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PerlJedi writes "I am planing a long trip (to Ireland), and want to buy an Android tablet to take along for the trip. I am a software engineer (I actually work for Slashdot), a Linux geek, and an Android fan. I would like to get a tablet primarily to use for entertainment (when I'm not working or building robots in my workshop, I'm usually playing with my phone), but something I could get some work done from in a pinch would be a major plus (all I need to be able to work is a Web browser, and an ssh terminal, preferably with a keyboard). My current cell phone is the Samsung Charge, rooted and running GummyCharge 2.1, and it is a good bet I'll want to root whatever tablet I get, if not right away, soon after getting it. From an entertainment standpoint I want something that is large enough to watch high definition videos on, with a battery life that will make it practical for use on a long flight. Having a decent camera would be a nice plus, but is not an absolute necessity. Having a forward facing camera for video chat would also be good, but is also not a necessity." PerlJedi's got a few options in mind; read on for the details of his reasoning and help him fulfill his quest.
"My brief initial search has yielded the following initial contenders:
  • Asus Transformer Prime: This is currently my favorite, for a few reasons: Tegra 3 quad core processor (that's just plain cool); it's designed with a docking station in mind, making it perfect for using for work; sleek, thin design; light weight; available with up to 64 GB. It is on the pricey side, though.
  • Toshiba Thrive: I must admit, I know very little about this one. Unlike the others, I have not heard much hype around it. From what I've read thus far, pros include: full-size SD slot; full USB support; full HDMI support. Cons: Bulkier and heavier than its opponents.
  • Motorola XOOM: This one has been available for some time, which can be both good and bad. Its problems should be known and understood by now, but it's lost some of the sex appeal of the new product.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab: The Galaxy tab line has also been on the market for a while. It does have some added appeal to me because my phone is also from Samsung, so the rooting processes, and available ROMs, will be more familiar to me.
  • Sony Tablet S: Like the Toshiba, I have heard little hype about this tablet. Its feature set also seems similar to the Toshiba. I must admit here, I may be a bit biased against Sony over some of their recent treatment of the hacker/maker community."
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  • Transformer (Score:4, Informative)

    by Tsingi (870990) <graham.rick@g m a il.com> on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:39PM (#38529678)
    I have a Transformer, a Novo 7 (China) and an iPad. I paid for the Transformer, the others are company owned test units. I like them all. I haven't tried the Transformer with a keyboard, should have bought it. But that might be the one you want.
    • Re:Transformer (Score:4, Informative)

      by ShakaUVM (157947) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:45PM (#38529772) Homepage Journal

      I have a Transformer with the keyboard, and I can recommend it.

      Not as smooth a user interface as an iPad (it jerks while scrolling), but like the OP, I wanted an Android tablet.

      • by AJH16 (940784)

        Interesting, I have never had any noticeable issue when scrolling on my Transformer and I got a very early 32gb model. When do you notice the lag? Do you have any apps that might be misbehaving in the background and do you have it rooted and/or running alternate roms? Mine is pure stock.

        • by Tsingi (870990)

          I find that the iPad has the all around best UI response. I still wouldn't buy one for myself, it isn't that much of a difference. Android is open, at least all my Androids are, and the price is much more reasonable.

          The Novo 7, which is a 7" Chinese tablet running android, uses a 1.5ghz dual arm, It's very snappy. $120.00 in Hong Kong.

    • by syousef (465911) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @04:16PM (#38530120) Journal

      I have a Transformer, a Novo 7 (China) and an iPad. I paid for the Transformer, the others are company owned test units.

      I like them all. I haven't tried the Transformer with a keyboard, should have bought it. But that might be the one you want.

      I haven't read the article, nor the summary, but I'm going to post anyway in fine slashdot tradition.

      I would say vallium, as it has a better reputation than prozac. Once you're stoned out of your tree all the computing devices will look the same anyway.

  • Check out Lenovo (Score:5, Informative)

    by strangeattraction (1058568) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:40PM (#38529686)
    Check out lenovo
  • HP Touchpad (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kaizendojo (956951) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:40PM (#38529700)
    If you can get your hands on one, I'd highly recommend it. Got one for Christmas from my awesome GF and it took me longer to download all the SDKs and files than it actually took to root and ROM it.
  • Asus Prime or Xoom (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I'd use the prime (given the options available to it) or the Xoom mainly because it's built like a brick sh1thouse and unlikely to break accidentally. I have a xoom myself, and was quite suprised by the standby time of the tablet (ie: a week with keeping over 90% charge). The samsung is sexy and light in comparison, I can't compare the others as I havent tried them.

    At the end of the day it's down to what you actually *need* not what's *nice*, sure 64GB is nice, but do you actually need it to write emails

  • by Macthorpe (960048) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:42PM (#38529726) Journal

    Even without the keyboard, I've barely put mine down in the months since I bought it. You might be better off trying to pick up the original on the cheap now that its successor is on the way - it's a good, solid piece of hardware and it can be rooted easily too.

    • by brentrad (1013501)
      I second the original Transformer. They're going for less than $400 for the 32 GB model on ebay and similar sites, and the keyboard dock for around $100. I got the 16 GB model about 4 months ago, then got the keyboard dock about 2 months ago. It is very capable as both a tablet and a netbook.

      When docked with the keyboard is when I feel it really shines. It gets ridiculous battery life when docked (16+ hours), and will charge the tablet from the dock so when you undock the tablet the tablet will alway
  • I bought one on sale locally. I'm a geocacher and wanted the full USB port for loading caches on my GPS (Delorme 60) when I'm traveling. It is a bit bulkier than some of the others but it's fast and responsive. I've not been disappointed at all.
    • Re:Thrive (Score:4, Informative)

      by chrylis (262281) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:57PM (#38529918)

      Additionally, the Thrive has two power quirks that I appreciate: Its battery is easily replaceable, and it sacrifices the ability to charge via USB for a 30W power supply that can charge its battery from zero to full in 90 minutes. For typical business use, I only need to charge it about 30 minutes daily.

  • by ichthus (72442) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:43PM (#38529748) Homepage
    I was going to say B&N Nook Color. Install Cyanogen 7.1 (very easy to do), connectBot, hacker's keyboard, and Opera. The battery life is great, nice screen, dirt cheap. Tether it to your phone for non-wifi connectivity.

    ..but then I clicked your link for the Transformer Prime. Very nice. Yeah, get that one.
    • by snowgirl (978879) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @04:00PM (#38529978) Journal

      I was going to say B&N Nook Color. Install Cyanogen 7.1 (very easy to do), connectBot, hacker's keyboard, and Opera. The battery life is great, nice screen, dirt cheap. Tether it to your phone for non-wifi connectivity. ..but then I clicked your link for the Transformer Prime. Very nice. Yeah, get that one.

      Yeah, I would get a Nook Color if I were going to get a nook. The Nook Tablet is kind of a piece of crap... it's getting "useable", but it's still horrendously put together software-wise. But it is speedy and fast.

      I'm actually kind of happy with my Nook Tablet now that I've been beating it with large objects for 3~4 days... but it's still not where I wish it were. Honestly, one should not have to break a product massively in order to make it useful.

      The average person might enjoy it, but a geek will struggle in the truly claustrophobic walled garden that they have erected. I actually was crying 30 minutes after opening the package, because it was essentially worthless to me. (Thank god for people having their hands on it a month ahead of me, and doing all the work in rooting it.)

      • by hawguy (1600213)

        I was going to say B&N Nook Color. Install Cyanogen 7.1 (very easy to do), connectBot, hacker's keyboard, and Opera. The battery life is great, nice screen, dirt cheap. Tether it to your phone for non-wifi connectivity. ..but then I clicked your link for the Transformer Prime. Very nice. Yeah, get that one.

        Yeah, I would get a Nook Color if I were going to get a nook.

        The OP mentioned "video chat" in his wish list, so presumably he wants to use something like Skype for voice over IP.

        The Nook Color has no microphone capability (but the new Nook Tablet has a built-in Mic).

        The Nook Tablet is kind of a piece of crap... it's getting "useable", but it's still horrendously put together software-wise. But it is speedy and fast.

        ...

        I actually was crying 30 minutes after opening the package, because it was essentially worthless to me. (Thank god for people having their hands on it a month ahead of me, and doing all the work in rooting it.)

        You really should get another hobby if your inability to hack a device that makes no claim about openness and hackability makes you cry.

    • by S810 (168676)

      I just got a Kindle Fire and I love it. Granted it only uses the Amazon App Store and the newest update, allegedlly, prevents rooting, but I can turn on the Mobile Hotspot from by Droid X2 and get email, stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Free Texting, read books, play music and games.

      Personally I love it and it was a cheaper alternative to the Prime, which I wanted and still do, but I can get two Fires for less than the Transformer Prime.

  • by Culture20 (968837) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:44PM (#38529756)
    That's what I read the title as. I thought of Marvin and Data. Of the two, only Data is an android, and while Marvin might be many ages-of-the-universe old, Data's head is three hundred years older than his body.
  • by Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) * <seebert42@gmail.com> on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:44PM (#38529762) Homepage Journal

    Based upon my Christmas mistake (he's 8, he doesn't care)- here's what I would look for:
    1. Capacative screen. Resistive touch screens suck, and I forgot how much until I realized this el-cheap sub $90 tablet came with a resistive screen but no stylus.
    2. On-board USB ports, not on a dongle. His contains a proprietary connector with USB / wired ethernet ports on it, and I'm afraid he'll lose it. He might have already and I don't know.
    3. SDHC or microSDHC slot and plenty of on-board memory
    4. Good built-in Wifi- his seems to disconnect at the drop of a hat.

    Go with the same brand as your phone otherwise, that way you can be sure your favorite aps will work.

  • Transformer (Score:5, Informative)

    by The_Deacon (137827) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:45PM (#38529782)

    I have a friend who sounds almost identical in his needs ... he was traveling (3 months in Japan) and wanted something he could throw in his backpack and work from (web, ssh) if needed, without having to lug around a laptop. He got the ASUS Transformer with keyboard, and loves it -- he still uses it every day, and this is almost a year after buying it. Plus the doubled battery life the keyboard provides is really nice.

  • by flibuste (523578) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:48PM (#38529802)

    I own a Xoom and a Transformer. I love both.
    The Xoom feels less plastic and more sturdy than the Transformer, and since the 3.2 update, the Xoom is just as great as the Transformer as used as a tablet-only. I actually prefer it to the Transformer. Now, the Transformer with the keyboard is just another piece of awesome for daily stuff.

    So for your usage pattern I will definitely recommend the Transformer with the keyboard.

    • by oakgrove (845019)
      If you like your Xoom now, you're gonna love it when you get ics installed. Text lag is gone. The browser is butter smooth and the face lift from hc makes the whole experience just that much more enjoyable. I got a build of ics off of xda-developers and could never go back to 3.2.
  • by TWX (665546) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:49PM (#38529806)

    I like, "Hackers Keyboard," for a decent SW keyboard. Works decent even on my Galaxy S II 4.5" screen...

  • Wait wait wait (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jethro (14165) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:50PM (#38529828) Homepage

    With all the, uh, street-cred up there, you mean to tell us you don't ALREADY have a Kindle Fire rooted and running the pre-alpha Ice Cream Sandwich????

    I'd suggest that purely for size, a 7" tablet might be better for travelling. The Transformer is apparently a hell of a tablet though.

    Now I'll share my personal experience from a 2-week trip to Ireland a few years ago. Sure tablets didn't exist way back in 2006 but here's my advice anyway.

    SCREW THE TABLET. Get a REALLY NICE camera.

    I did take my laptop (at the time a 12" Powerbook G4). It was used at night to download the hundreds of photos off the camera so I have space for photos the next day, and to do minor trip blogging. I did not find the time, opportunity, need or DESIRE to touch a computer during the day.

    • by cayenne8 (626475)

      SCREW THE TABLET. Get a REALLY NICE camera.

      Yep...I'm saving now for a Cannon 5D.

      It will be a couple months before I pay off the xmas gifts (and loaded macbook pro I treated myself to this year)....I'm hoping by then, Cannon might make an announcement if there is going to be a 5D Mark III.

  • by Bromskloss (750445) <auxiliary,address,for,privacy&gmail,com> on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:52PM (#38529854)

    What tablets are to recommend for running some more ordinary operating system, like Debian or Ubuntu?

  • Xoom (Score:4, Informative)

    by Virtucon (127420) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:53PM (#38529876)

    I have a Xoom that I travel with constantly and I can put multiple movies on the removable SD card quite easily. I've also purchased Asus Transformers for the kids and we've taken all of them on long trips internationally without any problems.

    The only negative I have on all of the tablets is the lack of a standard charge interface, like a micro USB for example. The ASUS has one standard, the Motorola has a 12V plug that's different etc. It's just like cell phones. SO if you're expecting to travel light just plan on bringing another charger along as well.

    • by washort (6555)
      the Transformer at least uses the PDMI [wikipedia.org] standard for its charge cable. now everybody else needs to play nice :)
  • I've had the good fortune to review a number of tablets in the last few weeks. Personally, I like the 7" form factor and prefer Samsung's Galaxy line over others I've tried, but given the requirements I think I'd probably take a long, hard look at a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet. They're the only tablets I've seen with a USB root hub and their screens, while not quite as good as Samsung's, is better than the the Motorola, Acer, Toshiba and Asus 10" tablets I've tried. The Tegra CPU isn't top of the line but in my

  • This past summer, we bought a Galaxy Tab 10.1 specifically for the purpose of communicating across the Atlantic from Ireland/England. The wife took it, it was nice, light, and reliable, and she was able to GTalk with the kids and me (Skype video wasn't available at the time) . The only issue (not tablet specific) was finding wifi spots in certain semi-rural areas of Ireland.
  • I have the first gen Transformer and I like it ALOT. The screen is fantastic and the ability to slap a real keyboard (and multi-hour extra battery) on it is just icing on the cake. I upgraded from a 7" Galaxy Tab and while I miss the built-in cellular access at times, that's nothing that can't be overcome by the hotspot in my Galaxy S II ;)

  • by Reemi (142518) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @03:57PM (#38529928)

    Why asking here? All info you need is on the web, why get confused by advice of users that probably at most have really used 2 tablets.
    Bought a Sony myself, based on the info on the web and after holding it in my hands. I am happy with the form factor. Dont care about the otner specs as I bought the device for what it can, not for what it might do in the future (Hope for an ICS upgrade, but wont complain ifit doesnt happen. Didnt pay for it)

    Enjoy your trip, try to enjoy it without any digital toys. They are overrated.

  • Related question: I would like to use a tablet for grading and correcting assignments and reading and annotating papers (all pdf). I would need it to sync to a storage for pdf files, preferably with a means of adding metadata (tags, bibliography, etc) with a good frontend on the PC as well.

    Are there any good apps/applications for that now? Because then I might consider getting a tablet. Is it worth trying to get an e-ink device? Are there any e-ink devices running a sensible OS?

  • by morgauxo (974071) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @04:00PM (#38529980)
    If you want a keyboard and you want to root it then is a tablet really the best device to serve your needs? Why not just get a netbook? I suppose you can still install Android x86 if you really want to.
    • by hawguy (1600213)

      If you want a keyboard and you want to root it then is a tablet really the best device to serve your needs? Why not just get a netbook? I suppose you can still install Android x86 if you really want to.

      I was wondering the same thing - once you add a keyboard, the size/weight advantage of a tablet is reduced while you lose the flexibility of a full operating system on a Netbook.

      It's the same question I ask people at work when they tell me how great and productive they are with their iPad (along with case + keyboard that essentially turns it into a netbook). Then they complain when I send them Excel spreadsheets that they can't open on their iPad because the formulas don't work. Why not just use a netbook i

    • Perhaps because a netbook doesn't have a removable touchscreen for the many times you'd like to use it without the bulk/awkwardness of a keyboard?

  • We got sick of the kids fighting over the iPad so we looked for a cheap alternative we could let the kids abuse.

    We picked up the TC970 for $199 from New Egg.. So far it's been a good little tablet..
    It runs Andoid 2.2, 32 gig micro SD card slot, Wifi works well but does not support 5ghz N. (the ipad doesn't either ) 8 hour battery life, decent 9.7" touch screen but the iPad is better.. Downside, it's not upgradable to 2.3 or 2.4. Had some initial lockup issues but it was corrected with a firmware upgrade.

    For

  • I have an 32G Transformer+Keyboard and love it. The battery life is great and I love the fact that I can convert it when i don't need a keyboard. But if the battery gets low just snap it into the keyboard base. I hardly use my big laptop anymore. It really is the best of both worlds. When I am on the road I just fire up my wifi hotspot on my Droid3 and I am ready to go in seconds.
  • by gaspyy (514539) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @04:05PM (#38530018)

    I develop software for tablets (iPad, Playbook, Android) so I have quite a few. I tested them myself and I can compare them first hand.

    The best Android tablets right now are Asus Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab. I would say that the Tabs have better build quality than Transformers, personally I like TouchWiz and I the Tab 8.9 tablet is just right - small and light enough to be easy to carry yet more comfortable than a 7".

  • Random troll (Score:4, Insightful)

    by PCM2 (4486) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @04:08PM (#38530044) Homepage

    This will get modded Troll, but seriously? If you're planning extended travel, why on Earth would you think about buying a gadget to play with before you go? Get a grip!

    I'm being serious, and I speak from experience. Now me, I like books. I always figure that when I have a lot of travel time ahead of me, I should sock a bunch of reading matter into my bag for those long stretches, so I don't run out. And you know what? Almost always, that stuff ends up sitting in my bag unread.

    Do you know why you travel? To travel. To experience new things, new people, new places. Not to fuck around with a gadget, or spend your time sitting in a chair by yourself, reading a book.

    Count your trip as a blessing, expect it to be one of the experiences of your life that you will always look back on fondly, and please, for the love of God, put the fucking phone DOWN.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Hey hippy, get your tent off of my lawn!

      I happen to own a Samsung Galaxy Note tablet-phone, and I think it's perfect kit for travel. But I do agree with PCM2. Even if you happen to enjoy coding very much, coding isn't as much fun as living. And life is short.

    • This will get modded Troll, but seriously? If you're planning extended travel, why on Earth would you think about buying a gadget to play with before you go? Get a grip!

      Do you know why you travel? To travel. To experience new things, new people, new places. Not to fuck around with a gadget, or spend your time sitting in a chair by yourself, reading a book.

      Count your trip as a blessing, expect it to be one of the experiences of your life that you will always look back on fondly, and please, for the love of God, put the fucking phone DOWN.

      I would mod you as insightful if I had not already posted in this story. If you don't already have a tablet and you are planning on travelling then don't worry about it but make sure that you have a decent camera to capture memories and be sure to enjoy yourself with the people you meet.

      A tablet can be a good thing to have along with you to use in your hotel room for watching videos, checking out Facebook and other social media and checking your email but that is something that you should only do when you a

  • While I love my android telephone, I just don't get the pad hype. If you want to actually do something, bring a decent small laptop or netbook and an extra battery. Those should last more than 10 hours.

  • by jafo (11982) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @04:21PM (#38530188) Homepage

    The most obvious issue is the lack of availability, but even if you have time to wait there is a serious problem that is likely to sour your interest in the Transformer Prime: Locked boot-loader. Until someone breaks it or the key gets leaked, it's uncertain whether you would be able to install your own OS on it. It looks like a great tablet/netbook, and I was real hot to buy one, with the idea of possibly being able to install a full Linux on it and use it as more of a lightweight netbook with 18 hours of battery.

  • I have a XOOM and no experience whatsoever with other tablets.
    The XOOM was one of the first of its generation of Android devices. In the meantime they got slimmer and the next generation is just around the bend. I don't know about a 4.0 update and I haven't read up on 4.0 so I can't even say if it could handle it. But what it does it does quite well. Build quality is superb, it's responsive and it handles web browsing and most video viewing quite well.
    My only criticism is the type and placement of connect
    • by bfandreas (603438)
      Whatever you do, don't ever, under no circumstances buy a tablet without SD Card expansion slot. 32GB or even 16GB fill up fairly fast if you transfer video or music onto it. Also avoid vendor specific connectors. USB should be there. HDMI if this is a priority for you. Vendor specific connectors are too much of a headache in the long run.
      Also assume you will use it for 2 years. If tablets are here to stay that would be about the upgrade cycle.
  • How much are you willing to lose? Traveling frequently, things get lost, stolen, or broken. Sometimes all 3.

    Example: I had a Kindle 3 (with keyboard and ad supported). It kept me entertained, could browse the web, send and receive emails. I loved not having to recharge except every week or so (with heavy use). I traveled all over of China with it, leaving my work laptop at the home office.

    Was it as good as anything you listed? Hell no! But when I lost it (got left on a plane, my own stupid fault), I

    • Do you tend to lose things frequently? I lost one HD video camera several years ago in Spain when the cab driver drove away with it in his trunk after dropping me off at the airport but I've never lost my electronics in an airport because I alway have them with me as a carry on.

      Do you stay at sketchy hotels or something? I have never had anything stolen from a hotel room but again, I don't stay at sketchy hotels and resorts and I am not a cheapskate when it comes to tips.

  • I own a Samsung Galaxy Note (purchased unlocked from handtec), and I am very happy with it. It is your phone, too, and unlike most tablets, you can have it with you at all times without needing a backpack or briefcase. My brief review:

    Size: The 5.3" screen is big enough for me to comfortably read non-mobile websites in landscape without any trouble, and it's great for reading ebooks and gaming. I have also used it in a pinch for Remote Desktop or Telnet. It fits in my (not skinny) jeans easily, and is actua

  • I recently started a job that has me traveling regularly, and I went through similar selections. Ended up getting the asus transformer with keyboard for a few reasons: Internal memory slot: I travel a lot, and its easier to load up some micro sd cards with movies, tv shows, music, books/pdfs, instead of being limited to internal storage. They keyboard/dock also has a full sized sd slot hdmi output: i wanted to be able to plug in to hotel tvs where available to watch on a full sized screen battery life: the
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Why is nobody mentioning the Acer Iconia A500 ?
    This 10" tablet has been giving me a real world 12-15 hour battery life, out of the box un-modded, under heavy use.
    With its 299$ price wag the 16GB models are fairly powerful, and have all the best features including a full size USB port for your flash drives.
    Recently, I've even managed to get external soundcards and a barcode scanner to work on it with very little effort.
    I have heard that With CM mods, people have extended the battery life to nearly 20 operati

    • by hmckee (10407)

      I would mod this up, instead I'll post a comment highly recommending it. I own one and use it as a target for game development. It's also got GPS. I hook up a small USB keyboard for those times when I need to do a lot of typing. It will accept a Bluetooth keyboard, but you can't use those on an airplane.

    • I have the Iconia A500, wife has the Asus Transformer.

      To me these are the two best Android tablets out there (the prime will probably change that but at a cost of course). They are not bloated. They have the hardware specs you'd want. All the I/O you would want. And both can be found for under 350 right now. We both spent a lot of time making the choices and trying everything under the sun including the iPad 2. If the iPad 2 was the same price I'd still pick either the Acer or Asus over it.
      I also think
  • I just a job where I'll be traveling around 150 days per year, and have been thinking about this for a while. As of now the Transformer Prime looks hard to beat. Tegra 3, keyboard for real work, 18 hours of usage time! My only complain is lack of development tools made to run on Android, although not entirely nonexistent. Apparently you can get a simple C/C++ IDE [android.com], GCC [android.com], and BusyBox [android.com] already.

    If only I could get a straight port of QtCreator and CodeSourcery G++ Lite for it as well (no touch input changes necess

  • by Have Brain Will Rent (1031664) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:42PM (#38531368)

    I've been holding off on buying a tablet. Two issues for me are screen related. The last couple of netbooks I bought were HP/Compaq for one reason only - non-glare matte screens. I really cannot stand the shiny screens that you almost have to be in the dark to use (or maybe dress all in black). Are any of the tablets providing that?

    The other issue was resolution and size - I don't want a 10" tablet - it's too big, if I wanted something that big I'd take a netbook - although in part the Transformer addresses that nicely. 7" is grab-able without needing cases or worrying too much about bashing it - but I also want 700+ by 1024+ resolution (and on netbooks too fer gawd's sake!!!). On the latter issue alone I'm thinking of skipping a tablet altogether and just going for a Galaxy Nexus once the bugs have been shaken out.

    So along with all the other normally desirable features of a tablet (camera, sensors, interfaces, storage etc.) a 7", non-glare matte screen with 700+ x 1024+ resolution... anything like that out there yet?

  • Best answer for you (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 29, 2011 @06:40PM (#38532238)

    Here is the Acer Iconia A500 tab (just tab, power supply, and microUSB cable) for 199.
    http://www.pcpartsohio.com/BookDetail.aspx?item_id=1333

    It has a USB OTG host so you can plug in your USB stick to add storage / transfer data.

    HoneyComb 3.1 already rooted, I suggest you root using this post
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1205204

    Then install the ROM from tegraowners.com
    Thor there has a great HC 3.2 ROM and also a very good and promising ICS ROM.

    Also Ubuntu is being ported to it as well
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1158260

    -Joseph

  • by roc97007 (608802) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @07:25PM (#38532770) Journal

    My favorite comment by far is the one accusing the article originator of being a "platform snob" for trying to decide between multiple Android tablets rather than just, you know, buying an iPad. Because, of course, if all your devices are from Apple, you are not a platform snob.

    This is second only to the poster in a previous topic, who seriously believed that buying an Android tablet contributes to e-waste, but could not for the life of him understand that buying a new iPhone *once a year* (in his own words), was contributing to e-waste to a degree a purchase of a single device couldn't possibly approach.

    You just can't make this stuff up.

    But back to the original topic. Daughter's first laptop was the original Eee PC, which she used for years and finally gave away to a friend when she upgraded. She now carries the previous Asus touch netbook, the Asus T101MT, and really likes the hardware. (She uses it for artwork.) The only issue is that it runs Windows 7, which doesn't do touch at all well, so it works very well as a netbook, but not so well as a tablet. However, based on the hardware alone, and on our general experience with Asus products, the Transformer Prime is on my list, (waiting for an app to be released before purchasing) seeming to be the best of all worlds.

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