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Asus VivoTab RT Review

Asus VivoTab RT LTE

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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.

Asus VivoTab RT Sample Video:


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: 1583; 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: 3722; 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: 1237; 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.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 13:28

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.

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Display10.1 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (155 ppi) Super IPS+ LCD
Camera8 megapixels
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
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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