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Old 09-15-2012, 05:11 AM   #16
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Posts: 162
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Join Date: Apr 2012
Device: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0,Asus TF700T, K1-2-3-Fire
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Originally Posted by afv011 View Post
The Transformer Pad T300 is another good option then.
If an Android tablet is the need I too can easily recommend the Asus TF300t. Best Buy is a good place to go and handle a number of devices to see what is best for you.

For me the TF300 has most everything I need, not everything but not totally horrible.

Some oddness can be found in the Bluetooth implementation. I haven't been able to get it to pair with the mic in my LG HBS-700 stereo headset. Others report various issues with BT as well as external mic's. There can also be some weird behavior when reconnecting, especially when in multi-point mode where the headset is paired and active with my phone and tablet. I just don't have the energy to invest in really looking at this issue.

I have the mostly great keyboard dock as well. I can touch type on it no problem. Key travel is nice and the keys feel right. The trackpad has issues when trying to enter text with it active so there is a hotkey to quickly disable/enable the trackpad. It solves most issues.

Wifi reception and transmission seems strong and reliable. I use it with our muni wifi all the time. I was never able to get reliable connections with my old laptops or even my Kindle Fire. So to me the wifi is excellent.

Other probs seem to be centered around apps more than hardware. None of the Android browsers really are great so I've simply learned to live with running keeping about 5-7 installed at any given time with no set as default. I switch when one has problems.

The touch screen works well as I expected. The only time it gets laggy is after a long day of work or when running battery saver mode with it set to keep the CPU in low-power. Since the update to Android 4.1.1 I do notice a difference in the CPU performnce settings with "balanced" being OK 90% of the time. I really only use low-power mode when I know it is goning to be a long day.

I also like the textured pattern on the back of the tablet case itself. It feels better in my hand than a metal case. Obviously though as it is a plastic case it might feel a bit low end but this is far from a low end tablet. Adding the keyboard dock to any of the Asus Transformer line is a fantastic idea. Plus they are a reasonable way to add additional batteries to your device. By that I mean for ~$99-$150 you can add a keyboard and several hours of runtime. If you already have the dock adding additional docks gives you backup keyboards plus more runtime. I have two extra docks as I am often away from power for extended periods yet need to run my tablets.

Last is Asus has an oddly implemented power management scheme. It won't begin charging the tablet from the keyboard battery until the tablet drops to about 70% while in use. The idea seems to be to keep temps down thus extending the lifespan of the batteries. Problem is I deplete the keydock batteries several times per week so I expect I'll burn through more docks than tablet batteries if I keep using this after the Win8 Pro tablets flesh themselves out next year sometime.
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