Product Type: Asus Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... of the tablet too by hours! First, ignoring the dock, the tablet is fantastic standalone. The responsiveness is amazing, probably the bes... more
When released, the best tablet on the market!
Asus Transformer Prime TF201-1B002A
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Asus Transformer Prime TF201-1B002A
Advantages: Very powerful, great build quality, dock increased functionality and battery life to any hours
Disadvantages: Bulky in comparison to many other tablets
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.
Summary: One of the best tablets on the market, even after many new ones being introduced
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