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Old 10-25-2011, 04:18 PM   #6
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Hi this is my first post here and I need some help plese I need a tablet that I can use for college I was looking at the eee pad transformer (which I can get from newegg now with the keyboard dock and a case for 499)
When my niece graduated I looked into buying her a tablet or a computer. At the time all tablets cost $500, Transformer was not out yet but was initially targeted at selling for $500.

I ended up buying her an Acer laptop for $400. If this device will be your primary device I say you stick with a PC/laptop. I know college has changed much from my days, but from I recall there is still a lot of typing and printing. Tablets just don't have good word processors nor print drivers. Eventually that will change but not today. They also have bigger monitors so it will be easier on the eyes for those long hours.

>>>>> If you just want something small to carry around for classes and will use this to suppliment your PC then tablest are an excellent choice.


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I need one that has a good app for textbooks (most likely Kindle app or nook app) I was looking into the nook color too which looks cool but seems too small and I dont want to be limited to one in case it doesnt have all the books i need
The nook is a great device. I have one and is the reason why I have not bought a tablet this year. My nook is rooted and I use it primarily for reading non-fiction books (mobi/epub/PDF). For that I ROMed the device and installed CM7(Android 2.3). That has made the device an excellent tablet at only $250. Today you can get one cheaper. It can handle all of the items you listed with no problems. It is small but it suites my need as I want portability.


The slate transformer has 8hrs of battery. The docking station provides 7-8hrs more. That gives you a total of 15hrs. If you can get the transformer and doc for $500 I say go for it.


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and then theres the issue of buying now or waiting a bit for quad cores to come out which for the transfomer is supposed to be october (rumors? fact?) I need as much help as I can thank you in advance. (sorry for the rant)

Yes there will be a new transformer coming out the end of this year. It will be a quad core Tegra (Tegra3). And will have a thinner design.

My take is there is always something better around the corner so you will always have buyers remosre. So buy what you need not what you desire and move on.


Last point Lenovo has made two 10" tablet K1 and business class. It has a pen and uses OCR to convert your notes to text. For college I really wish I had a Lenovo. It also has a docking station but not as integrated as the Transformer.

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