Reviews and Problems with Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101
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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review: In Depth
1 week ago
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.
Conclusion: The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 distinguishes itself from the sea of emerging Honeycomb tablets with its aggressive pricing, and an optional accessory that turns it into a virtual notebook.
Pros: Currently the most affordable Honeycomb tablet. Speedy Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Honeycomb features strong multitasking, e-mail and calendar notifications. HDMI out for HD video and mirroring. $150 keyboard dock accessory turns the tablet into a virtual notebook.
Cons: Honeycomb interface can be cluttered. Virtual keyboard is slightly modified and doesn't handle predictive text well.
Conclusion: The 10.1” screen that’s present on the ASUS Transformer is amongst the best that I have seen on a tablet. It has a similar 1280×800 resolution found in other Honeycomb tablets but it’s an IPS display with wider viewing angles. This helps a lot- especially when the Transformer is docked in it’s base. Like all tablets, the screen is highly reflective and glossy but the brightness levels on the Transformer are good enough to block your reflection.
Summary: Asus seemed to have delivered well on their promise. They’ve created a device which gives you the best of both worlds, something we’ve long been waiting for. However, they seemed to have gotten carried away a bit with the success, which reflects in the pricing. Generally, a 3G version of a tablet is a couple of thousand more than the Wi-Fi only version. You can find the Wi-Fi Transformer or TF101 for about Rs.30,000, which is good bargain.
Summary: We give ASUS a lot of credit for the Eee Pad Transformer TF10, which beats the Lenovo U1 Hybrid to market as the first Android tablet that connects to a keyboard dock. In addition to making typing easier, the Transformer's $149 dock adds a battery life boost, even though we're not fans of the oversensitive touchpad.
Pros: Fast Tegra processor, Elegant design, Wide viewing angles, Long battery life especially with dock, Keyboard dock adds versatility, Lighter than other 10-inch Android tablets
Cons: Touchscreen less responsive when docked, Some software glitches, Docking should be easier