Originally Posted by james_ant;14087581
Yes you don't need to list 50 differant formats. I know you can install media player classic and CCCP to play virtually any file you want. The problem is that that power comes at a price of battery life.
Do you want a talbet that can do everything needlessly and only last 4 hours? Or do you want a talblet that weighs twice less and lasts 9.5 hours?
I see you don't have any experience with one of the 2 products being compared in this thread, namely the Iconia W500. 4 hour battery is consistent with laptops that run on outdated C2D or AMD X2 processors. These days, Core i3, Core i5 and many of AMD's processors has already passed the 6 hour threshold, and are striving for more. AMD Zacate APU on Iconia W500 itself is good for more than 6 hours, or significantly less if you game or watch HD movies a lot. But the same is true of Tegra 2 tablets. Only thing on the Transformer is the lack of storage space, so you're not going to be able to carry many movies with you at one time.
Talk about games, you're certainly not going to be doing that a lot, seeing as there are only a handful of Tegra 2-optimised titles. The rest of them, such as Gameloft's Modern Combat 2, if you managed to find a Tegra version of and run it, will have serious problems on your Tegra 2 tablet. This is due to the game being written for 800x480 resolution rather than 1280x800. (Instead of iPhone games being run on iPad, which you need only to tap on 2X button to fill the larger screen, Modern Combat 2 simply conforms the graphics to 1280x800 screen size, but leaves out the HUD.) What this means is you can see the game running almost perfectly, but impossible to manuevre around it, because the weapon controls are shifted to the center!
Another title, Need for Speed Shift. For the most part it seems to run fine on Tegra 2, that is, if you look past the fact that it is technologically a lot older than Need For Speed Most Wanted, which runs PERFECTLY on the Iconia W500. I have also played a bit of Riptide GP, which is supposed to show off Tegra 2's graphics. Only the graphics keep reminding me of Quake III. I don't know about you, I'm sick of Quake III graphics! Where is the Unreal engine we keep hearing about? And then yes, we come to Unreal-powered titles such as Dungeon Defenders and Monster Madness. Dungeon Defenders has a snoozing effect on me. Monster Madness, got 3 stars on Android Market. I don't know, could be a great game. But ultimately doesn't inspire me to play because it's still another top down game, of which another similar looking game Samurai II already gave me the ZZZs.
That's my assessment of the whole Tegra 2 gaming situation in a nutshell. Hey, don't burn me, I'm only a reviewer.
That being said, I did however enjoyed 9mm on the iPad. Too bad it hasn't come out on the Android. Dare we hope for a Tegra 2 version? While we're at it, how about Assassin's Cr... I mean Backstab? Come on GL! You've already made it for the phone version of Tegra 2. Would it kill you to make a minor tweak so tablet users can give money to you?!
And for what it's worth, both Assassin's Creed and GTA:San Andreas can play relatively well on the AMD C-50, albeit at much lower res. But you know what? With the amount of mesh details and effects that you can see on Windows games as compared to stripped down Android versions, I'd much rather be playing a game at 640x480 on Windows.
Originally Posted by james_ant;14087581
There are plenty of netbooks with the same specs as this tablet for cheaper and I know for a fact that that the Asus TF can play 720p blu ray rips and I have little doubt that there are apps for netflix and amazon.
You also don't need to convert anything, the TF can play mkv files perfectly, thats what my buddy was playing on his TF. There are a variety of video players just like on windows.
Not all MKV files. This is the funny bit. I've tried MoboPlayer (the improved version of RockPlayer) to play a few self-ripped MKV files. And this is not some arcane codec like Indeo or what-have-yous. It's a basic x264 High Profile 2-pass at 640x360, 23.976FPS, bitrate of 800kbps. On the Transformer it blows thru the whole movie in fast foward mode, no audio. Kind of like old black and white movies, but 100x faster. It won't play at normal speed. My jaw plunked to the floor at this because this is how I ripped all my movies! Then I ran a little experiment and remuxed it without audio. This time it plays back normally sans audio, and it hiccups a lot.
So guess what two words I'm going to say to the "don't need to convert anything"? Uh huh.
In closing, I'm going to give the Iconia W500 two very enthusiatic thumbs up.
And before I go: Nvidia, before you plow ahead to Tegra 3 (and try to make people forget Tegra 2), please fix the AVC High Profile problem on the Tegra 2. I can't return the Transformer, and I don't want to eBay it at a frakkin loss.
Also, Samsung's Mali 400 and iPad 2's SGX 543MP2 don't have the same problem as your chip.Edited by green robot - 7/29/11 at 1:13pm