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Thinking about pulling the trigger on the Transformer - but first I am looking for some opinion from my fellow OCNers...

First off. I don't have my own personal laptop (read: poor college student) so the low to average price point of the Transformer is appealing to me. I also LOVE tablets in general; I have a bunch of relatives with ipads and have played around with them for a while too.
I am a college journalism major and as such I do plenty of typing on whatever computers are available, usually the family unit.

What I am wondering is; without already having a computer to use as a "base" for this system, would a Transformer be viable as a completely independent mobile computing platform? I don't really want to deal with the i-problem of having to dock with itunes in order to move files, etc.
Edit: to clarify, would love to be able to download and save files, open them in programs, re-save, etc. with minimal outside input neccessary.

Secondly, how advanced is the filesystem in Honeycomb, and how well does it integrate with the USB functionality of the keyboard dock? In an ideal world I would love for this system to seamlessly work with my external hard drive, and have a PC-like manipulation of the filesystem (e.g. some control of file names and storage locations, and ability to organize file system).

I guess what I'm saying all in all is this: I love the portability of a tablet and that system will be EXTREMELY useful in all my school situations; but will the keyboard dock really make this platform feel like a computer if I choose to use it?

Thanks to all who can provide input, experience, etc as I move toward this decision

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It will make it feel LIKE a computer, but they aren't the same thing. B+M stores should be getting displays of them soon, go in and take a look, bring a flash drive with some files on it with you and take it for a spin.

From what I hear it will work for your classwork, but not in the capacity of a true laptop, but more of a not-so-cheap substitute for one. What you're describing is a netbook, but from first hand experience, they suck. I passionately hate netbooks.

Hunt around for something in the 14" category, and it should bring it into the $550ish range of the transformer with keyboard dock. And remember, NewEgg is not the end-all be-all of buying computers. You'll have to do some hunting on manufacturer sites, possibly even a retail store will have what you're looking for. When shopping for whole systems, keeping an eye on sales can lead you to exactly what you need.
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you could make it work

A netbook would probably be better for your needs though
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Honeycomb works in a Windows-like filesystem, as is with all Android versions. Yes, you could do all the normal file-related tasks such as renaming, copying and pasting within the Transformer's system using some file manager apps like Astro. Downloading files off the net is easy, with options for file save location as well as transferring files from an external drive - you just need the keyboard dock's USB ports to do it.

Android recognizes most common file formats and attempts to open them with the correct apps. If you use the tablet for class work (which I would do), there are lots of Office and productivity apps like Polaris, Evernote, Catch notes and more.
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I think this might be a little more up your alley.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834200145
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I think this might be a little more up your alley.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834200145
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You can buy the ASUS dock with the keyboard and see how it goes. However, a tablet's best function is to be a complement for your mobile and home computer needs rather than a replacement for a full blown PC. I just got my dad's Transformer last week. I was skeptical about it at first, but now I realize that it's not really meant to be a replacement for a PC. If you try to replace your PC/notebook with a tablet, it may or may not suck. But these tables do excel at some tasks that full featured PC were never meant for. It all depends on the availability of the right applications for your needs. For example, I was blown away by the Formula 1 live tracking application (still somewhat clunky, obviously designed for the phones at first). I can watch a race on TV or be at a race and track timing information from my tablet. Using a notebook PC for doing this stuff would be pretty awkward. There are other applications with a promise, like Flixter (rotten tomatoes interface), etc. But if you primarily want to browse the web or compose documents, perhaps a normal PC is better.
Edited by ZAKOH - 6/20/11 at 11:04am
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Just bought one for my father this past weekend. I know of a systems analyst who uses it constantly for work. I'm not into tablets/laptops for school or work, but I could see myself using it.

Sorry I can't give any input about the docking part, but its an absolute pleasure to type on.
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