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ASUS delivered three things with the Eee Pad: a very competitive price point ($399), a surprisingly useful (albeit pricey) dock and a good display. The price point alone is enough to make the Eee Pad the Honeycomb tablet to get assuming you don't need integrated GPS, 3G or LTE connectivity. The Eee Pad is comfortable to hold and use and despite the lower price point you don't feel like ASUS has sacrificed much at all to make it. The display has similar characteristics to what Apple ships in the iPad 2. Overall from a hardware standpoint, the Eee Pad is solid.
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It looks like a step in the right direction, this Pad seems more "functional" than the toys that have been released so far.

The price isn't bad either, but something closer to 250-300$ seems more appropriate considering the cost of such a product. An Atom netbook with pretty much the same for factor but a worse screen still sells for below 300$ while paying for the OS, my point is the Pad-s should drop below this mark to be anything more than a toy/niche product.
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I'm seriously considering this tablet with the dock for when I go back to school this May... although, there were some issues with word processing during the review. Anand mentioned that he had old firmware, might be fixed before launch?
    
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Anand is like younger than 30, but looks like hes almost 50.
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@ 399 this looks good. Even the browsing performance looks much better than that i-pad
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The main thing making the iPad sell is the apps and this stupid hype that Apple make good products. People(especially teens) but it for no reason other than, "It's an Apple product!"

Android better get a bigger app market or this whole Android tablet thing won't fly.
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OMG I want even though I don't need it!!
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It looks like a step in the right direction, this Pad seems more "functional" than the toys that have been released so far.
Indeed, this might actually be the first tablet computer to actually develop the market in the direction of replacing a person's main workstation.

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The price isn't bad either, but something closer to 250-300$ seems more appropriate considering the cost of such a product. An Atom netbook with pretty much the same for factor but a worse screen still sells for below 300$ while paying for the OS,[...]
I really doubt you'd get anywhere near the performance of this device from an Atom netbook. Besides that, Windows Starter, is all of 35$ for the OEM, which seems to be what the vast majority of netbooks are using.

Now, that makes it clear that on the OS level, you're down 35$ compared to normal, but up that much, if not more, for the dual core NVidia processor. Now, the screen on the Transformer is a touch screen (a feature that you need on a tablet system, of course), uses an IPS panel (meaning the viewing angles will be great), and has 1280x800 pixels (which gives you a nice big workspace to actually work, as needed, and a good size to watch movies, although a ten inch display for movie watching is bit of a strange idea, I'd say).

I'd say that the screen alone bumps the value up 150$. The simple fact that it has an eight hour battery is worth a good 50$, compared to the four to five hour batteries in Atom based netbooks. Now, add the dock into the equation, and you get an even larger battery, now have the added functionality of a decent little keyboard, touchpad, two USB ports (it really would have been nice to have three, or even four, but oh well, right?), an additional (full sized) SD card reader to plop a nice sized SD card in to use as an additional storage area, and you've easily out valued the cost of the dock, and easily have out valued the cost of any other netbook on the market.

Personally, I have been thinking about getting an e-reader/tablet/netbook device, and have really been hoping for an all-in-one solution that would mean I wouldn't have to get an e-reader (good luck using an e-paper screen for any web surfing, etc) and a tablet/netbook (convertible laptop, but the battery life wouldn't be anywhere near the ten to twelve hours I'd love to have for my occasional transatlantic flight), or an e-reader/tablet (LCD display, batter life is acceptable, but no physical keyboard.... Bah!) and either a netbook (physical keyboard, but the battery life still sucks) or a keyboard to take with me for the tablet (which would likely defeat the entire idea of it being portable, being that the keyboard would likely be bulky, and whatnot).

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my point is the Pad-s should drop below this mark to be anything more than a toy/niche product.
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From Wikipedia's Amazon Kindle Article
[...]Amazon released the Kindle First Generation[13] on November 19, 2007, for US$399 and was sold out in five and a half hours.[14] The device remained out of stock for five months until late April 2008.[...]
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From Wikipedia's Amazon Kindle Article
[...]the Kindle Wi-Fi, is initially priced at US$139 / GB£111[...]
Don't worry, so long as we continue on this path, tablet devices will start making the same price points as e-readers. ESPECIALLY if we start combining the market share of netbook users with tablet users, and even more so if the battery life is high enough to be attractive to e-reader users that want more from their device.

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I'm seriously considering this tablet with the dock for when I go back to school this May... although, there were some issues with word processing during the review. Anand mentioned that he had old firmware, might be fixed before launch?
Most of the issues should be ironed out in the coming months. I'd suggest sitting on your wallet until they either get most of the issues ironed out, or it is determined that the device will not have said issues resolved. I've heard that the firmware update will increase the battery life obtained from the dock, improve the UI, cure cancer, and possible even blend. The pudding is what holds the proof, so we'll see, eh? I, myself, really like the looks of this device. I just wish they had included a built in dedicated GPS chip, but maybe they'll offer it at a higher price point, eh? [EDiT: Correction: A GPS chip is said to have been included. Whoo!)
Edited by Guswut - 4/23/11 at 11:42pm
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I was pumped about the Transformer when I heard about it. Now I'm not so sure. If all the bugs get worked out I might pick one up. My main interest was the keyboard dock, but I don't think the dock is worth $150. If there was a package deal for $500 I would be all over this.

Imo when they release quad core tablets at the end of the year or the beginning of 2012 is when these are going to become mainstream; bringing the single and dual core tablets under the $250 mark.
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The Asus Transformer is probably the best price per performance tablet that is coming out. At $400 you get an IPS screen, Tegra 2 dual core, capacitive touchscreen, gorilla glass, 16gig internal memory, expandable 64gig micro sd slot (which works on honeycomb now) and honeycomb.

The dock is kind of pricy at $150 however you dont need the dock as it is designed to be a tablet... However after watching reviews on android community and other android fan websites of people that have gotten the transformer w/ dock. The docking station has its usefulness and is well designed. (although i would probably not get the dock if i ever got the transformer)

The $100 difference in price between the Asus Transformer and the Viewsonic G Tablet (arguably the previous price per performance tablet king) is worth it with the Gorilla Glass, extra RAM, IPS Screen, and Honeycomb OS.
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