[clug] Portable computing options?

Chris Smart clug at christophersmart.com
Sun Nov 17 21:58:41 MST 2013

On 18/11/13 15:48, Ben Davies wrote:
> Having returned a *third* defective Asus transformer, I'm back to

You know they not _actually_ Autobots, right? :-)

> hunting around portable computing options for a more suitable (and
> reliable) system. I'm close to ruling out (non-rooted) Android for a
> few reasons (although I've not tried any open source variants). For
> the most part, several things I tried (beyond fairly basic tasks such
> as reading PDFs, watching video, some web browsing, tapping out notes
> or a quick email etc) were frustrating or involved faffing about. I
> also don't like the idea of having a shared device linked to a single
> google account, and needing that to access app repositories.

Do you need a built keyboard? I'd go a Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 if the size fits.

Easy to root, ssh, vpn, lots of custom roms if that's your thing, full
Google Play Store, video editor, pdf support, QuickOffice, multi-user
support and full /data encryption.

You've even got VLC if you want it.

The only thing it's missing is a keyboard if you really need one - you
might not if you're happy to type on the popup keyboard on the 10".

There are also bluetooth keyboards if you must have one.

Backups might be a problem if you don't want to send to Google Drive or


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