I just got my Asus EeePad Transformer and I have a few words.
I got it today from Amazon. It is the 32Gb model and got an Micro SD card, 32 Gb as weell. I have seen/read many complains but as always, more posts are complains because if you are happy with your purchased, most of the time posts are not written.
Well, I got it out of the box and plugged it in to leave it at least 8 hours as said in Manual. Meanwhile, I was playing with it and notice light bleeding by the bottom right but this does not bother me, it is not that bad. I have my Samsung monitor and a HD Samsung TV and both have some light bleeding as well.
Like a minute after plugging it, I got a notification that an upgrade needed to be installed. I just waited a few minutes to use the tablet before upgrading. Everything was working great, Wifi, browising, and flash sites were loading fast.
Decided to do the update and then I was not able to use wifi, and when I was able to connect to internet after a few minutes, pages were loading pretty slow and downloading from the market was taking to long. I decided to do a factory reset and everything returned to normal again. Wifi very fast as well as loading flash sites.
So far so good, I have no complain about it so far.
-Solid construction, no noisy back as some people said
=Fast browsing, even with flash
-Honeycomb 3.1 working fine.
-Youtube playing movies just fine.
I should be getting the dock in two days, let's see how it goes by then.
- 06-13-2011, 09:26 PM #2
- 06-13-2011, 09:27 PM #3
One thing that I noticed and people are talking about is the sound. Speakers are ok but could be better. Most of the sound comes out of the speaker on the right and you cannot miss it. About sound quality, I believe it is not the best and I cannot compare because it is my first tablet. Hopefully the sound problem (one speaker louder from the other) will be fixed in the future with a software upgrade.
Imtravis, I believe I will, no doubt.
mknollman123, it is the best thing to do even though I know some times is a pain, mostly when you have many apps, files, and passwords already set up.
- 06-14-2011, 01:50 PM #5
Now, I hope the find a way to fix the two speakers problem, one way louder (right) than the other.
- 06-14-2011, 05:10 PM #7
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I have the 32gb Transformer and Keyboard Dock running 3.1 Honeycomb. I have used my TF practically every waking hour since I got it around Memorial Day. I got the Dock the first week of June.
I would say that I am a 95% happy camper but there are some annoyances that have not gone unnoticed: (1) the lag when typing on the keyboard dock is noticeable. I read in the forums that lag was a problem, but the hope was that it would be addressed in 3.1. So far, not so much. There is improvement when I use the DolphinHD browser. it is almost unbearable when using the stock browser. I really hope this is addressed in another firmware update; (2) the speakers are definitely on the "low-talker" side. I don't think mine are unbalanced as others have reported, but adding a set of portable speakers doesn't do much to improve the sound at all. I wonder if this underperformance is due, in part, to combining the mic and headphone into one port?
Anyway, I am hoping that Netflix gets their act together sooner rather than later so that I can watch my streaming queue on my tab. It would be nice to have a decent audio experience when that day finally arrives...Love my Transformer and the fact that it "transforms." The keyboard lag/speaker issues just mar (a little bit) what has otherwise been a stellar experience so far. Oh well, what the heck - nothing's perfect!
- 06-14-2011, 05:12 PM #8
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- 06-14-2011, 06:29 PM #10
I'm glad you likecthe Transformer. I had my eye on one since launch. I ended up buying an Acer Iconia instead only because I was taking a vacation and wanted a tablet and the Transform was no where to be found. Overall the devices are very similar and I'm not regretting my purchase. I still haven't got the 3.1 update yet but that's supposed to be a couple of weeks away and not that big of a deal.
- 06-14-2011, 06:31 PM #11
- 06-14-2011, 07:20 PM #12
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I've had my transformer for about a month and I loved it. I do find the speakers very much lacking but hope to remedy that with Bluetooth surround sound headphones for movies and games, specifically Onlive once it's available for Android tablets :-) I also own the dock and love it though I wish that you could adjust the mouse sensitivity, it's very fast, a little too fast, and I like fast pointers. I was consideringa Chrome book or Xoom until I stumbled upon this and couldn't be happier. ASUS does need to step up their game with accessories, the included, proprietary cable , is about a foot long and their aren't any quality cases or covers to be had. Im 99% satisfied with the device itself, the price is killer, just bring on the accessories please!
- 06-14-2011, 07:49 PM #13
I have had mine for about a month as well. I think the quality of the hardware is great. I was actually looking for a netbook as i really wanted a keyboard and this exceeded my expectations. I am a huge fan of android phones so honeycomb was pretty natural for me. I have no issues with speaker balance or slow wifi etc.
The one problem i have been trying to solve is closing the tablet while docked seems to shut the music/sound off while using headphones. I would like to be able to listen to music but the device goes into sleep mode. This might be solvable but I haven't been able to figure it out.
Overall, love it. Have an upcoming trip and will bring the transformer exclusively...
- 06-14-2011, 09:42 PM #14
- 06-14-2011, 10:46 PM #15
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I'm going into my third week with my 16gb. I love it. Using moboplayer for movie watching as it plays pretty smooth and has invisible screen gestures so I don't have to hit menu or stop the movie to adjust brightness,volume,scrubber etc.. Fedes music player looks gorgeous and plays really well with the interface. Reader HD is my google reader of choice. Dolphin HD plays the nicest in terms of overall desktop/laptop feel when docked. I have a screen cover on it that I cut to size from a larger sheet. No fingerprints or high glare now makes the screen look deeper and richer and now that I am not looking at my own reflection or fingerprint smudges its even more enjoyable to interact with. Down side- no Netflix, Opera mobile doesn't support flash, Random reboot ( watching this one close and hoping it's just an upgrade away from not being an issue as I have heard several owners having the same problem. Any of my fellow autobots (c'mon we HAVE to claim that one right?) having this issue?
- 06-14-2011, 11:33 PM #16
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I've had my TF for over a week now. Got it from B&H. I love the hardware but I am a bit upset with how long it's taking some of the software people to update their software to the tablets. There are at least 3 apps that I use all the time on my EVO 3G that have not yet been ported over to the TF. I'm assuming that is true for most of the tablets.
- 06-14-2011, 11:46 PM #17
- 06-15-2011, 10:36 AM #18
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- TeamBAMF Paradigm
I just received my Transformer from Newegg on Monday. I think it's a great tablet, but there are a few flaws or things that I like better on my iPad, the acer tablet or the xoom.
First is just a known issue with Honeycomb 3.1, the reply to an HTML email with any sort of apostrophe uses the XML code instead of HTML code to produce the apostrophe. It works fine if you're responding to plaintext emails or anything of that nature. But this is across the board for Honeycomb tablets running 3.1. There are a couple other Android quirks like Netflix and Marvel being stupid, but outside of that everything is at least on par to better than the other tablets available.
Specifically with the Asus tablet, I am going to have to return mine as mine had a manufacturing defect where the casing around the dock port is actually bent outward causing the casing to separate from the screen to a very small extent. Most people probably wouldn't even give it the time of day, but I'm one of those people where damnit I just bought this it needs to be perfect, if I dented it, that's another story, but if I've not touched it yet, then it needs to be fixed
Another issue I have specifically with the Asus tablet is my screen feels more grippy than say a Motorola Xoom or an iPad, your finger doesn't slide across the glass as well. Of course if I go with a screen protector this will all be negated, but just kind of odd that the feel of the glass would be different even between it and the Xoom.
The last one would probably be the port selection, not that it matters, but I think a microUSB port would be nice to have, again not a huge deal, I also like microHDMI better than the miniHDMI it has on it. I understand the need for the dock port since the keyboard is an option, but I always love the microUSB charging option
But lets put it this way, once I get my returned tablet back, it'll be replacing my iPad which will be eBay'd or sent to Gazelle. The no Netflix sucks, but... meh I can live without it.
- 06-15-2011, 10:44 AM #19
- 06-15-2011, 11:09 AM #20
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- 06-15-2011, 11:36 AM #21
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I had the transform that I bought from fry's electronics. I had some good fun with it till it came time to update. . It wouldn't accept the update. It would get halfway done and freeze! So I called Asus to get them to warranty the problems. They told me to find the serial number on it but lo and behold... The serial number was non-existant on the tablet. "Sorry sir your warranty is void" I returned it that day! Frys had no more in stock and wasn't going to get elany till the fat lady sings and pigs can eat at the dinner table with a fork. Decided to get the Acer iconia a500! Loooovvvveee it! Just feels so much sturdier and no light bleeding on the screen. Sorry Asus but I like the Acer better
- 06-15-2011, 11:41 AM #22
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My main complaint is the charging cable. It's proprietary to Asus and you can't buy/get replacements anywhere. Apple's cables may cost an arm and a leg, but at least you can get them.
Oh also, the case they have for the transformer is nearly identical to the one for my ipad 1, but it both costs more (50 vs 40) and it's thinner/flimsier. Asus can't do that. They can't charge more for poorer quality.
Otherwise though, the ipad goes unused in our house. No one wants to play with it anymore. There's always fights breaking out over the transformer.
Give me micro/mini/usb charging and make that case better quality and cost less and I'll have nothing left to complain about.
The speakers are working better. Youtube videos sound a lot better than other ones, no idea why. I installed Volume+ and it helped.