Asus Eee Pad Transformer review

An Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with a detachable keyboard - a perfect match for business users or a chunky compromise that doesn't suit anyone? David Ludlow flexes his fingers and finds out in our review.

iOS on the iPad 2 still feels like a more mature and complete operating system.

That's not to say that there's not a lot to like about Android 3.0. For tablet use it is miles ahead of the smartphone edition, making better use of the high resolution screen. We love the fact that you can put widgets on any of the five customisable home screens, giving you quick access to information from apps, such as your latest email and upcoming appointments.

With Android 3.0 Widgets are placed using a grid system that keeps the rough location of objects you place in both landscape and portrait mode. So, if you place your email Widget at the top right of the screen, it remains there in both orientations.

It's good to see that the Email and Gmail apps have both been overhauled. In landscape mode you get a list of emails and a preview window, making it quick work to go through all of your email. In portrait mode the list of emails disappears out of view when you're reading email, but it's easy enough to bring it back to select another message to look at.

As with Android 2.3, the Email app supports Exchange servers, complete with access to the Global Address List (GAL), appointments in your calendar and contact synchronisation. If your company uses Google Apps instead, the Gmail app is the one you'll use for messages, although contacts and calendar appointments are also synchronised.

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