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Root my tablet? Will you care to explain? (please )
Rooting is like jailbreaking for Android devices. Basically, you will be granted full admin access to mess with the Android kernel and filesystem. You can install non-official versions of Honeycomb (aka custom ROMs) as well as some 3rd-party tweaks like overclocking the processor, undervolting the battery, and much more.
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Rooting is like jailbreaking for Android devices. Basically, you will be granted full admin access to mess with the Android kernel and filesystem. You can install non-official versions of Honeycomb (aka custom ROMs) as well as some 3rd-party tweaks like overclocking the processor, undervolting the battery, and much more.
Haha, I don't really think I will be inclined to do this. Jail-breaking just doesn't seem legit to me
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You could save a lot of money by making a new user account on your PC, label it School. Clear the desktop of all apps except office. Make wallpaper standard microsoft wallpaper. Basically, keep it strictly educational. No distractions! This was clutch for me in college.
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Haha, I don't really think I will be inclined to do this. Jail-breaking just doesn't seem legit to me
Google actually advocates open-source development with Android, and thus is cool with 3rd-party support.
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I suggest the Asus Transformer with Dock, VERY useful for editing and typing especially when you type for a long while, plus, the Dock nearly doubles battery life and has a USB port for quick transferring of files in-case you use a Flash drive or such.
   
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They are full of crap, performance wise. The transformer, if anything, has an edge. See, asus actually updates the thing. Is the Acer even on 3.1 yet? The TF is 3.2. Asus is actually almost always right behind the XOOM, the dev platform for honeycomb, in regard to updates. Not bad at all.

As for build, I'd give that to the Acer. Not massively, but it is there.

Either one you get, you will need a keyboard for word editing. Transformer is designed to work with one. You can get a bluetooth keyboard for either however.
Hey, Acer updates too. Yes they are late to update, but it's not by any fault of theirs. I may be assuming here, but I believe they have to wait to release their updates because of contractual restraints, as they've implied a couple times that their updates have been delayed due to "Google Policies."

At any rate, YES the tablet has had the 3.1 update for over a month and we're due for the 3.2 update here with in this week (supposedly.) If a month of waiting is a deal breaker for update releases, well that's a right by a prospective buyer of an Iconia A500, but in my opinion....it's trivial.

In my opinion, there are only three flaws the Acer has. That's the screen, the searching for mobile phone connectivity (solved by keeping the tab in airplane mode which in turn fixes the high battery drain) and Honeycomb OS which is a shared by all Honeycomb tabs.

But it's undeniable that the Iconia A500 gives users the choice of mobility as a tablet without having to invest money in a dock to gain usb ports.

In my opinion the only advantage the Transformer has is a much better screen.
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post #17 of 23
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Thanks for that comment Dedmon!

Yea I agree on that so much!

Only need a single USB slot and I don't need much battery life.
I can plug in a keyboard to do work as well, if I need to transfer files I can just use an SD card or just plug out the keyboard and insert the USB, it's so simple!

+ rep for ALL
post #18 of 23
I agree with Dedmonwalkin except for the dock part, well since, When typing on very long documents, I for one, do prefer the handy keyboard, plus that extra battery boost is always useful.
   
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post #19 of 23
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Yes I agree, but I can just purchase a cheap USB keyboard (probably the Microsoft ARC because it's wireless + it has a simplistic design) and I can type with it on Iconia A500. Cheap but effective :L It would be excellent if the a500 had 2 full sized USB ports but it would be too much to ask right? :L
post #20 of 23
Mang...just buy the A500 already. You're not really taking any advice/opinions anyway.
    
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