Many iPad owners we know have observed one thing - that their new tablet quickly became a toy, and little else. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you want a tablet to act as a main note-taking tool, in and out of lectures, you're much better off with an Asus Eee Pad Transformer than Apple's shiny 10-inch tab. Why? Because it's a convertible tablet, meaning that it can double up as a fully-fledged laptop/netbook, thanks to its superb keyboard accessory. In fact, it's better than most netbooks, if more expensive. With the keyboard dock attached, the battery lasts for up to 16 hours - and the tablet becomes a brilliant all-day typing tool. Several office suites are available from the Android Market, so whether you'll be working on simple essay or Excel-like spreadsheets, the Transformer is the business. Several other tablets have tried to execute this convertible design, but none as successfully as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer at the price. It's the one £400-ish tablet that can really claim to replace netbooks, as well as acting as the fun sofa web-browsing tool once those lectures are done. Just make sure you snag a bundle that includes the dock, as it can cost up to £100 on its own.
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