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Topic # 86571 8-Jul-2011 18:40
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I went into Playtech today and had a look at the icnoia and the asus transformer.

The iconia seemed reallly thick especially compared the the transformer but I am not sure I liked the plastic freel of the transformer, such a shame they didnt use metal I thought on the back.

Anyway,  I am tempted to get the asus, though I have read about many problems on xda with backlight bleeding, lose casing, docking problems etc etc etc.....

Now what struck me was when I rotated the tablet how slow it was to respond and redraw the screen.
dual core and a tegra and it was laggggy.. was really surprised... i didnt buy it because of that but am still thinking of buying it but it made me unsure..

Is this just cause honeycomb is still new.. and needs a few tweaks? or... bad drivers for tegra or what?

and anyone that owns one of these, how do you rate it now after some use?

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  Reply # 491229 8-Jul-2011 18:46
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I have the Acer Iconia and I *love* it.

I'm currently running a custom ROM on it, based on the Samsung Galaxy tab.

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  Reply # 491230 8-Jul-2011 18:46
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They are both very fast tablets. The reason you experienced lag could be the fact that it had been used non-stop for weeks and weeks without a re-start.

Consider also whether you want 3G. The Acer Iconia has 3G (Noel Leeming/Bond and Bond/DSE stock those) whereas you will have to wait a few more months for the 3G version of the Transformer.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 491232 8-Jul-2011 18:47
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haakuturi: I have the Acer Iconia and I *love* it.

I'm currently running a custom ROM on it, based on the Samsung Galaxy tab.


What's the battery life like mate? I hear it is not the best out of the 10.1 and the Transformer? 

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  Reply # 491239 8-Jul-2011 18:57
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I get a day's use easy, and I always charge my devices at night so I've never had an issue.

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  Reply # 491245 8-Jul-2011 19:15
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haakuturi: I get a day's use easy, and I always charge my devices at night so I've never had an issue.


Thanks for that. Do you find the lack of 3G a hassle? I am deciding whether to go with a 3G model or not.  

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  Reply # 491251 8-Jul-2011 19:28
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heavenlywild:
haakuturi: I get a day's use easy, and I always charge my devices at night so I've never had an issue.


Thanks for that. Do you find the lack of 3G a hassle? I am deciding whether to go with a 3G model or not.  


I Thrash my iconia Wifi and get about 6 hours (combo of gaming, Steaming Ondemand and Network Movies)

I find it can get choppy if I have plenty of apps running in the background i.e. browser, Bit Torrent, Google+, etc, but hoping the 3.1 update will fix it (if it ever arrives).

As for the 3G, its not a huge problem as I'm pretty close to WiFi most of the time - trying to get my poor little LG GT540 to tether No luck yet. But most modern droids and iPhone should do it.

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  Reply # 491329 9-Jul-2011 07:17
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haakuturi: I have the Acer Iconia and I *love* it.


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Would recommend this tablet.

As for 3G, I use my SGS2 as a wireless hotspot - if I actually need to go online for anything, which is rare. I have enough wireless networks available to not really need it that often.




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  Reply # 491481 9-Jul-2011 19:20
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Having used a Galaxy Tab for a few days, I can't say I would recommend it to a friend. The battery life is not very impressive, I had it charging overnight and it dropped from 100% battery down to the 20s by early afternoon. I use a reasonable amount of internet - 73% of battery is used by the screen, compared to 18% for the Browser (maintaining the wifi connection only uses up 3%). That it takes at least 3-4 hours minimum to charge does not help. I don't know how users of other tablets feel about Honeycomb/what their experiences are, but it seems a glitchy, laggy OS compared to iOS. Even typing this lags quite badly. Google Books is not available in NZ, there is no equivalent of itunes to pay and download from, and some pre installed apps either do not work at all, or can't be used in NZ also. Even Google Talk is unable to login 90% of the time.

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  Reply # 491487 9-Jul-2011 19:32
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bmt: Having used a Galaxy Tab for a few days, I can't say I would recommend it to a friend. The battery life is not very impressive, I had it charging overnight and it dropped from 100% battery down to the 20s by early afternoon. I use a reasonable amount of internet - 73% of battery is used by the screen, compared to 18% for the Browser (maintaining the wifi connection only uses up 3%). That it takes at least 3-4 hours minimum to charge does not help. I don't know how users of other tablets feel about Honeycomb/what their experiences are, but it seems a glitchy, laggy OS compared to iOS. Even typing this lags quite badly. Google Books is not available in NZ, there is no equivalent of itunes to pay and download from, and some pre installed apps either do not work at all, or can't be used in NZ also. Even Google Talk is unable to login 90% of the time.


Which Galaxy Tab? My 10.1 I/O Edition has great battery life.

So Google Books is not yet available, Kindle? B&N? Nook? Aldiko? Kobo? There are a few other options available.






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  Reply # 491493 9-Jul-2011 19:47
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I have the transformer and love it. It gets used all day...

I don't notice any lag.

I don't have any issues with the plastic back also. It has been very tough and I can put it down anywhere. The lack of a USB port on the tablet itself is a downer.

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  Reply # 491593 10-Jul-2011 09:53
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NZtechfreak:
bmt: Having used a Galaxy Tab for a few days, I can't say I would recommend it to a friend. The battery life is not very impressive, I had it charging overnight and it dropped from 100% battery down to the 20s by early afternoon. I use a reasonable amount of internet - 73% of battery is used by the screen, compared to 18% for the Browser (maintaining the wifi connection only uses up 3%). That it takes at least 3-4 hours minimum to charge does not help. I don't know how users of other tablets feel about Honeycomb/what their experiences are, but it seems a glitchy, laggy OS compared to iOS. Even typing this lags quite badly. Google Books is not available in NZ, there is no equivalent of itunes to pay and download from, and some pre installed apps either do not work at all, or can't be used in NZ also. Even Google Talk is unable to login 90% of the time.


Which Galaxy Tab? My 10.1 I/O Edition has great battery life.

So Google Books is not yet available, Kindle? B&N? Nook? Aldiko? Kobo? There are a few other options available.




I have a 10.1 running on Honeycomb 3.1. I've been reading an ebook for about 40 minutes with the screen brightness at 64%, no wifi, and the battery has dropped 12%. 

Speaking of eboks, you are right that there are other options, and I downloaded the Kindle. My point is that the tablet already had an ebook reader installed, yet there is no facility to download ebooks and read from it. 

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  Reply # 491595 10-Jul-2011 09:59
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NZtechfreak:
bmt: Having used a Galaxy Tab for a few days, I can't say I would recommend it to a friend. The battery life is not very impressive, I had it charging overnight and it dropped from 100% battery down to the 20s by early afternoon. I use a reasonable amount of internet - 73% of battery is used by the screen, compared to 18% for the Browser (maintaining the wifi connection only uses up 3%). That it takes at least 3-4 hours minimum to charge does not help. I don't know how users of other tablets feel about Honeycomb/what their experiences are, but it seems a glitchy, laggy OS compared to iOS. Even typing this lags quite badly. Google Books is not available in NZ, there is no equivalent of itunes to pay and download from, and some pre installed apps either do not work at all, or can't be used in NZ also. Even Google Talk is unable to login 90% of the time.


Which Galaxy Tab? My 10.1 I/O Edition has great battery life.

So Google Books is not yet available, Kindle? B&N? Nook? Aldiko? Kobo? There are a few other options available.




I have a 10.1 running on Honeycomb 3.1. I've been reading an ebook for about 40 minutes with the screen brightness at 64%, no wifi, and the battery has dropped 12%. 

Speaking of eboks, you are right that there are other options, and I downloaded the Kindle. My point is that the tablet already had an ebook reader installed, yet there is no facility to download ebooks and read from it. 


Thats a 10.1, not a 10.1v?

If so that is odd, mine doesn't drain anywhere near that fast.




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  Reply # 491596 10-Jul-2011 10:03
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My transformer gets thrashed and I get two days out of it before a charge.




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  Reply # 491638 10-Jul-2011 13:15
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NZtechfreak:
bmt:
NZtechfreak:
bmt: Having used a Galaxy Tab for a few days, I can't say I would recommend it to a friend. The battery life is not very impressive, I had it charging overnight and it dropped from 100% battery down to the 20s by early afternoon. I use a reasonable amount of internet - 73% of battery is used by the screen, compared to 18% for the Browser (maintaining the wifi connection only uses up 3%). That it takes at least 3-4 hours minimum to charge does not help. I don't know how users of other tablets feel about Honeycomb/what their experiences are, but it seems a glitchy, laggy OS compared to iOS. Even typing this lags quite badly. Google Books is not available in NZ, there is no equivalent of itunes to pay and download from, and some pre installed apps either do not work at all, or can't be used in NZ also. Even Google Talk is unable to login 90% of the time.


Which Galaxy Tab? My 10.1 I/O Edition has great battery life.

So Google Books is not yet available, Kindle? B&N? Nook? Aldiko? Kobo? There are a few other options available.




I have a 10.1 running on Honeycomb 3.1. I've been reading an ebook for about 40 minutes with the screen brightness at 64%, no wifi, and the battery has dropped 12%. 

Speaking of eboks, you are right that there are other options, and I downloaded the Kindle. My point is that the tablet already had an ebook reader installed, yet there is no facility to download ebooks and read from it. 


Thats a 10.1, not a 10.1v?

If so that is odd, mine doesn't drain anywhere near that fast.


Correct.  What screen brightness are you on? given the display appears to use in excess of 70% of the battery, I dropped mine down to 40% and it is draining a lot slower now.

Lag remains an issue though. 

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