- 01-10-2013, 11:49 AM #1
Just like it says.
Meet VivoTab? Series ? Three new Windows 8 Tablets designed for both work & play
ASUS outs VivoTab Smart with Type Cover-esque keyboard cover
ASUS VivoTab Smart hands-on (video)
It has all the things I had to settle on (Happily until now lol) when getting the Surface.
Amazing camera back and front (Back with flash even!!)
Runs full Windows 8!
Has MUCH better speakers and volume levels
Also has all the things I LOVED about the Surface
Kickstand included (In the form of the smart cover/transleeve thing)
Keyboard included is light and attaches magnetically
Runs smooth and snappy
Anyone else thinking of jumping ship?
01-10-2013, 12:06 PM #3
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Neither. At this point I would go Surface Pro or the Sony VAIO DUO 11 ultrabook. However, I think come MWC 2013, there will be something a lot cheaper than those too.
The Nexus 10 is 2560 x 1600 and has an A15 ARM processor all for $399.99. So that means the upcoming Lumia tablet RT will be at least Full HD and Qualcomm S4 PRO for $499.99. I would wait for that. Or at least wait for the FullHD version of the Vivo Tab smart PC. I am not a fan of Asus because all their hardware either has build quality issues or slow I/O memory but they do release a lot of tablets. I would bet big money that the full HD version of the VivoTab will be shown at the MWC 2013.
- 01-10-2013, 12:31 PM #4
Personally it looks pretty unimpressive to me. The origami folding cover looks like someone just folded up an Apple smartcover, complete with all the creases you would get by playing origami with one. Throw in a plastic shell and fiddling little covers over ports, and nothing about it cries out quality to me. Compared to the Asus RT tablet sold in the local Sam's Clubs here, it really looks cheap. I also think people should consider carefully before buying a tablet with an Atom processor and limited storage capacity and assuming they will really have a Windows 8 laptop replacement. Leaving Intel PR aside, it still is pretty weak processor that will choke on heavier Windows applications, and if you load anything like Photoshop or Office, that storage will be gone very fast. Notably, Asus bills its MicroSD slot as HC, not XC. BTW, it is my understanding that the keyboard does not attach magnetically. The keyboard is a very thin Bluetooth type included with the folding cover. My bet is Asus also did not run its battery life simulations with the keyboard turned on since, unlike the Surface covers, Bluetooth is a constant draw on a battery. I really can't say this will be on my list for anyone.
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- 01-10-2013, 02:32 PM #9
Aslo I don't use the keyboard much now on my surface and don't expect to use it much in the future. Just nice to have it if I want it :)
As for the power... It is at least if not better then the tegra in the Surface, and I am using it as a tablet, not a full 8 machine. Just like the idea of being able to use the windows 8 metro apps (Things like Google apps and Firefox and whatnot that the developers to not want to make for RT) and not so much the full Windows programs. I would NEVE use photoshop on a tablet, just like I wouldn't install WOW and expect to be able to play it lol
01-11-2013, 08:11 AM #14
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So far I have been happy with my Surface RT after one week - but I do see its limitations. For the most part, it does what I want it to do. I have contemplated returning mine and waiting for Surface Pro because of the things I know I will be able to do in addition to what the RT allows me to do.
I love the build quality of the Surface, which is a big plus for me as well.
- 01-11-2013, 02:12 PM #15
I want to know how do you guys deal with limited wireless internet access? Do you guys have a hotspot or tethering what do you guys do to stay connected? It seems like most of the places I visit besides my home have limited WIFI connections (Work & School). It kind of a bummer that most of my apps can't update due to no internet access until I'm by WiFi.
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