Reviews and Problems with Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101
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Value for money 7
Battery performance 8
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
18 September 2011
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, ...
Summary: Androidbook. With the Eee Tab TF101, Asus hopes reap the benefits of both notebooks and tablets. The concept of an Android tablet with an optional keyboard dock to transform it into a laptop has been around since at least the last Cebit trade fair. But now we take a closer look at one of these fully-functional transformers.
Pros: Attractive Case Design, Various Ports on Keyboard Dock, Good Screen, Runs Silently, Office Software Included, Above all, the docking option. Those who spend hours upon hours typing will find themselves satisfied with this Android-based tablet.
Cons: Reflective Screen, No 3G/UMTS Available Yet, A more competitive price. Even with the keyboard dock included, the TF101 should be considerably less expensive than the Apple iPad—then some real competition might flare up.
Conclusion: The Transformer is a very good system, when used as either a tablet or as a netbook. The battery life would easily last a whole work day, unless massive workloads were imposed on the system – either graphics visualisation or complex calculations. Of all the tablet systems we have used, the Transformer was the easiest to work with, a major factor being the ability to use a physical keyboard, rather than an on-screen software keyboard.
Conclusion: Drawing out a verdict on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer isn’t as tricky as it might seem - we love it. There are places where things could be improved on the tablet front - wider video support, increased uniformity across Asus’ app offerings - but some of the current Honeycomb limitations (e.g.: number of optimised apps) we can’t fault Asus for. We did have issues with the keyboard.
Pros: Design, great screen, microSD card slot works, relatively raw Honeycomb runs nicely, some extra additions from Asus add day 1 functionality, keyboard well made, value for money
Cons: Keyboard problems, lack of video codec support
Summary: With the iPad 2 available for less than £400 and full of apps for all occasions, Android needs a hero tablet, and it needs one now. After a few false starts, in the netbook/tablet hybrid Asus Eee Pad Transformer, it's finally found one. With a 10.1in screen and a healthy bezel around the edge, the slate part is slightly longer and narrower but exactly the same depth as the original iPad.
Excerpt: 2011'in ilk yarısında ASUS'un CEO 'su sahnede "büyük bir sürprizleri" olduğunu duyurduğunda tahmin ediyoruz ki kimse Eee Pad Transformer gibi bir üründen bahsettiğini anlayamamıştı. Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider ile birlikte netbook ve tablet arasında gidip gelen kullanıcıları bu büyük ikilemden kurtarabilecek melez bir cihaz.
Pros: Q klavye ve touchpad destekli dock, Başarılı ekran, Uzun şarj süresi, Şık tasarım
Cons: Dock takılıyken dokunmatikte ve klavyede takılmalar olabiliyor, Dock'a takma işlemi daha kolay olabilirdi
Summary: Тем, кто присматривает для себя по-настоящему мобильное рабочее место, теперь нет нужды тоскливо разглядывать в магазинах приевшиеся ноутбуки, — есть смысл обратить внимание на уникальный «трансформер».
Pros: Отлично реализованная идея совмещения планшета и клавиатурной док-станции расширенной функциональности, высокая производительность.