Pros storage good
Cons only one speaker
Summary I simply like this pad because it helped me to act fast.The only tablet I have to compare it to good ones
Pros Wifi and GPS work well
Integrates surprisingly well with other devices for playing music and video, and printing.
Surprisingly good sound
Good support for apps
Clean, well-thought-out interface in ICS that runs like a charm
Fast and responsive
Cons This device doesn't show up well outdoors. The display could be upgraded.
The browser does seem sluggish. Google's chrome browser seems much better, but suffers from not being able to play music from multiple cloud sources much like the iPad.
Summary This device surprised me in its capability. It runs ICS without flaw so far and the interface is pleasing and easy to use. Applications load and run fast, and to my surprise the browser is able to display pages well. As one reviewer pointed out it does seem sluggish, BUT it is able to interpret web page content better than my ipad, supports HTML5 better (for the geeks out there) and doesn't require some silly "two-finger" scrolling for internal scrolled components. It is also able to play my music content in the cloud, which my iPad somehow fails to do. So big plus there! And it is able to load pages my iPad has a tough time handling and only partially loads.
One of the biggest surprises was in the automatic detection of the device with my DNLA server for music and videos AND detection of my HDTV to play it on. I can control everything right from this device!! All automatic and easy to setup/use. And I didn't even know this capability existed in the device. Way cool.
I also appreciate being able to access google play from anywhere, including the web, and install on any of my android devices. The device has automatic backup to the cloud as well. This is big on my list, as Apple's software decided to wipe out all my personal data on a sync to a computer, without warning and with no backup restore available for that data. Of course, I am trusting a restore will work on this device, but the concept of backup/restore seems much better thought out on this device.
WiFi works well As does GPS. Problems with the 200 model (from what I have read) seem to be fixed with this device.
Kindle comes up fine, although for reading this suffers from the bright screen just like the iPad compared with the superior eInk provided on a Kindle (and I still prefer eInk). The screen is also not as well displayed outside, but I rarely use this outside.
Google docs works well on this device, with the limitation of a touch keyboard if you don't have the keyboard extension like me. I installed (fairly easily) google cloud print via my google chrome browser on my machine. Google cloud pring worked wonderfully. It just worked! I wanted to try this because having Apple devices even notice my printer has always been problematic, and printing from my iPad wasn't even an option anyway. Yeah for this device and for Google for making this easy.
Other nifty features that I like include the animated background, with a water level that shows battery charge left. And so far, support for apps appears as good as the iPad, at least for the apps I am interested in.
Overall this device provides a REAL step forward in tablets, integrating seamlessly with other devices (without special expensive equipment) to control them, with a responsive and well-though-out interface. It provides the function and value I expect from a mobile tablet device with a great price.
Pros Friendlier Price
Wireless software update
Cons None so far
Summary I was also debating between this and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1. After reading CNET's reviews, Consumer Reports and talking to the sales guy at the store, I decided on this one. 32 GB for the same price as the Samsung 16GB was a deciding factor. Just got it earlier this week, and so far, am really enjoying it. Love the live wallpaper, and the fact that the "water" wallpaper choices actually shows your battery level!
I also like having the option to purchase the separate keyboard dock at some point.
Pros - Nice bright colorful screen.
- Plastic is sturdy regardless of what critics say.
- Has 32Gb of storage
- It only cost me $389
- No need to connect to a PC for updates like Apple.
- Comes with cloud storage.
- Did I mention it only cost me $389?
Cons Finger prints shows up very easily on screen.
Summary I have this exact tablet and the Android ICS OS on it you really don't miss a beat for doing just about anything a laptop lets you do. I would highly recommend this tablet over anything to do with Apple, seems much faster, lighter in weight and easier to use than the iPad3.Always thought tablets were a gimmick, but I regrettably have started to desire one after using a few firsthand.
Pros Good battery, light weight, fast and wifi and GPS work great.
Cons Plastic back feels toyish and back facing camera needs flash.
Summary I've used ipad 1&2, dell streak, galaxy tab and asus transformers 101, 102 prime and now the TF300. For overall performance and unencumbered usage, the TF300 beats them all. The prime would be closest, but the wifi and gps issues just don't make it useful enough. The ipad are good for noobies and those who want to stay in the walled in garden of apple. The streak and tab are just too under powered.I traded in my ipad for the TF300 and have been extremely happy. Ipad is great for noobies and the less knowledgeable users. Apple created a nice little walled in garden for people to play apps, listen to music and surf the net, but if you want any thing else, to bad.
The biggest pro I found was the price to specs ratio, TF300 wins in a landslide.
Updated on Jun 26, 2012
Yes, the screen isn't as great, but the human eye can't always see the differences. Yes, its possible to get malware on an android, but there are free apps for that. Yes there is only one speaker on the TF300, but its the best speaker i've ever heard on any tablet, laptop or netbook. My wife is constantly asking me to turn mine down cause she cant here her laptop over my TF300.
But its all about choice, if you believe a ipad is better for you, get one. Just don't put down on the TF300 because its not an ipad.
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