- 04-12-2011, 11:11 AM #26
- 04-12-2011, 01:41 PM #28
- 04-12-2011, 03:46 PM #29
As I continue to work on the comparisons, the Asus Transform really stands out. Asus has been computers, monitors, and devices for other brands for years including past Treo's.
The Asus Transformer is basically a netbook that's touchscreen detaches to be used as a tablet. All for only $399?
The Transformer matches up well with the Xoom resolution, size, CPU, RAM, HDMI 1080p, cameras, and is Honeycomb too.
Best Buy has had the Transform on their website but has taken it back down. It included this picture:
If the Transformer is sitting in a row with all the other tablets at Best Buy, which one will people buy?
[EDIT] The more I think about this, there is simply no way the keyboard can be included at $399. It will cost extra.
- 04-13-2011, 04:44 PM #31
I think it really depends. Obviously respecting fans will buy their OS of choice. What is left are the people in the middle. If the fact that the Transformer can almost fully replace a netbook/laptop is pushed, then I think it will win. If not, people will go with the brand they know, which is the iPad.
That being said, the iPad, just from a hardware perspective is sexier being more compact and lighter, without a huge bezel. However, the Transformer has all of the benefits of Honeycomb's openness, file system, etc. I think it will come down to whatever people value more. Form vs function.
Also, correct me if I am wrong, but the transformer at $399 doesn't come with the keyboard dock, which I have heard will cost $150 extra.
- 04-13-2011, 11:55 PM #33
That would be very nice indeed. I don't think the unboxing videos have showed the keyboard though.
Update: I am pretty sure that the dock is an extra. I found this quote on the ASUS website. " The Transformer sets itself apart from other tablets on the market by featuring an optional docking station. This provides access to a full QWERTY keyboard along with unique Android Function keys, turning the tablet Transformer into a full-fledged notebook."
The site also says that the transformer will use ASUS' waveshare launcher, which hopefully is just a basic launcher replacment and doesn't do any deep changes.
I will split this off into a separate thread but the reviews for the RIM Playbook are just brutal...
Business Insider: The Reviews of the BlackBerry PlayBook are Unbelievably Bad
"Almost every single review we've read says in short: Don't buy it."
New York Times: A BlackBerry Tablet, but Where Are the Apps?
"...For now, the PlayBook’s motto might be, ‘There’s no app for that’."
"The PlayBook, then, is convenient, fast and coherently designed. But in its current half-baked form, it seems almost silly to try to assess it, let alone buy it."
"Remember, the primary competition is an iPad — the same price, but much thinner, much bigger screen and a library of 300,000 apps. In that light, does it make sense to buy a fledgling tablet with no built-in e-mail or calendar, no cellular connection, no video chat, no Skype, no Notes app, no GPS app, no videochat, no Pandora radio and no Angry Birds?"
Business Insider: The BlackBerry PlayBook Is A Huge Disappointment So Far
"It's as if there is no one at RIM who has the power/stones to say, 'This isn't good enough. Re-do it and make it much better.'"
PCWorld: BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Panned by Reviewers
"...it's not ready for prime time."
Financial Post: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook underwhelms in early reviews
"Unfortunately for RIM, the consensus seems to be that RIM’s PlayBook is a bit underwhelming."
Wired: BlackBerry Playbook Tablet Lacks All the Right Moves
"...you may want to think twice before picking one up."
Gizmodo BlackBerry PlayBook Review
"...I don't think anyone should buy it right now..."
Wall Street Journal ATD: Overreactor Meltdown: RIM’s Lazaridis Blows Again
"...I don’t fully understand why there’s this negative sentiment, and I just don’t have the time to battle it..."
Wall Street Journal: PlayBook: A Tablet With a Case Of Codependency
"This first edition of the PlayBook has no built-in cellular data connection and lacks such basic built-in apps as an email program, a contacts program, a calendar, a memo pad and even RIM’s popular BlackBerry Messenger chat system...although the PlayBook has very nice front and rear cameras, it comes without video-chatting software."
Quanta is the actual maker of the Playbook:
Quanta Computer expected to see booming shipments of PlayBook
"Although most market watchers believe RIM's total PlayBook sales will reach only about 4-5 million units in 2011, since RIM plans to at least order an average of 800,000 units each month in the second half of 2011, the company will have a great chance of having annual sales surpass market watchers' expectations."
RIM's Future: Microsoft, HP, RIM Could Lose Out (Gartner)
An almost positive review: Engadget: BlackBerry PlayBook Review
"Like webOS? If so, you're going to love what's hiding under the PlayBook's (healthy) bezels...ultimately, we have a tablet that's trying really hard to please the enterprise set but, in doing so, seems to be alienating casual users who might just want a really great seven-inch tablet."
Here is a positive Review! PlayBook Tablet Makes Dull BlackBerry Cool Again
Check it out. If nothing else to see the worst toupee on a 60-year-old ever.
CrackBerry is not as positive: CrackBerry BlackBerry PlayBook Review
"So did the BlackBerry PlayBook hit the ball straight out of the park? Not quite."
I added the Toshiba Tablet to the opening post comparison but it is really not much different than the Xoom at $599.
The Acer Iconia at $449 and Asus Transformer at $399 still lead the way.
Maybe the Toshiba can be at or below the Asus price although I suspect not. Toshiba has to buy it's tablet from a third party who also has to make a mark-up. Asus, Acer, and Samsung are able to make their own devices.
- 04-17-2011, 03:16 PM #36
Samsung's super slender Galaxy Tab 10.1 snacks on some Honeycomb (video) -- Engadget
Is it just me or does the galaxy 10.1 look larger than the Xoom? Also what was up with that rd box when you added a widget? Nice looking device though.
- 04-17-2011, 04:05 PM #37
- 04-17-2011, 04:10 PM #38
- 04-18-2011, 07:47 PM #40
Here is Phil Nickinson's review for Android Central: ASUS EeePad Transformer review.
Here is the answer about Honeycomb:
The EeePad Transformer runs Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb, the Google's tablet version of Android. It's largely unskinned -- the stock Google apps all look as we've come to know them on Honeycomb. The buttons in the System Bar -- back, home and multitasking -- are customized and have a much softer feel than the Tron-like buttons in stock Honeycomb.
The right-and bezel has the 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack, microphone, mini HDMI port for high-definition output, and a microSD card slot. And unlike the Motorola Xoom's, it actually works. Pop in a microSD card, and it appears as "External storage," or /removable in the file structure. No hacks -- it just works.
Per the ASUS EeePad Transformer pricing and availability:
16GB - $399. 32GB - $499. Optional keyboard dock - $150. Available April 26 in the United States at:
• American TV
• HH Gregg
• Micro Center
• Office Depot
• PC Richards
Add a 32GB microSD card for under $60 and a 32GB SD card for under $50 to the $399 base unit + keyboard and you are at 80GB for about $650.
If you are looking at the Transformer, Xoom, and iPad 2 side-by-side, which would you pick?
Does Android now have a game-changing tablet?
- 04-21-2011, 11:15 AM #44
If they are smart they will let each retail store only have about 6 a day. With the online sites, tell them to show out os stock by 10 AM. To this day, I am certain that is what HTC is doing with the EVO. They are all still on allotments. There is such magic in the words, "We are sold out of that again but I can put you on the list. We hope to get more tomorrow..."
The way to get someone to want something is to tell them they can't have it.
- 04-21-2011, 11:46 AM #46
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