The Microcenter.com computer store has the Winbook TW800 8 inch tablet for only $100 now. This runs Windows 8.1. I haven't tried it myself but it will probably run the AIM programs. If you live near a Microcenter store, it's something to consider for a highly portable AIM analyzer. The Microcenter has a good return policy too, in case it doesn't do what you want. (I'm not trying to sell the Winbook, this is just an FYI)
I've been using Dell 8" tablets (Windows and Android) for several months and I like the 8" format. They are easy to carry around and the screens are still big enough to read. The 7 inch android tablets are nice too. Has anyone seen a 7 inch tablet that runs Windows? You can check my app note for more information on using the AIM with a tablet:
I just purchased a winbook W801 which has 2 gig ram, 32 gig storage and both a micro usb and usb 3.0 port. Tried it yesterday with AIM and it works fine. Paid $139. Although they have a 7 inch for much less, I really wanted the bigger screen. This unit was very appealing because you can be charging while using the usb. Most tablets don't allow this.
It is still a pity nobody has made an Android version of the application. Many people are using Android Tablets and would not want to purchase a Windows tablet just to be able to run the AIM application! Competition already has the apps that run on Android, so why the AIM shouldn't have one??? Check for "Blue VNA" on the Android Market ! 73, Radi F6GNZ
I'm about ready to break down and get a tablet to use with my Power AIM-120. I've been looking at both the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Winbook W801. Since it's been a little while since any posts have been made on the subject I thought I'd ask if there were any further thoughts or recommendations.
I'm in the same boat as Burt, looking for a tablet I want one to use with my AIM 4170. A 7 or 8 inch would be ideal. I am rigging up a shoulder sling pouch to hold this stuff outside. I haven't checked out either the Dell or Winbrook tablets yet. Any success stories with either of these guys ?
I've been using the 8 inch winbook and it works great with the 4170. I also use it on top of my ham rig to run a logging program *(HRD) and wish that I had purchased the 10 inch Winbook. The 8 inch works great for the 4170 though.
After much research and banging my head on the wall and comments made by another member in this group, I decided to get the Winbook tw801. The main and initial reason for going with the tw801 was that it had a full sized USB port, and it's a USB 3 port, although for the AIM, I don't see where a USB 3 has any advantage over the USB 2. Another advantage in having the full sized USB port as well as the micro SUB port is that you can charge it or run it off of an external battery at the same time you're using it. I paid $159.00 plus $8.50 shipping for it from a seller on eBay. It should be here on Monday.
The tw801 has a full version of Windows 8.1, which I have no experience with, but I'm told you can put Windows 7 or 10 on it. I also see where the free Windows 10 update also applies to the tw801. The tw801 comes with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage memory. The memory is expandable to 64 GB via a SD card slot, but according to many reviews it also works with up to 128 GB of SD storage memory. The winbook tw801 is apparently a Micro-Center house brand and according to Micro-Center's website, the tw801 also contains a GPS receiver. When doing AM proofs I often use Delorme's TopoQuads and run USGS Quads. I don't know if the 2 GB of RAM will be enough to do that as the graphics can be pretty intensive. I'll let you know how it all pans out.
Sounds like a good tablet ! Let us know how it does. I received the Dell Venue 8 Pro and found out I cant stand Windows 8 ! I will change over to Windows 7 before I play with it along with the AIM 4170.
The screen size of the latest AIM program can be changed by dragging the corner of the window or by entering the exact numeric values using the menu: Setup -> Graph size. You may be able to find a graph size that works better with the tablet graphic controller.
I tried changing graph size as suggested by Bob but that failed for me. Bob's next suggestion was to roll back to the previous version 855A which ran flawlessly. I believe the problem is related to the graphic chip overloaded.