The Asus Transformer Review reveals one thing, that the Transformer is one of the best Tablet PCs currently on the market
This Asus Transformer review is set to correct the different misconceptions about the tablet PC, both the good and the bad.
As you go along the article, you’ll realize that this is actually one of the best Android-based tablets in the market, but that doesn’t mean this it is the tablet you’ve been waiting for.
To cover all aspects of our Asus Transformer review it has been divided into three different sections: Specs, Benefits, Downsides.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Specs
Let’s begin our Transformer review with the specs. Physically, the tablet PC boasts a 10.1-inch screen display, which is just perfect if you love to play games or watch movies. The screen itself can capture a lot more details that may be left out if you’re using a smaller tablet. It has a resolution of 1280 by 800. It’s not HD, but you can expect images to stand out. It isn’t the lightest at 1.5 lbs (680g), but it is less than most of the Tablet PC on the market. The tablet is very comfortable to carry around and the edges are easy to grip.
It is fitted with Android 3.2 OS, more commonly known as the Honeycomb, as well as an NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor. It comes with 40-pin docking port, used to attach it to the optional Asus Transformer accessories keyboard dock, and a number of ports including HDMI. You have a Flash storage option of either 16GB or 32GB, which you can additionally expand through the microSD slot. There’s also 1GB of RAM, a pair of webcams, 1.2MP front facing and 5.0MP rear facing, along with an e-compass, light sensor, gyroscope and GPS.
We have found that there are a lot of things to love about this tablet. For one, it’s one of the most affordable Tablet PCs; the 16GB version is around $400. That’s a far cry from over $600 for the BlackBerry Tablet PC Playbook and around $475 for Motorola Tablet PC Xoom . It’s definitely way cheaper than the HTC Tablet PC the Flyer.
It also showcases its flexibility through the use of the optional keyboard dock. When attached, your tablet PC immediately converts itself into a “netbook.” Other tablets such as Acer Iconia W500 also offer a full-sized keyboard, but Asus seems to be the only one who got the configuration or design right. There’s a forty-pin dock, where you need to fit the keyboard. The easy snap-on, snap-off model is certainly commendable. Moreover, you can tilt the screen in your preferred position, usually to remove or reduce the glare. The keyboards, on the other hand, have keys that are not only functional but are very soft to press; and you can use it to charge your battery or improve your connectivity.
As mentioned, this tablet PC sports the Android Honeycomb OS, which can be both a blessing and a curse depending on what your priority is. A big advantage of this OS over iOS is that it’s easy to customize to fit the needs and preferences of the tablet manufacturers. iOS is proprietary to Apple. The Android OS has the ability to multitask (allowing you to have more than one App open at the same time). The older versions of this OS were mainly designed for smart phones, so the Honeycomb, which Asus uses on this tablet, is the newest and designed to suit tablet PCs. As expected, too, the tablet offers Flash support, which is lacking in the market leading Apple Tablet PC the iPad.
The tablet also makes it very easy to manage all your files. You can decide to create a collective repository for all your videos, photos, and copies; and you can move them in different storage areas without having to connect your tablet to the computer all the time. The NVIDIA processor is praised for its speed and high performance, making it well suited for gaming. This also facilitates the fast multitasking. Our Asus Transformer review has definitely shown that the upsides far outweigh the downsides for the device.
To have a complete Asus Transformer review we also have to talk about the downsides. The stunning screen is actually very prone to smudges, if you aren’t too careful. If you have big fingers, it’s best if you settle for a stylus pen. You may also make use of a screen protector.
It’s also necessary for you to update your operating system, so all your applications will definitely work. A main issue for those who are still stuck with Honeycomb 3.0 you might have problems playing HD video in full screen using YouTube. The latest Transformer comes pre-installed with Honeycomb 3.2
Not all of people appreciate the layout of the Honeycomb Home screen, as the icons appear to be cluttered. Fortunately, the latest updates allow you to adjust the sizes of the icons. Also don’t expect high quality video recordings but the 5MP rear camera does take good quality pictures.
The conclusion we drew from our Asus Transformer review is that there are plenty of reasons to love the Asus Transformer and why it deserves a lot of commendations, including as one of the best Android Honeycomb devices. It’s cheap, it’s packed with pre-loaded Google apps, it possesses a gorgeous display screen, and runs the latest Honeycomb 3.2 whose apps catalog is growing at an exponential rate. With some additional Asus Transformer Accessories and turn your Eee Pad into a home media entertainment system. The Asus Transformer definitely has found a place as one of the best 5 Tablet PCs.