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Fantastic - the best tablet on the market!,
This review is from: Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 10.1 inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra2 1GHz, 1Gb, 16Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT, Android 3.0) with docking station and keyboard (Personal Computers)I have to confess that I couldn't wait for Amazon stock so I got this early from Comet. I have waited a long time for a decent tablet that wasn't as restricted as the more popular brands and this most definitely is it.
Out of the box the contents are very well packed and protected by plastic film on seemingly every surface.
As well as the units there is a mains to usb adaptor and a short usb to ASUS lead. If you find the lead a bit short, which some people have complained about, just add a usb extension - simple. There are two small instruction manuals and a guarantee card. You can download a more extensive manual should you need it but Android is so intuitive it's not really needed.
The screen is a much more practical ratio than the iPad - being able to play HD widescreen movies without black bars and also has a higher resolution. The display is just as crisp, sharp and responsive, maybe even better.
The Android OS is excellent, being specifically designed for tablet pcs it has everything you want and if you already have an Android smartphone you will certainly recognise many features - including nice little tweaks like the absence of an `esc' key being replaced with a `back' key.
The tablet does not have a usb port - two are available on the keyboard dock - but it does have the micro sd slot which is brilliant for data expansion or transfer - there is also a full size SD slot on the dock.
Connection to wifi is a breeze and the beauty of Android means you can set up your smartphone as a wifi hot spot, connect to that and save £££s by not buying a 3G tablet - the shipped version comes with Honeycomb 3.0 which will not connect to Ad-Hoc wireless, only infrastructure mode, but I am assured that the update to 3.1, due to be delivered Over The Air today will allow Ad-Hoc connections.
An update to this comment is that I am now updated to Honeycomb 3.1 yet still cannot see Ad-Hoc networks. The update completed easily and successfully so I am chasing this with ASUS at the moment.....
Apps are coming to the market daily and although maybe fewer that the rival I'm sure they will soon catch up, with a lot more free ones always available - I haven't found a lack of anything that I've needed.
Processing speed seems faster to me than my mates iPad2, the browser supports Flash, a major omission on the iPad series, sound is great, the speakers are set on the short sides so watching movies has stereo sound in the right place.
Battery life is great - really great! And with the dock it's about 7 hours longer. A clever touch is if you are using it dock the power will be taken from the dock first so that on unmount you will have maximum power in the tablet.
Build quality is great too - it feels solid and has a textured back which looks like it won't scratch or become finger print greasy; also the rear camera is well placed so you won't cover it with your fingers.
I can't find anything to fault with this - it's a beaut! Oh yes, if you like graphic novels you now have a full colour ebook reader.....
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2011 12:16:30 GMT
I reckon the Transformer is great and can't wait for mine...but for everything except movies the iPad screen ratio is far better. The extra vertical space when horizontal is ideally suited to web browsing and general day to day usage, and it's not as stretched out when held vertical so nicer for ebooks and the like. YMMV of course, but I'd like to see more Android tablets copying this part of the iPad.
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