Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Tablet & Peanut Butter Day

Today is National Peanut Butter Day. We had peanut butter toast for breakfast and we just had a peanut butter & Triscuit snack.  MMMMMmmmm... Gave Willow a taste because she loves the stuff... Buffy not so much... She prefers ranch dip.

So, with all of the peanut buttery goodness, I must be careful with the new ASUS EeePad Transformer Tablet that we received yesterday. Peanut butter and touchpads do not mix (stick, yes).

This is the first time I've ever had my hands on a tablet and I must confess to a stupid error that I figured out eventually.  I was unable to scroll down a page. I went to my Kindle app and have a list of 85 books but it only displayed 15 (3 rows of 5) at a time. If I touched the screen and dragged, it would start downloading whatever book I had touched.  Also, I could not read the Google terms & conditions when signing up because I couldn't scroll down. This was not discussed in the Quick Start manual.

I finally sussed out that the technique is the opposite to the tracker pad on my MacBook. With the MacBook I drag down, but with the ASUS table I push UP! How simple.  I mention this because someone else might be experiencing a similar problem (I won't tell).

I'm happy with the device. It is not flimsy. Seems a bit more substantial than the Apple iPad I picked up once at the dive shop. I was worried that it might not be upgradable to newer versions of Android. No problem.  I selected settings and there was an option to upgrade the firmware. It was surprisingly quick even with our dodgy and slow wifi.
Today I bought a case from Amazon for only $9.00 to protect it and to help keep it clean.

They also have a silicone skin for the Transformer eeePad for $7.99. It appears that some people buy both.

Another cool accessory for this device is a docking station with keyboard, power, USB port, etc., if you want to use your tablet as a mini-notebook.

We love Amazon. Something that we ordered on Thanksgiving with a delivery date of December 2nd at the latest just arrived (9 weeks later). Amazon gave us a refund last week (just took a couple of days with no questions asked) and the item will be returned to sender.

I'm going to post this and then get to messing about with my eeePad... I love that name. As you might know, the letter "i" is pronounced "ee" in French like "eek, there's a mouse". So I also have an iPad, I guess :) Much less expensive than an eyePad and just as neat. Must go play now...

So it goes...