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Galaxy Tab S3 or Asus Transformer Mini to replace TabPro?

by DLCPhototography / January 6, 2018 4:36 AM PST

My wife has a Galaxy TabPro (10.1" screen, Android 4.4, 2gb RAM, 16gb storage); has had it for 3 years, and the model was about a year old when she got it.

Main use is Kindle reading, Email, Facebook, and often researching via websurfing for travel and other interests.

Battery life on this is getting quite poor, despite a recent factory reset, it locks and crashes often, etc. Time for a replacement.

She likes the current size and weight factor, so want to stick with around a 10" display.

One option is the Galaxy Tab S3, about the same size/weight, but doubles the RAM and storage, has Android 7.0, etc. This would be a pretty straightforward transition. But cost seems pretty disproportionate: even with a decent sale at Amazon, it's $500 (normally $600 elsewhere). We paid $320 for the original TabPro.

I've been looking at other options, and came across the Asus Transformer Mini (T102HA), which has pretty good reviews in general. A bit heavier, but similar size. 4gb RAM, *128gb* storage. Runs Windows 10 vs Android. More value, apparently, as it includes both a keyboard/cover, and a stylus. I could see her using the keyboard, the stylus likely not too much. $350 for the whole package.

I realize this is a somewhat apples and oranges comparison, which is why I'm posting here. Hard to directly compare CPU power, performance, etc., for such different platforms. The price would suggest the Tab S3 would be more powerful, but I can't assume this to be the case.

Any thoughts on the strengths/weaknesses of these 2 models relative to each other? Why is the Tab S3 so expensive, and is this cost justified by its having superior performance overall?

Other models in this price range to consider? The Samsung Book 10.6" looks interesting, but yet again more expensive, especially if you get the (not included) keyboard.


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I owned a Transformer on W10
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2018 9:49 AM PST

Would not advise to buy one. If Android worked for her, stick with Android. W10 is not responsive as Android and they will likely complain for years.

I also have the other Android Transformer on Android and it's fine.

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How about the Galaxy Book 10?
by DLCPhototography / January 6, 2018 10:00 AM PST

Appreciate the reply and advice.

My main hesitation with the Asus is the Atom CPU, which is less powerful than the Atom on my Surface 3 (4gb RAM, 128gb eMMC). The Surface 3 is adequate, running Windows 8.1, but can be frustrating at times. If the Asus Transformer Mini is going to be slower than that, it could be a problem.

I'm reconsidering the Galaxy Book 10, 4gb RAM, 64gb eMMC. Microsoft store has it on sale for $499, although it's out of stock. And I was wrong in my post, in that this price *does* include the keyboard and stylus.

So for $500 I could have the Android Tab S3, without the keyboard, or the Galaxy Book 10 with Windows 10, and the keyboard. I'd be inclined to go with the Galaxy Book 10 (which has a better CPU), but am still open to suggestions and opinions.

Someone elsewhere also mentioned a new Lenovo 10" 2 in 1, which looks interesting, although the pricing and specs aren't yet published.

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My problem with Windows on Atom
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2018 10:24 AM PST

Is mostly the speed. Many can't play video full screen with faltering. To me this is a basic use issue along with the machines generally being very sluggish.

I looked around for the old Transformer I have that worked well and came up short. It appears that market is no more.

Any love for a Surface from Groupon?

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Concerning Atom:
by DLCPhototography / January 6, 2018 10:31 AM PST

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I'm concerned about the Atom performance as well.

That's why I'm considering, and was asking, about the Galaxy Book 10.6, as it has the Dual-core 1-2.6GHz Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor for the CPU. My understanding is that this should perform well above any Atom processor. Thoughts?

Not sure what you're asking re: "Any love for a Surface from Groupon"? Which model/specs, price, ?Groupon?

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As to the Atom or Core m3
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2018 10:48 AM PST
In reply to: Concerning Atom:

I can't comment on products that are not out and not on review sites. Here's a M3 powered Lenovo.

As to Groupon my brother and I used that to get cheap laptops to fill in seats at the office. Example:

So if we search for Surface models there are quite a few out there.
Here's a core m3 by Dell for only 250 today.

Review is hard to find but that groupon deal is quite the deal. If you never used Groupon there is a first purchase discount code that can save you 25%.
"Sign up for a Groupon account and register for their newsletter and you’ll get a 25% off Groupon promo code for your first purchase"

This brings that Dell to under 200 bucks. A steal. Look around and see if Dell sells a stylus for it but I didn't check.

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Very interesting...
by DLCPhototography / January 6, 2018 10:55 AM PST

The Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6 is definitely out, with reviews available, such as this one:

Trusted Reviews

That Dell deal looks quite interesting. Is this coming from Dell, so some type of warranty from them for a Refurbished item? Or is this just a 'buyer beware' with no recourse if there are problems?

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Warranty: 18 months parts-and-labor warranty provided by Ven
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2018 11:12 AM PST
In reply to: Very interesting...

Warranty: 18 months parts-and-labor warranty provided by Vendor.

That's pretty ample in my opinion. My brother and I bought many of the laptops from there at just 130 bucks each and each were flawless and the refurbisher put in a new spare battery in each box. Over a dozen or more if you count folk that we shared this deal with. That was months ago, deal over and no one has complained. For 130 bucks you can't buy Windows 10 Pro let alone the HP Probook with Core i3, 320GB HDD, new spare battery yada yada.

We did get a lot of questions about Groupon but didn't talk at length. They needed a Windows 10 machine for the work, we shared a killer deal and were not selling or making a dime from these. Anyhow, dozens of machines, thousands saved and will go back there again.

Hope this helps.

As to the reviews I search once and stop. It's not something I'll spend a lot of time on.

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Thanks for the help

Not sure yet which direction I'll go, but good to have additional information and options.

Enjoy the rest of your week-end.

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