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Topic # 93680 26-Nov-2011 18:44
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Hi There!

I have a 10.1v Tablet (3G), and I am not loving it, it's pretty chunky, battery life is pretty average and overall I don't use it massively for those reasons. I saw the 10.1 and 8.9 and thought they were a little better, but I was curious if owners of the new 10.1 and the 8.9 wouldn't mind chipping in with opinions of their units so I can get a feel. I almost felt like the 8.9 was too small, and I may have imagined it since the Pixel Density is higher on the 8.9, but I felt the display wasn't as good on the 8.9?

Anyone think it's worth upgrading from what I have to one of these?

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  Reply # 550418 26-Nov-2011 20:31
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I have the 10.1 3g.... we use it all the time.

It can freeze at times but generally pretty good. Battery life is good, i charge once every 2 days with general daily use.

Flash support is awesome and i changed a setting so it displays full webpages, not mobile versions of sites.

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  Reply # 550437 26-Nov-2011 21:56
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I have a 10inch Motorola XOOM which is good and a chinese touchpad (7") I definetly prefer the 7 inch weight and size I really wish the XOOM was the smaller pad so if I was going to buy a galaxy pad I would get the 8.9

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  Reply # 550453 26-Nov-2011 22:47
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I used to own the Google I/O 10.1 Tab, it's nice but if the choice is between those two I'd plump for the 8.9 - perfect size for portability.

Have to ask why you wouldn't get the Transformer Prime though? Cost will be fairly similar to the 10.1/8.9, only the hardware is infinitely better and ASUS track record with OS updates is utterly impeccable.




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  Reply # 550459 26-Nov-2011 23:01
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No 3G for the Transformer Prime though right? Also nowhere in NZ will have it this side of XMAS?

Is it not bigger and heavier than the 8.9 AND 10.1?

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  Reply # 550587 27-Nov-2011 15:03
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networkn: No 3G for the Transformer Prime though right? Also nowhere in NZ will have it this side of XMAS?

Is it not bigger and heavier than the 8.9 AND 10.1?


Ah true, no 3G. Is that really an issue? No Android phone to tether it to?

Regards size its slimmer than the 10.1, marginally heavier carrying an extra 26g (probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference).

Comparison here:
http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=4322&idPhone2=3894 




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  Reply # 550611 27-Nov-2011 16:46
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nztechfreak: the problem is that with no 3G and it being marginally heavier (and thicker) it's not really fixing the issues I have with my existing tablet. Overall spec of the transformer prime is superior, but I have no real need for the extra power, and by the time I do, I'll be bored and want something new anyways.

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  Reply # 550674 27-Nov-2011 20:33
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networkn: nztechfreak: the problem is that with no 3G and it being marginally heavier (and thicker) it's not really fixing the issues I have with my existing tablet. Overall spec of the transformer prime is superior, but I have no real need for the extra power, and by the time I do, I'll be bored and want something new anyways.


The Prime is thinner than the 8.9/10.1 actually! If the weight of the 10.1 Vs the 10.1V will fix the problem with your existing tablet, then the Prime will also. If the Prime's weight is a problem then the 10.1's weight will also be, which means you pretty much have to go with the 8.9 (but that's a great option also, so no particular problem there if you aren't that fussed on future-proofing/ICS/a better performing tablet right now).

I handled the 8.9 a couple of weeks ago, really nice.  




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  Reply # 550685 27-Nov-2011 21:02
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yah I think at this stage the 8.9 seems like the better choice for me. Higher Pixel Density is optimal right? 170 is better than 149?

The most compelling detail for me about the prime is the IPS panel, as much as it pains me to say it, the iPad2 screen is pretty damn good.

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  Reply # 550686 27-Nov-2011 21:09
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networkn: yah I think at this stage the 8.9 seems like the better choice for me. Higher Pixel Density is optimal right? 170 is better than 149?

The most compelling detail for me about the prime is the IPS panel, as much as it pains me to say it, the iPad2 screen is pretty damn good.


Performance and high profile video are the biggies on the Prime for me. Did you see the hands-on video with a two day old build of ICS for the Prime? Wails all over Honeycomb. 




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  Reply # 550780 28-Nov-2011 09:13
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Ok no I just need to find someone with it in stock before xmas that has it on a really good special.

Anyone seen a price lower than $750?

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  Reply # 551122 28-Nov-2011 17:57
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The best price I've seen so far is $761.40 on Expansys (http://www.expansys.co.nz/samsung-galaxy-tab-8-9-black-3g+wi-fi-16gb-android-tablet-223698/).

I'd be quite keen to hear if anyone has seen a good deal on the 8.9 too :)

BTW, what are people's experience with Expansys?



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  Reply # 558667 16-Dec-2011 12:43
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Anyone know where I can find a stand (not a stand + cover) for an 8.9?

I have my 8.9 now and I really like it so much more than my 10.1v.



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  Reply # 558668 16-Dec-2011 12:45
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Also anyone know what the max speed of the 3G in the 8.9 Tablet is?

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I just bought a Motorola Xoom 601 3g 32gb. Its perfect for me, I really enjoy it. The screen experience is awesome, it is not like Ipad and Samsung Galaxy 10.1, their screen colors are oversaturated to an unreal level which is not good for photographers or for the people who want to see more real photo effect. Xoom has a micro sd slot which is just what I want. I have bought 3 of 32g sd cards so I can enjoy the photos, videos, ebook, and music at cafe, gym whereever I want. Both Ipad and Samsung don't have micro sd slot. Even Asus Eee Transformer is better than them .. of course, in my view.
Xoom does have two disadvantages, its slightly heavier (not like Samsung has plastic back, of course its lighter); and xoom takes a little bit longer to bootup, but I personally don't mind about those.  
And now Samsung Galaxy even more expensive than xoom, don't really understand why?



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  Reply # 564224 4-Jan-2012 10:07
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Well after having owned for for 3 weeks I can say I am happy with my purchase, more than meets my expectations.

Lightweight, performs well, decent screen, pity no usb or hdmi support, but that's life.

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