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I give this item 5 stars because of the ease of use as well as coming to me in the promised New condition. I am not sure why anyone would try to by this used because essentially all you're buying is a one time use code registered to your class that you are taking and after using it, you cannot reuse it. Never buy this item used or you will regret it. However, buy it new and you will have no issues. You're paying some great cardstock (poor trees!) and a code, but it's necessary for my college classes so I was forced to get it. You do what you have to, and I bought this new after reading all of the reviews. As long as you buy new you're going to be fine. 5 stars!
After the publication of "Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution," this older version seems to have been neglected. Mostly this is good because while it's a great book and I enjoyed reading it, Dr. Atkins' understanding of things has come a long way since he wrote it.
For example, the old version recommends almost zero carbohydrates and doesn't take fiber into account. The new book recommends no less than 20g of net carbohydrates, and fiber can be subtracted from the total count for any food since it doesn't raise blood sugar.
In the old version, the first phase was simply called "Phase 1" and lasted only one week; now it is called "Induction" and lasts 2 weeks. Since it includes more carbs, it can be adhered to for up to six months.
Dr. Atkins puts a big emphasis on ketone strips. The new program includes using them, but downplays them. Many people - like me - have trouble getting even light pink on our best days. I think downplaying, while still leaving the option there, is the best thing to do.
Other differences just have to do with the passage of time. 30 years ago Splenda wasn't on the market, so there is no mention of it. Same with cyclomates. Who today has heard of this sweetener? And the cure for constipation then was a mild laxative. Nowadays fiber supplements are on the market and are the recommended thing.
The only part of the book I skipped was the recipes, though if you are into cooking it would be a really awesome part to look through. It takes up significant space, so if you are looking for low carb recipes, the book might be worth the price just for that.
I loved the end of the book and wish that section had been included in the new one. It's Dr. Atkins' statement to the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition of Human Needs on April 12, 1973 (very early versions of the book do not include this). He does a wonderful job of defending his diet to the naysayers. I highly recommend reading this section of the book.
One last thing, the weight chart at the back of the book is not realistic in today's world. It's based on the old version of the Met Life charts. The new version allows people to weigh more, and I know my body just stalls out my weight loss at 145. On the old Met Life chart that was too much. On the new one it is a perfectly normal weight.
I recommend this book as a good history lesson in how the diet began, but to lose weight I recommend "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution," which has the advantage of 30 years' worth of learning that the doctor didn't have when he wrote the first book.
I consider myself to be a decent geek when it comes to tech stuff. So I have a lot of experience with various tablets. I have to say this tablet is amazing. I won't list the features because you can look that up yourself. But Tegra 3 quad core does make a difference on this thing. Like several others I have also owned majority of the other tablets like the Ipad 2, Samsung 10.1, HP Touchpad, Acer A500 and A200 tablets, Motorola Xoom. All were decent tablets but nothing compared to this gorgeous creature.
Battery life is amazing, but even better once you purchase the ultra thin keyboard. Both items are perfect when combined. Keyboard not only helps the battery life but makes it easier to navigate and use the tablet like a computer. Only problem is when you have apps that only open in the vertical position then you have to turn the keyboard and tablet to the side or take the tablet off the keyboard. Not a major issue at all but something worth mentioning. No major issues so far. I have had the Prime for over a week now and so far everything works well. I finished a 2 hour movie on my last plane ride and the battery only went down 1%. Games, music and other software work seamlessly without any glitches once you run the updates out of the box. Make sure you charge both the tablet and the keyboard dock for the full 8 hours before you use them. There is a reason why that is the first thing they say in the manual. After that it does not take long to fully charge either device.
Now as far as the wifi and GPS issue. Wifi works flawless. Just run your updates to Android 4.0 ICS and you will be fine. As far as GPS seriously just keep your wifi on and you can view things like google maps or whatever else you need gps for. I don't understand why people are making such a huge deal on the GPS issue. If you need gps then go buy a smart phone. Do you really plan on holding a 10 inch tablet up while you are driving your car? Seriously move on people. If you really need your location, just check your location settings and you will be fine. Google earth and Google maps work without any issues once you turn your location on.
All aside I know everyone has their opinion on the matter but I really think they are missing out on the best tablet available to date. By the way I am including the Ipad 2. Yes, in my opinion this blows the ipad away due to the size, features and overall performance. Unless you love boring Apple products and you can't operate an android device, then that is a different story.
Seriously, pick this Asus Transformer prime up and get the keyboard dock, you won't regret it. For the price, features and overall build quality you can't beat it. It is a really nice device. Plus do you really want to wait until June 2012 for the next model and pay an extra $100 when you can have this one now for less money? Well if GPS is that important then that's another story.