Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a Great Value
I finally decided to buy a tablet because I saw that it could help me be more productive in my work, plus I wouldn’t have to carry books and newspapers when I fly (which is frequently). I’m an obsessive researcher, so I went crazy on line comparing specs and reading expert and lay reviews.
Of course, the default tablet for just about everyone is the iPad, but being militantly (and perhaps irrationally) against Apple products, I just couldn’t bring myself to go down that road.
After much review, the decision came down to the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, Motorola Xoom, and Asus Eee Pad Transformer. I decided that I didn’t need 3G or 32GB. The Xoom didn’t come with 16GB so the Motorola was ruled out. The Samsung and the Asus had almost identical technical specs, but the Samsung is a bit smaller and lighter. Aside from that little difference. The reviews were equally laudatory, with the Samsung being applauded for its sleekness and feel, but criticized for lacking some inputs. The Asus was praised for its greater flexibility and attachable keyboard.
The tiebreaker for me came down to price. At $399, the Asus was a full $100 less than the Samsung.
After setting it up and playing with it for a little while, I am really pleased with it. It too is sleek looking and has a solid and quality feel. Because it runs Android (and I’m a Google and Android guy), I’m very comfortable with its software architecture. I’ve found all the apps I want. I also ordered a case and capacitive stylus so I can take notes with it.
So, over all, I’m happy with my purchase and would recommend it from the current crop of other quality Android tablets, mainly because of the greater bang for the buck.
I have one as well with the keyboard dock and I love it. It’s perfect for what I need.
How is the build quality? I’ve heard people on XDA complaining about light leaks and dust under the glass?
I’ve only had my Asus for a day, so I can’t comment on long-term build quality. Yes, I did read some reviews in which there were some quality-control issues. But on initial inspection and experience, the quality seems good. Solid feel, tight fitting seams.
I’ll report back if I undercover any problems.
Thanks. I’m waiting for the market to mature a little bit more, but IMHO the Asus and the Toshiba look the most attractive right now. Well at least when the Toshiba is released soon.
I wish I could do the same – but being militantly (and perhaps irrationally) against google (as well as apple) products, I just can’t bring myself to go down that road. 🙂
@Jorgen: Touche! But if you are against Google and Apple, who’s left? MS? They must be just as bad (if not worthy of a bit of sympathy). Linux? What?!?!
I was in the market for a notebook (and being MS’s bitch) I bought the ASUS Eee Slate which is 3 times the price admitedly, but it does everything and zippy too with an i5 and 64bit win7. Absolutely loving it and can’t wait to install Win8 on it!
@drjim: If you lookup “MS fanboy” in a dictionary it will probably say “Jorgen” 🙂