Re: Ah....oh dear....
What does Android do that Windows can not? Outside a phone that is?
Let's compare a N8010 and an Ativ500 without dock. Both Samsung, both Penables, similar size/weight. 2GB, Flash-based storage, WLAN only (Tethering through my smartphone)
Since both are penables and I do not use touch when I can use a stylus a lot of the "Win7 software is not touch ready" arguments (That ARE correct) do not count for my use case.
The Note is cheaper (around 200€)
The Note can use a smaller "SSD" (32 vs 64GB) for similar amounts of free storage
The Note can NOT print directly to my Printer (Samsung Print does not support it). It can do so with a CUPS based printer system and an app - sometimes. CUPSprint does not always work, hangs on occasions and needs a Unix (or Mac box).
PS touch vs. GIMP is like pitting a Roman Centurion against a BAOR Centurion
SNote vs. MS Journal - see above
Polaris vs. MS Office (or even OO/LO) is not really fair either
PDF reader/annotators on Win are a lot better as well. There is one Free one on Android that handles more than one open PDF at a time
Can not buy software on Google Play since it only accepts CC. I am living in civilized germany - no need for CCs here
Access to my NAS
Access to the Internet
Endururance in my typical use
So what ARE the benefits of Android vs. Win8 on a TABLET(5)? On phones one might argue Android has more apps than WP7/WP8(1). Both are equally easy to program(2) and the chance of getting software I need for my hobby on Windows is at least equal (Web-based) or better (3). Google Apps work on FF / Chrome under Win just fine (4)
(1) Since I keep a smartphone for the Tethering only and use a tablet pc for the rest a minor argument for my use case
(2) Due to more experience Windows 7 compatible software is easier to write for me. Java and Swing
(3) Pen and Paper RPG character generators are often Win-only or JAVA-Swing apps.
(4) And the browsers are a bit more stable
(5) I do not care about "Open Source", "GNU", "Linux" etc. One rarely has the time to really look at other peoples code / fix it, many OOS software systems lack in usability (The good ones are typically done by a company / have a company as a main contributor so the main difference is price)