Conclusion: Note that up until a few weeks ago the only product able to match the price of the Eee Pad Transformer was the Acer Iconia Tab A500 ( read our review ) with all other tablets selling for $500 or more. Lately though, we've had the HP TouchPad fire sale and other Honeycomb tablets like the Toshiba Thrive dropping in price. When compared to the iPad 2 , the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is roughly $100 less.
Asus EEE Pad Transformer review – best Android tablet so far, but…
23 September 2012
Conclusion: All in all, there are lots of things we like about the Asus EEE Pad Transformer. It’s definitely a solid piece of technology and is well built, good looking and powerful. Comes with nice connectivity options, nice features and an amazing IPS high-resolution display, the best you can get on a tablet right now. We also find the pad quite comfortable to use for a longer time, because of its wider ergonomic body and rubbery finish on the back, that allows perfect grip.
Excerpt: Much like the netbook market, tablets have come of age and everyone seems to want one. Also similar to netbooks it seems that the market is saturated by tablets from many different manufacturers. Asus can be credited for making the netbook market a reality and for offering some of the finest netbooks made. Today we take a look at the Asus Transformer TF101 tablet to see if Asus has kept the tradition of offering an excellent product in the tablet market.
Summary: The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101g is a dream come true which pairs a very good Android tablet with a tried-and-tested netbook keyboard to create one great product. It's sleek, stylish, and extremely practical and well worth its asking price.
Pros: Beautiful IPS display, Detachable screen, Premium look and feel, Good keyboard
Summary: Back in the fall of 2007, ASUS decided there was room in people’s lives for a highly portable, secondary computer that could handle basic tasks — surfing the web, checking email, listening to music, and playing games. That was the $399 Linux-based Eee PC — arguably the first netbook — and it became quite a hit.
Pros: Entire package is affordable, Great quality display, Over 13 hours of battery life when paired with the dock, Comfortable keyboard
Cons: Overly plasticy construction, Tablet is longer than others, Poor camera quality
Excerpt: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is a 10.1-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with NVidia's dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera (for video calls), Wi-Fi connectivity and a memory card slot. What makes the Transformer special is a detachable keyboard, which effectively turns the tablet into a smartbook.
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
Conclusion: The Transformer is the perfect tablet for more than one type of user. It's great if you're just looking for a well made gadget, for example, as it's small, robust and packed with features. If you're yet to be convinced by tablets, however, the Transformer is even better. With the keyboard attached, it really is a close run thing between the Transformer and the current crop of CULV laptops.
Pros: By far the best bit about the Eee Pad Transformer is the design. If you don't have the keyboard attached, you'd never know it was different from any other tablet. When you do hook up the keyboard, it looks like any other mini laptop, save for a slightly bulkier but incredibly tough aluminium hinge that also acts as the dock. The keyboard is excellent considering the compact size, with the palm rest and keyboard surround made out of metal, and a textured plastic back –...
Cons: Although the Eee Pad Transformer is one of our favourite tablets to date, it's not without issues. The Android operating system is arguably the biggest glitch – it's good, but it's not as impressive as the iOS operating system found on the iPad 2. At times, it can be unintuitive to use, and still feels better suited to smartphones than tablets. That said, although some features weren't where we expected them to be – there's no hardware menu button on the Transformer, ...
Conclusion: We were surprised by the Asus Eee Pad Transformer; it’s easy to shrug it off as a desperate attempt at marrying an Android tablet the the keyboard-based convenience of a netbook. But it charms, and is a great standalone tablet - more stylish and stable than the Motorola Xoom, yet more rugged than the Galaxy Tab range. The keyboard is great; but that docking mechanism could be smoother; it’s agony to hear the tablet scrape and squeeze into the dock connection.