The Asus Transformer has apparently been selling like hotcakes lately due to a mix of pricing and features that other Android Honeycomb tablets out there have yet to meet. Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently said that the production of the tablet will soon ramp up to meet consumer demand and claims that the Transformer will beat all other Android competition out there this month.
With a starting price of $399, the Transformer gives users one of the cheapest prices for a high-end Android Honeycomb tablet that even undercuts the cheapest iPad 2 by $100. It may not be the most compact device we’ve seen, but it’s price is certainly easy on the eyes. So do we believe Shen when we he says that the Transformer will beat out the competition this month? Sure, but we can’t speak for the next month.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is set to debut soon, and you can even grab it now if you’re in New York. The uber-thin and light Android Honeycomb tablet is the best of its kind as it stands today, and has the best chance of taking some potential customers away from the iPad 2. It may not look like anything special, but when you pick it up you understand what the fuss is all about. While we’d imagine that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will become the go-to Android Honeycomb tablet very soon, the Transformer has a leg up in availability and pricing.
If you’re looking for a great Android Honeycomb tablet but aren’t looking to pay at least $500 or sign a two-year contract, then you should definitely be looking at the Transformer right now. The tablet itself is up to snuff with all of the competition, only cheaper. That said, there should be many more Android 3.x tablets on their way at similar price points as Asus’ offering, it just depends on how long you’re willing to wait.