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Hey, guys. I've been considering purchasing a netbook or a tablet of some sort as of late, and one choice that I've really been looking into is the Asus Transformer (2, depending on release date). I don't want to get a really expensive laptop (as it's just for schoolwork, I don't need to be playing any games, or doing any extreme photo editing), just something that will work.
The reason I am considering a tablet over just a netbook is the fact that in the majority of the classes that I am taking, I can't take notes with just a keyboard, due to the multitude of diagrams, equations, and other tough-to-type things. Based on my limited belief, with a tablet, I would be able to write down the notes that I need to write, and then, with the transformer, quickly type notes when I don't need to write them down, and work on assignments and such during downtime.
Also, it's something that I would like to have just to mess around with. Just adding that

The problem that I have with the Asus Transformer is the fact that there is no native stylus support (though the Jot seems to have that issue fixed to an extent, and apparently ICS will have native stylus support, whatever that implies), and also the fact that it's running Android, and not a more controllable OS such a Windows 7.
How similar is Android in terms to Windows? (Large gap, I know)
How similar is Android in terms to iOS? (I've had an iPod touch for quite a while, I know my way around the OS fairly well)
I've also seen people install a mobile version of Ubuntu onto their tablets, though it ran fairly slowly. Perhaps that can be remedied with the quad-core Transformer 2?
Also, when Windows 8 comes out, do you think that it will be possible to install it onto the tablet with Android already installed?

And, some questions about the actual ability to be productive with the tablet;
I heard that Polaris kind of sucks. Is there an alternative to Polaris? Or a better question, is there Microsoft Office available to download?
How useful is note-taking software in general? Is it just a gimmick which will run out of usefulness fairly quickly? After all, that is one of the main selling points for me.

TL;DR: Basically, I want to know how much control the Android operating system will give me, and how useful the productivity tools that are available on the Transformer are.

For those of you who read all of it, thanks! Hopefully you guys can help me sort this out.
PS: Those of you who just read the TL;DR, thanks too
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Hey, guys. I've been considering purchasing a netbook or a tablet of some sort as of late, and one choice that I've really been looking into is the Asus Transformer (2, depending on release date). I don't want to get a really expensive laptop (as it's just for schoolwork, I don't need to be playing any games, or doing any extreme photo editing), just something that will work.
The reason I am considering a tablet over just a netbook is the fact that in the majority of the classes that I am taking, I can't take notes with just a keyboard, due to the multitude of diagrams, equations, and other tough-to-type things. Based on my limited belief, with a tablet, I would be able to write down the notes that I need to write, and then, with the transformer, quickly type notes when I don't need to write them down, and work on assignments and such during downtime.
I wouldn't rely on any tablet for that, even with my jots. They work great, but it is still difficult to write on a tablet. I'm hoping the TF2 will have a stylus built in. Asus is raising the price $100 for it, and recently released a notes app, so I have some hope for that at least. They also had a tablet with stylus support on the way that I don't think ever came out. However, 10" is also awkward to write on imho.

Also, it's something that I would like to have just to mess around with. Just adding that

Quote:
How similar is Android in terms to Windows? (Large gap, I know)
Very different.

Quote:
How similar is Android in terms to iOS? (I've had an iPod touch for quite a while, I know my way around the OS fairly well)
Very different. Nearly everything about the OS is different between the two.

Quote:
And, some questions about the actual ability to be productive with the tablet;
I heard that Polaris kind of sucks. Is there an alternative to Polaris? Or a better question, is there Microsoft Office available to download?
How useful is note-taking software in general? Is it just a gimmick which will run out of usefulness fairly quickly? After all, that is one of the main selling points for me.

TL;DR: Basically, I want to know how much control the Android operating system will give me, and how useful the productivity tools that are available on the Transformer are.

For those of you who read all of it, thanks! Hopefully you guys can help me sort this out.
PS: Those of you who just read the TL;DR, thanks too

I like polaris. Had no problems, but there are other office suites out there. I use my transformer for my school laptop with Polaris and Evernote, but it would not be possible without a windows/mac as a main machine.
    
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i would agree with most of what e-man was saying about using the transformer, or any tablet for that matter only as a temporary resource or for doing schoolwork online...anything more than that and you really need a dedicated laptop or desktop.

i personally hate polaris btw.

i have the first transformer as well.
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What about quick office HD? I know it's one of the big ones. I bought it, but prefer Polaris myself.
    
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Yeah, I don't plan on ditching the large computer that I'm using right now (After all, how else will I play video games? ).
My main intention with a tablet/netbook was simply to have another way to work on assignments and such, and to possibly just help with note taking.
I guess I should just wait and see what kind of stuff the Transformer 2 has in store, it's supposed to be announced/released on 9th (according to the internet grapevine... which is slightly unreliable at times xD)
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I'd wait and see. Plus, you can always buy the keyboard dock
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