This review will be carried out as several posts to cover off different aspects of the tablet and its photographic uses.
Part 1 - the tablet itself
Much has been written about the use of the iPad in photography, very much less about the use of Android alternatives. There are very good reasons for this; the iPad is the clear market leader, and has had much better photographic apps for a long time. However, there are some really good reasons to consider alternatives now.
Firstly, we'll look at the tablet itself. I bought it last July for my wife, and initially, I was going to get her an iPad. I compared the two in the store, and the performance of similarly-specced machines (16GB, WiFi) was close to identical - the Asus seemed to me significantly better than the other Android tablets, and the differences came down more to what was in whatever version of iOS the iPad was running, and the Android 3.0 on the Asus. A couple of points grabbed my attention on the Asus - a micro SD slot and an HDMI slot - but above all, the keyboard attachment that's the key to the "Transformer" name. This houses an extra battery, but crucially has two USB ports and a normal SD slot. Expansion opportunities, eh? Could be interesting... Oh, and the base unit was £50 cheaper than the iPad... well that got me a little excited, but I was buying it for the wife, so decided to get the iPad. Fate intervened, though - they were out of stock, and weren't due in before my wife's birthday, so I didn't hesitate any more, but bought the Asus.
In use, it's been excellent - she uses it as a tablet to play games, watch videos and so on, and as a laptop for emails and so on. The touchscreen is as good as the Apple one, the screen resolution nearly as much so, but the whole package has been way better than I was expecting, in large part to that keyboard unit. Just as a tablet, it's been a lot of fun for her and indeed the whole family.
Recently, though, a couple of particularly interesting apps have appeared for it - Adobe Photoshop Touch, and a tethering app, and these will be the subjects of further posts over the next few days, along with more general photographic uses.