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Asus VivoTab RT LTE review

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Asus was making full touchscreen tablets with optional keyboard docks before it was cool. They did it with Google’s Android, and now they’re doing it with Microsoft’s Windows. One of their first Windows-powered creations is the Asus VivoTab RT LTE. It comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display and can be attached to a separate keyboard dock for easier typing and extended battery life. Just how good—or bad—is this attempt at yet another Windows RT tablet?

The VivoTab RT LTE tablet, as its name suggests, comes with Windows RT pre-installed. As you may already know, this is a special version of Windows that isn’t compatible with so-called “legacy apps” a.k.a. normal, desktop Windows programs like the ones that are currently available for Windows 7. It only supports modern Windows applications that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Windows Store.

This tablet is built to Microsoft Windows 8 spec: there’s an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, an NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and USB 2.0 connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi are both available as standard, while 4G LTE connectivity is available as an option. And it even comes with 8GB of free Asus WebStorage for three years. Clearly, it already has most any possible hardware concerns taken care of. And it can even be purchased with a bundled keyboard dock. The only issue that most reviewers have with this accessory is the fact that it offers a rather cramped typing experience. This has to do with its actual width and that of the tablet itself. Still, the chiclet keys are excellent for touch typing. And it beats typing on the on-screen virtual keyboard any day.

So with the hardware looking fairly good, it all comes down to the software. To really know whether or not you’ll like it, you may have to try it out for yourself. It’s important to understand that at launch, you just can’t expect it to be on the same level as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, which have both been around for many years now. Third-party apps are scarce, and there may be a learning curve up ahead. In the end, it will get the job done, but only if you're willing to give it a chance.

Need to Know: Asus VivoTab RT LTE

1. Uses the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip with 2GB of RAM as standard. (The Good)

2. Comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as optional 4G LTE connectivity. (The Good)

3. Windows 8 app support is limited to only modern apps in the Windows Store. (The Bad)

4. Selection of apps at launch is very scarce. (The Bad)


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket Gamer

Somewhere within Earn to Die 2 are the ingredients for some exhilarating 'one more go' jeopardy-based gameplay, but the recipe used here is downright repulsive

- Giles Armstrong, Pocket Gamer
148Apps

Earn to Die 2 needs more variety to really enthuse, and what’s there just isn’t enough to keep you coming back for a long time.

- Jennifer Allen, 148Apps
PhoneNews

The VivoTab RT makes sense for a many. Those who want a truly secure tablet for users that perform over ninety percent of their tasks in either Internet Explorer or Microsoft Office. Considering that Microsoft has made both apps actually quite adequate, it may make sense for you to buy one. Just do...

- Christopher Price, PhoneNews
TabletPCReview

In the upcoming avalanche of tablets with various versions of Windows, Asus has the advantage of having a good reputation, built on its devices with the Android OS. It has managed to maintain this level of credibility with the VivoTab RT -- this is a practical 10-inch tablet and notebook hybrid. It...

- Dragan Petric, TabletPCReview
Expert Reviews

The uncomfortably compact keyboard makes typing a challenge for long periods of time and there’s presently a lack of good software. Microsoft's Surface might be thicker and heavier, but its keyboard covers are far easier to type on and its build quality is far superior. If you're determined to...

- Tom Morgan, Expert Reviews


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Asus VivoTab RT LTE's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
25WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 25 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

VivoTab RT LTE Specs

Overview
Release date November 17, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 2 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 0.558 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.2 x 17.1 x 0.8 cm (10.3 x 6.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 535 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 155 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, F/2.2 aperture
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus VivoTab RT 4G, Asus TF600TL

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Critic Reviews


Pocket Gamer

Completing a level actually feels like a punishment

from Pocket Gamer

Somewhere within Earn to Die 2 are the ingredients for some exhilarating 'one more go' jeopardy-based gameplay, but the recipe used here is downright repulsive

Read full review

Somewhere within Earn to Die 2 are the ingredients for some exhilarating 'one more go' jeopardy-based gameplay, but the recipe used here is downright repulsive

Read full review

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148Apps

Fails to have the traction or originality in the end

from 148Apps

Earn to Die 2 needs more variety to really enthuse, and what’s there just isn’t enough to keep you coming back for a long time.

Read full review

Earn to Die 2 needs more variety to really enthuse, and what’s there just isn’t enough to keep you coming back for a long time.

Read full review

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PhoneNews

Excellent multitasking, refined hardware, great Transformer dock performance

from PhoneNews

The VivoTab RT makes sense for a many. Those who want a truly secure tablet for users that perform over ninety percent of their tasks in either Internet Explorer or Microsoft Office. Considering that Microsoft has made both apps actually quite adequate, it may make sense for you to buy one. Just do get it at a bargain, there are plenty out there on these....

More

The VivoTab RT makes sense for a many. Those who want a truly secure tablet for users that perform over ninety percent of their tasks in either Internet Explorer or Microsoft Office. Considering that Microsoft has made both apps actually quite adequate, it may make sense for you to buy one. Just do get it at a bargain, there are plenty out there on these.

Windows RT can replace your laptop on the go. iOS and Android, it’s still a tertiary device. That’s the bet Microsoft made with all its burdens on Windows RT, both on consumers and device manufacturers. At $349, VivoTab RT makes the case relevant. But Microsoft needs to do more to close the sale. Still, the only people that would hate owning this tablet over the next few years, are gamers; Windows RT’s app situation hurts gaming the most, by far.

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TabletPCReview

It has a few shortcomings, as well as advantages

from TabletPCReview

In the upcoming avalanche of tablets with various versions of Windows, Asus has the advantage of having a good reputation, built on its devices with the Android OS. It has managed to maintain this level of credibility with the VivoTab RT -- this is a practical 10-inch tablet and notebook hybrid....

More

In the upcoming avalanche of tablets with various versions of Windows, Asus has the advantage of having a good reputation, built on its devices with the Android OS. It has managed to maintain this level of credibility with the VivoTab RT -- this is a practical 10-inch tablet and notebook hybrid.

Its biggest advantages are its exceptionally slim design and small weight, highly practical add-on keyboard, and some little things that offer great comparative advantage in relation to competing models, like USB, NFC and certain pre-installed Asus applications.

The device's flaws refer to the low display resolution, insufficiently polished docking touchpad and, regardless of the hardware, the currently humble offer of Windows RT applications.

All in all, this is surely one of the most attractive 10-inch tablets at the moment, which is a direct competition for Microsoft Surface RT and a worthy equal to the Transformer Pad on the market of devices with the Microsoft operating system for tablets.

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Expert Reviews

The uncomfortably compact keyboard makes typing a challenge for long periods of time

from Expert Reviews

The uncomfortably compact keyboard makes typing a challenge for long periods of time and there’s presently a lack of good software. Microsoft's Surface might be thicker and heavier, but its keyboard covers are far easier to type on and its build quality is far superior. If you're determined...More

The uncomfortably compact keyboard makes typing a challenge for long periods of time and there’s presently a lack of good software. Microsoft's Surface might be thicker and heavier, but its keyboard covers are far easier to type on and its build quality is far superior. If you're determined to buy a Windows RT device, we think you should opt for that instead of the VivoTab RT.

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Pocketables

It’s a pretty darn good one

from Pocketables

The ASUS VivoTab RT isn’t the absolute best Windows RT tablet on the market, but it’s a pretty darn good one. You’ve probably noticed by now my repeated references to the Surface. While it might not be fair to repeatedly refer back to the other device, Microsoft has really used it to set th...More

The ASUS VivoTab RT isn’t the absolute best Windows RT tablet on the market, but it’s a pretty darn good one. You’ve probably noticed by now my repeated references to the Surface. While it might not be fair to repeatedly refer back to the other device, Microsoft has really used it to set the standard for Windows tablets. It is, however, a big tablet, thanks to its 10.6-inch screen. As a result, the VivoTab RT might be preferable if you want a slightly smaller form-factor, as well as the ability to add a keyboard while simultaneously increasing the battery life.

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PhoneArena

It’s really giving the Surface RT a good run for its money

from PhoneArena

Heck, the more we think about it, at the same price that Microsoft is selling its Surface RT tablet with its touch cover, we actually find more value in Asus’ offering. Not only are you getting a versatile netbook replacement, but the extra battery power is significant in making it a true porta...More

Heck, the more we think about it, at the same price that Microsoft is selling its Surface RT tablet with its touch cover, we actually find more value in Asus’ offering. Not only are you getting a versatile netbook replacement, but the extra battery power is significant in making it a true portable powerhouse. At the same time, the sleek figure of the VivoTab RT works well in keeping it manageable to carry around. And lastly, it’s packing a much better camera than the Surface RT as well. When it comes down to it, the VivoTab RT merely goes to show that Asus can always stand tall in the face of competition – even if it’s from the direct source. If you’re considering picking up a Windows RT tablet, this is surely going to be one you’ll want to check out.

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Cnet

Elegant and refreshing user interface

from Cnet

With Windows RT, the Vivo Tab RT takes some getting used to. There's a high learning curve and access to several key features is either unintuitive or buried.

But once you get the hang of it, there are a lot of things to like as well. Despite being somewhat hidden, the features are useful, and what we liked best of all was the refreshingly elegant user interface. Navigating through the Start screen feels especially silky and the dynamic live tiles are fun and informative....

More

With Windows RT, the Vivo Tab RT takes some getting used to. There's a high learning curve and access to several key features is either unintuitive or buried.

But once you get the hang of it, there are a lot of things to like as well. Despite being somewhat hidden, the features are useful, and what we liked best of all was the refreshingly elegant user interface. Navigating through the Start screen feels especially silky and the dynamic live tiles are fun and informative.

Software aside, however, the Tab RT falls barely short of the Surface. Though the former has a brighter screen, other factors give the Surface that extra sliver and edge. For example, its novel keyboard is much more portable and comfortable to type on. And its larger screen offers a more cinematic, immersive experience. Just as with any flagship product, it's no surprise that when it comes to creating a better Windows RT experience, look to Microsoft itself to carry the torch.

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Engadget

Thin, easy to hold and lasts a long time on a charge

from Engadget

For better and worse, the VivoTab RT replicated everything we loved and didn't love about the company's Android-based Transformer tablets. This, too, is exceptionally thin, light and easy to hold, with long battery life and a good camera. Still, the fact that ASUS hasn't changed the layout on its...More

For better and worse, the VivoTab RT replicated everything we loved and didn't love about the company's Android-based Transformer tablets. This, too, is exceptionally thin, light and easy to hold, with long battery life and a good camera. Still, the fact that ASUS hasn't changed the layout on its keyboard dock means you'll have to brace yourself for a cramped typing experience -- which is a shame since Microsoft's own Surface tablet is offered with not one, but two comfortable keyboards. The performance also feels far more buggy than on the competing Surface tablet.

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Ars Technica

An otherwise decent Windows RT tablet is hobbled by a lack of software

from Ars Technica

The VivoTab RT is a pretty good way to kick off our Windows 8 and Windows RT hardware coverage. Its slightly cramped keyboard and husky docked profile are reminiscent of netbook-style design compromises, but its build quality is excellent, and using it for a few days has convinced me that the tab...More

The VivoTab RT is a pretty good way to kick off our Windows 8 and Windows RT hardware coverage. Its slightly cramped keyboard and husky docked profile are reminiscent of netbook-style design compromises, but its build quality is excellent, and using it for a few days has convinced me that the tablet-plus-keyboard-dock form factor will work for at least some users. The $599 starting price for the tablet with the keyboard dock included makes the device a bit expensive compared to some Intel Atom-based tablets, but they may well have their own tradeoffs that we won't see until we get one in for a full review. Most crucially, though, the Asus VivoTab RT's price compares favorably with Microsoft's Surface pricing.

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