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Asus Transformer Prime review

8.9/10 AVG.
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8.9/10
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The Asus Transformer Prime currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 33 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Asus Transformer Prime is a 10.1-inch Android-powered tablet with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB RAM, plus at least 32GB of internal storage. Its default operating system is Android 3.2 Honeycomb but an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available. It offers a total standby time of nearly two weeks per charge, which translates to around 10 hours of non-stop video playback or almost 6 hours of Web surfing with Wi-Fi.

Available in two colors, Champagne Gold and Amethyst Gray, it weighs in at a little less than 600 grams. It isn’t light by any means, but it is lighter than some competing products. The touchscreen display has a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels, and there’s a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass placed on top in order to protect it from scratches and other potential damages. Underneath the sturdy screen lies a a gyroscope and a bunch of other sensors for proximity, motion, and ambient light.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are both available as standard, although a Wi-Fi hotspot feature is not in the cards. HD video playback on supported TVs is a feature with the built-in HDMI-out port, and the 8MP main camera at the back should serve as a great source of HD content through video recording when it isn’t being used to take pictures. And before you think that this particular Asus tablet is good for nothing but entertainment, take note of the fact that it has a Document viewer which supports DOC/DOCX, PDF, XLS, PPT/PPTX, JPG, and GIF files.

It may fall through on certain aspects, but the Asus Transformer Prime may deliver a far better experience overall than most other Android tablet alternatives.

Need to Know: Transformer Prime

1. Relatively quick charging time and long-lasting battery life. (The Good)

2. Layer of Corning Gorilla Glass gives the screen much-needed extra protection. (The Good)

3. Doesn’t support SIM cards for 3G data. (The Bad)

4. Default operating system is old and outdated version of Android. (The Bad)


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Hi-Fi

With neat apps and extras such as cloud storage and DLNA, plus the keyboard dock that adds battery life, a USB input and its impressively easy-to-use nature, it should be on any tablet shortlist.

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
Droid Life

It doesn’t get much sweeter than this if you are looking for the best Android tablet experience.

- Tim-o-tato, Droid Life
PhoneArena

There’s good reason as to why many people regard these two titans as the two best tablets on the market right now. For starters, they are premium in every way, shape, and form – inside and out! Essentially, they epitomize everything that means to be cutting-edge because they share so many drool wort...

- John V. , PhoneArena
Phandroid

The ASUS Transformer Prime is the best tablet on the market. Period. Quad-core processor? Check. Outstanding camera? Check. Beautiful display? Check. Android 4.0? Check. Ability to turn it into a netbook? Check. All of these things come together to create the best tablet experience I have ever had w...

- Quentyn Kennemer, Phandroid
Coolsmartphone

The Asus Transformer Prime is really an amazing device.Yes the initial rush to pre-order was unheard of in the Android world and Asus dealt with terribly. Many suppliers are still struggling to get hold of them.What on earth Asus were thinking announcing the Prime HD at CES I don’t know. No doubt if...

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone


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Screen Size
10.1"

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

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU 1.3 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 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD (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 12 days standby time, 5 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Transformer Prime Specs

Overview
Release date December 12, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Unknown
Colors Amethyst Gray, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.3 x 18.1 x 0.8 cm (10.4 x 7.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 586 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
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 Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard Yes
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
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
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
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, White balance, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
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, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
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 Prime TF201

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