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Eric N.

Eric N.

Joined on 11/27/09

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Currently the Best Android Tablet

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101-A1) NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 1GB DDR2 Memory 10.1" 1280 x 800 Tablet Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101-A1) NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 1GB DDR2 Memory 10.1" 1280 x 800 Tablet Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)

Pros: * Beautiful screen, better quality than the Motorola Xoom (imo) and on par with the iPad 2 * Quick and responsive w/ the latest version of Honeycomb (3.1), the new Tegra 2 chipset doesn't leave you wanting * Great battery life. Medium usage easily yields about 2-3 days' worth of battery before having to recharge. * Expandable. MicroSD slot allows you tag on up to an additional 32 GB of storage. * Nice form factor, about the size of an iPad but not as small as the 7" tablets, obviously. Feels a bit better on the hands than the smaller tablets. * Nice Asus software out of the box -- Remote Desktop to a local machine in your WiFi network (with the proper software installed on said computer), integration with Media Servers * Great price at $399.

Cons: * May get a little laggy with heavy/demanding multitasking * App support is uneven as of now -- certainly no major exclusions, but just annoyances (i.e. NetFlix, Facebook, etc) * The occassional unexplained crash from the Browser * Proprietary 16-pin connection to USB cable -- why couldn't they use standard MicroUSB like every Android device on the market right now?

Overall Review: I'm a bit of an Android veteran -- I've messed around with development on the platform since its inception with the T-Mobile G1. Each iteration of the platform has brought some much welcome improvements. I decided to get an Android tablet to better understand how the device would be in practical use, so to get some application development ideas. After reading reviews online, I decided on the Asus eeePad Transformer. The price and feature set was hard to deny, especially considering its competition (Xoom and Iconia). The keyboard docking station was more a novelty for me -- I was more concerned about the tablet experience. I must say, while showing immaturity in some facets, the Honeycomb build of Android pairs very well with this device. Great battery life, very responsive UI, all the niceties of Android (multitasking, notifications, Google integration), beautiful screen.

A very solid and unique Android Phone

Motorola Milestone Blue Unlocked GSM Smart Phone w/ 8MP Camera/ Android 2.1/ WiFi GPS
Motorola Milestone Blue Unlocked GSM Smart Phone w/ 8MP Camera/ Android 2.1/ WiFi GPS

Pros: * Aesthetically pleasing industrial design, noticeably slimmer than Droid/Milestone and Droid 2 (slimmer than iPhone 3GS, probably as slim as iPhone 4G) * Beautiful LCD screen * 8 MP camera takes great shots for a mobile device * Despite throttled down CPU, Android is quite peppy * Compatible with T-Mobile's 3G and HSPA+ network * HD video recording quality is good for mobile device, and direct to HDMI output is great

Cons: * Some lag, though not horrible, when many tasks are running * Confusing HD output interface, forced me to reboot when initially using it * Android keyboard still feels a little cramped (though easily alleviated if you're part of the Swype beta)

Overall Review: The Motorola Milestone XT720 is one of the latest entries to the Android parade of mobile devices. Released in January as the Motoroi in South Korea, it has begun its release in the European and Asian markets. Powered by essentially the same hardware specs as the original Milestone (though the CPU looks to be more capable, even if it is throttled down to 550 Mhz), the XT720 performs admirably as a mid-to-high range Android phone. The device runs on Eclair (Android 2.1) and performs all smartphone tasks as you would expect out of an Android device. In particular, the camera on this device is quite good for a mobile device, taking shots at 8 megapixels and allowing for HD video recording up to 720p. The HD recording I'd say is on par with the EVO, ditto the still shots. In short, for a very solid and unique Android experience (and better yet, unlocked in the US through NewEgg) I would highly recommend this device.