Well defined desires for a device, confusing reviews, please HELP ME!
-My budget is 400-500 for a strict tablet, and up to 900 for a full windows device.
-My device uses include Netflix (while in bed), Copious amounts of YouTube, Microsoft Word, Streaming media to a smart TV using Vierra TV app, browsing/shopping, torrenting
-I have traditionally owned Thinkpad Laptops and love the trackpoint
-I'd love to do it all from one device, but two will work (assuming the second is my old laptop)...I guess..
I am tempted to go with the nexus 10 for an android tablet, but the full review has a somewhat disappointing Wrap Up. -Is the review too critical?
I am tempted by the Surface Pro 2 but it seems to be a bit expensive with a mediocre review again by engadget
I love thinkpads for their keyboards and the dot/trackpoint navigation with middle-button-mouse click. Hence, the thinkpad tablet 2 seems interesting, but the summer tablet guide, it is given the description of lacking raw performance....
Someone please help me choose!
I'm personally a big fan of Windows 8 on tablets. I have a Dell Latitude 10 and it works flawlessly as a tablet, or as a laptop when paired with a BT mouse and keyboard. At this point though, considering your budget and what you want to do with it, I'd recommend the Dell Venue 11 Pro. They start at 500 for a low power atom version, and scale up in price and performance through to a Haswell i5 processor. The price of the tablet alone maxes out at 850, though it goes up quickly when considering accessories like the available keyboard folio [think Surface], the laptop keyboard [think Asus Transformer tablets], and the desktop dock.
The problem with the Thinkpad Tablet 2 is that it's using an older processor, Clovertrail, that is as much as a quarter the power of the lowest power chip found in the Venue 11 Pro, the Baytrail Atom processor. Intel made some major performance improvements in this generation without sacrificing battery power.
Android is great [my phone OS of choice], but I've never been a big fan of it on larger tablets. It just seems limited to me for what a 10 inch device can do [also why I don't like the iPad]. On the other hand, one of my friends has a Nexus 10 and swears by the thing. The Nexus 10 is definitely the best 10 inch Android tablet I'm aware of, so if you go that route, it's a great choice. Admittedly, it is getting a bit long in the tooth, so there might be a refresh on the horizon [considering the update of the Nexus 7 and the release of the Nexus 5]. Something to look into and consider.
The one wild card in everything I've said is I don't know how or if streaming to a Viera TV works on either or both platforms. Definitely do research into that before buying anything. A quick search showed a MS Q&A forum talking about how Win8 killed the streaming ability because Viera TV's weren't 'certified' devices. It could be an old post though and it work fine now.
Hope this helps!
Also, does the lack of apps in the Windows ecosystem bother you? There is no YouTube app for example.
The apps situation hasn't really affected me much. The store gets bigger every day [Flipboard just came out a few days ago], most things that don't have first party apps have third party apps [ie: I use Hyper for Youtube], and those that don't have THAT [which is few and far between] have desktop or web based versions [one of the benefits of getting this over an RT based device like the Surface 2, Nokia 2520, or now defunct XPS 11].
If you get the Surface Pro 2 keep in mind that it is not a great form factor to use on the lap though ok on a table. I took mine back because I most often would use it on the couch or bed and it just doesn't work well in those locations with a keyboard. Also most of what I do in Windows is in the classic desktop which for me just doesn't translate well to a 10 inch display and touch is out of the question on the classic desktop.