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    What tablet to replace my Transformer?

    Well after battling the horrible performance for over a year (tried different ROM mods, etc.) I've decided that enough is enough.

    I'd like to continue with a 10" tablet.
    I'd prefer one with the ability to use a keyboard
    I'd prefer an SD and USB 2.0 (ideally 3.0) slot
    GPS chip is nice, but not necessarily a must. WiFi only.
    HDMI output is a must.

    I'm looking at the ASUS products, but to be honest, after the fiasco with the Transformer line, I'm not convinced of ASUS support for their products any longer. I love their laptops and motherboards, but their tablet support seems iffy, and has left a bad taste in my mouth.

    So what are the options out there? I definitely do NOT want a Windows OS tablet.

    I have an Amazon Fire 7" (the $39 one) just for grins, and it's OK, but Amazons "app" support is atrocious (they never update the apps and you can't easily sideload the apps on all the models).

    Trying to keep something in the $400 price range, although at that price range, I can get an ASUS 15" laptop for $330 (albeit it'll be heavier/bigger than what I'd really like), plus it's a Windows OS.

    Any ideas/suggestions?

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    Ruling out Windows - & from your hardware requirements ruling out Apple as well - means you have precious little choice. Couple that with your hardware requirements & budget and you have virtually no products to choose from.

    You are definitely left with Android or Chrome OS. Android tablets are almost non-existent nowadays... well, good ones are.Chrome OS doesn't exist on any tablet - the closest you can get to one is something like the Asus Flip.

    I guess Android Authority will offer the closest thing you can get to a "definitive" list of the best Android tablets. http://www.androidauthority.com/best...ablets-267136/

    But the only large Android tablet device I would even consider as a really good device these days is Google's Pixel C - but that is going to cost you an eye watering $648 when you include the keyboard.

    Something needs to give and it isn't likely to be a new range of devices any time soon. But it's your money so you'll need to make the hard choices
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    Thanks for the info. Well that kinda stinks. I could probably do without the SD card if there's a USB port (and if it's a 32 GB tablet). 9.7" is fine as well. Trying to figure out if the Galaxy S2 or Google Nexus 9 will maybe suffice. Too bad the Asus transformer is such a pig. It was great until that last update a few years back and, like most others, I've never been able to get it to behave since, even with Crombi.

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    Why not invest a couple days' time, read up and try some of the new ROMs for the 700? I love mine on KatKiss (Currently I have one on KK-LP and one on KK-Nougat). CROMBi-X has been updated as "CROMBi-X Resurrected" to take advantage of some of the newer developments in file handling etc. But if you're already running CROMBi-X then the worst is over, you're unlocked and have a custom recovery. I'd do an awful lot of reading and fiddling around with my old hardware for half a kilobuck and better.

    BTW I've been fooling with a bargain-basement Chromebook for a while now, and I'm afraid I find the OS very limiting. I may look into converting it to ChromiumOS (the open-source version) as there's just too much that a Chromebook just won't do OOTB. Interestingly enough, when running Arch Linux, it's a very good box for modding Androids via ADB and fastboot! AFAIK this is the only case of one ARM device using ADB and fastboot to modify another ARM device. All of which probably means I have too much time on my hands and had better spend it sleeping as tomorrow is going to be another hectic day at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevinthefixer View Post
    Why not invest a couple days' time, read up and try some of the new ROMs for the 700? I love mine on KatKiss (Currently I have one on KK-LP and one on KK-Nougat). CROMBi-X has been updated as "CROMBi-X Resurrected" to take advantage of some of the newer developments in file handling etc. But if you're already running CROMBi-X then the worst is over, you're unlocked and have a custom recovery. I'd do an awful lot of reading and fiddling around with my old hardware for half a kilobuck and better.

    BTW I've been fooling with a bargain-basement Chromebook for a while now, and I'm afraid I find the OS very limiting. I may look into converting it to ChromiumOS (the open-source version) as there's just too much that a Chromebook just won't do OOTB. Interestingly enough, when running Arch Linux, it's a very good box for modding Androids via ADB and fastboot! AFAIK this is the only case of one ARM device using ADB and fastboot to modify another ARM device. All of which probably means I have too much time on my hands and had better spend it sleeping as tomorrow is going to be another hectic day at work.
    That may be an option - newer roms. I don't think I ever tried the zombie one or whatever it was. I agree on the chromebook. Plus I have a "hate" relationship with Google (haha). Ironically the most apps I use are:

    Kindle books
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    Zombi-Pop is good, despite the horrible name; IMHO KatKiss-Nougatella is the best yet. If you are attached to the stock look/feel, try CROMBi-X resurrected. All of them use some newer development tricks that make a huge difference in our underpowered TFs. One of the worst shortcomings of the TF700 is the abominably slow flash memory Asus put in it; Enter the new Android Run Time (to replace Dalvik) and, again IMHO, most importantly the Flash Friendly File System or f2fs. Also fstrim (KK at least runs this automatically, I'm not sure about the rest), which is what you do to a solid-state drive instead of defragging it. There are more tweaks but I think these are the ones that made the most difference, and make the TF700 fun to use rather than an aggravation. I'd certainly recommend you try a couple of them out before tossing a perfectly good 700 out the window!
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    I've got a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7". It's an excellent tablet. Light as a feather. Super high resolution screen. Mine is an LTE T-Mobile version that I got on eBay from a reseller for $260.00 but you can find new ones from reputable sources for about $400.00.

    Samsung makes a keyboard specifically for this tablet, but you can also pair it with any number of aftermarket bluetooth keyboards. I use the Microsoft Universal Foldable keyboard with mine.

    Anyway, just my two cents.

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    Shield obviously

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    An Nvidia Shield tablet, you mean? Make sure you have very, very deep pockets.

    The thing is, the keyboard dock is not just a keyboard. This has been discussed before. Field workers appreciate the extra battery capacity, you can run a TF700 a full shift on a charge with the dock. Photographers (and myself; I've a long way to go before I can call myself one) appreciate the full-size SD slot. USB ports, well, they're pretty universal, huh? Even if their build quality lacks a bit, the keyboard dock goes a long way toward making the 700 more useful than most of its competition. However, its hardware is just about obsolete now; it's been out of production for years, and there's just not anything out there that really takes its place.
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    Asus has TF303K and TF303CL (LTE) models with optional keyboards.

    I believe one of the Asus Zenpad 10 inch models has an optional keyboard. There is a new "Zenpad 3 10" just released. Check the models available on the http://www.asus.com/ site under products/tablets.
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