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Converged Computing 1: A Few Weeks With a TF300

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So, I wrote about how I want a single computing device for all of my things a few weeks ago. At the time, I was waiting for the tf701 (AKA Transformer Prime Infinity), but since then I have purchased a tf300 for a number of reasons, one of which was to test-drive this whole workflow.

A few weeks in, I'm still using Android, and it's not perfect, even though ASUS's version of Android does have really nice support for the lapdock and in general most of the applications I care about also support the lapdock itself pretty nicely. Many applications still don't really realize that tablets are a thing, in 2013, which is a shame, of course.

The battery life and general workflow of the thing is really amazing. The screen on the tf300 leaves a lot to be desired, however the screen of the tf701 will be amazing, so it's not a huge worry for me. I've been able to leave my work laptop at work, and my x230 has basically gone untouched since this device arrived, and I haven't really noticed, to be frank. Mail.app and K9 both have shitty inbox management, and I can't get Kolab's tasks stuff to work in Android, so there's still quite a long ways to go until I can gain true productivity, but I'm too busy at work to care about that sort of thing right now anyway, for better or worse.

All of these things could be solved by installing a Plasma Active build on this thing, which is something I want to do when I have the bandwidth for it. Unfortunately, application support on PA is still a little bit limited, and falling back to Desktop applications when in tablet mode seems … nonoptimal. On the other hand, I'll have a real package manager and terminal emulator, which is better than the ugly hack I've had to put together to get Terminal IDE to sanely allow me to work on my blog (a Pelican blog stored in Git).

The ability to just switch formfactors with the tf300 is an exciting proposition, but Android doesn't properly take advantage of it yet like Plasma Active promises to.

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Ryan Rix is a privacy rights advocate and net-art wannabe. Reach them on the Fediverse as @rrix@cybre.space, twitter as @rrrrrrrix, via email to ryan@whatthefuck.computer or on Facebook or on Matrix as @rrix:whatthefuck.computer.