The experiment with the Dell Venue 8 Windows 8.1 tablet is now over. I found it to be a nice device and well worth the $150 I paid for the refurbished unit I bought from Amazon.
It's been great at work and dealing with different tasks. However like most desktops/laptop I find over time that Windows just gets slower and slower. More so for some reason on this tablet - maybe because it rarely required a reboot?
Anyways what I found lacking is when at home wanting to play some games, listen to some podcast or browse my favorite sites it was not an enjoyable experience as a whole.
I've finally decided after many months of trying to make it work for me it just wasn't worth anymore of my time and purchased another android tablet. An Nvidia Shield was the purchase of choice for me since I really wanted something a bit more gaming/media oriented with enough power to do some work stuff from time to time.
It also happened to be the only legit $$ vs feature 8" tablet on the market. Granted you give up a 2560x1600(Galaxy Tab 8.4) for more horse power - but I'm interesting to check out the Nvidia grid, stream PC games to tablet and hooking it into the TV with the controller to try it out when the new GTA V gets here next month! (Console mode!)
So at the end of my experience what did I walk away with in regards to Windows tablets? Well - you don't need a $800-$1000 Surface Pro to get enough power to do normal working tasks or a pen - browsing is fine and it was nice to run a few non-mobile apps. However for media consumption and gaming it's just not there yet.
The Windows store needs a dramatic increase in developers to get it to a place I can replace an android device. It felt like I was beta testing everything and most 'free' apps are both ad supported and demo versions not either or in most cases.
In the current shift in mobile computing I think that a Windows tablet has it's place - for someone that doesn't want to carry a laptop and wants to get a pc experience who doesn't really game or need all the 'gee wizz apps' that are popular among most people.
For the rest of us - stick with your iPad or Android tablet, the experience just doesn't compare at the present time. I really liked Windows 8.1 in tablet form though - until it slowed down! (May test it out with Ubuntu soon though ;-))
Real bummer - really wanted to like it. Console OS is something I waited on to make my decision as well - if you haven't looked at it, it has some REAL promise to those who want to run Windows and Android on the same tablet in dual boot or Hyper'd.
One last note - if you're looking at purchasing an Nvidia Shield most retailers (amazon/newegg etc) are offering $30 gift cards with the purchase. That's 10% back!)