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Eee Pad Transformer review

8/10 AVG.
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8/10
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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 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 x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

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

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
variations
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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 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 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
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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