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Old January 10th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to purchase a new tablet soon. I currently have an original ipad (purchased before there were any decent android tablets). Would you recommend this tablet. I am looking at the transformer, the transformer prime (more expensive) or the Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 (lacks the awsome docking station). I would like to get the opinion from those who own this tablet. Thanks!

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If you are asking if I'd purchase this tablet again, now that I've had it for a while, then the answer is yes, in a heartbeat. It performs well and the display is gorgeous. The only minor complaint I have is the volume of the internal speakers. It's rather low and it's maximum setting.

I am particularly impressed with the regularity in which Asus pushes out updates.
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No hesitation. Definitely. I was deciding between the Eee Pad and the iPad 2. I chose the Eee Pad because of the keyboard dock. I use the dock very often. It's probably docked more often than undocked.
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For me it's a Yes, no doubt. I wouldn't get an Ipad even if it was half the price.
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Between the TF101 and TF201 I'd pay the extra dinero to get the latest and greatest. But since I bought the TF101 before the TF201 existed, I see no reason to upgrade. I'm sure the TF201 is faster, better graphics, etc, but the TF101 does everything I need. Browsing, email, apps and the few games I use all work fine on the TF101. I don't even own the dock. I have a netbook, I wanted a tablet. I'm sure the keyboard will drop in price to a point where I say, "Yeah, why not." But for now, I'm very happy with my ASUS Android tablet.
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Same as the others, definitely would buy it again.
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Add my name to the list, even with the release of the Prime, I'd get one again in a heartbeat.
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Definately - in fact I am keeping my TF101 until the release of the TF700T when I will be "treating" myself to one of them.
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probably not, I would probably get an ipad and a small bluetooth keyboard
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I definitely would buy the TF101 again! With the perfect mix of price, updatability, and accessories (ie DOCK!!), I think that the OG Transformer is the bee's knees; and beat all of the other competitors that you mentioned. As soon as ASUS gets the trouble figured out with the Prime, I'm hoping to upgrade and let my little Honey (that's what she's called) grace my wife's life with her Tegra 2 goodness!!
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Just curious ... why not? What did you find lacking in the T101 that the iPad will offer?
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Thanks for all the input. Looks like most people love their transformers. I will probably be getting one as soon as I sell my ipad. I've looked into the prime but it appears as though they have alot more bugs to deal with based on their forum. Thanks again.
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Thanks for all the input. Looks like most people love their transformers. I will probably be getting one as soon as I sell my ipad. I've looked into the prime but it appears as though they have alot more bugs to deal with based on their forum. Thanks again.
Maybe you can sell it to the person who said he'd rather get the iPad.
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I propose a straight up trade!!
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I'm up for that!
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Another "Me too"...

I'm very happy with my Tf101G and my father is delighted with the TF101 he got for Christmas (I liked his so much when I was setting it up that I bought one for myself). The Android tablets might not yet be as slick as the iPads, but they can do sooo much more. The machine has been rock-solid and a pleasure to use (Android 3.2.1).

My only complaint about the TF101 is on the quality of the speakers and microphone - they both suck. I am waiting on a (cheap) headphone/mic combo to improve Skype. Other than that, I love it. The dock is handy when I have to do a lot of typing or even just as a stand when I'm watching video.

I reckon iPads are fantastic if you are happy to do only what Steve Jobs allowed you to do, but Android is the go if you like tinkering and comparing alternatives. I am looking forward to chowing down in Ice Cream Sandwich on hte TF101 when it arrives in a few weeks.

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Thanks for all the input. Looks like most people love their transformers. I will probably be getting one as soon as I sell my ipad. I've looked into the prime but it appears as though they have alot more bugs to deal with based on their forum. Thanks again.
iJokes aside I'd my first play with an iPad last week. Whilst I prefer my Transformer, the iPad is still a quality piece of kit. I was impressed with the fact that iTunes will let you know if apps are tablet friendly.

If you're looking to get shot of it, we've a classifieds section. I'm sure someone would take it off your hands.
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Just curious ... why not? What did you find lacking in the T101 that the iPad will offer?
nothing really major, I had a problem with my charger, actually it was the cable, asus had me send the cable and wall wart in and wouldn't send me a replacement in the meantime, so I had to spend $30 to get a charger (we were going on vacation the whole reason I bought the thing), with an Ipad I could have gone to target and gotten one cheaper, I believe the build quality on my tf101 is kind of lacking, not sure about the prime it looks a bit better. I am a huge android fan, don't get me wrong, I still love my incredible! having played with both units side by side, I really do (gasp) think the ipad is a better device. My transformer also crashes with every browser constantly!
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nothing really major, I had a problem with my charger, actually it was the cable, asus had me send the cable and wall wart in and wouldn't send me a replacement in the meantime, so I had to spend $30 to get a charger (we were going on vacation the whole reason I bought the thing), with an Ipad I could have gone to target and gotten one cheaper, I believe the build quality on my tf101 is kind of lacking, not sure about the prime it looks a bit better. I am a huge android fan, don't get me wrong, I still love my incredible! having played with both units side by side, I really do (gasp) think the ipad is a better device. My transformer also crashes with every browser constantly!
I think there were quality issues with either the early ones or a particular lot that got shipped. I bought mine about 6 months ago in the eastern U.S. and haven't seen any of the widely reported issues ... separating bezel, cable/port/charger issues, non-responsive screens or power buttons. I can see where having all those things happen at once would raise serious doubt about quality.
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I've only had mine for a couple weeks and I love it. I wasn't really sure what I was going to use a table for because I have a laptop, pc, and 4g smartphone. While at home I spend the most time on the tablet now. I was thinking about waiting for the prime, but after playing with this at best buy, I decided it was more than enough to get done what I would use it for and for a cheaper price.
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nothing really major, I had a problem with my charger, actually it was the cable, asus had me send the cable and wall wart in and wouldn't send me a replacement in the meantime, so I had to spend $30 to get a charger (we were going on vacation the whole reason I bought the thing), with an Ipad I could have gone to target and gotten one cheaper, I believe the build quality on my tf101 is kind of lacking, not sure about the prime it looks a bit better. I am a huge android fan, don't get me wrong, I still love my incredible! having played with both units side by side, I really do (gasp) think the ipad is a better device. My transformer also crashes with every browser constantly!

I will admit that my ipad's build quality is amazing, never a problem at all in that respect, but I hate the way apple forces you to use iTunes for every little thing you want to do. You can't even add a song to your device without going through iTunes. I was an early android phone adopter, but bit the bullet because there were no decent android tabs available. Now things have changes, just need to make a decision on which tab to get.
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I will admit that my ipad's build quality is amazing, never a problem at all in that respect, but I hate the way apple forces you to use iTunes for every little thing you want to do. You can't even add a song to your device without going through iTunes. I was an early android phone adopter, but bit the bullet because there were no decent android tabs available. Now things have changes, just need to make a decision on which tab to get.
that is the exact reason why I didn't get an ipad, although I use a mac daily for work and have for years, I didn't want to be tied to itunes for every little thing, I haven't followed enough to see if it is still that way???? Don't get me wrong I love my transformer, but it can be buggy at times which I have never really seen with an ipad, if you are a little tech savvy then it won't bother you because you can do things that you can't on a ipad, but if you just want it to work than an ipad is better....ie: I would not recommend an android pad to my girlfriends sister who is lo-tech because I would be on the phone talking her through stuff all the time...
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Yes. I own an iPad2 and Transformer. Both have pros and cons but I like the Transformer more. iPad lacks basic things even $100 tablets have and it can be frustrating if you want something other than to play games on.
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The only regret I have is not buying it sooner
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I've only had mine for a couple weeks and I love it. I wasn't really sure what I was going to use a table for because I have a laptop, pc, and 4g smartphone. While at home I spend the most time on the tablet now. I was thinking about waiting for the prime, but after playing with this at best buy, I decided it was more than enough to get done what I would use it for and for a cheaper price.
Yep, what he said. Bought with the dock 2 days ago. Loving it. My rooted nook color is going back to primarily a (very nice) ereader.
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I tried both the iPad 2 and Eee Pad before finally deciding on the Eee Pad. I liked the iPad 2 a bit more because some of the gestures are more intuitive to me than on the Eee Pad.

For instance, if you pinch zoom on a video, it goes full screen on the iPad which is what I want to do when zooming a video. On Android, it just zooms as much as you spread your finger. To go full screen, I have to tap that tiny button on the corner of the video. That button is designed for mouse input and not touch input.

Another example is the mouse over gesture. On the iPad, you just tap on the object that has a mouse over capability and it shows the mouse over action. Anyone know how to do a mouse over action on Android? It took me over a year before I finally found out here on these forums. You tap and hold, but before the long tap action occurs, you swipe your finger away. It does the mouse over and the side effect is that the screen scrolls.

The reason I got the Eee Pad was for the keyboard dock. The Eee Pad by itself is not as good as the iPad by itself. The Eee Pad with the keyboard dock is better than the iPad with any keyboard attachment.
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Another rezounding YES!!! Absolutely, I love my TF, combined with the keyboard dock it will replace my laptop. Battery life is amazing compared to a laptop, + it's Android so it's infinitely customizable, & tweakable. And yes my TF is rooted, as are all of my Android devices.
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I don't know. I think so, yes, although there are some minor annoyances with the Transformer. The lack of support the dock has for a number of different USB devices for example (such as mobile internet dongles) although I think this is Android rather than Asus? I'm also finding that when I type on the dock keyboard there is a fairly significnt time lag between hitting the keys and seeing them on screen.

That said, it certainly does everything the iPad does - more in fact - and the dock is a real bonus. The other option for me would be a netbook and a Kindle so I guess I'm in a fairly happy place really.
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For sure. Even with the Prime out and the 700 waiting I would buy again. Nothing is taking advantage of the Tegra 3 yet and probably wont be noticeable in apps for a while
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I got a Gnex around the same time as I got this tablet. I considered my needs rather modest, but I'm finding there are different and endless uses for each so I'm only just easing into using one for one thing, one for another and both for quite a lot. The larger format of the tablet allows for image and video, the smaller of the phne, simple convenience and portability. Both are incredibly powerful.

I haven't tried the GPS which I've read might be a little bit dicey, but to be hnest, I haven't found any issues insurmountable.

I love the tablet for drawing, graphics, for reading full sized, for music and I'm only just gearing up to ramp the memory for serious music storage and videos. These devices are amazing! I was indifferent to all of this for the longest time.....we only had the barest of cell phones or any interest in them. Now I'm a believer.
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I waited all night on black Friday to get myself one of these! I wanted to start programming for the android market and I bought this baby and it works great for me as a developer.

Check out Tap Android its been a fun little game. I had fun making it and using the Transformer for testing : )

ME TOO! We waited for hours. I've always wanted to do that... a black friday thing and now it's done and you couldn't pay me to do it again unless..............it was as good as this because it was so totally worth it. What a tablet. I LOVE it love it love!!!
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I would buy it again without hesitation. It is an amazing tablet and the keyboard dock just makes it even better.
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i have had a dell streak 7....sold it! didn't like. Samsung galaxy 7 liked but gave to son. I love my transformer.
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I would buy another no problem, but the Prime is where my next purchase will likely go.
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My YES turns into a big NO. My next tablet will not be from Asus. My TF was working perfectly with Honeycomb, but the ICS downgrade has completely messed it up.
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My YES turns into a big NO. My next tablet will not be from Asus. My TF was working perfectly with Honeycomb, but the ICS downgrade has completely messed it up.
I second that. The lack of acknowledgement by Asus that there is a widespread problem has soured me. I was even thinking of the Asus ultrabook, but no longer.
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I second that. The lack of acknowledgement by Asus that there is a widespread problem has soured me. I was even thinking of the Asus ultrabook, but no longer.
I was thinking of getting the Prime. Will be looking at the other quad core tablets instead.
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My YES turns into a big NO. My next tablet will not be from Asus. My TF was working perfectly with Honeycomb, but the ICS downgrade has completely messed it up.
I agree. I was an enthusiatic customer of Asus and I was extremely satisfied with the Transformer, that is until what I saw with the Prime (BT and GPS still not working for many and their fix was to remove GPS from the spec list) and what happened to my Transformer after the ICS update.

They mean well, no doubt, and they want to differentiate themselves with timely updates. But they have no clue about software testing and they want to use their customers who have paid upwards of $400 for their shiny things to do the beta testing for them. And they do not acknowledge the problem and do not bother assuring their customers that they are working on it with an expected fix date. Because I believe they themselves have no clue about the root cause.

What they need to do is to fire their Android software development team and hire a few independent modders from xda. These guys do a fantastic job without full access to kernels and drivers and without compensation and how incompetent the Asus team has to be to not even do the same.

However, I would never buy iAnything, their walled garden is not for me.
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I second that. The lack of acknowledgement by Asus that there is a widespread problem has soured me. I was even thinking of the Asus ultrabook, but no longer.
As with any new software release from any manufacturer there are always "bugs" that creep up simply because the software developers, & hardware manufacturers cannot predict how we the end users will utilize these devices with all of our apps, games, etc, etc. Some of which will create unforseen problems with this new software, it's inevitable. Look at Microsoft, when was the last time they released a version of Windows that wasn't laden with bugs & glitches? Apple? Dell? IBM? HP? Acer? Samsung?
Why would you expect Asus to be any different?
The first official ICS release for the TF wasn't bad, a few minor glitches really. Face unlock disabled by Asus was a mistake, imo. I have not tried the latest official release, but my TF is rooted & running the CM9 Kang + Onskreen Cornerstone build, which for me has been amazingly stable, & other than the known bugs which cannot be fixed until the kernel source is released I've had no problems with it at all.
To say that you wouldn't purchase again due to software, or even some hardware issues is crazy. If you bought a car that broke down, would you never buy another car? Tablet pc's are really still in their infancy, they will get better with time, the way everything else does.
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If I was to buy a car, and the manufacturer replaced my engine with one that stalled every few kilometers, and did not offer a roll back, then indeed I would never buy a car from them ever again.

The Asus issues with ICS are non-existant on other tablets like the Xoom, to name just one.
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Just curious ... why not? What did you find lacking in the T101 that the iPad will offer?
Probably a tablet that doesn't reboot itself and freeze three times a day. I could not understand the low expectations that many of you have for something you have paid a lot of money for. Why? This is as bad as what I see with iFans.
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From the same company? You bet, I wouldn't. And they would be lucky if I didn't sue their asses.
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If I was to buy a car, and the manufacturer replaced my engine with one that stalled every few kilometers, and did not offer a roll back, then indeed I would never buy a car from them ever again.

The Asus issues with ICS are non-existant on other tablets like the Xoom, to name just one.
I have no issues with mine on ICS, just saying.






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Probably a tablet that doesn't reboot itself and freeze three times a day. I could not understand the low expectations that many of you have for something you have paid a lot of money for. Why? This is as bad as what I see with iFans.
I actually have very high expectations for all five of my rooted android devices, especially the TF, which is why they are all rooted. If your TF is freezing & rebooting 3+ times a day it's more than likely a setup issue, or an app causing the problem, not an Asus problem, but a user created problem. 99% of issues like that are user created, not pointing fingers, but it's a fact. Most likely an app you have installed that's not ICS compatible yet.






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If your TF is freezing & rebooting 3+ times a day it's more than likely a setup issue, or an app causing the problem, not an Asus problem, but a user created problem. 99% of issues like that are user created, not pointing fingers, but it's a fact. Most likely an app you have installed that's not ICS compatible yet.
The problems also occur on Transformers that have only the stock apps installed.
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The problems also occur on Transformers that have only the stock apps installed.
Could be, but it's still very early in the implementation of ICS, they'll get it sorted out I'm sure. I've not had any of those issues on mine, even when I was running the stock ICS software. The only reboots I've ever had were caused by me playing with voltages while over clocking.
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Interesting mix of replies.

Being an android forum, a majority of people here have obviously invested in a TF, and no one wants to admit they may have made a mistake. Those who did are, like me, lo-tech guys who don't want to have to continuously deal with technical problems; they want a device that works, that plays their movies, plays their music, provides them with reliable word processing, spreadsheets etc.. and doesn't keep doing mysterious things. I suspect those who reply with a resounding "yes" are techies who can work round these things if they go wrong, indeed even get pleasure out of that very process.

My feeling is that the TF is still in its infancy and needs a lot more polishing before it will satisfy non-geeks like me.

For example, I downloaded an app called Audiobooks Free, which worked well. Then I accepted some kind of minor firmware upgrade and ever since that the app has never worked. I don't know how to make it work. As a former Macbook user, I never had such problems.

Three months ago, I decided it was time to get some kind of portable tablet/ipad and impulsively purchased a TF101. It seemed an impressive machine and, unlike the iPad, it had a removable keyboard dock with USB inputs and extra battery life. Now, I'm not a stupid person, but I have gradually discovered that living with the TF101 is a continuous battle with tech problems. Even the browser doesn't allow you to sort bookmarks in any sensible order. Only a question to this forum provided the amswer - which was to download an app which would do that. This forum, by the way, is a fantastic community of people helping each other. But it never seems to end and I don't want to have to spend so much time seeking solutions based on the generosity of other TF users. Why doesn't Asus provide real support for those who bought their products? Why should we have to depend on the benevolence of a forum of users (even though it is good and has saved me on several occasions from throwing my TF into the bin)?

Now I have the frustration of reading about all those who have upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich and are raving about it - while my device still says "there are currently no upgrades available for this device." If there is an upgrade it should be available to all.

One thing I did find out. I used my TF for a month recently in the UK and could watch live TV from any channel using an app called Myplayer ( or BBC iPlayer). A friend who had an iPad couldn't do that. I gather it's something to do with Apple not supporting Flash player. But now I'm back in Asia, none of these apps work anyway because my ISIP is detected as being outside of the UK.

So, on balance, for people like me who want a device for what it can do - and not for what it might do if you tweak it in some way - I am seriously considering going back to Apple. The iPad looks very attractive.

Interested to hear if others have experienced similar frustrations - or is it only tech-savvy people who buy TFs?
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I actually have very high expectations for all five of my rooted android devices, especially the TF, which is why they are all rooted. If your TF is freezing & rebooting 3+ times a day it's more than likely a setup issue, or an app causing the problem, not an Asus problem, but a user created problem. 99% of issues like that are user created, not pointing fingers, but it's a fact. Most likely an app you have installed that's not ICS compatible yet.
I have 6 android devices. HTC Aria (Rooted), Inspire, Atrix, rooted Nook Color on CM7.1, HTC Flyer and the TF (not to mention Logitech Revue) . I have no apps installed except the Gapps. All the setting are default except the live wallpaper that came with the tablet. I do know what I am doing. If the problem is user created for a significant percentage of customers that did not root the device and did not install non-market apps then it is NOT user created. Xoom on 4.0.3 does not have any of these issues.

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Could be, but it's still very early in the implementation of ICS, they'll get it sorted out I'm sure. I've not had any of those issues on mine, even when I was running the stock ICS software. The only reboots I've ever had were caused by me playing with voltages while over clocking.
Of course I also hope Asus gets these issues sorted out. Their first post-ICS patch regretfully didn't.

I always wondered why Asus waited so long before releasing ICS for the transformer. I thought they wanted to be absolutely sure it was solid. It must have been for another reason...
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