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#2202 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
by steve_ HOST
Dec 26, 2011 (7:27 am)
For $500, that looks lots more useful than an iPad. But Android is so fragmented, I think i'd really rather have a Windows OS.
My phone quality varies a lot. I pay $3 a month to Skype so I can call landlines from my desktop and sometimes it's good, sometimes not so good. Or I'll use Google Voice and often that's worse.
At least there's a cell tower near me now, so I can use my prepaid phone if I have to. Always takes me a few minutes to find it, and then I have to wonder if it's got any juice left.
Can you hear me now?
#2203 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
Dec 26, 2011 (7:45 am)
It's all that and a bag of chips...
USB slot, micro USB slot (yes, both), and a 2nd battery in the keyboard.
I want one!
#2204 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [ateixeira]
Dec 26, 2011 (8:00 am)
It also has a micro SD card slot and HDMI to hook up to your big screen TV. Not to mention the new Quad core Tegra processor. Making it twice as fast as the current fastest Tablet. All the comparisons with the iPad2 go to the ASUS except OS. The Android 3.2 is still not the best. You do get a free upgrade to Android 4.0 when it is available. My two weeks with the Kindle Fire let me play a bit with the Android OS. I think it will surpass Windows7. I am not a big fan of what MS has done the last two changes. I just wiped the hard drive on this machine clean from Win7 Pro and went back to WinXP Pro 64 bit. It is at least twice and maybe faster than twice Win7. Vista was a disaster like ME.
So I am ready to give Android a go when this latest tablet gets discounted a bit.
#2205 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
Dec 26, 2011 (1:19 pm)
Yeah, 7 was an apology for Vista.
I don't think tablets will take over, but we'll see a lot of households switch to one powerhouse desktop PC and then one tablet, rather than a laptop now.
#2206 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [ateixeira]
Dec 26, 2011 (2:03 pm)
The tablets have pretty much ended the short lived Netbooks. I like a couple of the ultra portable laptops out now. The HP Folio is one. My 6 year old Dell Inspiron keeps plugging away, so no big rush. I use it for my check book and travel. Something lighter with GPS is what I am shooting for. The complete travel solution. I could do it with a Smartphone. Just don't like trying to type on a smart phone. My big hands like a full size keyboard.
Speaking of MS, what does Win7 do better than WinXP? I have two with Win7 one is the pro version and 3 computers with XP and am really trying to like 7 and cannot find any good reason why.
#2207 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
Dec 26, 2011 (2:05 pm)
Probably nothing, it's just that MS stopped supporting XP and no longer comes out with security patches and stuff.
Eventually, they can become vulnerable to hackers.
#2208 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
by steve_ HOST
Dec 26, 2011 (2:50 pm)
I put 7 on my home built desktop and then got a Vista laptop. Didn't see much difference, liked 'em both. Got a free copy of 7 Pro so put that on the laptop (on a SSD and that loads fast).
XP was a good OS, but 7 works. I use sleep mode a lot and that never worked for me with XP. And the built-in backup actually works. The home network setup is easy. I like pinning stuff to the taskbar (it lives vertically on one edge of one monitor). Use in private browsing when I do my banking. And I like IE9 a lot.
Had to go back and grab MSFT MovieMaker but it runs on 7 at least.
But if I had older legacy hardware, I might not be so eager to upgrade either.
#2209 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [ateixeira]
Jan 10, 2012 (9:24 pm)
The reviews are coming in on the Transformer Prime. The GPS seems to leave a lot to be desired. It looks like ASUS is aware of the problem. They already have a second generation of the Prime coming out that addresses Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS issues. The new one also has higher resolution screen and higher price tag.
1. A new back panel design. Asus says the TF700T's back panel will "enhance" its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS performance compared to the original Transformer Prime model. Some users have complained about issues in those areas, presumably due to the all-aluminum casing used on the original Prime tablet.
#2210 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
Jan 11, 2012 (10:24 am)
Well, it was too good to be true.
#2211 of 2304 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [ateixeira]
Jan 11, 2012 (10:41 am)
That is why I am rarely one to buy leading edge stuff. I watched the consumer reviews on anything I am interested in. Usually I lose interest after doing that. Of course I still do not have a smart phone or a pad computer. I do still have my cash for what it is worth today.
The GPS feature was the major reason to pick the Transformer Prime. Now I will have to wait for the 2nd generation and see if it works well. No trips planned so no big rush.