Advantages long battery life, keyboard and touchscreen, fast, intuitive, android, quick buttons
Disadvantages short power lead, it's brown?!
For a while now, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Google Chromebook – just for something to play (and write) with on the train. But much to my annoyance, Samsung pushed back the release date of the 3g version until the 1st of August. Which was just rude. Anyway, in the meantime, a couple of chums of mine pointed me in the direction of the rather sexy alternative, the Eee Pad Transformer TF101. I had a look at the official advert for it and I have to say my jaw dropped a little bit.
16 hours battery life
Android OS (Honeycomb)
Multiple inputs (2 USB, 1 SD, 1 Micro SD and even a micro HDMI out)
5mp camera on the back, 1mp on the front
Keyboard, oh, wait, I said that already
The first thing that leaps out is the Android Honeycomb interface. Wow, it’s impressive looking. Sure, there’s plenty of sexy looking tablets out there and they’re all much of a muchness, but Android does it well. The Asus screen compliments it nicely, shiny and sleek, just like you’d expect (though this is a minor complaint when I was out in the sun with it, but that’s a story for later).As you’d expect, just like on Android phones, there are several windows which you can flick between and add apps to. The interface is smooth and works perfectly to the touch. Later, when I got the thing home and began setting it up, I was pleasantly surprised when, on logging into my Google account, it automatically downloaded all the apps from my phone, straight onto the tablet – “67 apps restored”. That was a nice (and welcome) surprise.
Being a tablet, there’s obviously more room to play with. 10.1 inches of screen space is hard to fill with apps, even if you have a wide selection. The default setup is nice straight out of the box. The weather app is already on the homescreen and works nicely with the default wallpaper giving the impression of sunlight breaking through leaves of a tree.
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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 - Tablet - Android - 32 GB - 10.1" IPS ( 1280 x 800 ) - rear camera + front camera - microSD slot - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
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