71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this tablet. Before I bought this I bought a cheap Chinese no-brand tablet, and it was woeful so I sent it back. There are holes I can pick with this tablet, but for what I want it's perfect. Anyway here's what I've experienced, the good and the bad ... but the bad is just me saying what I've found - none of the bad stuff impacts on how I personally wanted to use...
Published 16 months ago by Stuart
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless after 5 months.
I purchased this model in october 2012. In march I had to take it back to PC world as the screen would act like it was being touched when it wasn't. After 3 weeks and a screen replacement I got it back. The next day I took it back for the same fault. 3 weeks and a touchpad replacement later I got it back. The next day... (you can see where this is going!!) After...
Published 6 months ago by Miss L E Miller
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!,
This review is from: Asus TF300T 10.1-inch Multitouch Tablet with Keyboard (Blue) (Nvidia Tegra 3 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB HDD, WLAN, BT, 2x Cam, Android 4.0) (Personal Computers)I love this tablet. Before I bought this I bought a cheap Chinese no-brand tablet, and it was woeful so I sent it back. There are holes I can pick with this tablet, but for what I want it's perfect. Anyway here's what I've experienced, the good and the bad ... but the bad is just me saying what I've found - none of the bad stuff impacts on how I personally wanted to use the device for, but in the interest of a balanced review and to help you make your mind up I've included it all
The keyboard is great, it extends the battery life and it so much easier than using the horrible onscreen keyboards if you are going to do a reasonable amount of typing. A few people have said they don't like the track pad because it's a bit over sensitive, and yes at times I've managed to screw-up what I was doing by accidentally catching the track pad, but I screw-up more with the onscreen keyboards so it's not so bad
I use this for sofa surfing in front of the TV. It's as small as a netbook, so sits on your knee but doesn't have all of the bloatware that make netbooks so horribly slow and annoying. It's not a laptop relacement because it can't do all of the things you would on a full laptop, but it's a 100 times better than a netbook for surfing and low intensity PC type usage because it is responsive - social networking, games, newsreader, email, surfing, YouTube, etc. because Mind you it's also more expensive than a netbook, but I guess if you wanted a laptop that was as small AND as responsive as this tablet then you'd be paying into the 6/700 pound mark (maybe more) ... and for that extra money you would get all of the other capability of a full PC. I do all the proper PC stuff like my company accounts at a desktop, and I use this for sitting in front of the TV and checking out holiday destinations or browsing the news.
The camera doesn't seem to be as good as the one on my Samsung Galaxy S3 despite them both being 8 megapixels. I haven't done any proper testing and it might just be that the size of the screen on my Galaxy makes the picture look better, but it seems like the focus is better on my galaxy. I didn't buy this as a camera though - when I'm home I'll use a camera, when I'm out and don't have my camera I'll always have my phone, so there's no real issue for me with the quality of the camera ... but if it's important to you, I'd go and check one out in a shop before you buy.
The OS doesn't seem to agree with some apps. iPlayer being one, but I'm not sure that's a huge loss as I have a media pc so I can watch iPlayer on my TV. The other being Flipboard, I'd never used this app before though so I wasn't particularly attached to it. I just Googled to find and alternative and went with one of the many other apps that do the same thing (Taptu) and that worked fine ... I can't decide whether this incompatibility reflects badly on the device or the creators of the software.
If I want to take this on the road I can use my Samsung Galaxy as a wifi hotspot and this tablet will tether to the phone, so I can surf on this tablet using my mobile phones data allowance. It's not going to be lightning fast, but then neither would any of the tablets that have 3G capability at an additional cost of £100-150.
Only other thing I should note is the power. It isn't mini USB like my phone, it has it's own specific charger - so an extra thing to carry with you if you're taking it out and about regularly. It's not a big deal but it did surprise me slightly when I opened the box.
All in all, I love this and I use it every day. It has excellent battery life, the connection from the keyboard to the screen it sturdy and feels reliable, I love the way you can type and then touch the screen, and switch and interchange between the two sets of controls - screen and keyboard, it's lightweight, has a nice crisp screen and is responsive. Also the touch screen works really well, which wasn't the case with the no-brand Chinese version that I bought. I'm really happy with this as a selection.
EDIT: Something I've discovered which makes me even happier with this product. The keyboard charges the tablet and their power levels are displayed separately. This means you can be outside away from the power and using the tablet on it's own, until it gets really low on battery, then plug it into the keyboard until it's drawn the charge out of the keyboard, undock it and continue to use it as a tablet while the keyboard is inside charging, and then when the tablet is low on power, charge it again from the keyboard - allowing you to sit outside for ages using it away from the power - a bit sad maybe, but I'm on holiday and it's streaming music to a bluetooth speaker over Spotify so I don't want breaks in the music while I take the tablet back inside to charge
EDIT: (Feb 2013) buy a case, it costs a lot of money to replace the screen wehn you break it, but more importantly, you don't EVER want to have to deal with Asus customer care - they are truely useless.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome tablet, and a laptop replacement for a non-power user,
This review is from: Asus TF300T 10.1-inch Multitouch Tablet with Keyboard (Blue) (Nvidia Tegra 3 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB HDD, WLAN, BT, 2x Cam, Android 4.0) (Personal Computers)I received my Asus Transformer TF300 yesterday after doing over a month's worth of research. I wanted a device that could REPLACE my clunky 4 year old laptop. One of the biggest draw backs to tablets up until recently has been a lack of storage space, connectivity options and the lack of suitable office software with which to do some work if needed. I mainly used my laptop for web browsing, email and music/movie consumption so storage is a big factor for me.
I was split between some of the Acer Iconia tablets and this one, and finally settled on the Asus due to the keyboard dock, and boy do I not regret my choice, the keyboard dock is what makes the device an absolutely fantastic experience. The Asus only has 32GB on internal storage but the ace up its sleeve is that it has so many connectivity options, not only does it have a full size SD card slot in the keyboard dock, but it also has a microSD slot in the tablet itself (and for all those who are wondering you can use them BOTH simultaneously), meaning you can potentially add up to 128GB of additional space. On top of that the keyboard dock has a full size USB port meaning that you can plug in USB mice, USB flash drives and YES, USB hard drives (both NTFS and FAT supported). Another neat feature is the ability to support multiple USB devices at once, so I plugged in a 4 port USB hub into the device and then connected my mouse and USB HD to the hub, and it works a treat.
Initial Boot: As soon as I got the package I was like a child in a sweet shop, I wanted to rip it open and get started straight away, unfortunately absolutely nothing happened when I pressed the on button, after doing a bit of googling I found that the device requires at least a 3 hour initial charge before it can be used for the first time, so have patience and do not think its DOA immediately! After 3 or so hours I came back to it and hey presto it works!
Performance: The device was a little clunky at first, until I discovered the power settings, which can be set to Power Saving, Balanced and Performance, and on the latter the device really roars to life. I also updated the device to Jelly Bean using the neat over the air update which comes up and the device now seems even faster. Movies and Music play great with no performance lags whatsoever, Angry Birds plays like a dream.
Screen: The screen is good, solid and very bright (I had to turn the brightness down to 50% because it was dazzling me). Not quite as good as the screens on the iPad 2+3 but still nice enough for the price. The only issue I found after working so long with a 15" laptop is I starting hunching forward in my seat to use it because of the reduced screen size. Docking and undocking from the keyboard is a pretty simple process, albeit a little fiddly in a darkened room, you really need to get those pins aligned and the power button is placed in such a way that you hit it by accident when connecting the tablet to the dock.
Email: The device comes with all the usual Android array of email apps including GMail. You can also download loads more apps from the Play store. One tip for those of you moving from an Outlook type environment, it is possible to move all your emails out of Outlook and into GMail, you just need to set up IMAP on the gmail account, open the account in Outlook and copy the emails over and hey presto you now have all your offline Outlook emails in gmail!
Conclusion I've only had the device for 24 hours but so far I love it. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is that I also have an iPad 2 for work and a point of comparison. The screen just isn't quite on par with the iPad, so things like webpages and images don't look quite as swish as on the iPad, but still you are not paying the same price so I wasn't expecting an identical experience. Still, the screen is good enough and I am more than willing to take that and have the connectivity options galore than go with the iPad which is really only a PC/Mac accompaniment. The iPad cannot replace your laptop, it is too limited and you simply cannot expand the storage that they give you, whereas the Asus Transformer has so many ways to expand it that it HAS just replaced my laptop.
134 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ipad killer?,
This review is from: Asus TF300T 10.1-inch Multitouch Tablet with Keyboard (Blue) (Nvidia Tegra 3 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB HDD, WLAN, BT, 2x Cam, Android 4.0) (Personal Computers)Was interested in getting a tablet after my son bought a Samsung Galaxy 10.1, which was very nice. Trouble is I am not a great user of music/video downloads etc, but I use office apps for which an onscreen keyboard is not very useful, so when I saw the Asus Transformer I thought I'd check it out - and wow, I was not disappointed.
Spec is excellent with 32 Gb storage, plus micro SD slot on the tablet as well as normal SD card and USB ports on the supplied keyboard. Keyboard is almost as useful as the one on my laptop, and there is a decent and useable basic office app included as supplied (with word/excel/powerpoint compatibility). Usual WiFi and bluetooth options Web-browsing is a doddle.
Why bother with a netbook? in fact most people who have seen the Asus Transformer with its keyboard presume it is a netbook until you detatch it. Screen is excellent. Loads of Android apps available, and you are not tied into Apple products as in the case of the iPad. There is a 3g version, but don't bother, it easily tethers to your android smartphone via wifi (set your phone as wireless hotspot and just connect up).
Sound is a bit 'thin' without earphones (but I play my PC sound and music through a full-size hifi system of 1980's vintage with 8 inch speakers, subs and tweeters so anything else sounds feeble anyway). Battery life is good and is topped up from the supplementary battery in the keyboard when you connect it up.
It feels a little heavy for its size with the keyboard attached, but it does feel robustly put together.
Is the Asus TF300T an iPad killer? I checked out the latest iPad at the same time. The cachet of Apple being non-Windows/non-PC is no real advantage when compared with the Android OS with its rapidly growing range of independently produced apps. The iPad may have a higher resolution screen, which is maybe worth something on a 38+ inch TV but pretty irrelevant on a tablet screen. The Asus screen is plenty sharp enough and slightly larger anyway, and with the keyboard, fast processor, Android 4(ICS)operating system, SD and USB storage on top of the installed 32 Gb, office-capable software as supplied and access to 0000's of downloadable apps to do virtually anything you want....? So- more capacity, higher spec and more versatile connectivity than an equivalent iPad for the same money and a keyboard thrown in to boot -? The Asus gets my money every time (in fact it did!)
79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning piece of kit...,
Android apps are of course available in their hundreds - all at little or perhaps no cost - this means your machine is personalised in no time at all.
I cannot recommend this highly enough - buy it now!
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZZZZZING!,
1) The weight! - Heavier than expected but for good reason... I picked up the box and completely forgot that this item was actually quite weighty...why? Firstly the box included the charger, cable, dock and screen, among the actual packaging itself. Secondly because we all think of an ipad being 'light'. Do not compare this box to what you might receive with an ipad as it is a different item, you are getting an entire keyboard with built in battery...and my goodness is that a good thing.
2) The screen - Lovely and bright. considering the store I bought from did not have an example of the screen (as someone had stolen in - idiots) i was left with just tapping on a keyboard looking like a complete plonker. I had seen the FT101 and knew these screens were good, but that was 6 months ago and times have moved on. The 300 is a dream, upon first turning it on I thought 'thats not so bad' then I realised I was on half brightness - WOOOPPEE, a quick flick of the finger and I was on full blazing screen brightness and for something that is missing that so called IPS+ you would never know. to give you a clue this is brighter than my samsung glaxy s2 and I'm expected to use that in direct sunlight.
3) The sound - Incredible...I don't know if its just me. I have a £800 sony Vaio with dolby speakers built in and compared to this they sound like a 1920's radio in a tin can.... I can honestly say these speakers blew me away. Loud, punchy, deep n basey...just excellent. Cannot complain.
4) 'Tipping back problem' - or not such a problem I should say... I heard this is a pain as it tips with the slightest knock....ummmm.no. Not true. you would have to be a pretty heavy handed person to knock this over. the reason behind this is because when you open the screen it acutally starts to raise the back of the keyboard. thus creating an angled keyboard which does not 'tip' easily... dont worry about this. (I would be more concerned about the small keys. Im not going to complain because its 10.1 inches, what do you expect, its not going to be full size. but dont expect to type your uni dissertation on this thing cos your fingers might end up a bit mangled my the end of it.
Overall. I am yet to find a flaw. It has connected to my WIFI instantly. GPS seems to be working. screen perfect, keyboard perfect... I really can't see why anyone would waste their time looking at an ipad. I can't think of anything worse than being locked into their choice of design function and form when I can decide if I dont like asus anymore, I change my manufacturer, at least I will always be on android... It really confuses me.
Anyway. this tablet, from what i have seen so far is fantastic. I am so glad i chose the 300 over 201 too... (this spec is perfect and Ive saved myself £100, that'll go towards a few posh apps I reckon!) and a screen protector and case.
If you're deciding between this and 201(or any other pad for that matter). go to youtube, check out some reviews, see the product in the shop....and buy it! (from amazon, cos it's £1 cheaper at the mo lol)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeding expectations,
So, the review. I have a red TF300T with a german keyboard layout from amazon.de. As you will already have seen, I gave it 5 stars and here's why:
- After unboxing and switching on the tablet, there was an upgrade to Jelly Bean waiting for me. Impressive, as my HTC One X and Sony Tablet don't have this yet, neither does my bosses Galaxy S3.
- The sound quality is great. Okay, so the speaker is on the back of the tablet but watching the same videos on the ASUS tab as I have watched on the Sony tablet, I can say that the ASUS is much louder.
- The screen looks great. I personally can't tell the difference between this and the girlfriend's iPad2, other than my tablet has the right dimensions for a screen and the iPad 2 doesn't.
- The keyboard dock extends the battery life significantly. While charging, there is a notification in the centre of the screen occasionally which I have not yet figured out how to turn off. It lasts 1-2 seconds, but while watching a movie or playing games it can be alightly annoying. The keyboard doesn't work so well with Chrome, for example navingating around pages with cursor keys isn't great, but for emails it's so much nicer than a screen interface. I don't think I would like to write a novel on this keyboard, but it's not so terrible and it reminds me of my old ZX Spectrum (but it's a lot better).
- Ports! There are a lot of ports. The USB port is most useful, as I can now plug in an external SSD if I ever find I need more storage than the 32 GB I have already. The power cable/USB connector transfers data very quickly from PC. The SD card and micro SD cards are certainly going to be handy for extra storage or transferring data for people who have memory cards.
- The rear-facing camera, although not really useful for me on a tablet, takes very good pictures.
- I was worried that the whole thing was going to topple while docked as mentioned by another reviewer, but I haven't actually noticed any problems with this. I don't sit the tablet on my knees though so maybe that's the reason.
- One problem I've noticed is that some of the games I downloaded crash regularly, but I'm assuming this is because they're not optimised for Jelly Bean yet. Time will tell on that, but mainly I'll be watching movies with this tablet to alleviate the boredom of long journeys by plane/train, and browsing/emailing from the sofa.
Overall, I'm very happy that I bought this tablet and I'm no longer dreading my next 12 hour train journey home.
If you're considering a tablet, this is a very good choice if you have the money to spare.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been said by others . . .,
I knew nothing about tablets or Android before I bought this. Wanted something I could type away on in the park as a change from being desk-bound. At first it drove me mad, as I'd only worked on Windows previously. But slowly the truth dawned. Now I love it. All that's been said before, I agree with. And some of the apps available are fabulous. Favourite at the moment is IMdb, the movie and TV database, which seems so natural on this. But it's great for patience too, or finding constellations (you try holding your desktop monitor above your head in the garden), and downloads are so quick. Highly recommended. If there's a better one out there, I'll be amazed.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that most people will ever need.,
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)On its own the Asus TF300T is a full-featured Android tablet, the inclusion of a dockable keyboard makes it much more than that, such that it should be able to contend with traditional PCs for most people.
Undocked, it is a familiar experience for Android users, albeit one that is considerably higher spec than the average. It runs Ice Cream Sandwich - one of the latest Android iterations - so that it is up to date in terms of software compatibility, most apps will happily run on it. Bizzarely some big developers haven't updated their apps to run on ICS - Electronic Arts I'm looking at you - so you may find an occasional one that isn't compatible, no fault of Asus or Google though. One app that currently does work is the BBC's iPlayer, which is worth mentioning because the recent update renders it incompatible with a great many Android devices (including the tablet this one replaces and has gone to my Mum, sorry Mum), though the Beeb still haven't paid enough attention to Android as they have iOS for Apple.
Graphically the device is superb, the screen looks great and you really do get the benefit of HD video content, such as that offered on YouTube or Vimeo. Making use of the display is the onboard graphics chip from Nvidia, this allows gorgeous 3D gaming, GTA III runs perfectly and looks good too.
Once connected to the internet via WiFi, browsing is a pleasure, though most sites direct you to their mobile version, this tablet also handles the desktop versions with ease. This is helped by the relatively generous screen size and resolution, making viewing pages in their full format easy. It becomes a toss-up between using a site's app or visiting using the browser, as the latter is so good. Given the portability of a tablet, accessing the internet whilst out and about is fairly easy. This is not straightforward if you are unable to find a WiFi hotspot, as this particular model doesn't come with mobile internet capabilities (another version allows the insertion of a micro sim for 3G internet), however if you have another device, such as a mobile phone, that allows Bluetooth tethering, then that device's mobile internet can be used. Just check your operator's mobile internet download limits first, before spending an afternoon streaming HD video. There is still no LoveFilm app for Android that supports streaming, though hopefully that will change soon but I did manage to watch The I.T. Crowd last night on 4od without any hassle.
There is a sizable 32 GB internal memory, which is a fair amount in itself but this can be augmented using the micro-SD slot on the side and the full-size SD card slot on the keyboard. Further potential for storage is the USB3 port, again found on the side of the keyboard, this easily found a 2GB dongle I inserted. Again more storage potential comes with the bundled My Net app, which allows connection to storage on your home network via DLNA link. If this still isn't enough storage, ASUS give you access to a free 5GB of cloud storage.
While the USB3 port, Bluetooth and WiFi allow connectivity with other devices, HDMI allows you to connect to a TV with an HDMI port - as most newer TVs do. If you have an HD TV, this means that you can connect the tablet to it and use it as a monitor; handy for games or video.
While this ASUS on its own is a decent tablet, it is the ability to dock with the supplied keyboard which make it more interesting and increases the possibilities. This is a full qwerty keyboard, the same size as the tablet, it is much easier to use than the onscreen Android tablet and allows the composition of fairly long bodies of text (this review is typed on it). This makes tasks such as emailing more feasible, as well as posting comments and the like. ASUS have bundled a scaled down office suite called Polaris, which allows the creation of Word compatible documents, so that a tablet becomes a serious consideration for work or study. Being an OU student, I can readily appreciate the ability to take my work around with me and be able to edit it on a device that is much more portable than a laptop. It will still be better to use the laptop for creating scientific work to a high standard, as the tools are more developed and the hardware has more oomph but there's no reason that much of the work shouldn't be generated on the tablet. The keyboard also features a row of shortcut keys and media controls along the top.
Battery life is good, upto 15 hours which comes from both sections having batteries, while the keyboard can act as a power source for the tablet.
Overall, I'm very impressed, it's so much easier to pick this up and do some of the things I want to, than it is with the laptop. In fact I would say that I prefer to use this than the laptop, its much handier to take around and it's a lot more fun too. Power users are going to want to stick to PCs and Macs for anything processor intensive, such as serious gaming or media production, but for most uses, for most users, this is a great little machine.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent All-Rounder of a Tablet PC,
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