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I recently picked up a Kobo Vox, my first foray into tablets.

I bought it primarily as a reader (which it is great at).

Tablets are the one area where I am woefully uninformed. I've now decided to return the Vox and get something with a larger screen.

Here are my requirements:

$400-$450 price range.

10.1" screen

SD or Micro-SD slot

No IPad!

Preferably open Android so I can load up whatever apps I see fit.

A good battery life

The ability to play video (no need to output it to another display though). This is secondary but I may end of using it for that.


Must be able to native read Epub and PDF books (or via free app). This is critical...


I was looking at a few devices:

Asus Transformer 16 GB ($399)

Asus Transformer 32 GB ($470)

Toshiba 32 GB ($479)

Samsung Galaxy 16 GB (a bit out of my price range, and I am not sure it comes with an SD slot)


Suggestions (and please indicate why)? Other options are also welcome.
Edited by Robilar - 11/6/11 at 11:18am
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Transformer Prime 2 is out soon and only a little more expensive than your price range. It's MUCH more power than any current tablet and will pretty much become the benchmark tablet. Sock away another $50-100 and pick one up
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Is there a timeline for release? I'd kind of like to get something ASAP. I will be returning my Vox tomorrow.
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Check out acer

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Definitely wait for the transformer 2.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/31/a...ember-9th-two/

Should be out soon.
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I had a look at the Acer and it looks to have identical specs to the Asus unit (and the same price).

Any preference?

Regarding the Transformer 2, my needs are very basic and I'd like to stay in the $400 price range. Both the Acer and Asus 16GB models come in at the same price.


One thing I did notice is that the Asus has a 9.5 hour battery life and the Acer 8 hours and the Acer has a slightly higher resolution front camera (2.0 vs. 1.2). Mind you a web cam is the last thing I would ever use so this would not be a factor.

The Asus 16Gb and 32Gb, I assume are identical other than hard drive storage?
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Just a suggestion robilar...If you are wanting a reader then don't plan on using the tablet. Get an inexpensive Nook or Kindle with the E-Ink screen. The LCD screens do not do well for readers and the battery life is also not as good as E-ink. You can use "calibre to convert to playable files for any of the 2 brands that I mentioned.

LCD screens have glare and are poor in bright sunlight. My wife has Nook Simple touch and she loves it. I do intend to get her a tablet in the next 6 mos or so but not to be used as a reader
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I have a couple of the old kobo's and find the E-ink screen really annoying, not to mention how slow page turning is.

Besides, whatever I buy, I expect my daughter will play with it for videos on vacation (although I bought her a kobo vox as well).
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I would get either a gen1 transformer (the prime will be $500 at launch and tough to get for months) or a Samsung Galaxy Tab if you can find one for the right price. The Asus has more ports like HDMI and MicroUSB, while the Tab 10.1 is super thin and light.
    
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