When I reviewed the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, one of the best Android tablets available, I ended with this: "If you want one device that's both a tablet and a laptop, I'd wait a few weeks to see what Windows 8 has in store." I said something similar about the Transformer Pad, and about the PadFone. Asus's modular strategy works reasonably well with Android, but seems tailor-made to fit how Windows 8 works.
So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when the Windows RT-powered Asus Vivo Tab RT appeared on my desk, and I ignored it thinking it was the Pad Infinity. Asus changed very little about its 10.1-inch tablet formula for its latest device: the Vivo Tab has a similar look, similar specs, and even a similar use case for the tablet / laptop hybrid. At $599.99 for a 32GB model plus $199.99 for the dock, it's even about the same price. It is, for all intents and purposes, a Windows-powered Transformer tablet — which I've been wanting for months. Does the Vivo Tab deliver? Read on.
Asus certainly didn't break any molds with the Vivo Tab. The tablet is a dead ringer for all of the company's Transformer models, though it borrows most from the high-end Infinity. It has an aluminum back, though instead of the Transformers' tree-trunk-like concentric circle design, it's just a brushed metal pattern — but it still looks great...
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