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tablets are still too costly atm. I'd wait for them to compete and come down in price to about $300 new since a $200 netbook can have exact hardware but a touch screen.
    
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Looks like Asus totally steamrolled the Xoom. The netbook dock looks interesting, but I wonder how durable the hinges are on it. I do think that it could stand to lose some weight / thickness, but overall it looks to be very solid.

I can't wait till they start using quad core nVidia CPU's in this form factor.

I really hope the race to the bottom ends in a sprint. Can't wait till tablets like this retail for $200.
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BTW, Asus confirmed the dock will work with future Transformers as well.
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Looks like Asus totally steamrolled the Xoom. The netbook dock looks interesting, but I wonder how durable the hinges are on it. I do think that it could stand to lose some weight / thickness, but overall it looks to be very solid.

I can't wait till they start using quad core nVidia CPU's in this form factor.

I really hope the race to the bottom ends in a sprint. Can't wait till tablets like this retail for $200.
They cant because then would mean smart-phone would cost around same price.
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post #15 of 25
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tablets are still too costly atm. I'd wait for them to compete and come down in price to about $300 new since a $200 netbook can have exact hardware but a touch screen.
We'll definitely see much more choices later this year and throughout next year, as more companies start to figure out how to build tablets better, for cheaper. Apple had a year up on everyone else w/ the iPad, so now everyone's playing catch-up in terms of experience. So my guess is, in 6 months to a year, we'll see the tablet market maturing quite a bit.

Plus, touch screens aren't cheap. A tablet notebook is always a good $200 - $300 more expensive than its similarly configured laptop counterpart.
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BTW, Asus confirmed the dock will work with future Transformers as well.
That's fantastic, because that was something I was concerned about. I would hate to have a $150 accessory become useless when I upgrade a year down the road to a new tablet.

This transformer really looks really good compared to the Xoom, IMO. Significant price reduction, comparable quality (+ better screen), optional dock with additional ports, and stock Honeycomb with a modified launcher. Unless the new Samsung Tab grabs my interest somehow, I think I'm getting one of these.
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That's fantastic, because that was something I was concerned about. I would hate to have a $150 accessory become useless when I upgrade a year down the road to a new tablet.

This transformer really looks really good compared to the Xoom, IMO. Significant price reduction, comparable quality (+ better screen), optional dock with additional ports, and stock Honeycomb with a modified launcher. Unless the new Samsung Tab grabs my interest somehow, I think I'm getting one of these.
The Samsung TAB will be a lot more expensive because of its design and thickness.
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They cant because then would mean smart-phone would cost around same price.
All technology gets cheaper over time. Currently smartphones "cost" just as much, if not more then what they are selling these tablets for. Just check out the price for an iPhone without a contract. Low end laptop prices have really come down just over the past 3 - 4 years.

The touch screen prices are coming down as well. Blame Apple for bringing touchscreen ips displays to the mainstream.
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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?

It does have a dedicated GPS chip. Anand confirmed in the comments section that of did in fact have one after he confirmed with ASUS.
    
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If I were to get an android tablet, this would be the one. I have to say though, as big of an android fan as I am, a jailbroken iPad 2 may be what I go with. Apps are just not there yet, and they are very slow in coming

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