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Item#: N82E16834230425

Pros:

Item is snappy, responsive, sufficiently fast, and feels pretty solid. The craftsmanship isn't superb, but it is pretty darn good.

I updated to Android 4.0.3 right away (I read that Jelly Bean might not be far behind from the date this is posted) and hopefully it help smooth out performance. It doesn't seem to have any performance issues with Asus' minimal skinning.

The battery life is also acceptable, I get roughly 6 - 8 hours of use. (Wi-Fi on, low brightness, GPS off, general browsing and games mostly)

The keyboard isn't fantastic (I seem to miss a space about 40% of the time) but it feels okay. The more I use the keyboard, the better it seems to be. I think it needs to be "worn in". Perhaps it's muscle memory.

The unit is portable. The weight isn't any issue for me, I normally use it at school and I leave it in my backpack.

Teh slider mechanism also feels nice and smooth, it certainly won't break.

LCD is okay, good angles, good color.

Cons:

The chrome trim peice seems a little cheap. The unit also feels a little plasticky, And the back case seems to have a bit of an odd shape. I don't have any issues keeping a hold of the tablet, though.

The rubber grommets/feet also seem like they aren't going to last long.

There aren't many accessories available for this unit, compared to the iPad or TF-101.

The front glass is a fingerprint magnet, but can be easily cleaned. The slider mechanism also collects finger prints.

Terrible, terrible cameras, and "stupid" camera software (meaning terrible ISO control). Photos are okay in bright light, forget low-light conditions.

The speaker(s?) are absolutely awful, they work, but that's about it. I'm not sure if there are two speakers (there seems to be two speaker grills). But headphones are fine. Again, I didn't buy it for such features.

No cutting-edge hardware to speak of.

Other Thoughts:

It's not an iPad, but for the $360 I paid for it, I'm not too upset with it. Android has a come long, long way since honeycomb 3.1, and I think it is actually useable now. I bought it to use at the lab at school and for taking short notes.

Don't let the cons get to you, this is a solid device. When I bought this, I was torn between the Transformer and the SL-101. I'm happy I bought the SL-101, not only because it's less bulk and I can effortlessly change from keyboard deployment to tablet mode, it's also a much more novel design. It's bound to turn heads, and it's certainly free of apples.

But I'm also not an app-junkie. If you like apps, this might not be the best option for you. But if you type a lot text, the keyboard is leaps and bounds ahead of using just the touchpad based keyboard.

If you aren't sure about which tablet to get, this is the most featured tablet on the market, and for what you get hardware-wise, this is the real deal.

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  • Brian M.
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