Asus VivoTab RT ReviewAsus VivoTab RT LTE 8.5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Mghazisohail (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
it looks better than the surface rt!!!!
2. Mghazisohail (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
it looks some what like samsung galaxy tab 10.1
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.
4. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1536; 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.
6. Commentator (Posts: 3677; 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.
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?
8. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1233; 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.
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.
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.
11. infertility (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)
The Disaster of Asus Egypt and Asus Vivo Tab RT TF6000
For shortening, I will tell you my story with Asus Egypt which proved to me that Asus is one of the worst companies around the world, especially when it comes to warranty services.
I did buy an Asus Vivo Tab RT TF6000 from Asus at Jun 2013. The tablet was fine for 21 days of use and suddenly it stopped working, no data on the screen and other info appears to me. Just a small vibration when I press the power button but nothing else.
I called the company and they directed me to Raya Services. I called them and they denied being able to fix it because of being from outside Egypt, even it is 100% Asus and they should serve it.
After month, Asus Egypt said that they will have another contract with another warrant computer called Metra Computer and they should fix it. The person who was responsible for this case in Asus called Eng. Mohamed Hassan, he told me that he will make sure that the tablet being fixed under Asus warranty with Metra Computer, and he stated that he contacted Eng. Tarek (Big Manager) in Metra Computers and they did agree to handle the case.
I delivered the tablet for Metra Computer and after 3 weeks of calling, they said that , it will need 380 USD and it will be all over me and I should pay to get it fixed ( the original tab price from amazon was 335 USD at that time) . I did not agree and called Eng. Mohammed Hassan and Eng. Tarek and they assured that it will be fixed but the tab Serial number and shipping papers are not well approved by them and so, the tab is out of warranty for two or three months now. I said that to Eng. Mohamed Hassan. The tab stopped working about 7 month ago and you know that and so you should accept the tab under warranty, the delay was from your side not mine. He said that he will do calls and make sure that the tab being fixed under warranty but finally I discovered that was making calls with Eng. Tarek to make sure that the tab is not fixed under warranty.
The Second Disaster
I found that one seal for a screw that should be opened if they really examined the device as they say, the seal was intact. That means they did not even examine the device as they say at all.
I made an appeal to Asus main website and no reply, I contacted the official Facebook page, they do not reply. I found many other people doing the same and complaining like me and the page keeps deleting their posts regularly.
Asus is a big scam and I will never buy anything from them, they are the worst for me right now.
The tab is a memory right now and nothing will help me to overcome what happened. I will try to fix it in any unofficial maintenance services centers and hope to get it fixed.
Asus is a scam for sure, don't try them and make my story in your mind.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all the best.