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Best tablet on the market bar NONE.,
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)Originally I rated this a 4star, but all my Android Honeycomb niggles have been sorted out in the latest Honeycomb 3.2 release for the Asus Transformer. This product is now easily a 5star product, and knocks the socks off anything Apple can make. After 6 months of use, I am stil overjoyed with this purchase, it's a superb product, and Asus have told us they are committed to supporting the Transformer with Android 4.0 (codename "Ice-cream Sandwich"), which is great news.
My Original Review:
Let me explain. The hardware is without a doubt 5 star, The screen is really nice, both indoors and out, the touchscreen (capacitive of course), a pleasure to use, as is the keyboard, plenty of storage options (Full size SD in the base, MicroSD in the tablet, Mini HDMI out), GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi-N, all the usual Android tilt and motion sensors. It's hard to fault the hardware at all, perhaps that the screen is a fingerprint magnet, but that's really about it.
CURRENTLY, Honeycomb, even in it's 3.1 guise still has a few rough edges, but nothing too much to worry about, I also had some force close in some bundled applications (Google Music usually). There are also quite a few apps that don't work with Honeycomb yet (notably BBC iPlayer app - the website DOES work thou), and others (Opera Mobile for example does not work with Flash - Because Google haven't releases the sourceAPI for Android 3.1 yet). At times DEDICATED Android Honeycomb apps are thin on the ground. Fortunately, you still get the full Android marketplace, and the 200,000 smartphone apps, but they usually don't take advantage of the tablets screensize.
All the software limitations I mention will quickly be sorted out, I am sure of that, as Android tablets are gaining traction very quickly. There are already some really nice Honeycomb optimized apps on the marketplace, so it's a problem that will lessen with time, it's also a problem that affects ALL Android tablets right now, so it's not really Asus Transformer specific.
Of course this tablets killer feature is that it's not just a tablet, it's a netbook too, and it works brilliantly in either configuration. In Netbook configuration, the battery life is amazing - 18 hours or so (there is a battery in both the tablet bit AND the base). I always kinda liked the tablet thing, but couldn't warrant getting one, as I needed a proper keyboard, so I already had a netbook, with this, I no longer need my netbook, this will suit me both ways.
Don't let my overly critical 4 star rating put you off, this is undoubtedly king of the tablets right now, but there are still a few rough edges software-wise that Google and Asus need to iron out before it's totally perfect.
UPDATE: After a week of use, I love this tablet even more! Usually as time goes on, I find niggles and quirks, but all my initial experiences and points are really it. A great netbook/tablet combo, that's getting better as more apps are released with tablet compatibility.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2011 16:30:09 BDT
Just to followup, Some of the quirks are getting ironed out quickly. Google Music (one of the main crashing apps) was updated yesterday, and the crashes seem to have gone.
All we need now is for Google to release the Honeycomb sourcecode, so BBC and Opera can get their flash based applications working. Then I will be upping my rating to a 5 star.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2011 22:50:00 BDT
Hi, does it come with 2 mains chargers, 1 for the tablet and 1 for the keyboard?
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2011 16:57:28 BDT
No just the one. If you charge it when they are connected, it will charge the tablet first, then charge the dock. Likewise, if you are using it in netbook configuration, it will drain the dock before it drains the tablet, so you can separate them at any time, and the tablet itself will have the best charge possible. Very smart.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2011 20:35:15 BDT
Ok thanks. I just wonder if before I went on a long journey and wanted both tablet and keyboard to have full charges whether I can charge both in parallel. So from you said, it sounds like I'll just connect the 2 together and it'll do its thing.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2011 08:34:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Nov 2011 11:03:16 GMT
I believe it charges in series, with the tablet always taking priority over the keyboard when charging, and when it discharges during use the keyboard (if connected) takes priority over the tablets internal battery.
You can charge both using a single connected in the keyboard, or charge the tablet on it's own when disconnected from the keyboard.
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