I have been using the Motorola Xoom for about a year now. It was my first Android Tablet after using the original iPad for about 7 months. I have been thinking about getting a new tablet for a while, the Xoom is a good tablet but I am having some buyers remorse about Motorola’s software support for their products. Starting with the Droid Bionic and extending to the slow update schedule for the Xoom LTE.
For the past few weeks I have been reading reviews about the Asus Transformer Prime. Almost all of the reviews made me want to try it out. The biggest issue I have had is finding one. For whatever reason the supply isn’t meeting demand and they are sold out everywhere. My wife and I were at CompUSA over the weekend and she asked the manager about it, turned out he had just heard that there were two of the tablets at another store to the south of here and they could send them to him. He sold us a tablet and promised us it would be here the next day or Saturday at the latest. That turned out to be optimistic and it took until Monday for the tablet to make the 2 hour trip north but it arrived and I picked it up and purchased a keyboard dock to go with it.
I must say that having the keyboard dock makes the experience of a tablet a different one. I am typing this post in WordPress for Android using the keyboard dock and though it isn’t without challenges (I’m still brushing my fingers against the touchpad which screws with the editor position) it is much easier than trying to type a long post with my favorite keybord for Android (Swype).
The dock also has an additional battery which extends the life of the battery and that has already come in handy as I didn’t have time to fully charge the device at work, but the dock charged the battery to 50% on the drive home!
I am only just now getting everything installed but so far I am liking the tablet. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) is as nice on the tablet as it is for my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The screen is bright and clear and less prone to smudging than my Xoom. The OS is responsive and crisp and so far I’ve had no crashes or unusual behaviour. I’ll try to post more updates soon, but so far so good.