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This review is from: Asus TF300T 10.1-inch Multitouch Tablet with Keyboard (Blue) (Nvidia Tegra 3 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB HDD, WLAN, BT, 2x Cam, Android 4.0) (Personal Computers)
Was interested in getting a tablet after my son bought a Samsung Galaxy 10.1, which was very nice. Trouble is I am not a great user of music/video downloads etc, but I use office apps for which an onscreen keyboard is not very useful, so when I saw the Asus Transformer I thought I'd check it out - and wow, I was not disappointed.
Spec is excellent with 32 Gb storage, plus micro SD slot on the tablet as well as normal SD card and USB ports on the supplied keyboard. Keyboard is almost as useful as the one on my laptop, and there is a decent and useable basic office app included as supplied (with word/excel/powerpoint compatibility). Usual WiFi and bluetooth options Web-browsing is a doddle.
Why bother with a netbook? in fact most people who have seen the Asus Transformer with its keyboard presume it is a netbook until you detatch it. Screen is excellent. Loads of Android apps available, and you are not tied into Apple products as in the case of the iPad. There is a 3g version, but don't bother, it easily tethers to your android smartphone via wifi (set your phone as wireless hotspot and just connect up).
Sound is a bit 'thin' without earphones (but I play my PC sound and music through a full-size hifi system of 1980's vintage with 8 inch speakers, subs and tweeters so anything else sounds feeble anyway). Battery life is good and is topped up from the supplementary battery in the keyboard when you connect it up.
It feels a little heavy for its size with the keyboard attached, but it does feel robustly put together.
Is the Asus TF300T an iPad killer? I checked out the latest iPad at the same time. The cachet of Apple being non-Windows/non-PC is no real advantage when compared with the Android OS with its rapidly growing range of independently produced apps. The iPad may have a higher resolution screen, which is maybe worth something on a 38+ inch TV but pretty irrelevant on a tablet screen. The Asus screen is plenty sharp enough and slightly larger anyway, and with the keyboard, fast processor, Android 4(ICS)operating system, SD and USB storage on top of the installed 32 Gb, office-capable software as supplied and access to 0000's of downloadable apps to do virtually anything you want....? So- more capacity, higher spec and more versatile connectivity than an equivalent iPad for the same money and a keyboard thrown in to boot -? The Asus gets my money every time (in fact it did!)
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2012 01:47:21 BDT
David Glasgow says:
If you have most modern HTC Smartphones, and Samsung S2 and S3 Phones (Android) ICS+ They Tether at fab speeds, so invest in a Good smartphone, and use it as a WIFI HOTSPOT to get your WIFI: DATA From. @ 14 - 21+ speeds.
Cuz any good - Tablet is going to cost, well and extra £100 Quid for having 3G Privileges. Which is extortionate. Therefore add an extra few quid on and buy a better Smartphone to tether with, with the (3-THREE) Network, they for only £15 per month offer DATA Plans with Unlimited DATA (called EAT AS MUCH AS U LIKE) Data-wise. With 300mins and 3000 Texts, YES! all for £15 quid, and the 3-THREE Network has grown very big over the years and has partnered with Orange, because it invested Heavily on their 3G Network years back, and it and Orange, seem to have a good thing going. It currently provides the best value for money on Data, together with their USB Wireless Modems, which are definitely the fastest in the UK, (in my humble opinion).
On Amazon Their Pre-loaded 3GB Data Sim cards, which last ages, cost small money compared to what other carriers like Vodafone/T-Mobile, charge for 500Mb of Data.
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