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Old 04-14-2011, 10:00 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default The Asus Eee PC Transformer: This Thing Looks Killer!

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_Transformer_TF101/' target='_blank'>http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee...nsformer_TF101/</a><br /><br /></div><p><object width="600" height="360" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/cAoRHUsgoRM&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;ap=%26fmt=18" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cAoRHUsgoRM&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;ap=%26fmt=18" /></object></p><p>I can't say much for Asus' marketing tag line on the Transformer - "My Multiple Life, I decide" sounds like a bad translation of bottle of Chinese bipolar disorder drug - but the device itself is shaping up to me quite impressive...at least on paper. It has all of the standard goodness that we've come to expect from a modern Android tablet - the NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 Ghz dual-core CPU, 1080p playback support, a nice 10.1 inch IPS display running 1280 x 800 resolution, 16 Gb or 32 GB of storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera, and the usual assortment of sensors (G-Sensor, Light, Gyroscope, E-Compass, GPS).</p><p>What's really interesting about the Transformer is the fact that it docks with a keyboard that takes the 9.5 hour battery run-time and boosts it to an impressive 16 hours. If those are real numbers, and not inflated marketing numbers, this tablet will be an amazing breakthrough for people who need a device with incredible endurance. The fact that it has two USB ports, and an SD card reader in the keyboard base station, make it all the more tempting.</p><p>The best hardware in the world though won't make up for a lack of tablet-friendly applications, and based on my experience so far with the Motorola XOOM, this is a significant problem. I can only hope that as more Android 3.0 tablets come to market, developers will take note and gear up their coding efforts.</p>
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