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    Hi there, I came across this tablet while searching around for something appropriate as my first Android device.
    I'm still a newbie ofcurse on this world, but I decided to give it a try considering that my primary uses would be programming and surfing (but not only).
    Would you recommend this thing for a professional use? Also, I know of people who succesfully made possible tethering from iPhone to different Android devices (like A500) editing some of their config files but I havent found any confirmation about this one, I was hoping to find an answer especially for this one.
     

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    I hope its ok to post this video.. but this is a SWEET pad from april 2011 review.

    Theres a phone/tablet by asus that i am waiting for release (to replace my streak)

    Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review - YouTube
     
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    Thank you, I appreciate the suggestion and i've made some considerations...
    It looks like all the prices I could find on this one go from 400 (16gb) to 500/520 (32gb). Keyboard not included.
    It's not like i NEED the keys so badly, but I would loose the USB ports this way; even if i go for the 16gb+keyboard, the Prime looks more convenient to me.

    I was also suggested to pick up the a500 for 450 (it has usb), but I
     
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    Me too. im not too big on Motorola products. However i do like the demo in this pic.

    I am in the market for the tab/phone combo type device. I normally use bluetooth for calls regardless of the phone size so a semi-tablet size device is ideal for me. (love watching movies on them).

    I am in waiting on the ViewSonic to be released. its NICE!

    This is an old video (2010) but the 2012 version is even nicer!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfGw9KDs9j4
     
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    I would highly recommend this tablet! :)
     
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    This tablet is amazing if you can deal with weak wi-fi and gps issues. It definitly has the power and battery life is amazing. There are a lot of other issues though yellow screens, dirt in between the glass and lcd, serial numbers missing in the software....,which ate noted all over these forums and xda. My friend and I are both on our 2nd tablets already but having mo major issues. If you get one without any of the issues its great but don't be surprised if you have to exchange it a few times to get a good one.

    Sent from my PG86100 using Tapatalk
     
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    Fortunately, I got a good one from Gamestop. Although, I don't have wifi issues, using this device as gps navigational unit will not work as advertised. But using Google Maps otherwise, it works as it should;)
     
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    This is the Asus you guys are talking about, right? (sorry for interjecting the ViewSonic in the conversation).
     
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    Correct, ASUS TF Prime:)
     
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    Which carrier would thus device work? I wish it has calling feature like the Samsung Note and the (now defunct) Dell Streak.
     
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    It is wifi only. There is no radio for mobile data.
     
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    Although you could set up google voice or other apps and receive text messages;) A 3G tablet would be nice but with access to many wifi hotspots, I'm not sure a 3G tablet is worth the money, imo
     
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    Sorry ahead of time about this question that shows my ignorance on this matter,.....but if you have a phone with a sim card and you then get a tablet.....you'll need to have a separate sim card for the tablet. Right?
    So, you would then have two different sims, with two different numbers, right?
     
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    Most tablets (including the Transformer Prime) are wifi only, so no sim card. For 3G/4G tablets, yes, different sim cards/numbers (although I'm not sure if they actually get "numbers" since they are not voice capable).
     
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    Right now would not recommend any Asus tablet until they get customer service
    "INADEQUACIES" in check !
     
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    Fortunately, I haven't had to deal with customer service:)
     
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    Thanks. However I think your response prompts another related question...I don't know where you're are located but where I am (as far as I know) sim cards come with a (phone) number. I am not familiar with any sim cards without a (phone) number. Is that something the carriers in the US sell....for data only devices?
    I confess I don't know enough about that sort of thing. Please clarify.
     
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    maybe the Padfone that is coming through could be a tab/phone combo.
     
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    I had to deal with them for a different ASUS product and it was very straightforward.
     
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    In the US, a few carriers use CDMA radios, which do not use a sim card, except for LTE devices on those networks.

    My opinion of this tablet: First, I haven't bought it yet. From the reviews I've read and from playing around with it at Best Buy, it is the fastest out and is really thin. There are many positives that make this thing one of the top Android tablets out right now. Now for my opinion on purchasing from ASUS. I realize that nearly ever company pushes products out before they are ready in order to keep up with the exploding tablet market. However, this isn't ASUS' first tablet and I really question buying a tablet from a company that was willing to release a device with A non-working GPS and a WIFI with connection issues. It's not as if testing failed to reveal these shortcomings. I want to cheer on any tablet maker that pushes Android. It's just disappointing...
     
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    I've now managed to get my hands on what I consider to be a "benchmark" Prime (I won't mention how many I've gone through): that is, one that has no non-functional or clearly defective components and that performs as well as a Prime seems to perform at this point. My thoughts are as follows.

    Regarding each major functional area, as I see them (in no particular order of importance except for the first two):

    1. Screen: absolutely excellent. Great colors, extremely bright even without Super IPS+ mode enabled (which really does make the Prime comfortable to use in direct SoCal sunlight), good text, very sensitive touchscreen. A minor bit of light bleed on the right-hand side in landscape that's only visible on the highest brightness on black screens. No dead or stuck pixels. Overall, in my opinion the best tablet screen on the market, bar none. I'd rate the screen at 9.5/10 (taking a half point off for the mild light bleed).

    2. Performance: excellent. No lag, apps open quickly and run smoothly. Gaming is excellent. There's an occasional hesitation in the browser (where it seems to hang for a second and then pops up a "Wait or Close" dialog), but I write that off to ICS and it's merely mildly inconvenient. I'd rate performance at 9/10.

    3. Camera: decent to very good for a tablet, both still images and video. I'd rate the camera (relative to other tablets) at an 8/10.

    4. Build quality: Excellent. No apparent creaking, good fit and finish, backplate is flawless and attractive. Nice and thin and light, very comfortable to hold for extended periods of time. I'd rate build quality at 8/10.

    5. Audio: The external speakers put out excellent sound that's very full and rich for a tablet. They're not terribly loud, but loud enough for my needs (I measure that by whether the volume is sufficient for watching Netflix while I'm relaxing in the tub; and note this is for muscle relaxation--no bubbles or candles). Audio via headphones is clean and excellent. I'd rate audio at 8/10 external speakers (relative to other tablets), and 8.5/10 for audio out through the headphone jack.

    6. Wifi: Wifi is not the strongest nor the weakest of the gadgets I've owned. In some places it performs worse than my Samsung Epic 4G Touch, in some places it performs better. I haven't yet come across a location where I need wifi, expect it to work, and it doesn't. I'd rate wifi performance at about a 7/10.

    7. GPS: GPS on mine locks quickly when outdoors and connected to wifi, a little more slowly when not connected to wifi. It's locked as many as 12/14 satellites with 36' accuracy. Indoors and on wifi, it will connect to 7/10 satellites. In my car, it will connect to satellites and get a lock, but not maintain it consistently enough to serve as a navigation device. I'd rate GPS, therefore, at 5/10. It's functional for locating yourself when stationary, but not usable for navigation.

    8. Bluetooth: Bluetooth devices connect quickly and perform well. Range seems very good as well. I'd rate Bluetooth as 8/10.

    Note: I've noticed no significant difference with the Prime vs. other gadgets in terms of wifi performance when streaming to a Bluetooth device. For example, my Epic 4G Touch also drops wifi performance so significantly when streaming to Bluetooth that I can't simultaneously surf the Web on it. I simply do NOT think that the BT/wifi issue is unique to the Prime in any way, shape, or form.

    Note 2: Some people have mentioned the audio lag when watching video and listening via Bluetooth headphones. My original Transformer and Epic 4G Touch do the same. I don't think that this issue, either, is unique to the Prime.

    9. Microphone: The microphone works well enough for voice search, dictation (which is EXCELLENT in ICS), song tagging, voice recording, etc. No issues with it whatsoever. I'd rate the microphone relative to other tablets as 9/10.

    10. Sensors: All sensors work perfectly, with good sensitivity. I've noticed that newer Primes (e.g., C1 builds) seem to have increased light sensor sensitivity and better automatic brightness adjustment. Overall, I'd rate the sensors at 9/10.

    11. Dock: The Prime + dock combo is excellent, with reliable performance and great battery life. When closed and on standby, my Prime does enter deep sleep and battery use is <.5%/hour. When the Prime isn't docked, the dock loses exceedingly little power over time. I'd rate the dock as a 9.5/10.

    Overall: I think the Prime is an excellent tablet that's priced well at $499 for the 32GB model. It has excellent performance, a stellar screen, good to great audio, and a superior form factor. Coupled with the dock, it provides extremely competitive battery life in use and in standby, and the best keyboard functionality on the market. It won't replace a notebook or desktop for complex document/image/video creation and editing and the most intense gaming, but works very well for just about everything else.

    I'd rate the Prime overall at 8.5/10, with the majority of points taken off for the average wifi performance and below-average GPS performance. The Prime is NOT suitable for someone who wants to use a tablet as a navigation device, and may not be suitable for someone who needs to use a tablet in areas with only marginal wifi coverage. Otherwise, I think the Prime is the best Android tablet on the market, and if it Android has all the apps a person needs, the best tablet, period.
     

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