War of the Tablets: Adaptability is King
As the sight of a person caressing a piece of square black tablet becomes more and more common, the temptation of purchasing one of these gadgets for myself has been increasing by the day. I recently stumbled upon an article that detailed how Vijay Ravindran, the Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for The Washington Post, took a liking to the ‘ASUS Transformer.’
Its full official name is the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and it’s a rather unique tablet, if I do say so myself. What sets it apart from the competition isn’t the fact that it’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor, nor that it runs on Android 3.1. Its selling point lies in its ability to function both as a tablet and netbook.
The TF101 does this with an optional docking station that acts as both a charging station and full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad interface. When docked, the keyboard/docking station adds up to six hours of battery life for a combined battery life of up to 16 hours of battery life, which gives more than enough juice for an entire’s day work.
To really showcase the lure of the TF101, Vijay compared the tablet to another major tablet – the first Apple iPad (not the iPad 2). In terms of software, the TF101 offers DoubleTwist, an application that allows you to sync photos, music and playlists from iTunes, making it easy for Apple users to make the jump. Browsing the web on the ASUS tablet is more enriching, thanks to the fact that it supports Adobe Flash. This allows you to experience full websites instead of the watered-down mobile equivalents. The inclusion of Mozilla Firefox 4 is also another plus, making web browsing all the more easier. When it comes to productivity, the TF101 has the ability to support Touchdown, an email sorting app that performs much like Outlook and Thunderbird.
While he didn’t compare the performance aspect of the iPad and the Eee Pad Transformer, it’s safe to say that there won’t be any problems because it’s running on NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, which is more than adequate to handle HD entertainment and work on the go. It is worth nothing, however, that the TF101 does not support 3G connectivity, so you will be limited to using Wi-Fi connection. This isn’t really a problem, however, as most smartphones these days support Internet tethering.
In short, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 looks like a solid contender for those looking for a tablet that allows them to work on the go and type efficiently. Click here < http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_Transformer_TF101> for more information on the TF101, or stay tuned to HardwareZone.com.my for the full review very soon.
I guess I’ll be rolling out (get the pun?) to see the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 for myself now.
Till my next blogpost,
Bryan Chan / Freelance Writer
A guy who really needs to go on a diet, loves to laugh and gets high on life. He loves gaming and wishes he could drive the way he does in video games. He also loves photography but needs a hell of a lot more practice to be good at it.