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

  1. Richierich

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    Steve, I think the IPAD2 and the Asus Transformer Prime are about Equal.

    It all Depends on what YOU think is Important between the 2 Tablets.

    I, for one, wanted a USB Connection, HDMI Out and an SD Card Input.
     
  2. bobukcat

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    Understood and I didn't mean to suggest that the iPad is a bad choice, just taking issue with this review and the part that talked about media did not give the Xformer higher marks for 16:9 and higher resolution when the section on design gave the iPad extra points for its 4:3 form factor being "more natural" to hold. I just found that to be disingenuous or plain biased. All my TVs and monitors are 16:9 so that is what looks more natural to me (especially when watching a movie or HD TV clips, etc.) but I can see both sides of the argument as using the wife's iPad is certainly an enjoyable experience as well.

    I like to "hack" my Android devices to some extent by loading ROMs but have been very pleased with them in stock condition as well. The one thing that drives me a little crazy about iOS after having used Android for several years is the inability to customize the screens but again I know that's a matter of preference.
     
  3. Rich

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    I was kinda disappointed by the CNet video too. I think their bias (can't honestly blame them) towards anything Apple is pretty obvious.

    Rich
     
  4. dennisj00

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    I have to agree with Steve. It's been how many years now and I can still use my iPad (original) or iPad 2 to watch anything nomad can send it, Netflix, or live TV via ESPN, CNN, or other sources.

    I can also send any video to the tv without an HDMI connector (even though I have one) -- it does need Apple TV but that's another plus.

    I can transfer anything from a PC without connecting a cable, moving a USB card or stick, and both still have DAYS of battery power without any docking station other than plugging in the power supply once or twice a week!

    I still haven't seen another tablet that compares. Maybe the ipad 3 will convince me!
     
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    Another tablet that compares? Really?? The transformer prime is everything and more than the iPad and iPad2...you cant really fault those android tablets for not being able to stream and nomad stuff from directv as that's solely on them.

    Honestly its been long enough too for that feature to be ported over...
     
  6. Steve

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    Didn't mean to start another "which platform is better" discussion. :p I was really just responding to Bobukat's comment about 16:9 and explaining why I prefer 4:3 for apps and web browsing, which is what we use our tablet for 99% of the time. When I was doing my homework prior to deciding which way to go, aspect ratio weighed heavily in my decision.

    As always, consumers will vote with their $$$s. Will be interesting to see how the 2012 sales pie chart is ultimately divided between iPad, Fire, Nook and 7" and 10.1" Honeycomb/ICS tablets. There are also rumors of a 10" model of the Fire being introduced sometime this year.
     
  7. Richierich

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    I agree 1000% and I just don't understand why the Apple Huggers have to Always Defend How Great Their Apple Device is as in an IPAD when it is Great for those who don't want more Technoligical Abilities to Customize their devices to do what they want to do.

    Steve Jobs even stated that it was for those who didn't want or needed to be Technically Minded and that is his Genius!!!

    Not To Say That A Technically Minded Savvy Person Can't Desire To Have An IPAD 1,2 or 3 but it seems to be a CULT Almost Religious Thing and I just don't understand it anymore than you understand why I type a lot of stuff in CAPS!!! :lol:
     
  8. Steve

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    It may have less to do with technical capability than expectations, Rich. I think some technically minded folks want their tablets to be able to functionally replace their laptops, and they evaluate features with that in mind. Nothing wrong with that approach at all.

    OTOH, I'm far from an "Apple Hugger". I'm an extremely technical Windows 7 desktop user with 2 XP SP3 laptops and I view the iPad2 as a lightweight appliance that perhaps can't do everything my PCs can do, but what it can do, it does flawlessly, IMHO.
     
  9. Richierich

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    And there is Nothing Wrong with having Less Technically Minded Users enjoying a Device where they don't have to learn a lot to use the Device and that is the Marketing Genius Of Steve Jobs.

    He was Not a Technically Minded Guru but a Technically Minded Marketing Visionary/Genius and he Succeed Very Well regardless of his Sprititual Ascenscion!!! :hurah:
     
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    It's certainly not just the Less Technically Minded Users. . . I'm still learning more about the iPad than a lot of other hardware.
     
  11. Richierich

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    Just because he wanted to Create a PC Tablet Device that was easier for the Less Technically Minded to Use does not Preclude the Possibility that others who are More Technically Minded could not enjoy it as well.

    I could enjoy the IPAD2 even though I prefer the Asus Transformer Prime.

    The IPAD is a Very Innovative Device which is fairly simple to use and doesn't take a technical genius to use it.
     
  12. Steve

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    Speaking of display resolution, Asus upped the ante this week, with the announcement of the "Infinity Series" tablets, with a 1900x1200, 10.1 inch "super IPS" display. It comes in two models. A dual-core LTE version, and a quad-core wifi-only version. Both support Bluetooth 4.0. Will be interesting to see what the battery life on these devices are.

    The also announced the 300 series, which comes in 1280x800 and 16gb only, with BT 3.0 support.

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/27/2...nfinity-series-and-transformer-pad-300-series
     
  13. Richierich

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    Well, isn't Competition wonderful as it makes both the Apple Products and the Android Products better!!! :)
     
  14. Steve

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    Ya. Rumor has it the iPad 3 will have double the iPad2 resolution 2048x1536. If so, I doubt anyone will see the difference between that and 1900x1200 with the naked eye, however.

    So, IMHO, "resolution's done". They can now move on to the next thing, whatever it might be.

    Could be to revisit battery life, because the higher res screens and 4G/LTE support will probably be more power-hungry.
     
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    I use Verizon's WiFi Hub with my Asus Transformer Prime which can accomodate up to 5 Devices and it works nicely and doesn't contribute to using up the Battery Life which at 16 hours including the Docking Station (I know the Specs say 18 hours but in the Real World that will probably equate to about 16 Hours and less as the Battery Ages) which is plenty for a trip to Europe or Hawaii. :D
     
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    I find at 1.3 pounds, the iPad2 starts to feel heavy after holding it for a while. I'd like to see tablets get even lighter, if that's possible, and still maintain current battery life. Maybe less than a pound for a 9"-10" model?
     
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    Competition will make these Tablets Lighter & have Improved Battery Life along with other Features being added or improved pretty much the same path that Cell Phones have taken.
     
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    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/huawei-announces-the-first-10inch-quadcore-tablet/234484-11.html

    Will be interesting to see what battery life is for a quad-core unit with LTE support. Asus's new infinity series only offers wi-fi in their quad-core model. The LTE model is dual-core.

    Huawei has the potential to disrupt market pricing because they have access to extremely cheap labor and make their own CPU/GPUs to boot. E.g., they're pricing their Ascend smartphones 15% to 20% less than rival phones with similar specs.
     
  20. RasputinAXP

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    I really want to see one of those Hyundai A7's I've seen reviews of.
     

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