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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    Is your "!" key stuck? They seem to always come in 3's.

    Anyway, aren't we all beyond this insulting of people who like this or that device? I have been "anti-Apple" since they released the Apple ][, I just never liked their products, their stores or their former late CEO (especially after reading his bio) but the fact is they make a product that quite obviously millions (billions?) of people use and enjoy.

    I have an Android phone (GSM Galaxy Nexus) which I love and have also HAD 3 different Android tablets all of which have been returned. I ended up with an iPad 2 (now a 3 coming). The reason is simply because no matter what store I walk into (including Walgreeens and CVS drugstores) you can find "stuff" for it. It's like buying batteries. Like it or not it is the default standard and will remain that way for years to come.

    Aside from that, insulting people who own a device one doesn't like is getting real old. Maybe on MacRumors (that place drives me absolutely nuts) but not here.
     
  2. Steve

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  3. Richierich

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    I didn't Insult Anyone with my Comment and I believe the IPAD Devices have been very innovative and creative and have raised the bar for others such as Asus so that all of the products will be better for the end user.

    It just seems that Apple Lovers refuse to believe the facts that other devices can be just as good if not better and they will defend their IPAD or whatever regardless of the True Facts.

    I have a lot of friends who have the IPAD2 and love it and I believe the IPAD3 will be Awesome as I stated. I could even enjoy it if it had a USB Connection, HDMI Output and a SD Card Input along with Flash Support.

    Also, my Exclamation Mark is not stuck but I do it just to get a response such as yours. :lol:
     
  4. Drew2k

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    mystic, I found a link on XDA forums that appears to point to the APK for sideloading, but I haven't tested it. I'm sure it's out there somewhere...

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=967797
     
  5. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    Thanks to both of you!
     
  7. Steve

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  8. Chris Blount

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    For me it's more about the infrastracture. My entire family has iPhones and iPads. I also have Mac computers. They all work together in a seemless integration. Moving to another tablet would only orphan it right out of the box. I know the other tablets are pretty darn good but they wouldn't be a good fit in our family's computing needs. That was one of the things that attracted me to Apple in the first place. The integration factor.

    By the way, with the proper adapters, the iPad does have USB, HDMI and SD card capability. Can't figure out why people keep saying it doesn't. Sure, there are no dedicated ports but the iPad does have those functions.
     
  9. Steve

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    Full ZDNet article: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-ne...op-replacement-pros-and-cons/7125?tag=nl.e505

     
  10. TBlazer07

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    What I can't figure out is everyone says how great Asus's (Asii?) are because of the dock and it's extended battery life. If you're going to lug a tablet and a relatively heavy keyboard you might as well have a netbook or notebook with a "real" O/S (either PC or MAC). Doing it just for battery life seems counter-intuitive to buying a tablet. May as well get a netbook if you're going to lug a keyboard with it anyway. At least that has a "real" O/S on it.

    I had the original transformer for a short while and tried the keyboard dock but I also have a 3.5lb laptop w/12" screen so returned the dock. Battery life is less but sufficient for most everything.
     
  11. djlong

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    Not QUITE true. If your iPad is full, you can't read books or watch movies or listen to music or play games off the SD card. The adapter they sell allows you to IMPORT some stuff from your SD card to the iPad's memory.

    It's a bit of nit-picking, I admit, but just in the spirit of full disclosure.
     
  12. Steve

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    Tablets can never be too thin or too light, IMHO. I'm not happy about the fact that the new iPad is 1.7 ounces heavier than the old one. I was really hoping it would get lighter, but I understand the need for the 42 (vs. 25) watt-hour battery for the 4G radio and the extra LED's required to achieve good brightness with the retina display's tiny picture elements.
     
  13. Chris Blount

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    True but all those can be done from the cloud and when the iPad fills up it automatically deletes older items.

    I personally would have no use for an SD card on the iPad other than being able to import photos from my DSLR (which I can do). Everything else is up on the cloud and easily accessed if I need it.
     
  14. FHSPSU67

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    But the nice thing is that you don't have to carry the ASUS docked. I'd say my usage is 25/75 with dock, without dock. I can get 10 hours of average use out of the pad itself, while the dock/keypad adds an extra 6 hours of battery life.

    I'm not about to argue the OS thing. I'm very happy with my Win 7 system at home, and my Android system on the road.
     
  15. TBlazer07

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    Right, I agree, but the majority of the rave reviews are based on it docked with it's extended battery life. You still have to carry the dock around or bring it with you for the times when you want to use it. The Asus on it's own isn't getting the greatest reviews because of the (unacknowledged) issues with Wi-Fi and GPS. As you know the way they resolved the GPS issue was by removing it from the specs. Hey it's not there so there is no problem.

    My original Xformer was a nice device except the build quaility was crap. Glass was popping up and it creaked like my old bones. I assume the new one is better. The Galaxy Tab build quality was "Apple Like" but I ended up with the iPad when my Grandkids came by and said "don't you have (whatever it was) games that daddy has on his iPhone." As much as I dislike Apple as a company their products just become the defacto standard. I do wish the iPad was 16:9 which was my favorite feature of the 'droids. I also enjoyed the custom roms as I do on my GNex.
     
  16. spartanstew

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    Not necessarily. Up until recently I traveled a lot. I could keep the docking station in my luggage and just carry the tablet part on the plane. Worked fabulously, and then when I got to my hotel, I would just attach the keyboard dock and use it like a laptop. Much more convenient than carrying a laptop on the plane and much better than using a tablet at my hotel.

    I use it similarly now that I'm home all the time. I use it with the docking station when I'm laying in bed reading (because I don't even have to hold it when I'm reading on my stomache) or if I'm doing something on the couch where I'll be doing a lot of typing. I just slip it off when I want the ease of a tablet or when my kids are playing games on it.

    It's truly the best of both worlds.
     
  17. Richierich

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    +1000.

    You either have a Tablet with 10 Hours of Battery Life or you have a small Laptop or Netbook with 16 Hours of Battery Life.

    Also, on the plane I leave it in the Docking Station for Viewing.

    Also, to get the USB Type Features along with HDMI Ouput with the IPAD you have to pay Extra for those Proprietary Services and these are included for Free with the Asus Transformer Prime not as Add-Ons.
     
  18. Steve

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    c|net just reported the results of their battery life test of the new iPad. They also ran the same test on the iPad 2 and the Transformer Prime, with and without the dock.

    iPad (retina display), iOS 5.1: 12.8 hours
    iPad 2, iOS 5.1: 14.2 hours
    iPad 2, iOS 4.3: 11.9 hours
    Transformer Prime: 9.6 hours
    Transformer Prime w Dock: 15.3 hours

     
  19. Richierich

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    Thanks Steve for that Information as I have wondered how long the Actual Battery Life was on the Asus Transformer Prime Tablet with Docking Station.
     
  20. Steve

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    Looks like the dock battery is about 2/3 the capacity of the tablet battery.
     

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