Pros Price for 64GB tablet
WINDOWS 8 platform (I love it)
Works fantastic with MS Office Suite 2013
Battery life (9-10 h)
8MP front camera
HD and IPS screen
Attach USB and external hard drive (using micro-normal USB convertor)
Cons Doesn't come with micro-USB card
Charging chord is small (but I can live with it)
Summary I bought ASUS Smart for $350 (free shipping + tax) this last week! For an R&D professional, this is what I was looking for. I downloaded the MS Office Suite 2013 (had it already), used the PPT and Excel and presented my work using the tablet - everyone in my group was spellbound. The biggest selling points for me were the price-light weight-WIN8 and micro-connector functionalities: I wanted to get a tablet that I can use mainly for work, transfer data/ files, write/draw reports/ charts/ figures using MS Office and carry around easily while travelling. I am not much of a games and video person (because I don't get much time), although I do watch/ read news, follow business, read books (kindle), watch/ read cooking channels, listen to music and play few games (e.g. chess). Hence, for me the gadget was one of the best buys!
I am planning to get optional keyboard (with 2 USB ports) for my work/travel - that will be the cherry on the top!
Pros Runs full windows 8 and the full version of MS Office, including Outlook.
Runs Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Costs less than $450.
Battery life of 9-12 hours in real world use.
Cons Need to add a 32 or 64 gb micro sdhc card to have enough storage to be useable.
Takes 4 hours to charge from 255 to full while tablet is on.
Summary I bought this tablet in February 2013 to act as my secondary laptop when traveling and commuting to work. It is very light and small. I need it to run the full version of MS Office, especially Outlook. Adobe and some legal programs that are only Windows based, so only a full W8 tablet would suffice.
After adding all my software, I had only 15 gb of space on the tablet ssd, so I bought a Sandisk 64 gb sdhc card and loaded all my data files on it (about 34 gb), which works great for data storage - doesn't slow it down.
For $515, including the 64 gb card, it is a deal.
I didn't buy the keyboard, because, like most people find, in tight airplane or commuter seats, it is just easier typing on the tablet screen.
I find it is so capable and easy to use, that I now use it 3x more often than my Lenovo 14" W8 laptop, which has been my traveling companion for the past few months (I use a W8 desktop in the office and at home).
Pros Full Windows 8 - all your favorite Windows applications.
Thin and Lite.
Atom copes surprisingly well with common business apps.
Web Browsing is pretty slick.
Good quality display.
Competitive battery life.
Price is nice.
Cons Windows 8 Desktop is a bit cramped on this 10" screen.
Windows 8 "Modern" apps are immature and a bit scarce.
Micro USB - you need (not included) OTG adapter for many accessories.
Pros ATOM - pretty nippy compared to netbooks I've used. This is what the Atom should have been. On comparing it with friends Surface RT's I'd say this is a better performer.
Hardware seems pretty good.
Cons Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!!!!
Lack of updates/Drivers from ASUS
Case is a little creaky, but I'd say ok at the price point.
Speakers are on the back exactly where you want to hold the device. A stand should help with this, if it arrives
Summary I agree with everything the reviewer says in the review regarding the Vivo Tab Smart, it's a really nice little device, I've bought one and it's currently my favourite toy. But as the review states, it's the accessories that bring it all together.
That's where the problem's start, the accessories aren't available in the UK, not even from the ASUS store, hell I emailed them and they couldn't even tell me if they would be release this side of the Atlantic. For a device that relies on it's accessories to stand out this is a bit of a problem.
I wouldn't recommend anyone purchase this device until these are made available, I constantly bang into situations where a keyboard would be handy, or even a cover that fits properly, I think this is a pretty poor show from ASUS.