ASUS Transformer 2

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    Nov 03, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    Anyone excited for it? I can't wait to see what new features they're going to put on it. I am so tempted to get one for Christmas!
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    Nov 03, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    Looks impressive. Runs Ice Cream Sandwich... Tegra 3. Nice. The pricing point seems a bit high in a post "Fire" world, but we'll see.
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    Nov 03, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    Ravco saidLooks impressive. Runs Ice Cream Sandwich... Tegra 3. Nice. The pricing point seems a bit high in a post "Fire" world, but we'll see.

    Don't forget the Fire is a 7" tablet, the Transformer is 10"; the cost to produce a tablet skyrockets per additional inch of screen size. Surface area is proportional to a factor of Length Unit^2, so cost follows an exponential curve.

    Larger screen means you need a greater power source, be it via higher energy density or more battery mass included in the design. Additionally, the transformer has a higher pixel count, which will frankly make it cost more to make. A very large percentage of the material cost for mobile devices comes from the battery; Lithium is not cheap. Roughly 30% to 50% of the cost of a netbook is the battery alone.
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    Nov 04, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    Studinprogress said
    Ravco saidLooks impressive. Runs Ice Cream Sandwich... Tegra 3. Nice. The pricing point seems a bit high in a post "Fire" world, but we'll see.

    Don't forget the Fire is a 7" tablet, the Transformer is 10"; the cost to produce a tablet skyrockets per additional inch of screen size. Surface area is proportional to a factor of Length Unit^2, so cost follows an exponential curve.

    Larger screen means you need a greater power source, be it via higher energy density or more battery mass included in the design. Additionally, the transformer has a higher pixel count, which will frankly make it cost more to make. A very large percentage of the material cost for mobile devices comes from the battery; Lithium is not cheap. Roughly 30% to 50% of the cost of a netbook is the battery alone.


    Interesting. I did not know that.
  • Anto

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    Nov 04, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    microbiologist saidAnyone excited for it? I can't wait to see what new features they're going to put on it. I am so tempted to get one for Christmas!


    Yeah looks like it's going to be really cool.
    Here's a tech demo of Tegra 3

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    Nov 04, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    My iPad works for me.

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    Nov 04, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    iPad is too limited imo (iOS in general), I don't like the way Apple likes to impose itself on users/developers and how Apple determines what is best for them in terms of what technology they can use on their devices and what kind of content is considered objectionable or not like banning apps containing content they don't agree with or are commercially competing against. Apple has even required censoring of content before in apps. That's just crazy and I don't understand how anyone can be tolerant of that.
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    Nov 04, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    You had me at "Asus". Those guys know their shit when it comes to making quality electronics at reasonable prices.
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    Nov 04, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    Anto saidiPad is too limited imo (iOS in general), I don't like the way Apple likes to impose itself on users/developers and how Apple determines what is best for them in terms of what technology they can use on their devices and what kind of content is considered objectionable or not like banning apps containing content they don't agree with or are commercially competing against. Apple has even required censoring of content before in apps. That's just crazy and I don't understand how anyone can be tolerant of that.


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