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This is it...for me at least! OR SO I THOUGHT!,
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This review is from: Asus EeePad Transformer Prime TF201 10.1 inch Tablet with Keyboard/Dock - Grey (Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core 1.3GHz, RAM 1GB, Storage 32GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Android 3.2) (Personal Computers)I had wanted the ASUS PRIME 201 as an upgrade to the TRANSFORMER 101 which I had been really happy with. I wanted the docking keyboard (which I had not got before) and was looking forward to the ICS upgrade as well. I am not really a techie but love film, music, Internet etc... and as I travel a bit I was looking for sleek, neat and customisable.
I had decided a long time ago not to get an Ipad as
a/I dont like the cloning aspect of Apple at all
b/I dont like the Ipad feel or its size (odd shape)
c/I dont need to be told by anyone what I like or dislike and Android does not tie me up to anything in particular.
Because of my experience with the 101 I knew the 201 would be a quality product and I certainly am not disappointed. First cosmetic impressions...GORGEOUS! Tough, solid and slim slim slim. The weight is similar as before so not that light (especially with the docking keyboard attached) but no tablets are. Fired up straight away and the image is clean crisp and sharp as the speed is terrific too.
WHAT I LIKE SO FAR!
The sound is good though I had to install EQUALIZER (free app) and it has boosted it a lot. I had same issue before so no big deal. This is especially udeful as an app and solution for AVI and other movie files which sometimes can sound way too low (especially in planes)....
The speed is amazing, I swear it surfs the Internet faster than I can think!
ICS does allow to multitask which is terrific as well. I had about 5 different things on the go and I did not notice any slwoing down at all
WHAT I AM NOT SO SURE OF
I did experience a few "reboot" out of the blue and I have reported it to ASUS. A quick trawl on the Net has shown me some users getting similar problems. No doubt this will be fixed in a soon to come upgrade but it is annoying.
I have noticed one or two sites which dont seem to play videos as smoothly as the old 101, not sure why and again this may very well change soon
That's it so far. I am loving the build and the feel of the thing and can only recommend it.
Before I plumped for Asus I tried Archos and Galxy, neither of which I particularly liked. I cant recommend Asus enough and though pricey you do get what you are paying for...
BUT.... NINE MONTHS LATER! I HAVE GIVEN IT UP!
Why I hear you ask, considering it rocked my boat, made my day and thrilled me way back then... Well, some issues became difficult to live with in relation to the price.
Firstly, a small design fault really annoyed the heck out of me. I like to travel and watch films on a plane so I would download some on a mini sd card in advance. Unfortunately the slot happens to be on the edge of the screen (outer) which meant that each time I placed the transformer in a bag the card would click out. I lost 5 or 6 that way. If I took the Prime out of the bag and replaced it without thinking which way I should put it in the bag, it would just pop out! Frustrating as I would not be able to watch any of my movies. Yes I know I could carry SD cards in a separate box but a machine costing near enough £ 500 should be fool proof that way!
Secondly, the Transformer is not very good at picking up WiFi. I have a Samsung Galaxy that picks up when this thing just would not even see a hot spot. This again happened many times and ended up being so very frustrating.
Thirdly, GPS Was a joke, SO much so that Asus GAVE FREE a bit of hardware that you would have to strap on the machine (very awkwardly) to get it working. They never advertised that and I only found out by chance that I could ask for one. AGain at that price you would hope that basic stuff like that would have been sorted before release.
Fourth, the keyboard was a good idea but basic functions like delete did not exist and try as I might writing or editing long texts with back buttons and lack of Open Office apps was frustrating!
Finally, too heavy and too large for me. It ended up being a cumbersome and frustrating item.
I now have a NExus 7 which is brilliant. Light, fast and I can pair it with a bluetooth keyboard if I want to. 7" screen is fine for a film or two and games. And it costs £ 199, a third of the initial cost of the Transformer.
I am not saying the Transformer is a bad machine. I am saying that I expected sleeker and easier use out of an Ipad priced investment. SO not for me after all.