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ASUS' followup to the original Transformer packs quite a punch

ASUS made quite a splash on the Android tablet scene with the original Transformer. While Motorola's Xoom has been a disappointment, many enthusiasts flocked to the Transformer due to its more attractive pricing.
 
Now, ASUS has announced its follow-up, the Transformer Prime, which is based around NVIDIA fresh new Tegra 3 processor (aka Kal-El). The Tegra 3 features four processing cores, a fifth “companion core” for low-power functions, and 1GB of RAM.

Tegra 3 is based on an ARM Cortex A9 design and doubles the Tegra 2's processing power. A 12-core GeForce GPU handles graphics duties and offers up to a 3x improvement in performance. To say that the Transformer Prime will be a multimedia/gaming powerhouse would be an understatement. 

Tegra 3 delivers all of this while offering up to a 61 percent savings in power consumption.

 
Moving to the actual tablet's design of the tablet, the Transformer Prime now weighs just 1.29 pounds and is just 0.33 inches thick. The 10" screen retains its 1280x800 resolution, but now Super IPS+ to go along with Gorilla Glass. Brightness is pegged at 600 nits and it has a 178-degree viewing angle.
 
Although holding up a 1.29-pound, 10" tablet up to take pictures is going to make you look like a goober, ASUS hasn't skimped when it comes to optics. The Transformer Prime features an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.4 lens and back-illuminated sensor. As is typical of today's high-end smartphones and tablets, it can capture video in 1080p. A 1.2mp camera is included on the tablet's face for video conferencing.

 
When it comes to connectivity, the usual microSD slot and micro HDMI port are included. In addition, the Transformer Prime continues to offer its proprietary interface to attach the keyboard dock that turns the tablet into a fully functional laptop. The keyboard dock adds a USB 2.0 port and a full-size Secure Digital slot.
 
Battery life is listed at an impressive 12 hours for the Transformer -- that figure jumps to 18 hours when using the keyboard dock.
 
The Transformer Prime will be made available for $499 (32GB) and $599 (64GB). The keyboard dock will be priced at $149. The Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3.2 “Honeycomb”, but will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich OTA in early December.



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What made the original Transofrmer so tempting...
By Netscorer on 11/9/2011 9:56:29 AM , Rating: 1
was the price. $399 was unheard of for the class of tablet at the moment and keyboard dock with full USB and extra battery made it sound like a super deal. Now, at $499 without dock and $650 with dock, this is no longer the tablet to get. There is a lot of price range between Fire ($199), Nook Tablet ($250) and $500. Instead of playing smart and occupying that niche, ASUS decided to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Good luck with that!




By Cheesew1z69 on 11/9/2011 10:10:20 AM , Rating: 4
Really? Not worth getting? It's a QUAD core, with longer battery life than the original Transformer, and 32gb for 499, sounds like a deal to me!


By TheRequiem on 11/9/2011 1:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
Now I can get my game on anywhere with one of these, even while taking a dump. Yes! Where can I pre-order one?


RE: What made the original Transofrmer so tempting...
By XZerg on 11/9/2011 10:41:54 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously wtf!

I can get a pretty decent lightweight (not as light) laptop for price less than that. The other messed up decision was that the tablet has no usb ports, must use the dock. WTF!?

I was thinking with Tegra3 the cpus are fast enough to consider tablets but they first need to fix the pricing for most people to consider it. This is not to say many won't buy it but is to say that tablets are still miles away from becoming mainstream with these sort of prices. There are others who offer at a much cheaper price Nook and Fire but they don't seem to have the needed horsepower which I doubt is worth $300-$400.

Let's see if Black Friday offers some for < $400 with the dock.


By jimbojimbo on 11/9/2011 10:55:35 AM , Rating: 2
I was wondering the same thing about the USB ports. The Archos 10 internet tablet had a full size USB port and you could plug in an external hard drive and watch media files from it. That should be standard now! ...although with a little warning about battery life expectancy. I hope they sell a little device to plug into their proprietary port with just USB ports on it.


By chrnochime on 11/9/2011 11:46:47 AM , Rating: 3
Point me to a new laptop that costs less than 750 and weights less than 3.0lbs....Nope. Don't see any.


RE: What made the original Transofrmer so tempting...
By XZerg on 11/9/2011 11:58:31 AM , Rating: 2
By TheRequiem on 11/9/2011 1:52:19 PM , Rating: 1
I checked, and didn't see any...


RE: What made the original Transofrmer so tempting...
By TheRequiem on 11/9/2011 6:31:33 PM , Rating: 3
In a price vs. performance comparison (remember, this tablet is $500) and Windows 7 needs considerable more power to run as fast.

1.) I guess this could be valid because of price, except it's over 3lbs (I thought the argument was under 3lbs?). Also, the specs for a Windows OS 7 netbook is not good enough to be as fast as this tablet. A 1ghz cpu?

2.) The price is $650 - That's $150 more then this tab, are we comparing Apple's to Oranges here? But if we are still referring to being under $750 (not sure why we would since the tablet is $500) Then it would be valid. Still wouldn't buy a cheap plastic netbook compared to this nice looking aluminum tablet.

3.) This is a budget netbook significantly lacking in processor & video performance and is in the same price as Asus tablet. It also oeprates Windows OS 7, I guarantee this thing will not be as speedy as this tablet.

4.) $699... $200 more? Also, again, significantly lacking in specs for the type of OS it runs.

5.) This is probably the only one that is really valid, except it's a Gateway. =) Still a little light on specs for the type of OS.

Either way, after reviewing these PC's, I definitely feel much more comfortable buying a Asus Transformer Prime tablet then before.


By chrnochime on 11/10/2011 1:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
Saved me from spending more time making the same comments heh :P


By SPOOFE on 11/9/2011 6:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I can get a pretty decent lightweight (not as light) laptop for price less than that.

IPS screen? 12-hour battery life?

No?

Then you don't know what you're talking about.


By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 5:31:07 PM , Rating: 2
"IPS screen? 12-hour battery life? No? Then you don't know what you're talking about. "

He said "pretty decent". Most people don't need IPS in thier laptop (or even know what it is for that matter), and don't need 12 hour battery life. There are alot of really good laptops out there in the $5-600 range. Most start at $500 with a low res 1366x768 screen. Throw in the upgraded screen and its a nice deal and a good laptop.


By SPOOFE on 11/10/2011 9:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have one of those laptops. It cost me $380 over two years ago. It's great, all things considered.

But its screen is awful and its battery life is incredibly unimpressive.

Better screens and battery life are very expensive in a laptop. Much less expensive in a tablet.

I have a laptop. I don't need another laptop. I don't need a tablet either. However, I want a tablet, specifically the Prime. It seems like it'll be a nifty device with a few key traits that I just plain can't get in a laptop for anywhere near the same amount of money, and that's the plain and simple fact of the matter.


By SPOOFE on 11/9/2011 6:26:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Now, at $499 without dock and $650 with dock, this is no longer the tablet to get.

Then get the base Transformer. If it used to be good at $399, then it's still good at $399.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/10/2011 2:43:51 AM , Rating: 2
You get what you pay for. $400 was a good price for the original Transformer but its performance was poor. The Tegra 3 presumably brings it in line or beyond the A5 in the iPad 2, so the the price bump makes sense.


W8
By Da W on 11/9/2011 9:02:58 AM , Rating: 2
Make it Windows 8 and then we'll talk.




RE: W8
By superPC on 11/9/2011 10:01:21 AM , Rating: 2
why should they make i t a windows 8? can't we just installed it by ourself? after all people did manages to install android in a touchpad, i'd imagine installing windows would be simpler.


RE: W8
By darkhawk1980 on 11/9/2011 12:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
You're stupid for assuming you can just install Windows 8....How do you 'flash' windows 8 if you don't have the ability?? The tablet will be locked down, just like the original was. Probably more so this time around. Good luck installing Windows 8 when it's locked down.


RE: W8
By borismkv on 11/9/2011 10:46:17 AM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 has to come *out* first...


RE: W8
By 3DoubleD on 11/9/2011 1:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really see the incentive to wait for Windows 8 on a tablet either.

1) The number of times I've been using a Windows PC and thought "I wish I had a touch screen":

ZERO

2) The number of times using a Windows tablet and thinking it was better experience then if I just had a mouse and keyboard:

ZERO

3) The number of Windows applications utilizing touch and optimized for ARM mobile devices:

ZERO

Why on earth would I want a Window 8 ARM based tablet? Microsoft is coming 3 years late to the game and offering no tangible benefits to the regular consumer. x86 Windows applications will run like crap on ARM unless they are completely rewritten with lower performing systems in mind (and obviously compiled for ARM).

If we are waiting for a decent x86 tablet... maybe one day, but atom/brazos power draws are still much larger than most ARM SoCs.


RE: W8
By Da W on 11/9/2011 2:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
For that matter:

Number of time i used a touch-based mobile OS and i said "damn, i wish we could have a mouse and keyboard":

ZERO

But for the sake of completeness, if you're gonna buy a tablet with an attachable keyboard and trackpad/mouse, might as well use it on a DESKTOP OS with traditionnal OFFICE software.

I never said anything about wanting an ARM Windows 8 tablet. I'm gonna go the brazos route for sure. Don't really care if it's half an inch ticker and you have to charge it every day instead of every 2 days. I usually always plug my laptop every time i can, whici is the point of having a tablet/laptop hybrid.

I'll go one step further: make a thin ARM tablet with an Ivy Bridge i7 + geforce GTX 680M loaded dock.


RE: W8
By jRaskell on 11/23/2011 11:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'll go one step further: make a thin ARM tablet with an Ivy Bridge i7 + geforce GTX 680M loaded dock.


I'm confused. If it's Ivy Bridge i7 (or any i7 for that matter), it isn't ARM, it's Intel. If it's i7, it isn't ARM, so what exactly do you mean by an ARM table with an i7 processor?


RE: W8
By retrospooty on 11/9/2011 4:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't really see the incentive to wait for Windows 8 on a tablet either."

Your smokin crack man... Apps Apps and Apps are the reason to switch.

" x86 Windows applications will run like crap on ARM unless they are completely rewritten with lower performing systems in mind"

Most apps use about 1% of todays CPU power if that. I agree 3d games and photoshop and apps that take a lot of CPU wont run well, but most apps will be fine.

Oh ya, and enterprise apps can make the tablet an actual workplace device now - HUGE virtually untapped market there.


RE: W8
By SPOOFE on 11/9/2011 6:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Your smokin crack man... Apps Apps and Apps are the reason to switch.

Which apps would those be?


RE: W8
By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 8:19:03 AM , Rating: 2
Windows Apps. Outlook, Excel, Word and the thousands of others that are heavily used daily that dont work on smartphone OS's. Also add the thousands of enterprise apps that will now work on a tablet if its running windows. It makes the tablet a viable thing to use in the office.


RE: W8
By eldakka on 11/10/2011 9:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
Just because you port windows to a new platform doesn't magically make windows apps start working on that platform.

The apps will, at the very least, need to be re-compiled for the different architecture, and possibly substantially modified also.


RE: W8
By SPOOFE on 11/10/2011 9:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, okay. I thought there was some app that would be really important to me. Thank you for informing me that there is not. I appreciate the candor. :)


RE: W8
By encia on 11/10/2011 1:01:37 AM , Rating: 2
AMD could cut Z-01's power consumption if uses Radeon HD 3450 based GPU i.e. 40 stream processors.

Z-01's Radeon HD 6250M is based on Radeon HD 5450 based GPU i.e. 80 stream processors.

70 to 80 percent of Z-01's die chip is taken by Radeon HD 6250M GPU.

Radeon HD 6250M can easily rival desktop NVIDIA ION with 16 CUDA cores. Lower clocked 12 core Geforce would be easily beat by Radeon HD 6250M.


RE: W8
By Da W on 11/10/2011 9:14:32 AM , Rating: 2
Shrink down to 32 nm and you solved your problem. Can even add 2 extra bobcat cores to boot!


Curious about the Keyboard
By Expunge on 11/9/2011 9:41:03 AM , Rating: 2
Needs to drop $100 for each model.

I have a Transformer with the expansion keyboard.. throughly enjoy it. Wondering if my current keyboard will work on the QuadCore Tablet. Somehow I doubt it.. but would be nice.




RE: Curious about the Keyboard
By acer905 on 11/9/2011 12:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, thats been my biggest wonder. If they were smart, they would keep the keyboard dock the same throughout each generation of the tablet. The family would become much more attractive to buyers (those who still don't see the novelty of tablets) if you only had to pay for the keyboard once.


RE: Curious about the Keyboard
By KamikaZee on 11/9/2011 12:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
Doing the math, the Prime is only $50 more expensive than the original transformer (32gb prime = $499, 32gb TF101 = $449), which already was considered to be among the cheapest full android tablets.

50$ gets you a better screen, a sleeker, lighter form factor, and a pretty nice SoC upgrade, which under most circumstances will actually use less battery than the old chip!


I would buy this but
By ShaolinSoccer on 11/9/2011 11:44:08 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't have the capability to stream video wireless to a TV like the Samsung Galaxy SII using AllShare (DLNA1.5). This should be standard on all tablets. I mean, if a phone can do this, why can't they make tablets do this? These tablets need to be like universal remotes and be capable of integrating with audio and video devices through wireless. Give me features like that and I will be more than willing to buy this with a keyboard dock and never consider buying a laptop ever again. I don't mind paying $650-700 for a laptop so it's a no brainer to buy a tablet with these features since I would mainly just use it for email, Facebook, texting, some apps and audio/videos. Everything that you can see on a tablet SHOULD be visable through wireless on a large screen TV so your family can clearly see it, too!




RE: I would buy this but
By KamikaZee on 11/10/2011 6:54:54 AM , Rating: 2
Allshare is just Samsung's DLNA software. If your TV/media receiver is DLNA compliant, them there are lots of apps that you can use to achieve the same effect.

So yea any android phone/tablet can do what you want, I use the twonky app (got it when it was in beta and free) and it works great.


Transformer 32gb for sale
By chmilz on 11/9/2011 11:10:06 AM , Rating: 2
This guy <--- wants to upgrade ;)




lol
By Bizarro on 11/9/2011 12:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they licensed that bezel design from Apple.




$$$
By riottime on 11/9/11, Rating: -1
RE: $$$
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/9/2011 8:16:16 AM , Rating: 2
Go get a Kindle Fire ;)


RE: $$$
By bug77 on 11/9/2011 8:31:42 AM , Rating: 4
I suspect many people will.


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2011 9:04:08 AM , Rating: 2
I already pre-ordered two for around the house (theater room for home control and bathroom for entertainment on the go). I anticipate that I'll have downloaded a new ROM for it before I even get it delivered. I'm sure the stock experience will be OK, but not having access to the full Android market from the start has me worried. Maybe there will be an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM out by then? XDADev already has one for the Galaxy S II!


RE: $$$
By PAPutzback on 11/9/2011 9:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
Pre-Ordered where? i don't see it at NewEgg yet.


RE: $$$
By jimbojimbo on 11/9/2011 10:50:44 AM , Rating: 2
It's an Amazon Kindle Fire so I'll let you guess where you could potentially order it from.


RE: $$$
By cjohnson2136 on 11/9/2011 11:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
I think he might have thought the poster was saying he pre-order the Transformer Prime. That might e where the confusion was. When I first read it that's what my initial thought until i re-read


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2011 11:04:02 AM , Rating: 2
Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon Kindle. Amazon. AMAZON.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. It's first come, first serve, so my estimated delivery is the end of November. But I might cancel it, depending upon the new Nook's performance. We'll see.


RE: $$$
By 3DoubleD on 11/9/2011 9:38:02 AM , Rating: 3
That's a good idea... $200 for a media center remote isn't that unheard of... I'll have to look into that. But I'd rather buy the Transformer and use it for both. I live in a tiny condo so it'll never be far from hand.


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2011 10:55:50 AM , Rating: 2
Combined with the Logitech Harmony Link app, it's a no-brainer. I can already control 4 audio and video zones in the house just using the widget for my Yamaha receiver, but combined with a tablet and the Link... c-c-c-c-c-combo! I'm pretty excited.


RE: $$$
By chrnochime on 11/9/2011 11:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
And this is relevant to the transformer prime in what way?


RE: $$$
By 3DoubleD on 11/9/2011 12:40:59 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't. He was saying that the Kindle Fire was a great buy at $200 for a Home Theater remote.

I said that it was a great idea, but I'll probably go for the more capable (and expensive) Transformer Prime as I'd like more functionality, especially on the go.


RE: $$$
By Fritzr on 11/9/2011 6:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
The Transformer Prime is an Android tablet. This earns beau-coup geek factor points by making it a $500-$600 remote control :P


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/10/2011 9:49:40 AM , Rating: 2
It's relevant to the Prime, the Fire, or any other Android or iOS device as the Logitech Link app is available for all (assuming you buy the $99 Link hardware). So whether you get a Fire or Prime, the Link kicks buttocks. That's all I wanted to say.


RE: $$$
By FITCamaro on 11/9/11, Rating: -1
RE: $$$
By quiksilvr on 11/9/2011 8:52:36 AM , Rating: 3
You are forgetting that this outclasses the higher end tablets and maintains the same price but also packs 32GB instead of 16GB right?

If you want a $399 tablet, get the original Transformer. This Prime is made to take on the high end market.


RE: $$$
By FITCamaro on 11/9/11, Rating: -1
RE: $$$
By quiksilvr on 11/9/2011 10:10:16 AM , Rating: 4
Don't you mean less than 1/2 the battery life, horrendous GPU performance and very little portability?

You're comparing two completely different product that meets two completely different needs.

The point I'm making is that if you want affordable tablets, they are out there for pretty cheap compared to this one. Its just that this one is taking on the elites and still is a better deal in that market.


RE: $$$
By bug77 on 11/9/2011 10:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
There's laptop, tablet, smartphone. Which would you pick?
For me, laptop+smartphone is the winning combo.


RE: $$$
By retrospooty on 11/9/2011 11:05:01 AM , Rating: 2
"You're comparing two completely different product that meets two completely different needs"

No he isnt... In a personal sense. He is talking about his use and his needs and his perceived value.

I totally agree and take it further. For me, a tablet is nice, but I would never pay $500 for any of them. For that price you get a good laptop that is able to run fully functional enterprise apps becasue its Windows based.

A tablet is a cool toy and I would pay $200 for one, maybe $300 max for a high end one like this. If the price were $400, a laptop would be a better buy. Its just not worth the $ to me. I am actually really surprised how many $500 tablets have been sold. I do see that people like them, but I think they all overpaid. Kindle fire at $200 may make some waves, or larger 10 inchers at $300


RE: $$$
By SPOOFE on 11/9/2011 6:31:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
For that price you get a good laptop that is able to run fully functional enterprise apps becasue its Windows based.

I already have a laptop. Why would I get another one? That's stupid.

Now, a gorgeous IPS screen and 12-hour battery life... those are real features not duplicated by something I already own.


RE: $$$
By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 8:27:14 AM , Rating: 2
"Now, a gorgeous IPS screen and 12-hour battery life... those are real features not duplicated by something I already own. "

I like that too, just not $500 worth of like. =)

I was agreeing with the poster above that the price is too high for me to want to buy. I'd personally get more productivity and pleasure out of a laptop at that price.

I am glad for the $200 kindle fire. Not that I will buy one, but it will drive prices down. This time next year we will see $300 for high end tablets like this.


RE: $$$
By SPOOFE on 11/10/2011 9:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
If you do not already have a laptop, and you think you'll get more out of one, by all means go get one.

A laptop itself is a series of compromises, all of which make sense. It's harder to use a laptop while standing around, for instance. Screens tend to be of poorer quality, especially for the budget laptops (lower color gamut, weird shifts when viewed at an angle). Battery life's probably not as good (though 3-4 hours, claimed, in some models is still much better than just a couple years ago). Not that these compromises are deal-breakers, at least not for me. But like I said, I already have a laptop.

But I want a super-portable tablet that weighs significantly less than five pounds, that I can easily use standing up, with a great screen with huge viewing angles with minimal distortion, with battery life up the ass.

You probably do, too, and I get it: Five hundred's not worth it to you. So it's just a matter of price, so I get it. Me, I'm just looking at it from the POV of the existing ecosystem, and for the same price as most of the big-name vendors, the Prime is simply much more power and utility per dollar. It's true I'm probably going to waste a lot of time playing Angry Durrds or whatever the kids are playing these days, but yeah, that's what I want. :)


RE: $$$
By publicspace on 11/9/2011 10:21:37 PM , Rating: 2
See now what I'm going to do is buy this tablet here and use it to type up notes at school and read the news on my couch and without lunking my 13" around with its crummy 4 hour battery life.

And THEN, I'm going to get a custom Shuttle PC from avadirect and buy a monitor so I can have a way better screen to watch things when I'm at home. All together will cost me less than $2000 and I have two devices that I can move around comfortably and not have to worry about performance loss, instead of spending $1300-$1600 on an oversized heavy laptop that doesn't travel with me.

As far as I'm concerned this will begin the rebirth of the home pc. If you get everything on a cloud you'll have a tablet with a dock, and then a PC that you do your heavier duty things for. (for my demographic anyways, engineers still need laptops.)


RE: $$$
By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 8:23:38 AM , Rating: 2
"$1300-$1600 on an oversized heavy laptop"

Well, buy whatever suits you, but never pay that much for a laptop. You can get a good laptop for $500.


RE: $$$
By publicspace on 11/10/2011 8:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
I usually buy desktop killers for my laptops, lately though with only core increases but not substantial processing power increases it just doesn't have that same umph, like when I upgraded my 1.2 ghz windows ME comp with a 2.4 ghz Windows XP, When I could turn my computer on and it would only take 2 minutes to fully load compared to a previous 5, it was a similar feeling to the first time I did an aqualung or hit my first beer bong.


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2011 11:14:07 AM , Rating: 2
You're totally correct about battery life and portability, especially at the $500 price point, but horrendous GPU performance? SNB i3 is pretty good, depending on resolution and settings. A good deal better than current phone/tablet GPUs, I wager, especially considering you're playing full PC games, not simple touch games.

When your display is native 720p or 768p, it's not much of a challenge even for "weak" IGPs.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-300...


RE: $$$
By quiksilvr on 11/9/2011 2:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
Horrendous in comparison to Tegra 3, sorry I didn't specify. IGPs take on the video playback job well, but gaming performance is quite lacking.


RE: $$$
By SPOOFE on 11/9/2011 6:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A good deal better than current phone/tablet GPUs, I wager

Per watt?


RE: $$$
By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 8:31:10 AM , Rating: 2
"Don't you mean less than 1/2 the battery life, horrendous GPU performance and very little portability?"

I dont see that. To me, I have 2 classes of mobile computing.
1. The kind that fits in my pocket. 2. The kind I need a case for/have to carry. A smartphone fits in my pocket. A laptop and a tablet are equally portable to me. Both are light, but need to be carried. Since I need to carry something, may as well be a fully operational laptop, so I can get more done.

If I were a chick, that might change, cuz I'd already carry a purse. Maybe get a slightly larger purse witha side pocket to fit a tablet (amongst other benefits) =)


RE: $$$
By PitViper007 on 11/10/2011 10:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
Funny you should mention the purse thing. My wife is constantly losing cards (the latest was her ATM card, sighs) because she refused to carry a purse and keep them in it. Well, I bought her a cheap tablet, mainly for use as an e-reader, and lo and behold! She now will carry her purse, just so she can easily carry her tablet!! Win win. :)


RE: $$$
By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 10:41:55 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... Hey, I'd carry one of those man-purses too if it werent something that all my friends would make fun of ;)


RE: $$$
By SPOOFE on 11/9/2011 6:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
IPS screen? 12 hour battery?

Enjoy your i3.


RE: $$$
By TakinYourPoints on 11/10/2011 2:40:03 AM , Rating: 1
You're joking, right?

IPS screen, fast practical performance, 12 hours of battery life, thin and light. Tablets are pretty sweet. If I'm on a long flight my laptop stays in the overhead bin while my iPad and Kindle are down with me.

A $500 laptop is barely tolerable as a laptop. Sure it's cheap but you're dealing with a crap screen, crap keyboard, crap trackpad, crap performance, crap everything.


RE: $$$
By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 10:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
"A $500 laptop is barely tolerable as a laptop. Sure it's cheap but you're dealing with a crap screen, crap keyboard, crap trackpad, crap performance, crap everything"

I dont think you have done alot of shopping for laptops in the past 3-4 years... Everything you just said is false.


RE: $$$
By TakinYourPoints on 11/13/2011 2:05:55 AM , Rating: 2
I've paid very close attention. There's a difference between "not paying attention" and "having standards".

I guess it's cool if you have low standards for the things you recommend or buy, good for you


Somebody has to say it
By grandpope on 11/9/11, Rating: -1
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch














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