We're currently selling the Asus Eee Pad Transformer for the low price of $399, compared to the regular price of $588.48. If you're shopping for a tablet computer, that low price probably made you stop and wonder if the time to buy one is now. We here at O.co (also known as Overstock.com) want to make sure you are getting the best tablet for your needs, so I took a look at some of the features to help you decide if the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is the tablet for you.
While you can type on the virtual keyboard that is integrated in the screen, the Transformer is so-named because it easily docks into a full QWERTY keyboard, "transforming" it into a netbook. The Transformer keyboard dock is sold separately.
The Transformer has 32 GB of storage. Most tablets in the same price range have only 16 GB. If you want to store large files -- high-quality photos, full-length movies, graphic-heavy games, for example -- then you'll want this much. Movies especially take up a lot of room, so you'll appreciate 32 GB if you plan to watch them on-the-go.
Applications, commonly known as apps, are the little software programs that let you turn your tablet into the tool you want it to be. The Transformer comes with 35 apps already installed, and you can add many more by going to the Android Market and clicking on Tablet Apps. There are over 100,000 apps, many of which are free.
Operating System (OS)
The Transformer comes with Android 3.0 (also known as Honeycomb) as its standard OS. For people who are comfortable using a PC and Google, Honeycomb will feel very familiar. One important thing: Honeycomb supports Adobe Flash 10.2, so if you plan to go online on your tablet, you won't miss out on any of the Flash content out there.
Your Smartphone and Your Home Computer
You may want to sync your tablet with your calendars, home computer software or smartphone apps. If you want to do it easily, choose a tablet that runs on the same platforms. Some apps let you work around this issue, however, so don't let this be the ultimate determining factor in your choice of tablet. Just consider it if you want to minimize hassles.
For the Transformer, it all comes back to this price: $399. Sure, there are cheaper tablets, but you won't get the quality that you get from Asus. And, of course, there are more expensive tablets, too. The Apple iPad is still the best-selling tablet despite its high price; 80 percent of tablet owners have one. But if cost matters to you, then you'd be missing out if you didn't consider the Transformer.
Are you thinking about buying a tablet? Are you enticed by the $399 Transformer, or do you have something else in mind?
Posted by Stephanie Petersen