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Asus VivoTab RT Review

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Surprisingly, we see Asus making its presence known in the platform in a separate camera app that supplements the native one for Windows RT. Between the two, Asus’ offering is undeniably the preferred choice, mainly because it’s offering us more manual controls and photo features. In terms of image quality with its 8-megapixel snapper, the results are clearly good for a tablet, which is a welcomed relief considering the Surface RT scarred us. Even in low lighting situations, the VivoTab RT manages to handle dynamic range well – while still brightening up the shot to draw out details. And of course, the flash works well to compensate some things in low lighting, but it casts a noticeable cooler color production.

Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Camera interface - Asus VivoTab RT Review

Camera interface



Also, its 1080p video recording quality is decent enough to accept – though, it’s not without its own set of flaws. Strangely enough, it pumps out a lower capture rate in settings with insufficient lighting. At the same time, the visuals are noticeably grainy looking with some distinguishable evidence of artifacting while panning.

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Checking out the music player, the interface is typical Windows RT, which means it has that distinctive dynamic look that’s commonly employed by the platform. With its stereo speakers, they’re ample enough to deliver loud tones with minimal distortion.

Music player - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Music player - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Music player - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Music player - Asus VivoTab RT Review

Music player


Not surprisingly, the tablet is more than equipped for watching high-definition videos, thanks primarily to the high contrast of its display combined with its vibrant color production. In addition to playing videos with minimal performance flaws, it hosts support for a wide array of codecs consisting of things such as DivX, H.264, MPEG-4, and Xvid.

Watching videos - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Watching videos - Asus VivoTab RT Review
Watching videos - Asus VivoTab RT Review

Watching videos



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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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