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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity review

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Android tablets launched prior to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean’s arrival were plenty powerful already. Yet the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Wi-Fi, with its 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, still manages to top the market’s best offerings, both in terms of form and function.

The Pad Infinity Wi-Fi is the latest flagship Android tablet to come out of the Asus stable, and it features a 10.1-inch full HD 1920x1200 Super IPS+ touchscreen LCD, 1GB of onboard RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage space, a bevy of wireless connectivity features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

When it comes to hardware, this Asus tablet is nearly peerless. Its got a dual camera configuration with an 8-megapixel sensor on the main, the screen is protected by a tough layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and it comes with a dock-slash-keyboard accessory that can be used to add USB ports and extend the battery to further improve its overall feature-set. And best of all, the included software is scheduled to be upgraded to Android’s latest version, Jelly Bean 4.1, some time in the near future.

It’s quite difficult to find fault in the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Wi-Fi. It’s thin and light, and with the battery extender in the form of the included keyboard dock, it matches the industry’s best in terms of battery life. Still, if you need a device with built-in 3G or LTE for on-the-go wireless, you may need to set your sights elsewhere or on LG's other versions of this tablet.

Need to Know: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Wi-Fi

1. Onboard NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz is most powerful one yet. (The Good)

2. Having a 10.1-inch full HD Super IPS+ LCD touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 makes it miles ahead of the competition. (The Good)

3. Battery life is not as long as what can be achieved with other tablets without the use of keyboard dock. (The Bad)

4. The premium features are echoed by the premium price tag. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Hi-Fi

So the Transformer Pad Infinity offers something different to the iPad and it delivers on many fronts. Despite running last year's Android 4.0, the tablet is a delight to use, with its gorgeous screen and speedy processor.The snap-on keyboard brings added value and functionality. But, the Asus still...

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
The Verge

For the price, it's really hard to recommend anything over the iPad. The iPad's screen is at least as good, and its app selection absolutely laps Android's. It's also just faster, and smoother; apparently it takes more than just an Android 4.1 upgrade to fix what's wrong with the Infinity. No, there...

- David Pierce , The Verge
PhoneArena

If you are looking to replace your notebook with the Transformer Pad Infinity with keyboard dock, it might be a bit too early. Asus has done a good work on the dock, but it’s Android that is slightly lagging behind to fully support it and developers are probably also to blame. We miss more and bette...

- Victor H., PhoneArena
The Inquirer

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is an excellent piece of kit. The tablet itself is superb, possessing both excellent build and display quality with great brightness and clarity thanks to its IPS+ technology.However, those looking for the Infinity to replace their laptops need to look elsewhe...

- Lee Bell, The Inquirer
ZDNet

The Transformer Pad Infinity retains the superb physical design of its predecessors, which is over a year old, but still unrivalled by any competitor. We're as impressed with it today as we were when we first saw it in the Eee Pad Transformer. The Infinity's new high-resolution Super IPS+ screen is...

- Sandra Voge, ZDNet


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
25WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 25 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Transformer Pad Infinity Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 Quad-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Champagne Gold, Amethyst Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.1 x 26.3 x 0.8 cm (7.1 x 10.4 x 0.3 in)
Weight 586 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, 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 touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
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 Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
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
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Panorama, White balance, Exposure, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
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 DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus TF700T, Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T, Transformer Pad Infinity Wi-Fi

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What Hi-Fi

The tablet is a delight to use, with its gorgeous screen and speedy processor

from What Hi-Fi

So the Transformer Pad Infinity offers something different to the iPad and it delivers on many fronts. Despite running last year's Android 4.0, the tablet is a delight to use, with its gorgeous screen and speedy processor.The snap-on keyboard brings added value and functionality. But, the Asus still lags behind the iPad in picture and sound quality – the latter particularly....

More

So the Transformer Pad Infinity offers something different to the iPad and it delivers on many fronts. Despite running last year's Android 4.0, the tablet is a delight to use, with its gorgeous screen and speedy processor.The snap-on keyboard brings added value and functionality. But, the Asus still lags behind the iPad in picture and sound quality – the latter particularly.

The Asus tries to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop, and on the whole it succeeds. However, while this tablet performs very well in its own right, up against the iPad its average sound quality means it loses that final fifth star.

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The Verge

The screen and build quality are phenomenal

from The Verge

For the price, it's really hard to recommend anything over the iPad. The iPad's screen is at least as good, and its app selection absolutely laps Android's. It's also just faster, and smoother; apparently it takes more than just an Android 4.1 upgrade to fix what's wrong with the Infinity. No, th...More

For the price, it's really hard to recommend anything over the iPad. The iPad's screen is at least as good, and its app selection absolutely laps Android's. It's also just faster, and smoother; apparently it takes more than just an Android 4.1 upgrade to fix what's wrong with the Infinity. No, there's no equivalent dock for Apple's tablet, but it's not a perfect complement to Android. For all the Transformer Pad Infinity does right, your $500 is better spent on an iPad. On the flip side, you might be better off pocketing $300 of that cash and buying a Nexus 7 — it's still the smoothest and most usable Android tablet out there, even if its screen can't measure up to the Infinity.

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PhoneArena

It has a great design, amazingly bright screen and adequate performance and battery life

from PhoneArena

If you are looking to replace your notebook with the Transformer Pad Infinity with keyboard dock, it might be a bit too early. Asus has done a good work on the dock, but it’s Android that is slightly lagging behind to fully support it and developers are probably also to blame. We miss more and...More

If you are looking to replace your notebook with the Transformer Pad Infinity with keyboard dock, it might be a bit too early. Asus has done a good work on the dock, but it’s Android that is slightly lagging behind to fully support it and developers are probably also to blame. We miss more and better working gestures and shortcuts. But if you don't have such huge ambitions, you won't be disappointed. Nothing changes the fact that the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a great tablet on its own. Moreover, it’s the best Android tablet we’ve ever tried. It has a great design, amazingly bright screen and adequate performance and battery life. We can whole-heartedly recommend it as a standalone tablet.

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The Inquirer

Great performance, excellent quality touchscreen display, smooth and responsive operation

from The Inquirer

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is an excellent piece of kit. The tablet itself is superb, possessing both excellent build and display quality with great brightness and clarity thanks to its IPS+ technology.

However, those looking for the Infinity to replace their laptops need to look elsewhere. Though the keyboard is a great addition to the tablet, it merely enhances the tablet experience while making it double the weight....

More

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is an excellent piece of kit. The tablet itself is superb, possessing both excellent build and display quality with great brightness and clarity thanks to its IPS+ technology.

However, those looking for the Infinity to replace their laptops need to look elsewhere. Though the keyboard is a great addition to the tablet, it merely enhances the tablet experience while making it double the weight.

Owners of the Asus Transformer Prime should not consider buying the Infinity as an upgrade, mainly due to the fact that it introduces only a few updated features, such as higher camera pixel density and display resolution, and a slight processor performance boost. At £599 it is not worth spending the additional cash, nor would we advise buying it to replace an Ipad.

However, the Infinity is the best hybrid tablet out there for those buying a tablet for the first time, offering unmatched performance and a keyboard dock for those not yet used to typing on a touchscreen.

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ZDNet

Excellent two-piece design, high-resolution IPS display but expensive

from ZDNet

The Transformer Pad Infinity retains the superb physical design of its predecessors, which is over a year old, but still unrivalled by any competitor. We're as impressed with it today as we were when we first saw it in the Eee Pad Transformer. The Infinity's new high-resolution Super IPS+ screen is a dream to use, and battery life remains impressive....

More

The Transformer Pad Infinity retains the superb physical design of its predecessors, which is over a year old, but still unrivalled by any competitor. We're as impressed with it today as we were when we first saw it in the Eee Pad Transformer. The Infinity's new high-resolution Super IPS+ screen is a dream to use, and battery life remains impressive.

What Asus needs to do now is build in mobile broadband support and reduce the weight of the tablet/keyboard combo — and bring the price down.

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Pocket-lint

Stunning display, keyboard makes this more useful than other tablets, sleek design, fast, decent battery life

from Pocket-lint

Price aside, we love the Infinity. The screen is glorious, it feels like a sturdy tablet and it looks superb.

The keyboard is good, but won't compete with a laptop; the trackpad we don't have a lot of time for. It's really too small, although it does do the job. The media keys work well, and it's great to use a tablet, with a different approach to that of laptops. Function keys are dead, so having controls on these buttons makes a lot more sense....

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Price aside, we love the Infinity. The screen is glorious, it feels like a sturdy tablet and it looks superb.

The keyboard is good, but won't compete with a laptop; the trackpad we don't have a lot of time for. It's really too small, although it does do the job. The media keys work well, and it's great to use a tablet, with a different approach to that of laptops. Function keys are dead, so having controls on these buttons makes a lot more sense.

It would also be nice to see some hardware support for playing MKVs, although, the hardware can accelerate MP4 video, which is what lies beneath the MKV wrapper. This problem isn't new, but it never stops being a problem. If you try to play MKV wrapped files on the Infinity, you'll either get quite jerky motion - as the software playback struggles slightly - or the video won't play. We needed a third-party app even to play videos, and then the result was poor.

Asus shows again that it can match Apple in terms of style and performance. The only problem is, it also matches the firm in price. And we all know, given the choice, most people gravitate towards buying "safe" Apple kit. We think sales will reflect that, but if the price of the Infinity falls, it will be a massive hit. Until then, you get very similar performance on the 300T, but for about £200 less, albeit with the loss of that glorious screen.

Our score, therefore, does reflect the cost. Street prices, however, might make this a great buy in a few months' time.

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Android Authoruty

Impressive specs, insane build quality, top-notch features

from Android Authoruty

If I was in the market for a quality tablet I would strongly consider the TF700T. It has impressive specs, insane build quality, top-notch features, and a price to match. I can say, in confidence, that there really aren’t many tablets that can stand up to the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T.

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If I was in the market for a quality tablet I would strongly consider the TF700T. It has impressive specs, insane build quality, top-notch features, and a price to match. I can say, in confidence, that there really aren’t many tablets that can stand up to the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T.

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PC Pro

Stunning high-resolution screen and a turbo-charged processor, but it’s as expensive as they come

from PC Pro

The Infinity delivers a tantalising taste of Android’s potential. Where budget Android tablets often cheapen Google’s OS, the Infinity is at the other end of the scale, its glorious display and fast internals making for a slick, premium tablet experience. It’s never going to rival the Nexus...More

The Infinity delivers a tantalising taste of Android’s potential. Where budget Android tablets often cheapen Google’s OS, the Infinity is at the other end of the scale, its glorious display and fast internals making for a slick, premium tablet experience. It’s never going to rival the Nexus 7 in the value stakes, but for those seeking the ultimate do-it-all Android tablet, at any price, the Infinity is the new benchmark.

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Android and Me

The new king of the hill for Asus

from Android and Me

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is easily the best Android tablet that I have used to date. Every other tablet (Android or not) that I have tried has been a device that I would browse the web, play games and consume media on. And to be clear even if that is all you are looking for the Infinity is more than capable of serving that purpose for you. But with the integration of the keyboard dock you can also get actual work done for hours longer than any other device you own....

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The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is easily the best Android tablet that I have used to date. Every other tablet (Android or not) that I have tried has been a device that I would browse the web, play games and consume media on. And to be clear even if that is all you are looking for the Infinity is more than capable of serving that purpose for you. But with the integration of the keyboard dock you can also get actual work done for hours longer than any other device you own.

I’ve been looking for a tablet that could successfully straddle those lines since I had to give up my HP TC1100, which looks every bit the part of a Transformer ancestor, and I’m thrilled to see ASUS execute on that concept so effectively with Android.

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Tech Advisor

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 raises the bar for Android tablet performance and design

from Tech Advisor

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 takes over from its predecessor as the top Android tablet available. You get high performance mixed with high style, and you don't have to make a lot of sacrifices to get both. Other tablets - including the Prime, which is expected to drop in price once thi...More

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 takes over from its predecessor as the top Android tablet available. You get high performance mixed with high style, and you don't have to make a lot of sacrifices to get both. Other tablets - including the Prime, which is expected to drop in price once this model gets into the market - may provide better value, but no other Android tablet will give you the full package that the Infinity does.

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