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Asus VivoTab RT Review

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Interface and Functionality:

If there’s one thing we can expect with Windows RT, it has to be clear and straightforward consistency with the experience and interface – much like what we’ve been seeing with Microsoft’s mobile platform in Windows Phone. Well folks, there’s nothing really different with the VivoTab RT, as it’s sporting the spiffy look and feel that’s typical of Windows RT. Just like on the Surface RT, we see the biggest departure with the new Start homescreen, which is littered with all those cool looking dynamic live tiles. Overall, there’s a steep learning curve at the beginning for anyone checking it out for the first time, but once it’s mastered, there are few problems trying to navigate. Still, the overall experience is still lacking in substance over other rival and more mature platforms.

UI of the Asus VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review
UI of the Asus VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review
UI of the Asus VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review
UI of the Asus VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review

UI of the Asus VivoTab RT


Taking a gander at the tablet’s set of core organizer apps, they offer the same basic functionality we find on other platforms – though, it doesn’t have Android’s deeper and seamless functions. With the email experience, it’s pretty much steering the correct direction with its straightforward approach, while still presenting us with a tablet-optimized layout.

Organizer apps - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Email - Organizer apps - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Bing search - Organizer apps - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Organizer apps - Asus VivoTab RT Review
 

Email

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Organizer apps


Even though we prefer using the keyboard dock for all our typing needs, the on-screen keyboard is also a good alternative. Not only are we given a spacious layout, but it’s complemented by its speedy response, accuracy, and tertiary layouts. Specifically, it also features a split-style layout and a hand writing recognition service.

On-screen keyboard - Asus VivoTab RT Review
On-screen keyboard - Asus VivoTab RT Review
On-screen keyboard - Asus VivoTab RT Review
On-screen keyboard - Asus VivoTab RT Review

On-screen keyboard



Processor and Memory:

Complementing its razor sharp looks, the VivoTab RT is powered by the venerable quad-core 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. As a whole, the tablet performs smoothly, as expected, especially considering that Windows RT is a stable platform. Of course, we’re greeted with fluid operations with nearly everything, but it still exhibits just a pinch of sluggishness whenever it’s trying to juggle an assortment of apps simultaneously.

Surely, its 32GB of internal storage might not seem as exorbitant as some laptop hard drives, but it’s enough to appease multimedia conscious users to store their content on the tablet. Even better, the microSD card slot and USB attachment port can expand its tally.


Internet and Connectivity:

Seriously, it’s like heaven when it comes to surfing the web on the VivoTab RT! For starters, its performance is characteristic of any high-end beast, as it’s able to produce buttery smooth navigational controls, fast page loads, and proper rendering with Internet Explorer. Alternatively, we can get the full IE10 experience by getting into the desktop mode, which essentially dishes up that likable desktop-like experience we’re so accustomed to seeing on PCs.

Surfing the web on the VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Surfing the web on the VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Surfing the web on the VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Surfing the web on the VivoTab RT - Asus VivoTab RT Review

Surfing the web on the VivoTab RT


At the moment, this is available in Wi-Fi only form, or In AT&T-friendly 4G LTE version. Not surprisingly, it’s packing all the usual characters of connectivity features that are commonly expected – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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posted on 14 Dec 2012, 08:24 5

1. Mghazisohail (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


it looks better than the surface rt!!!!

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 08:25 1

2. Mghazisohail (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


it looks some what like samsung galaxy tab 10.1

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 08:51 1

3. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Looks like Asus crafted a really good tablet here, I might seriously consider getting one. Its got a great design, good software, good camera for a tablet and excellent battery life.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 09:21 1

4. 7thspaceman (Posts: 900; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Asus may have a winner here and Microsoft is going to support this OS for at least 4 years
so developers should be making plenty of apps for Windows RT tablets because they know it's going to be around for awhile.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 09:43 1

5. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Better than surface!

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 10:51 3

6. Commentator (Posts: 2183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I was just playing around with one of these at Best Buy yesterday, and I have to agree it's much better than the Surface. The build-quality is superb (dare I say iPad-like?) and the keyboard dock is MUCH more useful than the Touch/Type Covers + kickstand. I don't see myself ever getting an RT tablet, but if I were to, it would be this.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 15:54

7. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I am torn between this and the Surface RT for my first tablet. However, since I have a couple months before I can get mine, maybe someone else will come out with something even better. Perhaps, even Nokia will get into the market... who knows?

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 11:38

8. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


It looks top notch but the price is its own worst enemy. Better off with the nexus 10 unless you really need that keyboard and Microsoft office.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 00:38

9. DevonJames (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


As a graphic designer who works a lot with photography here in Austin, I like that this phone has a "higher-than-normal 8-megapixel auto-focus camera." It's odd to hold a tablet up to shoot but I'm not against being odd. This phone, plus AT&T's 4G LTE network, would be a great place to start in my phone upgrade search.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 23:03

10. rstravis (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


I picked up my VivoTab RT in December, to try it against my Asus Infinity. The Infinity definitely has its strong points, but for overall use, I like the VivoTab much better -- it's more responsive and does what I need. After a short learning curve, Windows RT (and Windows 8) provides a really well-thought-out experience, and having owned 3 Asus laptops and 3 Asus tablets, I'm a HUGE fan of their products.

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Display10.1 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (155 ppi) Super IPS+ LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size10.33 x 6.73 x 0.33 inches
(262.5 x 171 x 8.3 mm)
18.87 oz  (535 g)

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