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Neowin Member Reviews: Asus EEE Pad Transformer

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This week we've selected a review by rajputwarrior.

Introduction:

So basically how this came about is that i got tired of my dell mini. I loved the fact I could install the OSX, but the Atom CPU just wasn't cutting it. I looked over other netbooks and wasn't that impressed. The next step was obviously tablets and currently the king is the iPad 2. The problem with the iPad was that I already had an iPhone, so why would I want a bigger version of my cell phone? I was also looking for something with HDMI out and expandable memory, so it looked like Android tablets were my only option which I didn't mind because I have always wanted an Android device.

Then I discovered the Asus EEE Pad Transformer, and when I found out you could attach a keyboard to the device it was an obvious choice.

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I have both a Motorola Xoom and an iPad 2. I have to say that the Android Tablets are a lot better than the iPads. If there is an app that is not formatted for tablets on Android, it doesn't look pixelated like it does on the iPad 2.

Anyone knocking the use of a Bluetooth keyboard with a tablet is just an idiot. I love using an external keyboard with my tablets when typing a lengthy email. Just ignore the trolls.

everyone does realize this tablet is quite old now?? Asus didn't meet its own launch, due to the IPS screens.

The Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 is the android tablet...

Ruciz said,
everyone does realize this tablet is quite old now?? Asus didn't meet its own launch, due to the IPS screens.

The Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 is the android tablet...

but the samsung tab is overpriced and doesnt even include a microsd slot.

Tablets make ****ty productivity devices. Also if you wanted a netbook, you should know AMD has better CPU and GPU options than Intel.

I purchased this very tablet a couple of weeks back prior to my decision to return it yesterday. Unfortunately, as many of you know, tablets severely lack in the overall functionally a netbook or any other PC form factor normally have. The fact that I cannot use my favorite Windows applications, such as Office and Foobar2000, or even a fully functional operating system that can perform a number of tasks made me feel as though I have been ripped off by purchasing the EEE Pad Transformer. The fact that I currently own an EVO 4G also rendered this new gadget redundant and, due to that, nothing more than a mere toy. I say, unless you are a novice computer user or someone who has an interest in any gadget he or she can get their hands on, I would stay away from the tablet market for several months, or perhaps even a few years, and allow it to mature over time. But that's just my opinion.

stvnwst said,
I purchased this very tablet a couple of weeks back prior to my decision to return it yesterday. Unfortunately, as many of you know, tablets severely lack in the overall functionally a netbook or any other PC form factor normally have. The fact that I cannot use my favorite Windows applications, such as Office and Foobar2000, or even a fully functional operating system that can perform a number of tasks made me feel as though I have been ripped off by purchasing the EEE Pad Transformer. The fact that I currently own an EVO 4G also rendered this new gadget redundant and, due to that, nothing more than a mere toy. I say, unless you are a novice computer user or someone who has an interest in any gadget he or she can get their hands on, I would stay away from the tablet market for several months, or perhaps even a few years, and allow it to mature over time. But that's just my opinion.

Sorry, but shouldn't you of known this any way? You say yourself you own an Android phone but bought an Android tablet, you knew you would be able to use 'Windows' applications, so why did you actually buy it? Tablets are all about portability, the reason they don't run Windows is because ARM based tablets are power efficient, that's why the Transformer is rated for 9 hours.

*is confused*

Tony. said,

Sorry, but shouldn't you of known this any way? You say yourself you own an Android phone but bought an Android tablet, you knew you would be able to use 'Windows' applications, so why did you actually buy it? Tablets are all about portability, the reason they don't run Windows is because ARM based tablets are power efficient, that's why the Transformer is rated for 9 hours.

*is confused*

And these sort of condescending replies are the reason why I dislike posting anything on this site. I already knew the cons of owning a tablet, but I chose to purchase one anyway just to see how it could benefit me. Unfortunately, this product did not satisfy me in anyway and I decided to return it. That's it. If you're going to post such a condescending comment to be a big shot behind a keyboard and mouse, please do me a favor and keep your nonsense to yourself. Thank you.

Edited by thisorthat, Jul 3 2011, 3:03pm :

stvnwst said,

And these sort of condescending replies are the reason why I dislike posting anything on this site. I already knew the cons of owning a tablet, but I chose to purchase one anyway just to see how it could benefit me. Unfortunately, this product did not satisfy me in anyway and I decided to return it. That's it. If you're going to post such a condescending comment to be a big shot behind a keyboard and mouse, please do me a favor and keep your nonsense to yourself. Thank you.

Except he's right. You're complaining about things you *knew* it couldn't do when you bought it. You're complaining about redundancy as if it's the devices fault. You knew it's capabilities and limitations when you bought it. The problem here is not the device, but the user.

Tweaky Nippleton said,

Except he's right. You're complaining about things you *knew* it couldn't do when you bought it. You're complaining about redundancy as if it's the devices fault. You knew it's capabilities and limitations when you bought it. The problem here is not the device, but the user.

Perhaps the problem here could've been me. I'll admit to that. But I still wanted to know what it was like owning a tablet to satisfy my curiosity even though I knew the cons of that exactly. I needed a hands-on experience to really get a sense of how this technology can be used, and I wasn't satisfied with it. 'Tis all!

coments above are proof that you don't really get it! You don't even understand what's different about the iPhone and the iPad! you simply think of it at as an iphone with a larger screen! iPad success was really having apps

You don't get the same apps on a bigger screen , you get completely different UI for each app designed for the iPad

It's really sad when you hear people looking for a tablet looking for keyboard attachments and external Hdd connectivity!

They are not really looking for a tablet but a mini laptop or a netbook since they don't really understand what a tablet is or how it can affect they overal computer usage and internet experience! Proof of this is hearing ppl call the iPad a large iPhone.

parisp said,
It's really sad when you hear people looking for a tablet looking for keyboard attachments and external Hdd connectivity!

They are not really looking for a tablet but a mini laptop or a netbook since they don't really understand what a tablet is or how it can affect they overal computer usage and internet experience! Proof of this is hearing ppl call the iPad a large iPhone.

So what does an iPad that iPhone can't? Except is bigger and you don't have to zoom to press a link? Except for the iPad exclusive apps? Enligten me, but apart from a larger keyboard, it does nothing for me in productivity except the occasional document I need.

So what is this "computer usage and internet experience" all about? Vague.

Why is it sad people are looking for a keyboard attachment? Did you consider that probably to some people having a tablet with a keyboard is better than a netbook? I don't need a netbook if it has a keyboard. It is simple as that. I could have saved on like 450NZD if a blimey tablet have a keyboard. So, I'm a sad person? Just because I don't need a portable Windows 7 and all the nice little features I honestly don't need in such a limited power machine, I want all the fun things associated with a tablet but yet need a keyboard so I have some productivity.


How technology is used is dictated by the user. Not by any corporation or some wise guy on a forum telling you are using it wrong.

parisp said,
It's really sad when you hear people looking for a tablet looking for keyboard attachments and external Hdd connectivity!

They are not really looking for a tablet but a mini laptop or a netbook since they don't really understand what a tablet is or how it can affect they overal computer usage and internet experience! Proof of this is hearing ppl call the iPad a large iPhone.

...

Seriously? The idea is that you can use the tablet to do whatever, and if you ever wanted to write a document, write long messages and so on, that privilage is there for you. You can buy the Transformer without the keyboard dock as well. The keyboard dock overs extra battery power to give the tablet 15+ hours of battery life which is more than most notebooks/netbooks can do. It also comes with extra USB ports so you can plug a PS3 game controller in to play games (that's supported out of the box btw).

The idea is that if you want the keyboard, it's there, if you don't want to use the keyboard, you don't have to. It's all about options and ASUS nailed it.