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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:40 pm    Post subject: Surface form factor Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll just leave this here


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the detachable keyboard on my TF101 not usable? It seems to be okay when I use it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, yeah, I forgot about that. Still smarting from the lack of a 7" version. Doesn't deserve remembering.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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... Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. Very Happy



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Kindle has got a keyboard of sorts, and it's quite usable, albeit only with one finger.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered a galaxy tab 2 Smile
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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