Recommend me a tablet

A friend of mine got the Asus. The build quality is pretty good. It works well in tablet and laptop form. It has 2 usb ports and a full size SD card on the laptop keyboard portion. The screen looks great. Battery life without the dock is very good. With the keyboard dock it is fantastic. It is a bit top heavy since the bulk of it is in the tablet portion. The keys are pretty nice. Docking it into the keyboard is not very difficult but can take a couple tries. There are not many apps specifically for it, yet but apps build for phones seem to work. I have almost no experience with the app store but was told it's the full app store.

If you connect a usb drive you can browse the drive and play video from it. Overall, I like it a lot. I don't believe I'll trade my ipad for one, though. iOS just has so many programs on it and the quality is generally a bit higher than android. If you want an android tablet, though, this seems to be the one that a lot of people are salivating over and from what I've seen there's a good reason for that.

Couple more things on the Asus. Weight is pretty much the same as the iPad for the tablet itself. Viewing angles are similar but the iPads are slightly better. It is just a hair thicker than the iPad. The carbon fiber back looks quite nice. It has access to most apps from the app store unless a developer forbids it. Apps all behave differently when it comes to scaling. Some scale up just fine (Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja) while a few run only at native resolution. The touch points on the tablet are impressive. It tracks all 10 fingers pretty well and only loses on when you bring them all together. Very nice.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

Couple more things on the Asus. Weight is pretty much the same as the iPad for the tablet itself. Viewing angles are similar but the iPads are slightly better. It is just a hair thicker than the iPad. The carbon fiber back looks quite nice. It has access to most apps from the app store unless a developer forbids it. Apps all behave differently when it comes to scaling. Some scale up just fine (Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja) while a few run only at native resolution. The touch points on the tablet are impressive. It tracks all 10 fingers pretty well and only loses on when you bring them all together. Very nice.

The bezel kills this model for me.. its just to ridiculous in size.

Anyone else looking at the HTC Flyer? Android. 7 inch. Active digitizer with Evernote integration?

Kurrelgyre wrote:

Anyone else looking at the HTC Flyer? Android. 7 inch. Active digitizer with Evernote integration?

Isn't it also like $800?

No, $500 for the tablet and $80 for the pen. It's the higher price abroad with the pen included.

Today's Woot is the Galaxy Tab WiFi + 3G (Sprint) refurbished for $260, without a contract.

Thin_J wrote:

Untether the iPad from iTunes and I would already own one.

Done. Well, done soon.

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No more computer needed for activation or updates, starting with the iOS 5 update in the fall.

And with that, Apple's finally managed to get a device onto my radar.

You can snag a Viewsonic G-tablet for $250 with shipping now. Of course, the software is terrible so you'll want to install a custom rom, but apparently on the G-tablet it's as easy as simply copying the rom to an SD card.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350468986717#ht_11630wt_1139&clk_rvr_id=238513279650

I picked up an iPad 2 an so far so good...there was a bit of lunch bag let-down at the start (turns out they're not actually magical!) but there are plenty of good aps. My wife loves playing scrabble on the ipad!

crunchy wrote:

I picked up an iPad 2 an so far so good...there was a bit of lunch bag let-down at the start (turns out they're not actually magical!) but there are plenty of good aps. My wife loves playing scrabble on the ipad!

Might I ask what the letdowns were?

unntrlaffinity wrote:

You can snag a Viewsonic G-tablet for $250 with shipping now. Of course, the software is terrible so you'll want to install a custom rom, but apparently on the G-tablet it's as easy as simply copying the rom to an SD card.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350468986717#ht_11630wt_1139&clk_rvr_id=238513279650

But is it still worth it with the horrid viewing angles and low resolution screen?

Kurrelgyre wrote:
unntrlaffinity wrote:

You can snag a Viewsonic G-tablet for $250 with shipping now. Of course, the software is terrible so you'll want to install a custom rom, but apparently on the G-tablet it's as easy as simply copying the rom to an SD card.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350468986717#ht_11630wt_1139&clk_rvr_id=238513279650

But is it still worth it with the horrid viewing angles and low resolution screen?

That I don't know. The reviews all knock the viewing angles, but that seems to relate to laying it on the table and trying to use it like that. For most games, movies, web browsing, or eBooks, it seems like that wouldn't be an issue (if you're holding it).

Battery life and performance-wise... maybe? Same price as a Nook Color, which has a superior screen, but easier to root, and whoops the Nook's ass in benchmarks.

There's a slew of budget tablets in the pipe, but they all seem to have that one major drawback (terrible angles, resistive rather than capacitive, etc.)

If the G-tablet were actually a 7" I'd consider it for an upcoming trip I'm taking. In the meantime, I'm still holding out hope for Meego. It's a shame that support for Meego is waning, it looks more hella good with each new update.

Wife finally caved on an iPad purchase and I'm now the proud owner of a white 16gb wifi iPad2, and I'm really enjoying it. Magical? No, but it feels great living in the future...

A local news website just came up with a pretty cool initiative. They are launching an iPad targeted electronic daily newspaper in August and are taking pre-orders for iPad 2s as part of their subscription model. They have warned that stock will be pretty limited, but I decided to give it a go and see if I can get one.

The iPad, 1 & 2, came out here at a really good price, so they are hard to get, even if you have the cash.

I saw that Infiniti is including an iPad2 with all the manuals pre-loaded with certain vehicles... dunno if you get it when you lease the vehicle.. or just for financing.

TheGameguru wrote:

I saw that Infiniti is including an iPad2 with all the manuals pre-loaded with certain vehicles... dunno if you get it when you lease the vehicle.. or just for financing.

Ha! I saw that commercial with the TV muted and just assumed it was an ad gimmick.

That Asus tablet looks pretty awesome. Does it have 3G?

Okay, after 3 days with the iPad I can honestly say I'm completely sold on it. It's streamlined so much I have to deal with, from some quality apps to being much better to work remotely with than my small-screen-in-comparison smartphone. The autocorrect is much rarer because of the enlarged keys, the email/google integration has been great all around, and the resolution is perfect for the screen size. I can have it with me in the server/machine room with little hassle, it's easy to carry around in comparison to the laptop I use for development. I can be connected without being weighted down or having to squint.

I love having dropbox integration with GoodReader so I can use my important documents on-the-go.

The iPad has nearly obliterated my smartphone go-to time. I really think I'm going to dive on the first near-free Verizon 4G LTE device and consider tethering for non-wifi scenarios, since my smartphone OS is nearly irrelevant now.

Is this thing magical? No, but man it's smooth.

What you are experiencing is known as the "Apple's industrial designers have literally sold their souls to the devil for awesome powers of awesomeness" effect.

No, really, they have. There's no other possible explanation.

trueheart78 wrote:

Okay, after 3 days with the iPad I can honestly say I'm completely sold on it.

Assuming you aren't borrowing one from a friend/relative, weren't you "sold" on it the day you purchased it? IMAGE(http://www.retrogameforum.com/images/smilies/tongue2.gif)

I find myself sitting on sofa watching YouTube videos on my iPad (the first) while a few feet away my desktop is on. That's despite YouTube on iPad being pretty crummy.

MeatMan wrote:
trueheart78 wrote:

Okay, after 3 days with the iPad I can honestly say I'm completely sold on it.

Assuming you aren't borrowing one from a friend/relative, weren't you "sold" on it the day you purchased it? IMAGE(http://www.retrogameforum.com/images/smilies/tongue2.gif)

Yes, but now it's at the point where I would actually cause physical harm to someone if they attempted to make me return it or take it away from me without my permission.

dejanzie wrote:

That Asus tablet looks pretty awesome. Does it have 3G?

Despite the goofy bezel I caved and ordered one with the keyboard attachment.. I love my iPad 2 but its half baked multi-tasking is annoying... or I guess I'm using it so much that I'm stretching the OS to its limits.. someone has to realize that the bar is still fairly low here and really come up with a killer tablet OS.

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The real problem is though the killer combo Apple has between owning all the hardware and the app ecosystem. The profit they get from the lifespan of a customer is way more than any of Google's OEM partners can ever get.. Moto, Acer, Asus, HTC etc.. can't come close to the revenues Apple gets from these devices and thus are forced to operate in a very different type of business model.

Well I've had the Asus Transformer for a couple days now.... and wow its a hot mess.

1. Keyboard dock works very inconsistently from app to app.. sometimes it just flat out doenst work and has to be "reset"...even when it works the cursor will randomly jump around when you are trying to type.. it so annoying that it basically renders the keyboard useless.. I just give up and undock it.

2. Which brings me to the incredible.. the browser app frequently will completely obscure the typing area of websites (like GWJ) when the soft keyboard pops up.. landscape or portrait doesn't help as it happens either way... how can this happen? It never ever happens on the iPad and Mobile Safari. Maybe I just try the Mobile Firefox instead and see if that behaves properly.

3. The way Android handles internal memory and the extra flash memory is just annoying.. either make every single app behave the same whether its installed on internal memory or flash or borrow a page from Microsoft and make it that when you first install the flash memory it formats it and "merges" it with internal memory storage and you never think about it again.

4. Stability... apps crash way to much.. I'm used to an occasional crash on the iOS but it seems like this Asus is either unstable or Android 3.1 for Tablets is just not supported as well by Android developers (given Apples 89% tablet marketshare maybe that's why)

I dunno.. this platform should be better.. but its just not. The barrier of entry is still low... the iPad 2 isnt that great..the iOS for Tablets isn't that great.. but so far either everyone else isn't trying that hard or Android developers are largely ignoring Android Tablets.

Leads me to believe a TRUE multi-tasking Windows 8 Tablet OS that somehow keeps compatibility BUT has a true multi-touch OS and gets Apps to behave properly would be awesome.. I just struggle with how a true "desktop" OS can ever also be a true "tablet" OS.

I pickup up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Initial observations from someone who has never used a tablet before:

1. It is heavier than I anticipated. Glad I passed on some of the other andriod tabs.
2. It took 6 hours for the battery to charge. That seems very slow.
3. It looks and feels good.
4. The touch screen is very snappy. Apps load and transition quickly.

This is primarily intended as a household web browser and email app so my expectations may be lower than most. So far so good.

TheGameguru wrote:

Well I've had the Asus Transformer for a couple days now.... and wow its a hot mess.

1. Keyboard dock works very inconsistently from app to app.. sometimes it just flat out doenst work and has to be "reset"...even when it works the cursor will randomly jump around when you are trying to type.. it so annoying that it basically renders the keyboard useless.. I just give up and undock it.

2. Which brings me to the incredible.. the browser app frequently will completely obscure the typing area of websites (like GWJ) when the soft keyboard pops up.. landscape or portrait doesn't help as it happens either way... how can this happen? It never ever happens on the iPad and Mobile Safari. Maybe I just try the Mobile Firefox instead and see if that behaves properly.

3. The way Android handles internal memory and the extra flash memory is just annoying.. either make every single app behave the same whether its installed on internal memory or flash or borrow a page from Microsoft and make it that when you first install the flash memory it formats it and "merges" it with internal memory storage and you never think about it again.

4. Stability... apps crash way to much.. I'm used to an occasional crash on the iOS but it seems like this Asus is either unstable or Android 3.1 for Tablets is just not supported as well by Android developers (given Apples 89% tablet marketshare maybe that's why)

I dunno.. this platform should be better.. but its just not. The barrier of entry is still low... the iPad 2 isnt that great..the iOS for Tablets isn't that great.. but so far either everyone else isn't trying that hard or Android developers are largely ignoring Android Tablets.

Leads me to believe a TRUE multi-tasking Windows 8 Tablet OS that somehow keeps compatibility BUT has a true multi-touch OS and gets Apps to behave properly would be awesome.. I just struggle with how a true "desktop" OS can ever also be a true "tablet" OS.

This makes me pretty sad, as I was moderately interested in the transformer tablet. I've currently got a 32GB Xoom on loan from work. It's nice, but I have to echo a lot of Guru's complaints. Particularly in regards to the app stability. Crashes seem to be almost constant for several of the things I've downloaded from the marketplace (mostly game demos). Hell, even builtins like the browser, gtalk, and music apps have crashed!

Tyrian wrote:

This makes me pretty sad, as I was moderately interested in the transformer tablet. I've currently got a 32GB Xoom on loan from work. It's nice, but I have to echo a lot of Guru's complaints. Particularly in regards to the app stability. Crashes seem to be almost constant for several of the things I've downloaded from the marketplace (mostly game demos). Hell, even builtins like the browser, gtalk, and music apps have crashed!

I have had the Xoom for a month now and when I first got it, crashes were more common, but now it runs very stable for me. Only games can sometimes crash, but they are usually not very good anyway.