158 of 160 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to tablet computing
I can highly recommend the Asus Transformer. It is my second tablet, after the Advent Vega, and it is one of the new generation of tablets that run Google's tablet OS (Honeycomb).
The first thing to point out is the appearance and build quality of the device. It looks great and feels great. It is also the most robust tablet currently available, with a subtly...
Published on 1 Jun 2011 by Bobby Elliott
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This is a review for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
I bought the Asus on it's own, but i also now have the keyboard, i am currently writting this review on my tablet right now.
Lets start with the appearance of the Tablet. It's nice and thin and has a nice textured gray finnish on the back which gives you nice grip while holding it. The glass on the screen...
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158 of 160 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to tablet computing,
This review is from: Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 10.1 inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra2 1GHz, 1Gb, 16Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT 3.0, Android 3.0) (Personal Computers)I can highly recommend the Asus Transformer. It is my second tablet, after the Advent Vega, and it is one of the new generation of tablets that run Google's tablet OS (Honeycomb).
The first thing to point out is the appearance and build quality of the device. It looks great and feels great. It is also the most robust tablet currently available, with a subtly rubberised rear and a gorilla glass front. This baby will take a lot of punishment. In spite of this, it has a sleek look to it. It's very slim and light and the screen is simply outstanding. Battery life is fantastic; expect to get 6-8 hours of heavy use in real life conditions, so it easily lasts a full day. I charge it once every 2 or 3 days.
When you turn it on you will be knocked out by the screen -- clear, vibrant and beautiful to use. My only complaint is that it is *very* reflective, so you will struggle to use this device outside on a bright day. The screen is widescreen (unlike the iPad's odd dimensions) so movies and photos look *outstanding*.
Performance-wise the device is fine. It's not quite as smooth as an iPad but perfectly usable and there is no noticeable lag in any task that I have carried out (although I have not really experimented with movies).
Standard Android apps run fine on it but apps designed for tablets, obviously, look better -- and the list is growing. At the time of writing this review, Taptu, IMDB, Readr, and Evernote (beta) are simply stunning on it. Because it runs Android, any paid apps for your phone will also be available on the device (via Market).
The stock keyboard is fine (Asus provide an improved version of the standard Android keyboard) but I would suggest you pay for Thumb Keyboard, which comes with phone and tablet versions built-in, and is simply wonderful and makes you forget you are not using a real keyboard.
The lack of 3G is not an issue. It tethers to an Android phone perfectly so you can use your smartphone as a wi-fi access point to connect this tablet to the Internet. This works flawlessly. It has a micro SD card slot so don't there is no need to get the 32Gb model. The standard 16Gb device with a cheap 8Gb SD card is more than adequate. The SD card makes is very easy to transfer files from your PC to the tablet.
Downsides? Not many. The screen is very reflective. There is a shortage of apps designed for tablets. It is not quite as fast as the iPad. That's about it. Android is an open, fun, cheap, creative environment and Honeycomb is an excellent tablet OS, which will get better and better. It has many advantages over the iPad, the main one being its openness. Unlike every Apple device, you will not get the feeling that this piece of hardware is a cash machine for a large corporation.
One final thing. Asus don't hinder the device with loads of add-ons so the device is supplied in a pretty pure state. This not only means it runs faster than most tablets (such as the Xoom) but it also means that OS updates can be supplied very quickly. Hoenycomb 3.1 is now available for it via an over-the-air (OTA) update.
Like your first smartphone, you'll wonder how you coped before you owned this device. The Asus Transformer is outstanding.
69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic tablet,
This review is from: Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 10.1 inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra2 1GHz, 1Gb, 16Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT 3.0, Android 3.0) (Personal Computers)After much research and reading reviews i decided to purchase the Transformer tablet due to the new Honeycomb operating system, its ability to dock the keyboard and the price.
The tablet is very light and thin so perfect for my frequent travel and the ASUS custom apps work well too. The ASUS MyNet app allows you to stream music from your WiFi DLNA source so great or all my music. This app currently does not support XVID format streaming but hoping this will change in a future update. You can get round this by using an app such as MoboPlayer which will run XVID's directly from the MicroSD slot on the side of the tablet.
Battery life is great and i've only had to charge it twice in the past week on the back of a several of hours use each evening.
This is by far the best Honeycomb tablet out on the market today, easily beating the ACER and XOOM in terms of flexibility and price.
Overall an excellent tablet and highly recommended!
67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy,
This review is from: Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 10.1 inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra2 1GHz, 1Gb, 16Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT 3.0, Android 3.0) (Personal Computers)Superb piece of kit. Build quality is excellent - the tablet feels 'classy' and is reassuringly solid to hold.
The IPS panel display is really nice. Asus quote a 178 degree viewing angle and it is very good indeed.
With the dual 1Ghz CPU the tablet runs very nicely. Web browsing is fast and responsive and all the apps I've tried run very well.
I'm watching DVD ripped AVI's at a good quality (my standard settings - about 0.5Gb for an average 45min TV series episode - 1500 bps video) with no stutter or visible issues using VPlayer.
The supplied book reader app seems a little fussy on ePubs - closing to desktop with the PDFs I've converted using Calibre (purchased ePubs are fine). I hear Asus are on the case and an update is on the way but in the meantime FBreader, Cool Reader and Kindle all work just fine.
The Polaris office suite seems to be fine for the excel and word docs I've tried so far. For PDF viewing I've downloaded Acrobat Reader which runs well and seems to give a better view than either Polaris or the My Library apps manage.
I downloaded Nvidia's Tegra Zone app and Bang Bang racing which runs flawlessly and shows that as developers release more games for this platform its going to be an excellent mobile games player. Of course Angry Birds runs perfectly too (and the ads are not nearly as annoying on the big screen as on my HTC Desire)
Spend £20 on a 16Gb micro SD card (get one with a convertor and you can just copy files onto it from anything with a standard SD card slot) to double the storage seems a no-brainer.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had an iPad and was ok with it, got this and I am seriously impressed,
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This review is from: Asus EeePad TF101 10.1-inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra 2 1GHz, RAM 1Gb, 32Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Android 3.0) - Brown (Personal Computers)I got the Asus Transformer and the docking station after being ultimately frustrated with the iPad. The reason for my frustration was I felt limited by the OS and by having to spend money on apps just to connect with my PC. Also the whole iTune nonsense.
I am really impressed with the Asus. It is a much more powerfull and "free" device than the ipad could ever have been. The keyboard docking station makes it into a netbook with complete access to word and excel etc so productivity is there at a fingertip.
The new honeycomb OS is excellent and very customisable, you can have apps doing things on the screen rather than having to actually load into the apps.
So main good points
- the build is excellent, light and strong. No noticable weight difference to the iPad. Nice grip on the back of the screen.
- the OS is really intuitive, so much better if you use google products like gmail and calendar,tasks, cntacts, etc
- apps are mostly free. Ok there is not so many of them but Android is open source so new ones are being developed now.
- great performance
- lovely screen and graphics
- customisable to the nth degree
- the docking station makes this a laptop replacement
- great polaris software for word and excel
- good speakers for a change
- nothing so far but I will update as I find them
Seriously there is noreason now to subscribe to the apple hype. Asus have brought the android tablets to a new level.
100% the best tablet on the market. And note I had an iPad for nearly a year before getting this.
109 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good product at a good price,
Asus has not messed with honeycomb at all and updates should be fast, as opposed to the approach HTC take where the whole system is skinned with sense and updates, if they come will take forever.
Properly optimised honeycomb apps are thin on the ground at present, but there are still plenty of quality offerings: sketchbook pro (art), pulse (news) and KOBO (books) are my goto apps. The quality and quantity of apps is likely to explode over the coming months though, so this doesn't present a problem.
At £100 cheaper than and ipad, I really can't see the benefits of going down the Apple route unless you're a die hard fan, I was comparing it with a friends ipad and there wasn't one thing that I couldn't do that he could, in fact the eee pad was quicker and more flexible on nearly all counts.
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Can't It Do?,
This review is from: Asus EeePad TF101 10.1-inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra 2 1GHz, RAM 1Gb, 32Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Android 3.0) - Brown (Personal Computers)I have had my eee pad Transformer now for 3 weeks. Even now I am discovering new things it can do. I have never had an iPad but at least one iPad owner has looked at my Transformer with some envy. But I get ahead of myself.
The box arrived (smaller than I expected) with the device and a charger plus magic cable and a couple of very slim instruction leaflets. There is no protective sleeve or case at all and this is the first extra you need to buy. The Transformer looks good and feels solid and well made.
I turned the Transformer on and it took about 30 sec for me to connect it to my WiFi. Then it basically said "hang on a sec, looks like I need to upgrade my OS" so while I made a cup of tea it upgraded to Android 3.1. The battery fully charges using the supplied charger in an hour or so. I have found I need to charge it every couple of days.
The screen resolution and brightness is extremely good; 1280*800; I can easily read a full page magazine without zooming. The screen aspect ratio is about 16*9 so it fits widescreen TV perfectly. I can connect to external HD video via wifi and play full screen. I get a few hesitations with BBC iPlayer but other sources (say Nasa TV HD or YouTube) are better.
The screen security has a cool feature - you can program a scribble pattern (join the dots) instead of a PIN or password.
The supplied software is good except the MS Office emulation Apps probably need a few tweaks. Having said that, ppt slides look beautiful and with the addition of an HDMI cable, (mini HDMI for the eee Pad end) you can project on a HDMI beamer or TV. That works really well. Adobe reader for Android is also available and works well. Email app is very good too.
Heard all that drivel about there being fewer "Apps" available for Android? One good reason for this is that you don't need so many. The browser on the Transformer runs Flash so all those web sites that you need to download "Apps" for (I call them clients) just run as if you were at a laptop.
Tired of all that tap-typing on a screen? Well you can use the verbal search. Tap the mic symbol then you say what you want to look for and off it goes to Google and pulls back the results in the browser window. As you can imagine the recognition accuracy is patchy but it surprised me how well it did work.
Mapping/location/GPS software is fantastic and very responsive to pinch zoom and rotate. Not used the front and back cameras much yet so can't really comment on those.
I have added a 16GB microSD card but I have no idea how I am going to use a total of 48GB.
The media player was OK but I found a better one in the Android App Store. Kindle is great and text pin sharp. Zinio is a fantastic magazine reader on Android but the magazines you can get are limited (applies to all platforms).
Plug the magic cable in and you can connect to USB port on a PC where your eee Pad appears as a normal drive (two if you have the microSD plugged in). Great for transferring stuff between laptop and Pad. Also has wireless desktop so you can configure you PC so that you can run it from your Transformer over local Wifi - the PC desktop appears on your Transformer screen and you move the mouse pointer with your finger. Apparently you can get this to work over the Interweb too but I haven't tried this yet.
In summary, it is a long time since I have been as delighted as I have with this product. This box is the thing that makes me think that we don't need paper any more. And, if I get the docking keyboard, the laptop may be in big trouble too.
On the negative side: Not QUITE as responsive to pinch and taps as iPad; Polaris Office apps need more work. Will recharge from PC USB but only when powered down.
On the positive side: Everything else.
Can't comment on: Cameras, playing games.
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! but problems READ,
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I bought the Asus on it's own, but i also now have the keyboard, i am currently writting this review on my tablet right now.
Lets start with the appearance of the Tablet. It's nice and thin and has a nice textured gray finnish on the back which gives you nice grip while holding it. The glass on the screen has made me feel relaxed, knowing that it wont scratch as easy as some other Tablets on the market. The colours on the screen are stunning, they stand out and really pop. It has better colour than the Ipad 2, the evidence is on plenty of comparison videos and i've seen them both in action side my side. The whole kit is really nice, it looks cool connected to the keyboard giving it that 'Net book ' feel to it, and the keyboard gives it so much more functionality...
So what does the Asus have to offer that the Ipad doesn't? well the keyboard is a really great add on. The keyboard gives you a total of 16 hours battery life when connected to the tablet, it gives you two additional usb slots, so you have three including the mini already on the tablet. It also gives you a SD slot, giving you two (a micro on the tablet) which bumps up your memory options even more. You can connect external hardrives to it for when your using it as a net book at home....or if your on the move you have the option to just slip in the sd cards.The keyboard has the matching gray textured finnish and a nice brown metalic look to it, making it look well fitted with the tablet. The tablet is easy to attach onto the keyboard making a 'click' when it is in place. To remove it you simply slide the silver latch over to the left and pull your Tablet upward, this takes a second! Then wham your ready to rock and roll. The keyboard doesn't take the touch option away from the Tablet, you still have all the usual functions, but the added bonus of the keyboard for typing. My advice is to get it with the keyboard, not separate as the keyboard is like gold dust when searching for it on its own. Also you get a better deal when buying them together. £390 in Asda online for the 16gb = BARGAIN
Okay so enough about the keyboard, onto the performance. So like i said earlier, the colours are stunning, they are extremely vivid. You can tell this is a HD tablet.When searching the web everything is smooth and loads quickly. Its easy to pinch and zoom, highly responsive. I would say though that some intense websites have some lag. I found this with the new FACEBOOK timeline layout, but i generally have problems with facebook on my phone and laptop also so i just think it's the website and not the tablet. But if you come across issues you can go into your settings and turn off Java which should speed things up.Otherwise the Android market and all the apps run nicely on it. You can do your usual customization of moving the Apps around the screen, changing live wallpaper ect.
Onto Apps. For those app junkies out there you wont have the thausands upon thausands of apps available on the ipad 2, but trust me when I say there are still plenty of Apps on the Android market to keep you busy. There will be very few things you will struggle to find when searching. The market hasn't let me down o far. There are plenty of games, i have atleast 20 on one of my screens! Oh and did i mention emulators work a charm on this tablet? Not sure if the ipad supports emulators, but just thought i would let you nerds know about that ;p There are some great apps out there, all you need to do is search he market.
Now for you Gamers out there, you surely already know about the Tegra zone on this Tablet. It is a Gaming app that allows you to download games designed for Tablets which possess the Tegra 2 Dual core processor. In honnesty there aren't many games on the Tegra zone at the moment but there are some promising future releases. Saying that though, the android market offers up plenty of games to keep you entertained.
I'm not going to go into detail about camera quality, because i didn't buy the Tablet for it's camera. I will say that when doing a video call on skype everything ran smooth and the camera was able to pick up more than my webcam does on my laptop.
Watching videos on th Tablet is a treat because they fill the screen and you can watch in HD, The sound is good enough for you to hear what is going on, but if you want to be immersed then buy headphones ;p
Well i'm not sure what else to say. I love this tblet i think it's great that it can become a net book and has all these functions. I love the beautiful colours and how quick it is. I just think it's the best one on the market. GET ONE
UPDATE PLEASE READ
So I had to add these sections in, after not having the tablet two months, I than began having issues. Such a shame because I did infact return this tablet and get a full refund due to these issues. I was really gutted.
So the first issues that started were the 'Force close' messages. The tablet would randomly give me this message, shutting down whatever application or webpage was open at the time. Now some of you may point out the update that was released in December to fix the force close issues. It didn't fix mine, infact the force close messages occured on a regular basis, atleast ten a day even when i wasnt using the tablet constantly. The tablet just couldn't seem to run multiple things at a time, and would force close too often for my liking. It was extremely frustrating.
Another issue for me was that I bought a tablet to basicaly replace my busted laptop, and to have the ability to take it anywhere. I wanted to be able to upload my youtube videos through my sd/micro sd cards on the fly. But to my disapointment, a 'force close ' message everytime. I would get this when copying straight from the memory card, and even when trying to upload the videos after already having copied them to the tablet. It just seemed like the tablet couldn't do functions it was meant to be able to do.
The tablet wouldn't let me click things sometimes on webpages, and then the whole page would freeze. When I would go out of the web page my homescreen would be black and I couldn't do anything, so the whole tablet would have to be reset to even work again.
Another thing ive noticed people mention is the typing lag. Yes it has major typing lag on the tablet and keyboard. When using the tablet it doesnt occur as often, but using the asus keyboard, it is awful. Sometimes the keys would not pick up certain letters, and i would find whole words hadn't been typed. Facebook was particulary bad.
The final worrying thing was that after a month or so the tablet developed some odd sounds, like it would make a buzz noise when turned on after being in sleep or switched off. Also when holding the back it developed a 'creaking' noise. People say that this only gets worse.
All these things I have updated you on just really worried me. I bought this tablet brand new and I felt like this issues were increasing in number. Maybe mine was just a faulty one, but I'm glad I returned it and got my money back. I am gutted about it, and if it weren't for those issues I would of kept my review at the 5* it was on before, but not after these experiences. Just be careful people.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Quality,
But my recommendations it's that if you need a tab for work, Asus eeepad could be your tablet.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asus Eee Pad Transformer 32GB + Keyboard Dock,
This review is from: Asus EeePad TF101 10.1-inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra 2 1GHz, RAM 1Gb, 32Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Android 3.0) - Brown (Personal Computers)Asus Eee Pad Transformer 32GB + Keyboard Dock
Firstly there are many good reviews of this device and I recommend the MobileTechReview which you can watch on YouTube.
When reviewing tablets, it is hard to do so without separating hardware from the operating system in this case Android Honeycomb. But I will try to point out the advantages of the hardware and say something about how the performance is influenced by the OS.
Asus have made a fantastic device here, they have accomplished what no other manufacturer has managed, not even Apple. Yes praise should go to Apple for successfully delivering new devices but it is without doubt that the transformer is the best tablet on the market.
To potential Apple converts don't let anyone tell you that android is not user friendly, the nice thing about it is whether you are a non-technical user or the most extreme geek, you will love it. The casual user will use the standard applications from the android store, and the geeks will root the device and do God-knows-what with it.
I have just taken a picture for the first time with this device. From the back facing camera (5Mp) it is rather grainy and also is the front facing camera (1.2Mp). But I did not buy this device to take pictures with; I have a Samsung Galaxy S 2 which does a good job. Sometimes I see people hefting their tablet devices to take photos and I shake my head in despair.
One huge reason I got this tablet was the veritable menagerie of standard ports and devices. Next to the headphone jack is a mini HDMI port, and then down from there is the micro SD card reader. I got the 32 GB version of this device and I have a 32 GB micro SD card in this slot.
The dock has two USB ports, yes you can transfer files here either using a USB stick or hard drive, and the dock also has a full SD card reader. You can buy 128GB SD card nowadays so on the device portable, you can have 192 GB - that's laptop hard disk space! The moral of the story? GET THE DOCK! More on this later.
One of the main reasons I bought this device was to use it as an eReader. I was never convinced with the Amazon kindle (no offense), I read a lot of textbooks and journals and colour is pretty important in these. I also wanted a nice quality screen to read on and this device delivered completely.
The problem with the stock book reader "My Library" is that it reads all the books in your device and doesn't seem to know that the books/papers are already arranged into folders and so splurges everything onto the screen which is unworkable. I downloaded ezPDF reader which cost £1.90 but was great and has all the functionality you would expect from a decent reader: bookmarks, comments, searching, contents browser, highlighting and so on.
Adobe reader comes free but I don't use it.
Google book reader is free and is okay, and the android book market gives you access to an immense library of books; I am particularly interested in textbooks and everything I have searched for in PhD/Postdoc level books are there in abundance. The main problem I have with this app is that it is nowhere near as fully featured as the ezPDF reader. No highlighting, commenting, or bookmarking - yes it returns to the page you left off but if you get a textbook, you will want to mark off lots of pages and take notes. Google Books does not allow you to do that yet - but I dare say that this is in the pipeline. I like to download and read free books available in ePub format on the Project Gutenburg website which it is good for.
I should also add that though the books section of the android market is very extensive, it has recently gone down quite often; last week I could not access it for two days. The books section is a new addition to the android market so this should be taken into consideration. The main android market is pretty mature and stable so I anticipate that the books section will catch up over the next month or so - in time for Christmas.
The battery life on this device is very good, and ridiculously so when you attach the dock. I usually obsessively charge my portable devices but this is the first truly mobile device I have had. I frankly do not know how Asus have managed it, I went a couple of days without charging it, played music, read books, surfed the internet etc. went to read the battery level and it still said 98%. I haven't bothered to try but I am pretty sure that under normal use you'd probably only have to charge it once a week may be even less, but my previous devices have turned me into a charging fanatic which is why I haven't had a go.
Weirdly though, this device NEVER heats up, my phone heats up, so does my computer and laptop but the transformer doesn't. I am feeling the device now and it is cool to the touch everywhere, with no evidence of where the processors are; no exhaust vents apart from for the speakers - eerie. I don't know how they've managed it, maybe it secretly runs on fairy dust or voodoo and the electric adapter is just a ruse. Even modern LCD displays give out a little heat, not this, not a peep - perhaps this is one reason the battery lasts so long.
In past reviews I have heard people complain about the dock and bugs associated with it. I guess that the updates have ironed these out because I love the dock, it makes the Transformer rock! (Sorry) If you are going to buy this tablet GET THE DOCK! The reason is that when you use a tablet, you might read a book, surf the net, play a game etc. but pretty soon it wears thin and you just want a laptop. The dock transforms your tablet to a laptop. Sounds like a gimmick but it truly does what it says in the tin. It allows you to work in a dynamic way; in my job I read a lot of journal papers and write code, this is the perfect companion to that. The device has a small area footprint on the desk so I have it right next to my keyboard. I search for journal papers/technical article on the device, load them up undock it to read the paper, flick through search for what I need, dock it back and go back to writing code on my computer. In coffee breaks I might detach the screen and take it into the break area. Sweet.
As yet I have had no issues with reliability OS crashes etc. Occasionally an app you download will spaz out, you can easily kill the process in the settings area and uninstall the software. It is not only small apps developers that get apps wrong, on the one of the few occasions that I downloaded a game Worms by EA to reminisce the 1990s it crashed before it could even install properly, but then again EA does have that reputation. BF3 RIP.
There is no getting away from the fact that the outer backing material feels pretty cheap, I looked on the website and they don't say what it is made from so I'd buy a decent case for it if I were you. I have had it a month so it's too early to say anything significant about durability. The keyboard is pretty decent, a slightly modified version of the one on the Eee pc, people may complain that it is too small but I have giant hands and I like it. The F-keys have been substituted for more useful android friendly keys, there is a home, search, and menu key and the screen is a high quality beautiful display with very good viewing angles.
A few months ago I thought that it would be a year till the android store would hold many applications suitable for tablets. I was completely WRONG! Within a month the store had a revamp and now there is basically no difference between the choice of apps on android tablets and iPads, only that android tabs can be modified by the user to the nth degree. Saying this there is one rather niggling basic omission. Because the Asus transformer is so phenomenally brilliant at what it does, you will want to use it as a pc as well as a tablet but you will struggle to find a spell checker inbuilt with any word processor. There are spell checkers that are standalone but the last thing I want is a program that interferes with others causing stability issues on the device. There is no spell checker on the stock Polaris Office package and Google Docs is not nice on the tablet and doesn't spell check. But as with most of these issues subsequent updates often remedy the problems.
The email interface is pretty good but there is another glaring omission: the ability to search through your mail which for a Google Android device is nothing short of criminal. I often just go to my Google Mail account in the browser.
The stock browser is okay but I have noticed that Dolphin browser gives a much nicer experience especially on a tablet type device.
I love RealCalc, a nice scientific calculator much better than the stock calculator. When you detach the screen, you have a giant calculator staring back at you, cool!
Music player: The stock music player is pretty stylish, but it does something odd where it leaves a long gap between tracks and there is no EQ. But there are plenty of android store alternatives I have used PowerAMP for some time but I am trying out PlayerPro which seems to have nicer browsing features. Sound quality is good through phones but with the volume I think there is room for debate on how loud they should go, on my Grado SR60 they go just loud enough that it become uncomfortable and with inner earphones louder still - which is more than enough for me but I know people that would want to go even louder which would obviously cause hearing damage. The speakers have next to no bass response but are clear and I can enjoy my rock tunes but can hear absent bass lines. Good for casual internet radio though.
I love that you can set the music playing with headphones, close the tablet, put it into your bag and travel around. Try doing that with a laptop!
RSS: Google Reader is okay, functions much the same as on the computer. But BeyondPod has to be the pod catcher of choice.
Social Networking: All present and accounted for in good quality too, I am not a huge fan of these so will not comment further.
Games: There are plenty of good ones but I don't spend much time on these.
My advice is that if you are looking for a tablet device, this is the one to buy. In terms of value for money, this device is far and away better than the rest, for what you get other manufacturers would charge £200 - £300 more at least. But the marvellous thing is that this is so much more fully featured than anything else on the market. There is plenty of choice for software in the android market and I am pretty confident that any niggling issues I outlined will be quickly dealt with in future updates as often happens on android OS/Devices. I have chosen to rate the device 5 stars from considering a balance of its features, performance and it price.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way! Don't wait any more!,
I am a big gmail/ gdocs user both at home and at work. After entering the details of my accounts ( slightly more tricky for my work one which required the IMAP details) synchronisation took place and is amazing! I can manage my five e mail accounts at the click of a button, have easy access to all my cloud based work on Gdocs, and am completely integrated. I am a big Picasa user and it also synchronised all my web albums and downloaded mini versions of them so that I can see them off screen. I took them to a family party this weekend and the impact was incredible. Also I have downloaded a Flickr app which I paid for and that pulls off the same trick! It makes sharing your images with friends and family so much easier. What else....well Angry Birds has been adapted for the big screen and kept my nephew and niece occupied for hours. The included Press Reader app means I can read my Times subscription on line and it is excellent , maybe not up to the Ipad app standard but I can wait! Music is easy and works well too.
I downloaded Kindle which is ready for Android Pads and it works great, but the included ebook reader also is good. Polaris office also works well and there is plenty of PDF reading capability. So despite there not being many ready to go apps I am not worried at all! File manager is a little tricky to get your mind around but when I got the hang of it it worked fine. I bought the little dock/ keyboard ...it is great quality, if a little tricky to hook up but I am sure this will come with practice. I was amazed at how well it recharged the "pad" when docked, and this morning I used them together properly for the first time. It is great for typing, more that a couple of sentences seems tricky on the touch screen to me. The keyboard shortcuts are different to windows but really seem to make sense. I am sure with a bit more use I will get used to them. The USB and Micro SD card slots all work well and no connectivity problems at all. No sign of the previously mentioned connectivity issues on my model, which I guess is from the second batch. ( bought end of May).
So to conclude....still learning but delighted....so glad I waited for this one, I think it is really going to help me in my busy life and also add value as at both work and leisure. It looks great too. Well dome ASUS...what a product! Let's hope properly set up apps start coming think and fast...get your skates on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Twitter etc etc...if Amazon can do it so can you!
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Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 10.1 inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra2 1GHz, 1Gb, 16Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT 3.0, Android 3.0) by ASUS
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