Friday, October 28, 2011

Review of My Android Tablet: Eee Pad from Asus

The Android attack !I've been using my tablet for a little while now and I thought it was about time that  I share my opinion of it.  If you're looking for a technical review with specs and stuff, this is not it.  This is just me sharing my opinion of my tablet.

The first thing I want to say is that it is not the machine I thought it was.  This is not the Eee Pad's fault.  The tablet was bought for me by someone else on another person's recommendation.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm very grateful to have a computer to work on.  However, had the choice been left to me, I would have gone with something different because I don't need a tablet--I need a computer with internet and a word processing program.  That's it.

I like the tablet.  It's a lot of fun.  As a tablet, it's a great little machine.  The touch screen is great, and I love that I can detach the keyboard when I want to.  Taking the keyboard off is great for reading on the Kindle App or playing Tetris.  It's much easier to read on the tablet screen than it is on my iPhone.  I haven't made much use of the camera feature.  The tablet is too big to carry around to catch candid photos.  That's what my iPhone is for (and to a lesser extent, my camera).

eee Pad Transformer
The apps for the Android tablet are great.  There is a lot of selection in free apps.  I haven't paid for a single app on my tablet.  The free versions of some games are the full versions--Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio are all free.  (Yes, I'm a bit of an Angry Birds fan).  I haven't been able to find Plants vs Zombies yet, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before it crosses platforms.  If you're looking for a tablet strictly for games, this is a good machine for you.

Most of the apps I like on my iPhone I was able to find for the Android.  If you can't find the exact app, chances are there is a similar one around.  I have fun changing up the backgrounds on my tablet.  The last one I used had balloons floating on the screen that you could pop.  How cool is that?

The battery life on this tablet is great.  I give it a full charge and I can run it pretty much all day, even if I'm using a lot of apps.  It doesn't take a long time to charge either and I love that it doesn't run "hot" like my old laptop did.

I'm a writer, so like I've said, this isn't the best machine for me.  What I find particularly frustrating is the keyboard.  Since it is so compact, some buttons are too close together.  Touch typing is nearly impossible.  I often find my cursor jumping up to the address bar because I hit an arrow key when I thought I was hitting the space bar.  Things that should be simple, like replying to a tweet using Hootsuite have become arduous tasks.  My presence on Twitter has decreased because it is too darn frustrating to try to tweet using the apps for this tablet.

I like my tablet a lot as a tablet.  As a writing tool, not so much.  I'm not going to go crazy and throw it out a window or anything, but I do wish that there was more information out there that was easily accessible to help me with simple things like "copy and paste".  Seriously, why is it such a hard thing to do on this thing?  I've taken to borrowing my nerd's computer or using the dreaded desktop in the basement to do my writing.

By the way, the instruction booklet that came with the machine was particularly useless.  It had a few screen shots and that was it.

I would really love to hear other opinions on the Android tablet, particularly for the Eee Pad.  If you are using one successfully, please give me some hope!  It can't be this frustrating to use, right?

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