Nice, but I will wait to see what WP8 is all about. I think everyone has to wait, and not buy another device until the strengths and weaknesses of a WP8 netbook replacement device has been fully tested. In fact, if it is as good as has been suggested, it will certainly capture a large part of the "pad" market in a short time when you consider many people have not bought an iPad or Android device because they do not do the job.
"a niche product for people who have a use for a pen tablet"
If you're getting a tablet, why not get one that can replace your paper notebooks, and give you the advantage of digital organizing, this actually makes the tablet a pretty usefull product.
+ it makes calls, pretty usefull, as well, as is sms capability.
Sure the resolution is a bit behind, but how fluid is the competitors really, and how cool do they stay over prolonged use? Seems CPU/GPUs werent ready, the upcoming ARMs are probably capable.
Unfortunately I think Samsung chose to release this tablet, with current chip and resolution now, because of whats coming... Too bad we need to wait even more to get what we really want, too bad, really.
About chargers/charger ports.
Sure, propriatary connectors are not as good as standard ones... but don't go thinking that if it has micro-USB you can charge it with any other chargers you got or find cheap at the electronics store.
No, tablet batteries won't charge properly with just USB-standards, it would take very long when the device is off, and when its on, the discharge might even be bigger than the charge, and it wouldnt chare at all.
The industry should come up with some standard charger ports, really.... different size depending on the mAh.
On tablets standard USB-ports and HDMI would be muche preferred over micro-USB with adapters or micro HDMI and such, it's rather limiting. People are not likely to get the adapters needed.
Better make the device thicker at the top, and fit full sized ports. The bulge has other advantages, such as fitting better speakers, cameras, giving better grip and giving it a nice tilt on flat surfaces. This slimness hype works against the tablet as a product in those ways.
As it seems, not upping the resolution on the generation of chipsets that are inside might have been a good move, not that ordinary consumers will probably ever see it that way.
And neither will geeks.
But I would say that maybe they should have held it back just a couple of months more, to pack it with exynos 5 and Full HD.
Sure I have 1280x800 on my laptop, and its not that bad really, but in todays market its harder to market a product with lower resolution than its top competitors... and in a creative device like this, there is really use for the extra pixels for image manipulation, graphics, and to make things easier and more comfortable to read, and less zooming all over. For games I actually dont think it makes that much of a difference.
veni, 17 Aug 2012Who would buy this thing, Samsung going down.I will.
It's wrong to say that "Asus has emerged as a prominent player in the Android tablet game..."
Why? Simply because Samsung is selling more Tabs than any other Android player.
Check IDC report: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23632512
or check latest latest iSuppli report. Samsung is still selling 2-3x times more tablets compared to Asus.