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Eee Pad Transformer review

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The Eee Pad Transformer currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer made its debut in April of 2011 and attempts to bridge the gap between tablet computers and netbooks. Its intuitive hybrid design features a standalone 10.1-inch touchscreen computer that functions independently as a tablet or as a traditional netbook when coupled with its optional keyboard dock.

At the heart of the Transformer resides a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 running in tandem with 1 GB of RAM. Its 32 gigs of flash memory can be expanded using a microSD card, as well as ASUS's webstorage service. Integrated Bluetooth and WiFi ensure that the Transformer can stay connected on the go. An external HDMI port allows for video to be outputted to a television or projector.

The LCD on the Transformer features an IPS panel with 10-point multi-touch. Its resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels provides video playback that is smooth as butter, and with a wide 178-degree viewing angle, your friends can gather round and watch comfortably without missing any of the action. Since it's covered in a thin layer of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, the responsiveness and durability of the display is unparalleled.

The Transformer's keyboard dock, in addition to converting the Transformer into a netbook device, contains an additional battery that extends the overall life from around 9.5 to about 16 hours. It also features a standard SD card slot for extra removable storage, two full-sized USB ports, and a touchpad. It fits snugly and securely together with the tablet portion and has a flexible hinge for full adjustability.

To take full advantage of its Android 3.2 operating system, the Transformer includes two cameras. In the rear is a 5-megapixel autofocus camera that's capable of 720p video capture. While the camera takes clean shots in well-lit situations, it leaves much to be desired in low-light due to its lack of a flash. The front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera works great with Android's new video conferencing capabilities.

All in all, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer offers the best of both mobile computing worlds. The Transformer's performance and features position it on par with the current generation of tablets, and its capability to convert to a netbook is a solid feature that many consumers will find attractive.

Need to Know: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

1. The hybrid design allows for full use as an independent tablet or netbook, both of which function on par with the competition. (The Good)

2. The Transformer's screen is brilliant, highly responsive, and can be viewed from nearly any angle without distortion. (The Good)

3. With no flash, the rear-facing camera is virtually useless in low-light situations. (The Bad)

4. The keyboard dock includes many nice features such as USB ports and an SD card slot, but it is not included and must be purchased separately. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Recombu

We were surprised by the Asus Eee Pad Transformer; it’s easy to shrug it off as a desperate attempt at marrying an Android tablet the the keyboard-based convenience of a netbook. But it charms, and is a great standalone tablet - more stylish and stable than the Motorola Xoom, yet more rugged than th...

- Mat Smith, Recombu
PhoneArena

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer makes us wonder, is this a step backwards or forwards for technology? On the one hand, you've got a new mainstream medium, the tablet. Rather than embrace the medium, Asus have augmented it it into last seasons fad, the net book. On the other, Asus are bearing the custom...

- Basil K., PhoneArena
Pocket-lint

We’ve picked out some faults, but overall we’re happy to recommend the Asus Eee Pad Transformer with the keyboard caveat. Asus have put in the effort to enhance the user experience out of the box, without running the raw  Honeycomb look and feel out of town. Support for microSD card...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
TabletPCReview

With a $400 launch price, the Eee Pad Transformer is a viable and low-cost alternative to the Wi-Fi Xoom, which currently runs $600 (May 2011). The Xoom has a better build quality, but both provide the same 10.1-inch Honeycomb experience. I’m not sold on the keyboard as a necessary addition f...

- Jamison Cush, TabletPCReview
Android Community

What you’re dealing with here is a full-fledged Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with the added encouragement to use of a keyboard that turns the device into a legitimate netback and a collection of apps that aren’t just bloatware – they’re helpful and well placed. As Davies note...

- Chris Burns, Android Community


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Eee Pad Transformer's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
24WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 24 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 30 days standby time, 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Eee Pad Transformer Specs

Overview
Release date March 25, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 24 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.1 x 27.1 x 13.0 cm (6.7 x 10.7 x 5.1 in)
Weight 680 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Gorilla Glass Display
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
White balance, Color Effect
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AMR-WB, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101

16 hours of battery life with Docked Keyboard
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Critic Reviews


Recombu

Impressive standby times, textured metallic backing is suitably grippy, multitasking was effortless

from Recombu

We were surprised by the Asus Eee Pad Transformer; it’s easy to shrug it off as a desperate attempt at marrying an Android tablet the the keyboard-based convenience of a netbook. But it charms, and is a great standalone tablet - more stylish and stable than the Motorola Xoom, yet more rugged than the Galaxy Tab range....

More

We were surprised by the Asus Eee Pad Transformer; it’s easy to shrug it off as a desperate attempt at marrying an Android tablet the the keyboard-based convenience of a netbook. But it charms, and is a great standalone tablet - more stylish and stable than the Motorola Xoom, yet more rugged than the Galaxy Tab range.

The keyboard is great; but that docking mechanism could be smoother; it’s agony to hear the tablet scrape and squeeze into the dock connection. Given that the keyboard works out at around £50 when bought with the tablet, we’d heartily recommend, especially as it doubles as a battery booster.

The best Android tablet yet? Perhaps - it’s difficult to choose between the Transformer and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1; whilst the latter has a richer screen, and is ever-so-slightly faster and lighter, the Transformer gives you more options, with a well-integrated keyboard, and connectivity options like the microSD slot and HDMI.

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PhoneArena

The dock adds an obscene amount of functionality above and beyond its keyboard

from PhoneArena

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer makes us wonder, is this a step backwards or forwards for technology? On the one hand, you've got a new mainstream medium, the tablet. Rather than embrace the medium, Asus have augmented it it into last seasons fad, the net book. On the other, Asus are bearing the cus...More

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer makes us wonder, is this a step backwards or forwards for technology? On the one hand, you've got a new mainstream medium, the tablet. Rather than embrace the medium, Asus have augmented it it into last seasons fad, the net book. On the other, Asus are bearing the customer in mind, carrying forward the successes of netbooks, leaving the plasticy underpowered bits behind. One thing is for sure, with a plethora of tablets with little differentiating them, Asus have made their mark, offering more, for less without compromising on quality. The dock adds an obsene amount of functionality above and beyond its keyboard, so for a mere $80 price difference, it's a no brainer - buy the dock. 

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Pocket-lint

An excellent device and good value for money

from Pocket-lint

We’ve picked out some faults, but overall we’re happy to recommend the Asus Eee Pad Transformer with the keyboard caveat. Asus have put in the effort to enhance the user experience out of the box, without running the raw  Honeycomb look and feel out of town. Support for microSD cards from the off is to their credit, as is the provision of a range of extra services. Overall a wonderful Android tablet that surpasses the Xoom, but not without some accessory problems....

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We’ve picked out some faults, but overall we’re happy to recommend the Asus Eee Pad Transformer with the keyboard caveat. Asus have put in the effort to enhance the user experience out of the box, without running the raw  Honeycomb look and feel out of town. Support for microSD cards from the off is to their credit, as is the provision of a range of extra services. Overall a wonderful Android tablet that surpasses the Xoom, but not without some accessory problems.

 

 

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TabletPCReview

A viable and low-cost alternative to the Xoom and other Honeycomb tablets

from TabletPCReview

With a $400 launch price, the Eee Pad Transformer is a viable and low-cost alternative to the Wi-Fi Xoom, which currently runs $600 (May 2011). The Xoom has a better build quality, but both provide the same 10.1-inch Honeycomb experience.

I’m not sold on the keyboard as a necessary addition for average consumers in the market for a tablet. At $150, it’s not inexpensive, and the full sized ports and added battery life, while nice, are not necessary for everyday tablet use....

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With a $400 launch price, the Eee Pad Transformer is a viable and low-cost alternative to the Wi-Fi Xoom, which currently runs $600 (May 2011). The Xoom has a better build quality, but both provide the same 10.1-inch Honeycomb experience.

I’m not sold on the keyboard as a necessary addition for average consumers in the market for a tablet. At $150, it’s not inexpensive, and the full sized ports and added battery life, while nice, are not necessary for everyday tablet use.

But business travelers will certainly benefit from having a full QWERTY, and with that in mind, I heartily recommend the full ASUS Eee Pad Transformer as a netbook alternative.

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Android Community

It will leave you feeling a whole lot more confident about leaving your laptop at home

from Android Community

What you’re dealing with here is a full-fledged Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with the added encouragement to use of a keyboard that turns the device into a legitimate netback and a collection of apps that aren’t just bloatware – they’re helpful and well placed. As Davies notes: “Being able to remotely log into our home computer and access files there, as well as not only review but create and edit documents on the ASUS left us feeling a whole lot more confident about leaving our laptop at home.”...

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What you’re dealing with here is a full-fledged Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with the added encouragement to use of a keyboard that turns the device into a legitimate netback and a collection of apps that aren’t just bloatware – they’re helpful and well placed. As Davies notes: “Being able to remotely log into our home computer and access files there, as well as not only review but create and edit documents on the ASUS left us feeling a whole lot more confident about leaving our laptop at home.”

Davies also says that this is the best Android tablet on the market right now. Until I’ve got that bad mother in my hands here I can’t confirm nor deny that subjective claim, but as I do trust D implicitly: XOOM, G-Slate, Galaxy Tab, and even iPad, you’d better watch your back. Will it be able to compete with the ultra-fashionability of the incoming Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, or the pen stylus and again, great looks of the HTC Flyer, and all of their custom UIs? That shall only be known on the day!

 

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SlashGear

An eye-catching hybrid offering the touch-usability of a slate and the content creation flexibility of a Keyboard Dock

from SlashGear

Android 3.0 is a still a young platform, and Google still has work to do to bring it up to speed with iOS on the iPad. That’s the unescapable fact about all Honeycomb-based tablets around today; similarly important, though, is that all evidence suggests that Google is determined to do just that. The Android Market may lack tablet-specific bulk but that should change as availability of slates running Android 3.0 grows....

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Android 3.0 is a still a young platform, and Google still has work to do to bring it up to speed with iOS on the iPad. That’s the unescapable fact about all Honeycomb-based tablets around today; similarly important, though, is that all evidence suggests that Google is determined to do just that. The Android Market may lack tablet-specific bulk but that should change as availability of slates running Android 3.0 grows.

Whether it’s manufacturers or Google itself pushing for minimal OS modification, the end result has been a little more imagination in other areas of the tablet experience. On the Transformer, that’s some sensible software pre-loads – as opposed to the usual bloatware – and a form-factor that legitimately turns the Eee Pad into a netbook alternative. No, the tablet won’t do everything a Windows-based notebook can, but for many it will be just enough to tip the Transformer over from being a media- and internet-centric luxury to something they can legitimize as a work and play travel companion. Being able to remotely log into our home computer and access files there, as well as not only review but create and edit documents on the ASUS left us feeling a whole lot more confident about leaving our laptop at home.

There’s still room for improvement, of course. Google will take care of polishing Honeycomb’s rough edges, but ASUS needs to work on its camera stability and performance, and make sure the apps it preloads are consistent with the hardware. Still, we’re more willing to excuse the lapses given the Transformer’s sticker price, competitive not just with other Android tablets but with the iPad 2.

It’s what ASUS brings extra to the table that makes the Eee Pad Transformer the best Android tablet on the market right now. Its excellent IPS display – albeit only really suitable for indoor use – and clever Keyboard Dock outshine the XOOM and Iconia Tab A500, while its content-creation strengths are arguably far more useful than the 3D on T-Mobile’s G-Slate.

Whether Samsung’s slimline form-factors and custom software on the incoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 will outweigh the Eee Pad’s keyboard (and the extra runtime the battery in that allows), or whether the HTC Flyer’s active stylus will be preferable, remains to be seen. The Android tablet market is only set to become more competitive as 2011 progresses, but right now ASUS has come closest to the promise of an affordable, innovative slate using the Google OS.

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PC Magazine

The Transformer distinguishes itself from the sea of emerging Honeycomb tablets with its aggressive pricing, and an optional accessory that turns it i

from PC Magazine

In such a crowded emerging tablet field, it's hard to recommend one Honeycomb tablet over another. If you are attracted to the keyboard dock accessory and you are sold on Honeycomb as your platform, the price is definitely right, as the Transformer is the cheapest tablet with Android 3.0 right no...More

In such a crowded emerging tablet field, it's hard to recommend one Honeycomb tablet over another. If you are attracted to the keyboard dock accessory and you are sold on Honeycomb as your platform, the price is definitely right, as the Transformer is the cheapest tablet with Android 3.0 right now. If you're looking for more than a Wi-Fi-only model, the T-Mobile G-Slate (by LG) is a very small notch ahead of the Honeycomb competition because it's the first tablet to integrate 4G wireless—and it also has a goofy-but-fun 3D camcorder. But you'll notice these tablets all rate similarly, and that's because the primary element here is the operating system. If you want the best tablet you can buy, go with an iPad.

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Computer Shopper

Speed, features, Honeycomb, and a relatively low price all combine to make the Transformer an excellent tablet

from Computer Shopper

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 marks the first Android tablet we’ve seen to get almost everything right: speedy performance, a competitive price, and plenty of useful features. Factor in the optional keyboard dock, and you’ve got a product that is poised set a new standard for And...More

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 marks the first Android tablet we’ve seen to get almost everything right: speedy performance, a competitive price, and plenty of useful features. Factor in the optional keyboard dock, and you’ve got a product that is poised set a new standard for Android tablets. Still, as for the question that hangs in the air over every tablet that debuts today—is it an iPad killer?—we have to say, for now, no. The Transformer is still a little rough around the edges in certain aspects, such as its subpar video capturing and the still-limited number of Honeycomb-optimized apps (about 62 at last count, according to the Android Market). As a result, it’s probably not going to dent the iPad's sales in any major way. But it certainly steps up the game and proves that an Android tablet can deliver a successful tablet experience. If you’ve been considering an Android tablet, this is the one we’d recommend—at least until another comes through our door that we like even better.

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Laptop Magazine

Convenient keyboard dock, sleek design, and aggressively low priced

from Laptop Magazine

We give ASUS a lot of credit for the Eee Pad Transformer TF10, which beats the Lenovo U1 Hybrid to market as the first Android tablet that connects to a keyboard dock. In addition to making typing easier, the Transformer's $149 dock adds a battery life boost, even though we're not fans of the ove...More

We give ASUS a lot of credit for the Eee Pad Transformer TF10, which beats the Lenovo U1 Hybrid to market as the first Android tablet that connects to a keyboard dock. In addition to making typing easier, the Transformer's $149 dock adds a battery life boost, even though we're not fans of the oversensitive touchpad. If you opt just for the tablet, you'll still get a stylish design, wide viewing angles, snappy performance, and useful apps for an almost shockingly low $399. While there are still some software kinks for both ASUS and Google to work out--and Android 3.0 needs more tablet apps in general--the Eee Pad Transformer's aggressive pricing and versatility put the Honeycomb competition on notice.

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Cnet

Low-price, quality Honeycomb tablet with useful options

from Cnet

The 16GB version of the Transformer costs $400. At that price, it's the cheapest Honeycomb tablet on the market, and even $100 cheaper than the lowest priced iPad 2. The $150 keyboard/dock accessory is a useful and relatively cheap extra that pretty much transforms the tablet into a Honeycomb Netbook...

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The 16GB version of the Transformer costs $400. At that price, it's the cheapest Honeycomb tablet on the market, and even $100 cheaper than the lowest priced iPad 2. The $150 keyboard/dock accessory is a useful and relatively cheap extra that pretty much transforms the tablet into a Honeycomb Netbook.

With the Wi-Fi Xoom and no-contract G-Slate asking for $600 and $750, respectively, the Transformer is a great lower-price alternative. Though it lacks cellular options and has a video-recording performance issue, it's a better deal than the Xoom. The G-Slate's 4G out of the box and better build quality still ensures its place as the best Android tablet, however.

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User Reviews


Happy with ASUS

got ASUS Eee Pad Transformer the over day , i like it a lot . had a bit off trouble in stalling norton , if you use fire fox to in stall you will be ok , do not use google. the sound could be better . and the manual could give you more infore about the tablet, but over all very good 8 out off 10

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