Originally Posted by -Zeppelin-
Well, with apps I guess I would be satisfied with a good touch optimized videoplayer and a few decent games.
The other thing is the Atom: I never had one and I'm not really sure if it's good enough for HD video playback and fluent MS Office working...
search youtube for "robaxx". He has done several demos on a vivotab smart showing what the atom can and cannot do (played a few games, played several HD movies simultaneously in different applications). The clovertrail chip is powering the vivotab smart and is both a) massively inferior to the bay trail chip on its way and b) massively superior to the previous generation atom chips in the old netbooks. Robaxx managed to load a 200 page word document no problem. My brothers netbook is capable of at least decoding a full HD video clip in VLC media player but only having a 600 pixel tall screen cant display at 1080p for obvious reasons :P
VLC is coming out as a windows 8 app with touch support, on a desktop system VLC is by far the best free media player and often beats paid for ones too in my opinion, to be fair its probably pretty usable on touch too as is. Otherwise there are a few paid apps on the windows store, I think powerDVD is up there.
The atom is not going to play skyrim on full settings or whatever, actually skyrim might not even run on all low settings. But it is still plenty powerful for office, video playback and web browsing. One of my friends even did his full A-Level computing coursework on a 1.3ghz dual core intel atom netbook, 3500 lines of VB.net in Visual Studio 2010 and a 250 page word document, A grade coursework, all done on his machine.