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A great, affordable Android tablet, with keyboard dock. Asus did a good job in keeping bloatware to a minimum and letting Android's native features shine through. The physical keyboard attachment and trackpad work very well with the Android OS, making it one of the best netbooks I've ever used. This is just as well though as the software keyboard bundled with the system is virtually unusable and one of the worst I've seen. The keys are long and thin, forcing you to finger-type, instead of using it the way you would the iPad's software keyboard. I ended up buying and installing the tablet edition of the Thumb Keyboard, which has a full-sized mode that works better for natural typing.I have some issues with the build quality of the keyboard attachment. The matte plastic does feel cheap and, even though not glossy, attracts fingerprints. It reminds me a lot of the HP Mini 1000. The tablet is also a great deal heavier than the keyboard, causing the device to tip over if you're using the device on a couch or bed. Even on a table, you have to avoid pushing the screen too far back. I purchased this device because it was the only quad-core tablet available that came with ICS (Android 4.0) out of the box. It works well and would recommend it to another early adopter. To the rest, I'd recommend waiting for other devices with better build quality. I hope you all enjoyed my review, Have a great day.
I've gotten my Asus Transformer a while back in February, at that point, I was searching for a good replacement for the well-known Ipad. When i discovered the Asus Transformer, it immediately got my attention because of all its options.
First, about the search for a Ipad-like tablet. Ipad is known as the best, fastest tablet on the market. Though it's pretty expensive and this aspect makes me doubt if you get enough quality for your money...
After searching the world wide web for several hours and days, I finally found the Asus Transformer. This tablet isn't so expensive as the Ipad, which already was a great plus.
Secondly, the Asus Transformer has the very attractive keyboard. This keyboard is probably the biggest difference with the Ipad and has many advantages. Where the Ipad feels like a true and authentic tablet, the Asus Transformer actually is more than that. It's more like a mini-laptop when traveling to work or school. You ofcourse get all the advantages of a tablet, because you can detache the keyboard very quickly, but also the advantages of a laptop such as a higher productivity rate and an easier browsing experience. The keyboard also provides another 100% battery so you can use your tablet twice as long as normal. (The keyboard isn't that heavy which makes the Asus Transformer still a light weight tablet with all the benefits)
Finally, when you're planning to use your tablet for games only, don't botter buying the Asus Transformer, it has a great OS, but doesn't come close on this aspect to the Ipad. When you're planning to use your tablet for more than gaming only, like creating work files, scheduling, ... I would highly recommend the Asus Transformer, it has all the needs of a tablet, with the extra handy keyboard which will make your tablet-life a lot easier.
I would say, if you're willing to buy a tablet other than the Ipad, for less money but with fairly equal quality aspects, go for the Asus Transformer, you'll be very satisfied with your purchase and will enjoy this tablet for a very, very long time.
As a self confessed novice to the tablet world, I was looking for something which was easy to use, small enough to carry around and take on holiday,robust enough to cope with my clumsy fingers and also with a long battery life.
I have previously had 2 laptops, one of which was 13 inch but even this proved too heavy and cumbersome for foreign trips and generally travelling on planes.
I find the transformer ideal in this respect.
Although it is bigger than the average tablet, the fact that it can easily be separated into its 2 constituent parts makes it very versatile and convenient to use.
In addition, the combined battery life of both tablet and laptop parts is an astonishing 13hours.
I have the choice of using the tablet only, for example when gaming or watching downloaded video, or using the transformer with keyboard attached when typing or indeed to back up the tablet battery.
(The keyboard will provide up to 8 hours of additional battery life)
Ease of use was a prerequisite for me and I was not disappointed in this respect.
As an Android device,( Android version 4.0) it has access to a huge range of applications and games, many of them free, and its fast enough to cope with any of the games I have tried so far.
Screen resolution is excellent and bright enough to put my Acer Travelmate laptop to shame.
Despite its modest size the sound is of a reasonable quality but if you really want to enjoy it at its best, connect a decent set of headphones. I use a pair of Sennheiser noise reduction cans myself.
The transformer has a mini HDMI slot so it can be connected to an HDMI TV for playing movies and other audio /video. This is how I watch Netflix when I'm at home or anywhere else which has an HDMI.
Wifi connection is a breeze and I've now used this in numerous places including abroad with no problems whatsoever.
There are 2 cameras, a webcam and an 8 megapixel camera which takes great photos and video, although it is only really practical to use this one with tablet on its own. Again ease of use is great,just point and click, and the quality of the end product does not disappoint. Indeed when last on holiday I didn't use my digital camera at all. However, because it has a full size SD card slot, photos can also be transferred from your digital camera with ease.
In my view there are very few negatives to talk of with this device.
Yes, it is heavier than an ordinary tablet and doesn't exactly fit into a pocket, but it comes apart easily, and the 10 inch screen gives a more than adequate viewing experience, so you can put the keyboard away in your hand luggage and use the tablet section only,although admittedly one handed use does get a bit tiring.
Also, with the keyboard connected, you also have to be aware that it can topple over, depending on the angle you have the screen at, but this is a minor quibble.
All in all therefore, I would thoroughly recommend this product.