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This tablet combines the adaptability of a laptop with the flexibility and ease of use of a tablet. Using the dock to attach a keyboard adds an extra level of usability that other tablets just don't have. The Android operating system allows access to many apps through Google Play. With ASUS's behind this tablet you can't go wrong. In all, this is a tablet you should buy for its adaptability.
Yes, my title even takes into account the iPad. Back when this was released this tablet was definitely the best tablet on the market in terms of both power and innovation. Due to the iPad being it's main competitor, I will be comparing it to this tablet throughout the review as a benchmark.
In case you don't know, what made this tablet so innovative when released, and still very different today, was the fact that it could quickly slot into a dock with a keyboard and trackpad to be used as any other laptop would be but still using the android operating system. Not only does the dock offer these extra features but also contains its own battery which not only powers itself but extends the battery life of the tablet too by hours!
First, ignoring the dock, the tablet is fantastic standalone. The responsiveness is amazing, probably the best I have ever used (tied with the iPad). It is multi-touch also with each point being as responsive as a single one too - making viewing images or playing games as satisfying as possible.
It uses the Android operating system which instantly gains respect from me as I see this as the most adaptable and powerful mobile operating system. The one downside to using android over iOS (Apple's mobile operating system) is that many find it harder to use due to Apple focusing so much on making their interface as basic as possible - this annoys me so much being a more advanced computer user as this also limits the capabilities of the interface. What I love about the use of Android is that the difficulty of the interface can essentially be adjusted depending on who it to use it.
The build quality is fantastic. To this day I am still a little unsure of what material the tablet is made from. It feels and looks like some form of metal but I cannot work out how they would keep costs down so low if it was. There are no noticeable grooves or openings (unless intentional ones) anywhere on the device and I am confident that very little would be able to get inside it to cause damage (e.g. crumbs, dust etc...). One things which is both good and bad (depending on your preference) is that it is a very heavy tablet in comparison to many other on the market and also a little bulky. This weight and size if needed to house the powerful components inside but I am still a little undecided if I like it. While it does all to the feeling of quality, it can make it a little annoying for holding for a long time to, for example, watch videos. I cannot image myself using this tablet to surf the internet in bed as I do on my smartphone due to this weight. However, the advantage of having a dock is that you can put it in that while watching the screen for long periods of time (e.g. for a movie) and you do not have to worry about the weight or size at all.
The tablet is powerful and I have only very rarely had any issues with performance - even this was only during a bit of strenuous multitasking which included a video application and a game. This tablet will be able to handle anything you throw at it with ease (not literately) well into the future.
I decided to go with the Asus as I had heard great things, some reviewers rated it above the iPad (I realise these people were probably apple haters!) and that it was still considerably cheaper than the iPad equivalent in terms of spec.
On first glance Asus has produced a slick and sexy tablet which exudes class and promises great functionality.....yes this is on first glance.....
It is easy to use and you do get a lot of great apps which are free but then the cracks begin to appear literally!
For some reason a crack has appeared on the screen not through my clumsiness I might add but this seems to be a common issue that has happened to other users. The touchscreen works sporadically and the attached keyboard which is supposed togive you the option of having a laptop feel to it and to write correspondence much more easily is now so loose that when you attach the tablet it doesn't stay upright.
The only redeeming feature is that it is run on a android platform namely google which allows the user to access more apps which are free. Yet when you download more apps the tablet slows down an even surfing the Internet becomes very very slow.
All in all I wish I bought an iPad......
I see this device as the thinking man's iPad. Want a fast, lightweight tablet that supports 100% of the Internet? Well, look no further...
I also own the original version of this, the TF101, and the improvements are noticeable. Let's start with the positives:
Weight: even with the dock, this thing is light. The tablet itself is fractionally heavier than the iPad, but it isn't noticeable, and does not compromise in build quality- this is still a solid bit of kit.
Speed: a Quad-core CPU, coupled with the latest version of Android software (Ice Cream Sandwich- a free update from Asus, pushed out as soon as your tablet is connected to the Internet for the first time), makes this blazingly fast. Try just changing the orientation of the screen and watch the response time.
Battery: when coupled to the dock, this tablet churns out 18hrs of life- anyone planning a long plane journey?
Browser: the browser on this tablet supports Flash, so you can freely mock iPad users as they struggle to run any Flash based sites on their browser. As time goes on, and sites move towards HTML5, this will become less of an issue, but for the moment enjoy the advantage!
Camera(s): both the front and rear cameras on the Transformer are excellent- I've used this to Skype and Web Conference all the time and the quality is far superior to others I'm calling to. For stills photography, the included flash allows great pictures in low light conditions.
The bad? Well, I can honestly say there is very little I would change. The Champagne colour option isn't for me, and I find the GPS isn't as accurate as the original version, but I've noticed this has improved with each software update.
Asus Transformer Prime compatibile with Adobe Flash,32 GB storage (hard drive),18 hours battery life (maximum),8 Megapixels Camera