With the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity releasing soon, we figured we would review its cheaper predecessor, the Asus Transformer TF101. For about $150 cheaper you can get a comparable tablet as far as functionality.
Depending on the hard drive memory, Asus EEE Pad Transformer can be acquired anywhere from $399.00 to $499.00. The optional keyboard dock costs about $113. Since it was first introduced last year, this tablet has been one of the best and popular pick among Honeycomb Androids in the market, and subsequently, it has been upgraded to the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) as well. Its size is really comparable with popular tablets like its Samsung counterpart. One of its exciting features is its IPS display. It uses the same technology used in the iPad, thus; it offers better and wide viewing angle, color, and texture.
Transforming to Desktop PC
The Transformer’s claim to fame is its ability to “transform” from a tablet pc to a desktop pc with a keyboard dock that’s made specifically for this model. To further the desktop experience, the tablet comes loaded with the Polaris Office software that’s compatible with Microsoft Office doc files. If you frequently download and edit files, the File Manager beats its competition. Other tablets typically require you to plug into a desktop PC to move or edit the files. Although there are apps that can handle the job, but they typically do not do an adequate job. There’s also a MiroSD card slot for additional memory space.
- 1280×800 resolution
- Dual core 1 GHz processor running on NVIDIA Tegra 2
- 1 GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Facing + 1.2 MP Front Facing Cameras
- The battery charges incredibly fast, about two hours from dead to fully charged (iPad takes about 4 hours)
Some people have complained about how easily it is to leave fingerprints on the screen. But that should be considered minor details.
Even the most sophisticated tablets do have some flaws. What is important is that you can have an affordable tablet loaded with features that are comparable with other popular brands.