More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Dual Boot Windows 8 and Android on Your Acer Iconia W700
The Acer Iconia W700 is a perfect blend of the tablet form factor and ultrabook specs. Sure, it’s a little heavier and chunkier than your average Android tablet, but that’s the price you pay for having the power of a full desktop OS like Windows 8 at your disposal. Well, at least it is if you want that experience out of the box. You could always take you’re existing Android tablet and use something like the Linux on Android Project.
While it’s no doubt great to have the power of Windows 8 in a compact device, what happens if you find that the full on desktop experience isn’t always necessary? You dual boot with Android, of course, and XDA senior member ThatGrass has put together a handy tutorial on how to go about doing just that. Despite running an Intel chip, getting Android loaded onto this device is remarkably simple, thanks to projects such as Android on Intel Architecture and of course Intel themselves.
There are a few prerequisites to fulfill and tools to gather before jumping into this, but overall the process is pretty straight forward and will add a whole new level of functionality to a device such as this. The process should also be applicable to other Intel-based devices as well, although some steps may vary. Be sure to check out the original thread for more information.
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