None of these products have made much of a splash, perhaps simply because the idea doesn't solve a user problem that's urgent enough to be worthwhile.
As far as the use case goes, the ViewPad 10 had it partly right: Windows 7 wasn't much of a touch OS, so being able to jump to a more touch-friendly environment with one click did make sense. But Windows 8, for all its faults, has a better approach to touch, so the only reason to flip between Windows 8 and Android is the apps. As Jared Newman of PCWorld put it when commenting on Acer's Android-power all-in-one touch PC, the Android app world isn't particularly known for its productivity solutions -- which further confirms that it makes more sense for users to pick a device that complements their primary use case.
Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica was similarly skeptical. "I don't think running Android apps on Windows desktops, laptops, or tablets does anything to solve anyone's problems," he wrote. To him, it was "the result of a sort of 'more-is-more' mentality, the one that believes consumers will buy the gadget with the longest feature checklist rather than the one that does a better job at fewer things."
What's more, Cunningham feels the whole idea defeats much of the purpose of having a good Android device. "My favorite Android products ... are the ones like the Nexus 7 or the Moto G, the ones that eschew the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach in favor of a relatively clean and simple aesthetic."
Or as the Verge put it: "Is the problem with Windows tablets really that they can’t run Android apps?"
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