While ASUS Eee Pad Transformer may not be the best tablet today, it can certainly become a leading netbook and replace today's Windows based netbooks.
When I just started playing with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101, I tested it in the tablet mode. It was OK, same old Android hiccups, annoying user interface, limited compatible apps list, plus the screen seemed like it cannot compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 one… In general I was not that disappointed because I knew what to expect, but I wasn't thrilled either.
But then I switched to the "netbook" mode (tablet + keyboard).
This thing is a beast!
It's heavy, that's right, but it has a full physical QWERTY keyboard, it supports a mouse (seriously, isn't it freaking awesome?!), and practically it's a small laptop (or what we used to call it 2 years ago: a netbook), with instant switch on/off, powerful multi-tasking, and a full Flash support.
I sure didn't see this one coming…
Now, I'm not going to review this device right now, as I feel I need to work some more time with it to fully study it. I'm sure you've been reading different opinions and reviews lately and have an opinion about it, I do however, want to share with you a few thoughts I have based on my first impression:
- Android Honeycomb makes much more sense when used in a "laptop" mode with keyboard and a mouse – it's almost as if the OS was designed to be used by netbooks. The layout suddenly seems right, everything works fluently, it's great.
- ASUS made a brilliant move when switching to Android – the company's netbooks were always well designed but the Windows OS made it look and feel like a small limited laptop and nothing more. There were some customized applications but they were not impressive. Android OS turns it into something new, fresh, fascinating.
- It makes me think about the role of Chrome OS when Android can easily cover the netbooks side… Hey Google, how about shutting down Chrome OS in favor of making Android better in a faster speed?
- Watch out Microsoft: iPad and the other tablets are a huge threat to PC desktops and laptops (therefore – threatening Windows). Seems like Android is becoming even more dangerous to Windows, becoming a complete OS not just for mobile devices.
Think about it…