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Postby guy » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:40 pm

Steps back in amazement! A major Western company is providing their tablet with a detachable keyboard that is as portable, snazzy and hopefully usable as the beast itself.

I truly wish it sufficient success to prod Apple, Samsung and all to go plagiarise!
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:36 pm

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Postby Rhakios » Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:06 pm

Is the detachable keyboard on my TF101 not usable? It seems to be okay when I use it.
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Postby towy71 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:24 pm

I was going to point out the Transformer, I don't have one but one of my fellow swluggers brought one to one of our pub meetups, very good it looked too :wink:

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Postby guy » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:00 pm

Oh, yeah, I forgot about that. Still smarting from the lack of a 7" version. Doesn't deserve remembering.
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Postby nelz » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:04 pm

How can you have a usable keyboard with a 7" version?

My only real gripe with the Transformer is its weight, it's a lot heavier (without keyboard) than an iPad.
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Postby Rhakios » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:22 pm

I see the new TF300 comes in a little bit lighter (and not just on price), but not that much. Never having owned an iPad, I've not had the opportunity to compare, but I don't find the TF101 to be unmanageably heavy.
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:41 pm

nelz wrote:My only real gripe with the Transformer is its weight, it's a lot heavier (without keyboard) than an iPad.


I've got a transformer and have also played with friends iPads, and if there is a weight difference I have never noticed it...
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Postby nelz » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:40 pm

Try switching directly between them, especially when lying on bed, and you'll really notice it.

I prefer to think of my Transformer as solidly constructed rather than heavy :)
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:42 pm

nelz wrote:Try switching directly between them, especially when lying on bed, and you'll really notice it.


I'll have to remember to try this out next time I am in bed with an iPad... :shock:
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Postby Rhakios » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:12 pm

For some reason, I suddenly envisioned nelz as the personification of Hedonismbot from Futurama, bunch of grapes in one hand, iPad in the other, complaining that the Transformer was just too heavy to be worth lifting. :D


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Postby guy » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:11 pm

nelz wrote:How can you have a usable keyboard with a 7" version?

Ask Psion if they can still remember how they did it. The keyboard on my old Series 5 is smaller than that on my modern 7" tablet, and famously usable.
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Postby nelz » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:47 pm

Good point, although I think our expectations were lower back then - and the ability to carry it in a jacket pocket made up for the somewhat fiddly typing. I had one of the old 9" Eee PCs and the keyboard on that wasn't brilliant if you have large hands, whereas the Transformer keyboard is near enough full size.

Hmm, something the size of a Series 5 running Android would be rather nice.
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Postby roseway » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:54 am

My Kindle has got a keyboard of sorts, and it's quite usable, albeit only with one finger.
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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:59 am

Just ordered a galaxy tab 2 :)
This post seems to say that nobody will care about this MS tablet PC eitherhttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/26/brics_love_android/
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