what did they regret (about their Transformer purchase) and what accessories did they get?
That they went well above their planned $200 budget.
From what I remember, it was an expensive travel case and probably a mouse or dock or such external device.
(7" is) a bit small for what i want it for.
I could list non-major brand-name 10" slates that are under $250, but I would be just getting their info off Google
. The closest I could probably recommend would be the Archos Slate -- Archos is almost-well-known, and they just released a $300 10" model
The 9.7" HP TouchPad is probably a decent fit for you, size-wise. And it's got 1.5 GHz dual-core processors. But they're probably still selling for $300. (Actually wait, Amazon has used 16GB models for $200.)
any exp with the asus trans.? so here you're saying the type of tablet is good but the ones you listed are better for what i can get? and the only negative is the weight difference?
It really depends on what else you want to use a tablet for. If it's just a personal media device to watch movies or read a comic on-the-go, or do you want it to do office work, post to RB, edit Wikis, draw, play music, and all that stuff the iPad commercials do?
To that end I've handled the iPad1, the Xoom, the IdeaPad A, the Thrive, the Adam, the Kindle2, the Transformer... probably forgot one or two off-brands... while each had their ups and downs, given the price-tag, I really didn't feel like their price tag warranted a buy just so I can have Spider Solitaire, a harmonica, and a pen-n-pad. (Especially one that didn't have gorilla-glass or a stylus with my butter-fingers.)
Hm, I may be throwing you off because I'm projecting what I want (a Swiss army-knife), not what you want. I apologize for that.
If your primary needs are just a 10" screen w/expansion card slot, you're probably good just getting a used HP TouchPad. Or a Fire-like Coby
. (The Google links above also show plenty of new $200 10" tablets are on the way if you want to wait.)
Still, because the design of the Asus Transformer is so well-liked, (Mega Man X on a two-touch screen? Flash games like Super Mario Crossover? Not even if you sync a 6axis/Wiimote) if by any chance you see the 3 lb. HP TC1100
w/keyboard docking station for under $200, SNAG IT! (Half the power, half the lightness, but half the price and you can put Win7 on it. I wouldn't, but you could.)