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Old 11-10-2012, 09:54 AM   #11
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No -- just the very good analysis ....

   
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:55 AM   #12
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:31 PM   #13
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I wasn't thinking of getting a tablet until I signed up for an African photo safari. Now I think a tablet would be the ideal bit of technology to take on that trip. My laptop is too big and heavy and a smartphone is too small. I am thinking of either the latest Asus Transformer or the new Nexus. While I might not want to take a keyboard dock with me on the Africa trip, it would be a big plus at home or on trips where luggage weight is not an issue so I'm currently leaning toward the Asus. I've heard the Nexus is fabulous, though, and the smaller size is appealing so I want to check that out as well.

   
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:46 AM   #14
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I assume you mean the Asus Infinity 700 transformer? That is a very nice piece of kit, but at a relatively high price. It is the current version of my 1.5 year old 10.1" transformer, about the size of a "standard" netbook, but somewhat heavier than my netbook (at about 1.5Kg) due to the large capacity batteries. The screen is really good, very bright and clear, and now comes with Asus' modified version of Android Jelly Bean.

There are now 2 different Nexus tablets - the brilliant N7 with its 7" screen (built by Asus) and the N10 with a 10.1" screen, built by Samsung. Both run the latest Jelly Bean, with no additional customizations, and are the first tabs to get updates to latest software versions. These are just as fast as and a lot cheaper than the TF700, it is believed in some quarters that Google is making a loss on each one in order to compete with iFruit devices and the Amazon Kindle Prime (although the Prime is really just a tool for consuming Amazon media). Neither have keyboard docks, although plugin keyboards are available for the N7 for arount £10, and they don't have sd card sockets, although can be used with card readers, usb sticks or external hard drives using a simple cheap USB cable and media imported app.

My N7 goes everywhere with me as it is so easily portable. Whatever choice you make be sure to get a case to hold/protect it. I find leather cases ideal for my use, but you can get many different types.

   
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #15
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Thanks, Kelvyn! They seem to be calling it the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 here, but yes - that's the one. My computer geek recommended the Nexus 7 for size and speed of updates. When I started my research there wasn't as much info on the Nexus, or I wasn't looking hard enough. But I will look again now that I've pretty much ruled out the iPad. I will also make sure to get a case of some sort to protect whichever tablet I choose.

   
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:58 AM   #16
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When looking at the N7 you should be aware that the 32Gb version was introduced about a month ago ago (when I got mine) at the same price point as the previous 16Gb version. Some dealers are still shifting old 16Gb stock and not necessrily telling customers about the updated version. I'd go for 32GB

   
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:51 PM   #17
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When looking at the N7 you should be aware that the 32Gb version was introduced about a month ago ago (when I got mine) at the same price point as the previous 16Gb version. Some dealers are still shifting old 16Gb stock and not necessrily telling customers about the updated version. I'd go for 32GB
Oh yes, more is definitely better. Thanks for the heads up!

   
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