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Old 11-11-2011, 10:23 AM
Location: Sputnik Planitia
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So, i've decided to retire my trusty Asus HA1000 netbook that has served me well for a few years and go in for a tablet simply for the form factor, the battery life and the lower weight. This is mainly going to be for traveling and seeing movies or browsing when I am lying in bed over Netflix

- Need a micro or full size USB port - when traveling I may need to plug in someone else's flash drive to get pics etc. It's absolutely important.

- Android Honeycomb based

- Need HDMI out - want to be able to plug it into a TV incase I am showing pics to friends or family

- Need SD card slot for expandability

- $400-420 or thereabouts price point (online)

- 10" screen - the 7incher is just too small and I will have a iPhone as well so want something that isn't too restrictive. Using my 10" Asus netbook extensively over the past year traveling I found this screen size is the best compromise between portability and screen real estate.

- at least 8 hour battery life

- Weight under 1.5 lbs

No, I am in the minority of people who do not prefer the iPad. I hugely prefer the Android Honeycomb interface..so I don't even want to discuss the iPad.

So far only 1 choice is coming up as the closest match.. the Acer Iconia. Any other suggestions?
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:16 PM
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Asus Ee Pad is one of the best tablet computers out there right now, and many say it is better than Ipad2. Since you are retiring a netbook, you might like the Asus since it has a removable keyboard. The keyboard has 2 USB ports, a fullsize SD card slot, and it doubles the battery life to around 16 hours when it is connected. I believe Asus makes the only tablet that allows you to connect a keyboard for typing documents. It is also flash capable (most are now), and it has a 10.1" screen and honeycomb.

I am leaning towards getting one around Black Friday or Cyber Monday. My top picks right now (after watching a 5-10 minute review on 9 different brands) are Asus Ee Pad, Toshiba Thrive, Motorola Xoom, and Samsung Galaxy in that order. Toshiba was also very impressive with a fullsize HDMI, USB, and SD card.
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