Reviews and Problems with Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101
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21 September 2011
Summary: 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.
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: With the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Asus has taken a refreshingly different course compared to other tablet manufacturers. We particularly like the look of the case, which forgoes the aluminum design settling instead for a textured brownish-bronze back that radiates class. The docking concept works quite well and can extend the functionality of the tablet by adding a physical keyboard, a second battery and several more ports. The Transformer TF101 doesn't quite manage...
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.
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.
Excerpt: The Asus Eee Pad Transformer combines a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet with an accessory keyboard that looks to put other docking, and non-docking, tablets to shame. When the Eee Pad Transformer was first announced it drew a smirk from us, but seated on the Pocket-lint reviews desk we have to take our hat off to Asus: the Asus Eee Pad Transformer looks sensational.
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