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Asus Transformer Pad 300 review

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
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The Asus Transformer Pad 300 currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Pro

Great performance, but given the weak screen we’d expect a lower price to match the appeal of its premium-priced rivals.

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
Android Authoruty

The Asus TF300T is easily one of the best tablet devices I have had the pleasure of using. The UI, the hardware, and the keyboard dock all solidify the TF300T as a top contender for today’s tablet race.

- Clayton Ljungberg, Android Authoruty
Mobile88

Affordability and versatility, that's what the Transformers Pad series promises.In terms of performance it is as good as the Prime and you'll be paying a few hundred ringgit less for the same experience.Also, the keyboard dock makes typing faster and more comfortable and adds a few extra goodies alo...

- Mobile88 team, Mobile88
Tech Advisor

The Transformer Pad 300 offers an attractive package for a reasonable price. £399 will get you 32GB of storage and the keyboard dock thrown in too. The excellent selection of ports, decent screen, competent performance and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich round-off a solid effort from Asus.

- Chris Marti, Tech Advisor
The Verge

Asus made a clever decision with the Transformer tablets: it made two tablets at two distinctly different price points, but the differences between the two are small enough that most people won't notice. The people who don't know or care about the difference between 35 and 60 nits of brightness or b...

- David Pierce, The Verge


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Asus Transformer Pad 300's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L Quad-Core 1.2 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
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
22WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 22 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 20 days standby time, 12 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Transformer Pad 300 Specs

Overview
Release date April 22, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
Data:
HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L Quad-Core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode No
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 22 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Royal Blue, Torch Red, Iceberg white
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.3 x 18.1 x 1.0 cm (10.4 x 7.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 635 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
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 3.0
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
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, BSI Sensor
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
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, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
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 Transformer Pad TF300T

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Critic Reviews


PC Pro

Falls significantly behind its sibling when it comes to screen quality

from PC Pro

Great performance, but given the weak screen we’d expect a lower price to match the appeal of its premium-priced rivals.

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Great performance, but given the weak screen we’d expect a lower price to match the appeal of its premium-priced rivals.

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Android Authoruty

Incredible display, massive CPU, and an impressive camera

from Android Authoruty

The Asus TF300T is easily one of the best tablet devices I have had the pleasure of using. The UI, the hardware, and the keyboard dock all solidify the TF300T as a top contender for today’s tablet race.

Read full review

The Asus TF300T is easily one of the best tablet devices I have had the pleasure of using. The UI, the hardware, and the keyboard dock all solidify the TF300T as a top contender for today’s tablet race.

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Mobile88

Solid performance, good camera, versatile keyboard dock

from Mobile88

Affordability and versatility, that's what the Transformers Pad series promises.

In terms of performance it is as good as the Prime and you'll be paying a few hundred ringgit less for the same experience.
Also, the keyboard dock makes typing faster and more comfortable and adds a few extra goodies along the way....

More

Affordability and versatility, that's what the Transformers Pad series promises.

In terms of performance it is as good as the Prime and you'll be paying a few hundred ringgit less for the same experience.
Also, the keyboard dock makes typing faster and more comfortable and adds a few extra goodies along the way.

The only catch - the TF300T is priced slightly higher than an average 16GB 10in Android tablet but that's probably because it comes with a keyboard dock.

Still, the TF300T was a fun Android tablet to use and we hated to send it back.

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Tech Advisor

Offers an attractive package for a reasonable price

from Tech Advisor

The Transformer Pad 300 offers an attractive package for a reasonable price. £399 will get you 32GB of storage and the keyboard dock thrown in too. The excellent selection of ports, decent screen, competent performance and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich round-off a solid effort from Asus.

Read full review

The Transformer Pad 300 offers an attractive package for a reasonable price. £399 will get you 32GB of storage and the keyboard dock thrown in too. The excellent selection of ports, decent screen, competent performance and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich round-off a solid effort from Asus.

Read full review

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The Verge

Great build quality, excellent battery life, and fast, reliable performance

from The Verge

Asus made a clever decision with the Transformer tablets: it made two tablets at two distinctly different price points, but the differences between the two are small enough that most people won't notice. The people who don't know or care about the difference between 35 and 60 nits of brightness or between a 1.2 and 1.4GHz Tegra 3 processor will likely buy the Transformer Pad, because it's cheaper. Those who want the best of the best will spend a little more and buy the Transformer Prime....

More

Asus made a clever decision with the Transformer tablets: it made two tablets at two distinctly different price points, but the differences between the two are small enough that most people won't notice. The people who don't know or care about the difference between 35 and 60 nits of brightness or between a 1.2 and 1.4GHz Tegra 3 processor will likely buy the Transformer Pad, because it's cheaper. Those who want the best of the best will spend a little more and buy the Transformer Prime.

At a slightly lower price point the Transformer Pad would be an incredible steal, but even at $379 it's a great deal for what is really a great tablet. It performs and looks better than the $399 Galaxy Tab 2 or the $449 Acer Iconia Tab A510, and the keyboard dock is a huge advantage as well. To be fair, it's still a hard sell over the iPad 2, which now sells for $399, just because Apple's tablet app ecosystem is so superior to Google's. Asus does have the keyboard docks on its side, though, and Apple's many similar options don't measure up to the ease of use and tight integration.

Don't buy the Transformer Pad to replace your laptop — it won't. And don't buy it for its selection of tablet apps, because Android still lags iOS in that department. But if you want an Android tablet and don't need the very best specs money can buy, the Transformer Pad is a great choice.

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Expert Reviews

At current prices, the new Transformer Pad TF300T simply isn't cheap enough to challenge the very similar Transformer Prime

from Expert Reviews

In so many respects the Pad is a cut-down version of the Prime, and not very cut-down at that. At present it's only available at its full retail price of £400, which is pretty good considering the quad-core chipset plus IPS panel, and means the keyboard dock is practically thrown in for free. Ho...More

In so many respects the Pad is a cut-down version of the Prime, and not very cut-down at that. At present it's only available at its full retail price of £400, which is pretty good considering the quad-core chipset plus IPS panel, and means the keyboard dock is practically thrown in for free. However, the Prime has been on the market some months now, and if you shop around you can pick one up for £440. At that price difference there's simply no reason to buy the Transformer Pad TF300T. Inevitably prices will fall with time, and at £100 less than the Prime it will make a reasonable, cheaper alternative, but for now it's rendered pointless by its still-excellent older sibling.

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TrustedReviews

Well-built, still thin and light, quad-core yet excellent battery life, and superb value

from TrustedReviews

With its Transformer Pad 300 - or TF300 to give it its model name - Asus has done it again. For under £400 you get a convertible 10in tablet with an IPS screen, Tegra 3 quad-core power, oodles of connectivity and battery life, and a keyboard dock that transforms (if you’ll pardon the pun) it i...More

With its Transformer Pad 300 - or TF300 to give it its model name - Asus has done it again. For under £400 you get a convertible 10in tablet with an IPS screen, Tegra 3 quad-core power, oodles of connectivity and battery life, and a keyboard dock that transforms (if you’ll pardon the pun) it into a genuine productivity tool and basic netbook equivalent. Essentially you get the same smooth 1080p video playback, console-quality gaming and great overall experience as with the Asus Transformer Prime for £100 less, making Asus’ lastest convertible tablet an easy recommendation.

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Pocket-lint

Great screen, powerful processor, design is superb

from Pocket-lint

As a stand-alone tablet, the TF300 is excellent. It's light enough for extended use, and the screen is glorious, full of detail with vivid colour. There's plenty of power here too, with media and games running with incredible smoothness.

Add the keyboard, and you get a whole new way to use the tablet. We're not going to claim this is a laptop replacement, but when you're on a plane for 10 hours, the Asus can cover it all on battery, and you can watch video, play games and do some work. It is, without doubt, the ideal travel companion....

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As a stand-alone tablet, the TF300 is excellent. It's light enough for extended use, and the screen is glorious, full of detail with vivid colour. There's plenty of power here too, with media and games running with incredible smoothness.

Add the keyboard, and you get a whole new way to use the tablet. We're not going to claim this is a laptop replacement, but when you're on a plane for 10 hours, the Asus can cover it all on battery, and you can watch video, play games and do some work. It is, without doubt, the ideal travel companion.

We don't like the menu bar for changing the power profile and Wi-Fi settings, it's a pain and made us want to scream with rage. But aside to that, Asus has only lightly tweaked Ice Cream Sandwich, and we think its clock and weather widget is the nicest you can get for a tablet.

Overall, the reasons for buying a TF300 are many and varied but we struggled to come up with many reasons you shouldn't buy one. So that's a glowing recommendation from us then.

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PhoneArena

Competitive price point, packs a speedy quad-core CPU, inconsistent web browsing performance

from PhoneArena

Obviously, we like that the Asus Transformer Pad 300 boasts a price point that’s $100 less than the cream of the crop Transformer Prime – without sacrificing on the hardware. Frankly, many people will find some value in that, especially when it packs the same Android experience and quad-core...More

Obviously, we like that the Asus Transformer Pad 300 boasts a price point that’s $100 less than the cream of the crop Transformer Prime – without sacrificing on the hardware. Frankly, many people will find some value in that, especially when it packs the same Android experience and quad-core processor as its fully equipped sibling. However, if money isn’t a concern with your budget, we’d still recommend picking up the Transformer Prime either way, primarily for its impeccable design, and the fact that it’s still the benchmark Android tablet to beat.

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Ubergizmo

Asus Transformer Pad Review (TF300)

from Ubergizmo

With this new product, Asus is pushing the power of a high-end tablet lower into mainstream territory. In terms of functionality, it is very fair to think of the Transformer Pad TF300 as a $400 Transformer Prime. This doesn’t mean that the TF300 feels “cheap” at all. It doesn’t, and I wou...More

With this new product, Asus is pushing the power of a high-end tablet lower into mainstream territory. In terms of functionality, it is very fair to think of the Transformer Pad TF300 as a $400 Transformer Prime. This doesn’t mean that the TF300 feels “cheap” at all. It doesn’t, and I would say that if you don’t care much more the “luxury” aspect of aluminum and ultra-thin design, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 will perform just like a Transformer Prime, and that includes the great user storage possibilities.

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