Reviews and Problems with Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201
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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Hands-on review
12 February 2014
Conclusion: We can’t make our minds up if this is more tablet than laptop or vice versa, but we can be sure of is that this is a great all round piece of kit that also looks the part. It’s packing one of the best keyboard docks we’ve seen and is supremely powerful thanks to the quad-core architecture.
Pros: Powerful Processor. Beautiful screen. Great specs, Transforms into netbook with keyboard dock
Cons: Currently not shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich, but will get an update
Summary: The ASUS Transformer Prime tablet can be safely considered to be the top of the moment, especially part because it is the first ever to mount a quad-core processor and one of the first to have Android 4.0. Remarkable, however, even the rest of the specifications, such as the 8 MP camera with flash and Full HD movies, GPS, keyboard, docking in-box, the HDMI output, the quality of the display.
Pros: Quad-core processor, front camera, Full HD Movies, memory card reader; Gyroscope
Excerpt: Asus Transformer Prime is a successor to the original Transformer tablet. It's thinner and the first Android device powered by NVidia's quad-core processor. In addition, it also comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, optional keyboard dock, 8-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, 16 or 32 GB of built-in storage and a memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Excerpt: A couple of weeks ago I was granted the joy of reviewing ASUS' higher-end Transformer Pad Infinity tablet, which is the biggest, baddest version of ASUS' Eee Pad range. Today we have the pleasure of looking at the slightly less powerful Transformer Prime.
Summary: This is by far the best Android tablet money can buy. It has almost everything going for it - excellent performance, premium finish, brilliant display, excellent battery life and a full fledged keyboard that converts this into a netbook (ummm, actually it's faster than a netbook!) in a jiffy. The only complaint - it has a ridiculous price tag.
Pros: Very thin and light, Built very well, Quite powerful, Excellent battery life, Keyboard dock is infinitely useful
Cons: Not many apps still can use the quad-core CPU, Isn't very balanced with the keyboard hooked up
Excerpt: THE FIRST AND SECOND Transformers movies were abominations, and Hasbro has sued Asus for violating its Transformers trademark, but there’s no denying that Asus’s Eee Pad Transformer Prime improves on the original Transformer tablet in nearly every conceivable fashion. Asus’s latest tablet—we’ll just call it the Prime—loses the awkward build of its predecessor in favor of a smaller, lighter, and more stylish aluminum-backed chassis.
Pros: Huge gains in CPU and graphics performance; fantastic display; top-notch industrial design; excellent keyboard/expansion dock.
Cons: Browser performance still feels last-generation; very little Tegra 3–optimized software at this point.
Conclusion: The ASUS Transformer Prime is without a doubt the finest Android tablet to date, and barring those with an addiction to having what they call the "widest" or "finest" app collection in the land, I've got no qualms with calling this the highest quality slate on the market today. Of course the app production ecosystem for the iPad 2 is stronger - people still see it as an easier place to make cash.
Conclusion: So back to our original question: The hype surrounding the Asus Transformer Prime - is it justified? For want of a more rounded answer, yes. It definitely is. Being the first quad-core tablet we’ve seen, the speed improvements are priceless and Android 4.0 feels fantastic on a 10.1-inch display.
Pros: Very fast, first quad-core tablet, Slim, attractive tablet, Durable with spun metal finish, Keyboard dock adds a lot of function
Cons: GPS signal issues, Keys on dock are shallow, Camera captures washed out images, Weighting when docked takes getting used to
Summary: The Transformer Prime TF201 is currently being sold for Rs.49,999, although you can find it in online store like Flipkart for Rs.46,000. While it’s expensive for a non-3G tablet, it’s a very good upgrade from the previous version but we still wouldn’t recommend buying this now, especially when the Transformer Pad 300 has launched. This is a very similar tablet to the Prime in features and specs plus, it’s also 3G ready and a bit cheaper as well.