ASUS EEE Pad Transfromer (TFT101) Review [Oooh la la]

After a long time of salivating for this gadget, I finally have it. I’ve been playing with this gadget for quite some time now and I think it is necessary that I give the review. I have been a gadget freak my whole life and nothing really compares to what the ASUS Transformer offers. Before anything else, just a little disclaimer, I am an Android and Google fan ever since but I will try to avoid being bias in this review. It’s my first gadget review after all so please bear with me.

Packaging and Contents
The packaging was pretty solid. Upon receiving your unit you will instantly want to open it. The layout of the package is simple and there are no complications when opening it. In the box is the Keyboard and the Tablet, an envelope for the manual and warranty card, adaptor, and a wire. That’s it, no fancy accessories whatsover.

“The Box”

Form Factor
It feels sturdy. The screen is quite resistant to finger smudges and the thickness of the tablet is comfortable. However, the weight of the whole tablet is a bit cumbersome for some. As for me, I become tired of holding the tablet in one hand (grabbing only one side) because it’s heavy. The additional metal bezel on the side is a bit cumbersome when you’re playing games but perfect for viewing documents, e-mails, and such. The keyboard is a bit on the heavy side too but you wont be holding the tablet with the keyboard in mid air anyway.

Showing some curves.

Operating System
Out of the box, it comes with Android Honeycomb 3.0. It is quite sluggish and not up to my standards. However, patching the OTA update for Honeycomb 3.2, things will be a whole lot better. The screen is responsive, the apps are fast loading, and there are a fewer bugs. I have not discovered some of those bugs yet as of normal tablet manipulation (taking pictures, reading websites, blogging, playing games, etc.). But I noticed something, when you operate the tablet using a mouse or the touch pad, the aesthetics show sluggishness but not in a way that it is not usable.

Applications
In comparison to iPad 2, Android Honeycomb has fewer applications. However, Asus has a few applications built in that will boost productivity. For example, it has Polaris Office which will enable the user to open MS Office documents, even open the ones that are in 2007 format! It also has a Cloud storage facility and an application to control any windows computer through desktop streaming, which is kinda neat.

Aesthetics and other Miscellaneous Stuff
The over all feel of the system is pretty much futuristic and awesome. Asus did a mighty fine job with putting their own software on top of Honeyomb. I like how stuff moves around and the lockscreen is pretty much mesmerizing. The additional slots for MMC, SD, and mini-SD were very much useful in putting files into my tranformer. The Speaker is a bit awesome too, it’s loud enough that the user can hear it but not loud enough to bother others around the user. The volume is also passable when you are viewing a video with your friends, the 178 degrees maximum viewing angle is pretty much good.

ASUS EEE Pad Transformer vs. Competition
No contest. The Transformer wins if compared to other honeycomb tablets. The battery and keyboard dock was a game changer. But when we are talking about the iPad 2. If this review is ASUS Transformer vs. iPad 2, then there will be a stand off. In applications for example. Clearly the iPad 2 wins but there will be applications coming to the Honeycomb tablet soon. However, when it comes to functionality and productivity,  the Transformer wins big time. The USB port, the slots, and the out of the box applications that comes with it are mighty helpful when it comes to productivity. Don’t get me wrong, I tried the iPad 2 before buying but I was not impressed with the over all functionality of the device.

Conclusion
The ASUS EEE Pad Transformer TFT101 is the best tablet that I have ever felt. Although it was the only tablet I could ever own, I have already tested other tablets during my leisure walks in malls and borrowing from a friend who has a tablet. I hope that you enjoyed this review as much as I did. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. :)

Should you buy?
I say yes. This tablet is fully functional to replace your average netbook and pretty much will increase productivity with a variety of apps you can use.

Hard Specs:
Operating System –   Android 3.2
Display  – 10.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen, 10 finger multi-touch support, Scratch resistant glass
CPU – NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
Memory – 1GB
Storage – 16GB/32GB, Unlimited ASUS Webstorage
Wireless Data Network – WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
Bluetooth – V2.1+EDR
Camera – 1.2 M Pixel Front Camera, 5 M Pixel Rear Camera
Audio – Stereo Speakers, SRS Premium Sound
High Quality Mic
Interface – 1 x Mini HDMI, 2 x Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-In), 1 x Card Reader : Micro SD
Sensor – G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass, GPS
Application Multi-Task Support : Yes
Flash Support – Yes
Software – ASUS Launcher, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, PC Sync
Battery – 9.5 hours; 24.4Wh Li-Polymer Battery, 16 hours with dock
Dimensions – 271 x 171 x 12.98 mm
Weight – 680 g

Mobile Docking Keyboard
Touch Pad
2 x USB 2.0
2 x Docking port (Host + Client)
1 x Card Reader (MMC/SD/SDHC)
1 x 24.4Wh Battery

P.S.
I hate the full name. It’s a mouthful. LoL.



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