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Old January 12th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This looks like it has just about everything you could ask for in a tablet, but the one thing that is bothering me is how small it seems.

It would be great for reading and a little bit more portable than an 8.9 or 10.1 inch screen, but I don't think it has the screen real-estate to deliver on web browsing and watching videos.

Despite, I might have to suck it up and get used to a smaller screen because $250 for a Tegra 3 stock ICS tablet is far too good of a deal to simply pass up.

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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This looks like it has just about everything you could ask for in a tablet, but the one thing that is bothering me is how small it seems.

It would be great for reading and a little bit more portable than an 8.9 or 10.1 inch screen, but I don't think it has the screen real-estate to deliver on web browsing and watching videos.

Despite, I might have to suck it up and get used to a smaller screen because $250 for a Tegra 3 stock ICS tablet is far too good of a deal to simply pass up.
Bear in mind that, at least from the web browsing standpoint, that's more a function of the resolution than the actual screen size. Even with a 10" Transformer Prime, you're only going to be able to see the same amount of a web page on the screen at a time as with the ME370T due to the matching 1280x800 resolution. It is, however, an increase from the amount one would see on the equivalently-sized Galaxy Tab 7, Nook Color/Tablet, and Kindle Fire at 1024600. If you want to gauge in advance what the experience will be like, try to check out a T-Mobile Springboard (aka Huawei Mediapad) which is the first 7" tab out with the same 1280x800 resolution as the pending ME370T you're inquiring about. That should give you a good idea of whether you'll be comfortable with the size and text quality on it later. Pixel density makes a difference too, hence small text will look sharper on the 7" Asus with a higher PPI (pixels per inch) than even the Transformer Prime. This is one of the reasons the higher-end version of the Prime, the TF700T, will be even better for web browsing at a full 1920x1200 resolution with a higher PPI.
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Well resolution doesn't exactly help me if the screen is too small to make anything out. The problem for me lies with the aspect ratio. It is just annoying to view websites in portrait, however landscape may be too wide and not tall enough for my tastes. The iPad's 4:3 display is much nicer for that stuff.

I suppose it might be something to get used to, and I'll try what you recommended. I just don't know if a 7" screen will be enough of a difference from my 4.3" Droid X (which is a nightmare to browse on regularly). But I might have to learn, since this deal is sooo good.
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I plan on jumping into the Tegra 3 pool with this tablet. I currently have a Galaxy Tab 8.9 that will be handed down to my wife once I get this new one. I personally prefer a 7 inch tablet because it's the size of a paperback book and thus more travel friendly. While I LOVE my 8.9 and I think the size is really good for browsing (at the 1280x800 resolution of the upcoming Asus tablet), I still can't slip it into a jacket pocket and carry it around. That, personally, is my driving factor for moving to a 7 inch tablet.

My buddy just got the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for the same reason. Even though it's lower resolution than my 8.9, he's really happy with the performance. While the 7 incher or the 8.9 won't compare to an iPad, they are light years ahead of smartphone browsing. In fact if I have my tablet on me while I'm out and about I'll turn the wifi hotspot on my EVO 4g on so I can browse on my tablet instead of my phone. There's no comparison between smartphone browing and tablet browsing, even on a 7 inch screen. It's worlds better.

On a side note, even though Adobe is dropping mobile flash support, it's still a huge reason why I love my Tab over any iPad. There are so many times I go to a website where I want to see a video or do ANYTHING that requires flash and on an iPad it would be a total no-go. On an Android, you can do anything.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 02:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am writing this reply on a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, which has a 7" screen. I find that I really like the 7" form factor. A full 10" tablet, to me, is just too big. On a 7" tab, you can easily reach across the screen (to tap on links, for example) while holding the sides in portrait mode (I even have big hands, but I have spoken to people with smaller hands that prefer a 7" tablet for that very reason). I don't own a 10" tab, but I did play with some extensively before buying the NT. And I just found them too big; I think the 7" tab is the perfect size form factor. You can slip it into your pocket, for example. It's great. And more specifically to your concern of being too small for browsing, I find it just wide enough (in landscape) to show the full page width, without having to zoom, and still be of a readable size. In fact, that's the main thing I bought the NT for (browsing) with e-reading being secondary (for me).

In fact, if you are concerned with 7" form factor in general, just go up to your local electronics retailer (or B&N, or even Sam's Club, lots of places carry the Nooks) and have a look at them yourself. Of course, processing power will vary, but you can get a good look at some 7" screens.

I expect this Asus 7" tab to become extremely popular whenever it comes out (assuming it comes to market at the expected price of $249). In fact, I think it may even revolutionize the tablet market, bringing the price down to what I think many people would consider affordable. I am happy to make the fifth post ever in this forum. This is one device I am excited about keeping my eye on.
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TRS-80, i think you mean this Asus 7 inch tablet... You said Acer. Lol... I have the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus and the Iconia Tab A500 and personally prefer the 7" form factor to 10". I guess its a personal prefrerence but IMO it works fine for everything you could want in a tablet. I cant wait for the Asus 7 inch to come out though. Im gonna be all over it. 250! What a deal! Love my SGT 7.0 plus though... I think i will just have to go tablet crazy this year and rock both! Hahaha...
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TRS-80, i think you mean this Asus 7 inch tablet... You said Acer. Lol... I have the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus and the Iconia Tab A500 and personally prefer the 7" form factor to 10". I guess its a personal prefrerence but IMO it works fine for everything you could want in a tablet. I cant wait for the Asus 7 inch to come out though. Im gonna be all over it. 250! What a deal! Love my SGT 7.0 plus though... I think i will just have to go tablet crazy this year and rock both! Hahaha...
Yes I sure did, lol, and thanks. Not sure if that was Swype auto-correct or if I just made a typo. Fixed now.

Speaking of going tablet crazy, I keep hearing that tablet prices are supposed to keep dropping dramatically this year. Hopefully that's true and the announced pricing on this model holds and contributes to that trend.
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I am purchasing it the minute it is out which I think is the May/June time frame. Hopefully it will be released sooner.
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Just saw that. Looks like they aren't going to go quad-core after all to get the price down. It makes sense. As long as battery life and performance is good enough to do what I need to do, I don't really care what is inside. With luck this will buck the trend of the super-expensive Android tablets. Leave the luxury tablets to Apple and one model per manufacturer, and don't have them be your flagship that you expect everyone to buy.
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Looks like it will be a Google tablet to compete with the Kindle and Nook.
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If it's not what's been rumored, I'll have wasted my time waiting. The 370T is exactly what I am wanting. My husband recently bought a Transformer T101, our first anything other than Windows 7 or Palm, and we both love it. It is too large for me to get as a replacement for my Palm T3 but a 7" would be the right size. Bigger than the T3, better resolution, but smaller that the 10". Come on, bring it out.
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