apps, all on the same machine. That's the beauty of the whole things, and one that could be a winning combination for Microsoft. But traditional mouse-based desktop
users will not see much benefit. Although, as I said, my wife and son fit this latter category, and get along just fine with Win 8.1. That's why I consider some to be "naysayers."
There are several threads in the OpenCPN
sub-forum discussing the use of OpenCPN
in Windows 8 and in tablets. You might want to check those out.
The Miix2 8' tablet is very nice if and 8" screen
is big enough for you. It is very bright (helpful if you're outside), and has a built-in GPS
chip (though you need to install a free utility to get OpenCPN to work with it). It can be found for $200 on Amazon, but the price
is volatile, so you need to time your purchase