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Write a term paper? No.
Wrong. Even without the 150$ dock addon, the on screen keyboard is functional enough to allow you to get by with typing up a report using Google Docs. With the dock addon, already factored into the cost, you can type your entire report whilst not near a power source, too.

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Create a spreadsheet for work? No
Wrong, again. You can create and edit spreadsheets with Google Docs just as easily as you could with a netbook. The addition of a touch screen makes it easier to deal with cells, I'd say (having used it myself before on my Droid 2).

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How about a presentation? No
Wrong, from my research. I haven't had a need to make a presentation since I finished school, but Quick Office Pro appears to have the ability to allow you to create and edit Power Point files. Eight dollars versus one hundred and twenty for Office 2010 (or free, if you use OpenOffice)? No contest, honestly.

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Diagnostic tools? No
Such as? Either way, generally: wrong again. After you root your phone, you have full access to the terminal, which pretty much makes it a lightweight Linux box. Even without rooting, you can download applications to check your network resolution (ping, traceroute, etc), ones that allow you to check ongoing memory usage (besides the one build into the operating system), and a bunch more.

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For $550 dollars I'd rather have a system that I can do actual work on. If I want to casually browse the web and run some android apps, I'll use my smartphone.
Well, as I have just disproven all of your claims, I would really like to know what "work" you aren't able to do, given the simple fact of your ignorance about Android's capabilities? I remember desiring a Windows tablet so I could have the functionality of all of my current Windows knowledge and program database at my call, but honestly, it's not all that hard to get decently deep into it without relearning everything. Good luck on coming up with more things that you believe Android cannot do, though!

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The argument between a laptop and desktop is quite different. Laptops are clearly more portable (even desktop replacements) and so they have a more obvious advantage. Tablets are filling a gap between smartphones and ultra-portable laptops but for many (including myself), their price point is just too high. I have a 13.3in ultra portable from Toshiba and it has a good 7-9hr battery life, even on balanced power settings. I only paid $450 dollars for the system and it's more feature rich than the Xoom, iPad 2 or any other tablet out there. This Asus Transformer is the only tablet that I've actually considered getting because it can be used with the keyboard dock, but again, the price for the whole package is equal to or over the price of a well spec'd laptop.
Well to start with, the Transformer is fifty dollars less for the same amount of battery life, and most likely about the same amount of power. For one hundred dollars more than your purchase price of that ultra-portable (I'd love to know the model of it, as a brand new ultra-portable with an eight hour battery life usually comes in a bit higher in price, I believe), you get a batter life span that is nearly double, and a physical keyboard. I'd say that double the battery life of your current device is worth the additional 100$, don't you?

Now, the biggest issues would be that it wouldn't be a Windows laptop, which limits your ability to run Windows applications. This would be bothersome if you find that you cannot find a application to do what you are trying to do. Besides that, though, I don't see any downside, at all. The cost is WELL below what I would expect for a device of this capability. Anyways, hopefully my local Best Buy will get on in stock in a week so I can play around with it a bit.
Edited by Guswut - 4/22/11 at 12:12pm
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I think it really boils down to what you want to use the device for.

I want a tablet because I want to do the following things in a very compact device (but one not as small as a smart phone):

1. Read online articles through Google Reader
2. Read comics (as in published comics)
3. Read email
4. Read books (I have a Kindle right now, so might not use it as much for this)

Notice those all contain the word READ in them, I don't want to write papers, author spreadsheets, or anything that requires a large amount of input beyond the quick email here and there.

That is why in my book a tablet fits my needs more than a laptop.
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Google Docs? That's your solution? The formatting options they offer are limited at best. Try creating custom headings, inserting section breaks, using page numbers or even grammar checking with Google Docs.

QuickOffice is just that, something to make quick, light and minor documents, spread sheets and power point presentations. Plus it's well known that many formatting features don't go over too well when opening Office files in QuickOffice.

No, $50 dollars less is not a good compromise for extended battery life because again, how productive can you be on a device with nothing but an onscreen keyboard and touch interface. I would LOVE to see you type up a 15 page term paper on a tablet that's laying flat on your desk with only a touch screen keyboard. I GUARANTEE the experience will be tedious and you'll be begging for a laptop or desktop after page 3. But hey, you save $50 bucks and the extended battery life should come in handy since it will take you an extra long time to type that thing up (that is if your hands and wrists don't cramp up first).

Not only typing, but how about creating a 20 slide power point presentation with nothing but a touch interface? Let's be serious now.

All of my points still stand. You're basically buying a $550 dollar 10in netbook, but with sever limitations. For the same price I can get a $400 dollar 15in laptop and a 3 license version of Office 2010 for $150. Like I said before, tablets are still considered to be for casual use. They're huge smartphones, only without the phone. They're stripped down note/netbooks but still cost the same. People are fawning over these things simply because they "look cool", but until major software changes are made or the cost of these things come down, IMHO they're still over priced, underdeveloped "latest fad" items.

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I think it really boils down to what you want to use the device for.

I want a tablet because I want to do the following things in a very compact device (but one not as small as a smart phone):

1. Read online articles through Google Reader
2. Read comics (as in published comics)
3. Read email
4. Read books (I have a Kindle right now, so might not use it as much for this)

Notice those all contain the word READ in them, I don't want to write papers, author spreadsheets, or anything that requires a large amount of input beyond the quick email here and there.

That is why in my book a tablet fits my needs more than a laptop.
And that's fine. I wouldn't mind having a tablet for these activities as well like surfing the web or reading an article here and there. I just don't think paying $400 for something I'm going to use casually is justified.
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ME! I have been waiting for this since CES. Only question now is 16 or 32GB
    
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ME! I have been waiting for this since CES. Only question now is 16 or 32GB
I'm going with 16 I'd rather put the extra $100 towards the keyboard
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I think you're missing the point. It's the best of the tablet world and netbook world. Just 1 example: You can wake up, browse the net/read e-books in bed, then attach the dock and slip it in your backpack and take notes in class/browse the web.
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I'm going with 16 I'd rather put the extra $100 towards the keyboard
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I think you're missing the point. It's the best of the tablet world and netbook world. Just 1 example: You can wake up, browse the net/read e-books in bed, then attach the dock and slip it in your backpack and take notes in class/browse the web.
Don't get me wrong. I think the design of this thing is smart. I love the fact that it can be turned into a netbook when you need it and then use it as a tablet for other times. It's just the price that makes me hesitate.
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Very neat device, but tablets just aren't my thing. I've already got my Android phone.
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