And yet, here I sit with a new 10" Win8.1 tablet.
The Transformer is also an Asus product, can manage 1080HD, includes an HDMI port and still has very good battery life, rated at over eight hours.
After a comfortable life in the Android world, why do such a thing? Here's what caused the tentative switch:
- The Transformer was on clearance for just over $200 (was $329) and it includes a dedicated keyboard. Click the tablet in place and get typing - and it folds up laptop-style in this setup! Very handy, and no Bluetooth to fuss with (yes, for some reason it was fussy on the tablet). If I do sell the Android tablet the net cost of the Transformer is really low.
- Spreadsheets. I test-drove several Android office-type products, and purchased the full copy of the best-rated one. Using Google Drive (what else?) as a source I created several workbooks that could be shared by tablet and desktop, where MSOffice still rules. Unfortunately, nearly every time I did this the workbook was corrupted between the two systems. I could not trust the programs to work together, and even in retirement I find spreadsheets to be a very convenient way to keep my life organized.
- Convenience? Well that's hard to say. The screen on the Transformer is really nice, the on-tablet virtual keyboard is almost full size, and the latger text is nice so I need not squint at my work. On the other hand, the 10-inch size is not entirely safe to hold with one hand.
I have two weeks to decide if Win8.1 and the larger screen are worth the bargain price by jumping aboard now. As always, WeShallSee!