scottyanimal wrote:OK so, My decision is basically this or the Asus Transformer.
Has anyone tried them both? Pros? Cons?
Any insight is appreciated!
I own both.
Widescreen aspect ratio is better for movies
If you like Android, this tablet is running that. Asus has been very good about updating the tablet in a timely fashion.
Optional keyboard dock works really well and gives you an additional 6 hours or so of battery life. With the dock, the combination is about the size of a small netbook (~3 lbs.)
MicroSD slot on the tablet itself, plus a mini HDMI port. Keyboard dock also has two USB ports plus a standard sized SD card slot. Generally plugging things in just works (mice, keyboards, USB storage...)
Many keyboard docks have a hardware bug that drains the battery in sleep mode. I'm going to have to send mine in tomorrow...
The worst speakers built in that you can imagine. Seriously it's like listening to the earpiece on your phone. Even the speakerphone in your cellphone probably sounds better.
The browser, although faster than the Touchpad, crashes constantly and without warning. Restarting the browser does not restore the state you were in, either. There is also significant lag when you are typing in the browser...
The default virtual keyboard is TERRIBLE. This is not a big problem if you spring for the $150 keyboard dock, though (plus you can replace the software keyboard with one from the Market)
Stupid proprietary charging/sync cable. You can't even buy a spare one from Asus yet last I checked! If you lose or break it, your tablet is a paperweight...it's also like 3 feet long, making it hard to use while you are charging it (note, you need a USB 3.0 extension cable to fix this yourself)
The best multitasking/task switching interface, hands down.
Very good built in speakers. Will not melt your face off but music sounds like music...about as good as a good set of speakers built into a laptop.
Just type means that you can do just about anything faster. Want to search Google? Just type in the search bar and press enter. Type a url and it will automatically open the web browser for you. You can even update Facebook and Twitter from the just type bar.
HP supports the folks hacking their tablets - there is a good sized community working on tweaks for both tablets, but it's a lot harder to hack the Transformer. (I'm overclocking both - the Transformer to 1.6ghz and the Touchpad to 1.7ghz)
The Touchpad virtual keyboard is quite good - resizable and with a row of number keys. The auto correction is much improved in the new update, too.
Synergy does a good job of unifying all your accounts (for example, the photo app knows about your Facebook and Photobucket albums, the address book grabs contacts from all your accounts, etc.)
The optional Touchstone charger is awesome. Seriously the wireless charging is super convenient (but the dock is an extra $70-80)
A native Facebook app that is really nice...I think of all the other tablets, only the Playbook has a tablet Facebook app. Even the Android phone Facebook app has been hidden for folks on Honeycomb, so on the Transformer you have to use the browser.
Battery life is not as good as the Transformer (8 hrs vs 10 hours for a Transformer with no dock)
A lot fewer apps when you add in the phone apps on each platform. WebOS phone apps run in a small phone sized window, portrait mode only, too. Missing some key apps too (Netflix?)
Browser seems slightly slower and less compatible than the Honeycomb browser, but also seems more stable.
It kinda depends on your needs. I use my tablet for surfing the web mostly, and to be honest I greatly prefer the Touchpad (I am typing this up on mine right now), and I rarely end up using the Transformer...the Touchpad is just much more usable (especially if you were not planning to buy the keyboard dock for the Transformer)