Transformer Prime...the Android, not the Robot
Posted 01 December 2011 - 09:06 PM
Basically, it's an Android tablet with a 4-core processor (and a 5th core for low power operations to conserve battery life), with a keyboard dock that transforms the tablet into an Android netbook and extends the battery life even further.
I just pre-ordered one from GameStop (other pre-order sites are mostly sold out) after reading the initial reviews today, and I'm pretty excited. It also doesn't hurt that my first Android tablet will be called a Transformer.
Anybody else been reading up on this and/or looking into getting one?
Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:04 AM
Already done, with a better OS none the less.
I already have a Windows Tablet PC. Microsoft might get it with Windows 8, but for now, their tablets suck, as the UI isn't designed with finger-touch in mind, but with a stylus. Its the same reason the first Windows phones and Pocket PCs lost out to the iPhone and iPod touch.
...and the Iconia Tablet can't even fold closed. It's a parts-former.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:21 AM
Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:23 AM
and i find it depressing when a Tablet has the same power (quad core) as my computer :|
Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:55 AM
Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:26 PM
There's a fair number of things mobile OSs are better at, too; there are apps and use cases that only desktop OSs have and apps and use cases that only mobile ones have readily available, and plenty of workarounds in either case. Android would seem fairly constrictive if it's your only machine, but it's not beyond reason for some uses, particularly since this is Honeycomb, which is made for tablets in the first place, not phones.
It's all going to come down to what applications you actually intend to run. On anything but Windows, there's no gaming to speak of, and mobile OSs generally wouldn't give you many options for, say, graphic or web design work that you could do with Windows / OSX / desktop Linux. On the other hand, anything to do with document handling and word processing, web browsing, multimedia, etc. could reasonably be handled with Android. The lack of a regular window manager would get on my nerves - I don't like the idea of not being able to have two documents up from separate apps at the same time - but I really don't know whether that's a typical concern. With a "mobile device," you often have 3G data, a decent camera, etc. that are harder to come by on a regular netbook.
The Iconia would definitely not be interchangeable with the Transformer. It's a better netbook and pointless as a tablet. There are others - Dell has a popup-book-type netbook like that, and Asus has a couple models with screens that swing around over the keyboard, like older tablet notebooks. But they're as heavy or heavier than a regular netbook, and the tablet mode wouldn't be a reasonable solution for casual reading. With the Transformer, you have a device that's already ridiculously light and portable, then splits in half for reading and web browsing. Also better for passing something around in a group, for that matter, because the interaction style with a tablet is different from a conventional PC, more like a clipboard and less like an automobile.
The only gotcha with the Transformer is that you can't get a 3G data plan with it. That does limit it to being a very light netbook with a keyboard that comes off and missing a few ports. That's still not a bad proposition for a lot of uses, though. It just probably wouldn't serve as your main PC.
Windows 7 is a bad fit for a touch device, too resource intensive and just not built for touch interaction, and I'm not sold on Windows 8 yet; the ARM version only supports the new Metro apps from the Microsoft app store, so it's hard to argue that it's somehow more a "real PC" than an iPad or Android tablet (the latter of which you can at least sideload homebrew apps onto.)
Also, the name is cute. = )
Edited by Copper Bezel, 02 December 2011 - 01:28 PM.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:29 PM
One of the biggest advantages of Android compared to conventional OSs for a netbook is that it turns on instantly. Other OSs have sleep modes of course, but those tend to take longer to come out of and that's annoying for a device to take with you everywhere.
Edited by Waspinator, 02 December 2011 - 01:31 PM.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:49 PM
Agreed, although this varies quite a bit, as you say. Apple's 11" MacBook Air is a netbook form-factor and OSX on its SSD wakes from suspend in about the time it takes you to open the lid, and some (not all) desktop Linuxes are fairly instantaneous at resuming, too.
Edited by Copper Bezel, 02 December 2011 - 01:51 PM.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:50 AM
Asus Transformer Tablets come with a Polaris Office Suite pre-installed. I haven't found a lot of info. about it, but I think it's compatible with Microsoft Office files.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:57 AM
Oh, and here's a free trial:
Edited by Waspinator, 03 December 2011 - 12:59 AM.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 06:31 AM
Edit: And hey, with Android, you still have bash (via Busybox.) That's cool, right?
Edited by Copper Bezel, 03 December 2011 - 06:44 AM.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:36 PM
Edited by Copper Bezel, 03 December 2011 - 01:38 PM.