maunaloa wrote:Did anyone pre-order an ASUS Padfone? I'll be in Beautiful Bitan early in May and plan to make the pilgramage to Guanghua to buy one. The Qualcom Snapdragon S4 is only dual core, but it outperforms the Nvidia Tegra quadcore! (Anandtech.com) I love the Russian doll phone within a tablet that docks to keyboard... each with a shared battery. A new class of machine, beyond Apple, but no plans to release it Stateside.
The Padfone is a 4.3-inch smartphone featuring Qualcomm Inc.'s dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and a powerful 8-megapixel camera. It can be combined with a 10.1-inch tablet and a keyboard dock to provide the integrated functions of a phone, a pad and a notebook. The bundled phone and tablet station is being sold in Taiwan at NT$25,901 (US$888), while the standalone 4.3-inch smartphone will carry a price tag of NT$17,990, according to the company. "It sees the convergence of the three key products (notebook, smartphone and tablet) in the industry, and has strong products to compete in all three areas," said Kirk Yang, an analyst at Barclays Capital in Hong Kong, in a note released Tuesday. Despite Asustek's optimism, it may be difficult for the Taiwanese PC vendor to compete against handset giants like Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc., because the smartphone market seems to be moving toward a two-horse race
Noodles77 wrote:Apologies for the aside, but how much is the transformer Prime in Taiwan. I'm moving to Taipei in July and don't know whether I'm better off buying it here or waiting to get it in Taiwan if there's a significant price difference. Thanks
ceevee369 wrote:I'd LOVE to buy / test the Padfone as it is very innovative and specs look good (on paper)
Not sure If I will be as happy as using my iPad3 with my iPhone 4S running as hotspot point.
Was never happy on Android despite having bought / tested around 7-10 devices in the last 3 years.
Looking forward to hear first takes on the Padphone
PapaAzucar wrote:Noodles77 wrote:Apologies for the aside, but how much is the transformer Prime in Taiwan. I'm moving to Taipei in July and don't know whether I'm better off buying it here or waiting to get it in Taiwan if there's a significant price difference. Thanks
If I were you, I would get the good electronics in the US like the iPad or Transformer. BTW, Asus already has Transformer TF300 coming out, which is the version after the Prime (TF201). The Prime (TF201) had a hardware problem with the GPS, and Asus offered an external dongle as the solution. A bit inconvenient, but still usable. The TF300 is also cheaper.
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Icon wrote:That is the thing. I see everyone and their mother -heck, the car park guy was happily watching a movie in his iPad last night- using Apple stuff. I think it is still horribly expensive, but the Android stuff is not that far behind price wise. The problem I see is having everything under one system: if you buy iPad then you need to have iPhone then you need a Mac. I already have a nice Asus laptop, if I can get an Android device, I can share stuff among them seamlessly -I think. If I mix stuff, I fear that, for instance, the magazine subscription that is for Android stuff will not read in iPad or something.
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