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Old 04-09-2011, 08:09 PM  
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The Android Tablet Watch Thread

Since the iPad thread is 90% Mac vs. PC (Android) BS, I figured I'd start a separate thread now that some viable Android tablets are starting to be available. (Yeah, yeah...vaporware, etc., etc.)

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Old 12-24-2011, 09:44 PM   #166
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I just got surprised with the Transformer Prime for Christmas from my wife. She ordered the Monday after Thanksgiving from Best Buy and got lucky to get in before everything sold out and it arrived a few short days before Christmas, so she was freaking a bit.

I haven't played with it much, but so far it's really awesome. It has an extremely sturdy build with the gorilla glass (same as used on phones like the Evo). I have an Archos 101 and while it was a good tablet for its time, it feels downright flimsy compared with the Prime. I can tell it has a kickass processor because there are no delays at all launching stuff (the Archos would take way too long to boot up). The picture is super crisp and I watched a few minutes of Netflix and it came through in great HD. I am going to load some movies from my laptop onto the Prime soon and see how it does there. I have never used an Ipad, but I have to think this tablet will be a decent competitor.
Damn, I'm jealous. I should've jumped on the preorder bandwagon, but kept putting it off. Now, I've just resigned myself to wait until I can go grab one at Best Buy or something.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:45 PM   #167
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Can you jailbreak these things?
Not sure if a root has been done for the Prime yet if you're specifically asking about that, but just about any major Android device can be rooted. It's just a matter of time to wait until someone figures out how and posts it online.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:46 PM   #168
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:03 AM   #169
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:47 AM   #170
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Benefits/Disadvantages of rooting?
This is just my amateur opinion as I have never done it, but the main benefit is that you increase the number of apps you can use on the device (including apps you won't find on the market) and you have more freedom to tweak the device. The main disadvantage I can think of is if you mess up the rooting you can really screw up the device, void warranties, etc.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:49 AM   #171
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Damn, I'm jealous. I should've jumped on the preorder bandwagon, but kept putting it off. Now, I've just resigned myself to wait until I can go grab one at Best Buy or something.
If my wife would have waited one more day, I wouldn't have the Prime today. It was just lucky timing.

I loaded up a few blu ray rips and downloaded a free movie player app and it is playing VLC and AAC files like a champ. I am just impressed how smoothly it moves from app to app, the Archos was always clunky as hell. It helps that the Prime has about 10x the processing power.
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:37 AM   #172
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The Prime makes much more sense to me as a Windows 8 machine than Android.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:12 AM   #173
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The Prime makes much more sense to me as a Windows 8 machine than Android.
I know they're planning one for later in the year or in 2013.

In case anyone's looking for the Prime like me, Office Depot has it available for order.

http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...-TF201-Tablet/

My delivery date shifted back to 1/12/2012 when I ordered, though. Hopefully they stick to that.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:02 AM   #174
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http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1422983

No rooting the Prime.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:20 AM   #175
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Wow.... that's unbelievable... Shame on you Asus...
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:51 PM   #176
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Wow...that's pretty obnoxious. I don't know that I care as much since Wifi Tethering is the main reason I root my phones, but still...I'd like to have the option to do it if I really wanted to.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:48 PM   #177
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Don't freak out. Asus is likely waiting to unlock the bootloader until AFTER the big ICS FOTA update in the next week or so. This is very very likely only a temporary problem.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:00 PM   #178
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I cant wait for you to get your Prime and tell me how good it is.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:23 PM   #179
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I cant wait for you to get your Prime and tell me how good it is.
I can't wait to get it. I keep checking the order status page, but it just says "Pending 3 day delivery." Oh well.

For what it's worth, here's ASUS' response to the locked bootloader issue:

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Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers' requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:54 PM   #180
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I have read on this thread that you can share the apps that you purchased on one Android device with another Android device as long as I have the same Google account.

I just bought the Vizio Tab which is great and I purchased Isyncr for my Samsung Galaxy S II and I want to download it to the tab so I can sync my Itunes music.

Anyone know how to do this?
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