Originally Posted by Noah98
I'd hold out for the Asus Transformer. To me, it seems like the best iPad alternative. In fact, I think it's the first Android tablet to get everything right, including the price. Even though I have an iPad 2 now, I still want one (can't afford it now though lol).
Have you checked out the Acer Iconia yet? I'm anxious to see how that one compares to the Xoom as well. Although, I'm not sure about the Acer brand. I really thought that I would wind up with a Xoom, but for some reason, I really didn't like the form factor (it didn't feel right in my hands, especially in portrait mode). Also, I think they should have offered a 16gb wifi version for $500 to compete with the low end iPad 2. Now the Acer and the Asus look to have a better design for some reason. I guess it's all speculation until the devices actually arrive in U.S. stores, but the advanced buzz overseas is positive so far for both tablets.
Edit: Actually, the Toshiba tablet looks pretty hot too right now!
I agree I think, if everything goes off without a hitch, Asus does seem to be the first high end Android tablet to , "Get it right" out of the Gate. First by not getting into bed with the carriers and having to charge a contract and by releasing a wifi only first. Hmm that's a novel concept, listening to what the consumer wants.
and pricing on a level it knows it has to inorder to compete sucessfully. This is a HUGE play on the people who just can't justify spending even $500 on a tablet instead of a laptop regardless if it's an iPad or whatever. a $400 price tag now gets one to think
"Ok $400 , I'm listening."
Also what I think Asus is REALLY getting right, is packaging the tablet and a full functioning laptop dock as a single device. and again the $550 is price tag that doesn't scare off people. I know the keyboard accessory is nothing new. You can get one for the iPad, the xoom and the Samsung. But these are looked upon as accessory and as an add on. But bundling them together as a single device, changes our perception. Plus having it be a charging dock with USB ports, and track pad. This smart, really smart. and IMHO I think this will be how tablets are going to be sold down the road. the combo . I can totally foresee 2 years from now these Laptop docks holding alot of internal memory and RAM. 5 years from now I can see the tablet laptop combo being the the norm and replacing traditionally Laptops. The laptops docs being as suuped up on specs similiar to current laptops. (Intel processors, RAM, Internal memory, disk drives etc.)
I do think what we are seeing with Asus is a glimpse of the future of this market.
I did see the Toshiba one, also pretty sweet.
Another one to keep an eye on, if it does come to market is the Vizo one. Nice specs, has a Vizo tv ecosytem thing going on, acts as mutlidevice universal remote and coming in at 8 inches or 8.9 inches. And if Vizo holds true to their marketing strategy, expect this one to come in at a very competitive price.
This really is an exciting time for people who held off to see how this market shape up.