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
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: All told, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime stands out as the most impressive Android tablet to date. The only thing holding it back is an update to Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which Asus says is forthcoming. With a promising new OS on the way and a price tag equal to a 16GB iPad 2, the Prime could herald the rise of the real Android tablet market.
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: 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
Review Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 Tablet/MID
11 February 2012
Summary: Quad core tablet. The new Asus tablet with a keyboard dock is one of the first products with Nvidia's quad core processor, Tegra 3. Just in time for our review, Asus also upgraded to Android 4.0. We examined how the hybrid with the brand new chip and latest software fares in comparison to the precursor and the competition.
Pros: Newest mobile quad core chip, Very good screen, Elegant and robust aluminum case, Latest Android 4.0.3, Extended options thanks to keyboard dock, The elegant aluminum design is a successful improvement of the predecessor.
Cons: GPS only works sporadically, No 3G/UMTS, Only one speaker, A 3G/UMTS module, we can't say it often enough. At least for Europe.
Summary: Overall though, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is our favourite tablet. The Android OS isn't quite as fluid as the iPad's iOS, but the keyboard makes it a much more usable proposition, while still offering a slim and stylish platform when you just want to relax and read or browse the internet. Add in a blisteringly fast quad-core processor, and that gorgeous screen, and it's a fantastic all-round package.
Excerpt: The Asus Transformer Prime is a 10.1-inch Android-powered tablet with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB RAM, plus at least 32GB of internal storage. Its default operating system is Android 3.2 Honeycomb but an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available. It offers a total standby time of nearly two weeks per charge, which translates to around 10 hours of non-stop video playback or almost 6 hours of Web surfing with Wi-Fi.
Summary: Lighter and thinner yet more powerful than most rivals, the world’s first quad-core tablet sports a stunning screen, gorgeous design and comes with a keyboard dock.
Pros: Thinner and lighter than most, Gorgeous, super-bright IPS screen, Quad-core yet excellent battery life, Keyboard dock adds connectivity and battery, Full HD video plays smoothly
Cons: Dock’s keyboard inferior to original Transformer, Metal finish relatively smudge-prone and slippery, Top-heavy docked design requires care on lap, Poor speaker positioning, App selection still inferior to iPad, No 3G (yet)