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Much like the netbook market, tablets have come of age and everyone seems to want one. Also similar to netbooks it seems that the market is saturated by tablets from many different manufacturers. Asus can be credited for making the netbook market a reality and for offering some of the finest netbooks made. Today we take a look at the Asus Transformer TF101 tablet to see if Asus has kept the tradition of offering an excellent product in the tablet market. Asus Transformer TF101 shown with optional keyboard dock. The Transformer is certainly one of the better Android tablets on the market. Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra CPU it has enough horsepower for most applications in addition to boasting enough graphics performance for 1080p video playback. We will test its video and general performance using several applications. Lets take a look at the specs of the Transformer and then move on to fit and finish. In terms of purely specifications the Asus Transformer is at the front of the pack. It joins a small crowd of other very well spec’d units like the Acer Iconia Tab A500 which is one of the only tablets to have a full size USB port built into it, something the Transformer lacks.
Ever thought of blending an iPad with a dedicated keyboard, like a netbook's? Sure, we all did. But the folks over at Asus did more than just that with the Eee Pad Transformer TF101. With a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen display, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has a docking station that's identical to any 10-inch Asus Eee PC netbook's. The intelligent docking station allows the Eee Pad TF101 to transform into a 10-inch Android netbook, if you will, for tasks that otherwise are cumbersome to do with mere swipes. How well does the 10-inch Asus Transformer Android Honeycomb tablet do? Let's find out. There are two aspects to consider regarding the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101's design and build — treating it as a tablet and a netbook. For a tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer's 10.7 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches, roughly the same size as the Acer Iconia A500 but larger than the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 750. As a tablet, the Asus Transformer weighs about 680 grams — marginally heavier than the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 750, but lighter than the Motorola Xoom and Acer Iconia A500/501 Android Honeycomb tablets.
The tablet computer market was brought to life last year with the introduction of the Apple iPad. In its first year the iPad saw an incredible 15 million unit sales, which is more than every tablet computer ever sold prior to 2010. Apple then followed up with the release of the iPad 2 which is to this date another tremendously popular device. The iPad was able to outclass virtually every other tablet computer experience before it, and it's not going too far in saying that it created a market that didn't even exist. The combination of iOS on a larger screen and the momentum inherited from the iPhone helped to account for the massive tablet sales. Fast forward to the present, everybody wants in, and most are taking advantage of the Android OS. But why have Android-based tablets been so slow to take off in comparison? Part of the reason is that Android was not designed with tablets in mind. Google has been hard at work designing and polishing the tablet version of Android known as Honeycomb, which saw the light last February when Motorola launched the Xoom. Since then a good number of Honeycomb-powered devices have arrived to the market, among the most popular you have Samsung Galaxy tablets and, of course, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
For information about the specs and performances of the tablets itself, please see or full review of the EeePad Transformer tablet without keyboard. The keyboard only changes the product's design, handling, connections and battery life, all of which is outlined below. The Asus EeePad Transformer and keyboard dock are sold as a bundle for around £450 (or you can pick up the tablet alone for approximately £380 and the keyboard dock for around £100). The Transformer is a new approach to the touchscreen tablet. In fact, we'd say it's verging on pioneering, as it could send shockwaves through the world of both touchscreen tablets and netbook computers. The dock has the same proprietary connection as the tablet, so once the tablet's hooked up, you can plug in the keyboard dock to charge both parts at once. This port can also be used to connect the Transformer to a computer to sync content. The keyboard dock features an MMC/SD/SDHC memory card slot, making the EeePad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 the only tablets to come with this very handy connection at present. That's not all though, as the keyboard has two USB 2.0 ports, which make up for the tablet's lack of mini, micro or standard USB connectivity.
Asus seems to have created the perfect product for consumers who are umming and ahhing about whether they should invest in a touchscreen tablet. The EeePad Transformer is an intriguing concept, as this hybrid Android Honeycomb tablet will be sold with an optional keyboard docking station. This adds just under £100 to the price tag, but the dock is equipped with a battery and a load of connections, effectively turning the tablet into a touchscreen netbook. This EeePad Transformer TF101 has the typical set of tech specs for an Android 3 tablet, with a 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch screen (using IPS technology, like the iPad and iPad2) with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a mini-HDMI output (rather than the micro-HDMI connection found in other Honeycomb tablets) and a micro-SD card slot for boosting the memory by up to 32 GB. As standard, the tablet comes with a 16 GB internal memory. There's no micro-USB port here, ladies and gentlemen, but a propitiatory connection on the lower edge of the tablet. This is used to recharge the Transformer (with a USB adapter cable) and for hooking up the optional dock/keyboard.
The horde of Honeycomb-based tablets announced at CES arrived in Spring, followed quickly by the Android 3.1 update. With so many similar models available now, what makes one of these tablets different or better than the others? And can any of them beat the current tablet standard, the Apple iPad 2 (4.5 stars, $499)? The Wi-Fi-only Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, a 10.1-inch tablet powered by the beefy Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, attempts to separate itself from a crowded Honeycomb tablet field with its low price, some user interface tweaks, and a cool accessory - an optional keyboard dock that converts the tablet into a virtual netbook. Does the Eee Pad standout as a unique Honeycomb tablet? In a word: No. But it does standout as an inexpensive option that isn't missing any key features. At $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB version, the Wi-Fi-only Eee Pad Transformer is aggressively priced. Compared with the iPad 2, which fetches $499 (16GB),$599 (32GB), and $699 (64GB), the Transformer is a downright bargain. The 32GB, Wi-Fi only Motorola Xoom (3.5 stars), like the iPad, is $599, while the Acer Iconia Tab A500 ($449, 3.5 stars), which is 16GB and Wi-Fi-only, goes for $449.
The market is now full of just-launched Android Honeycomb tablets, but none of them have quite managed to stand up to the iPad. Until, that is, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which has taken the game up a notch. This is no ordinary tablet; it's a tablet-to-PC model - and one that actually works. It's rather like the Motorola Atrix if it had got the form right, or the LG Optimus Pad if it had forgotten about 3D snappers and concentrated on getting a better design. You'll be paying 379.99 for the entry-level Wi-Fi version, bundled keyboard and even a case that resembles that of the iPad, so it wins on price compared with the iPad 2. So, it really comes down to which operating system you prefer. Looking good It's only natural that we compare new tablets with the market-leading iPad 2, and the Eee Pad Transformer comes out well in the comparison, proving the closest thing to the iPad currently on the market. Build quality is top-notch, the plastic body is really sturdy and we like the stylish, tactile textured reverse. We also really like the unusual brown metallic finish. The Eee Pad comes in a tad bigger than the iPad 2 at 10.1 inches, and measures 271x171x13mm compared with 241.2x185.7x8.8mm. It's also slightly heavier at 680g compared with 600g.
Honeycomb, the tablet-optimised version of Google's Android operating system, hasn't really found its feet yet -- we weren't overly enamoured with either the bulky Motorola Xoom or the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Asus is trying something more ambitious with the Eee Pad Transformer, though. It's a 10.1-inch tablet with an optional dock that converts it into a laptop. The 16GB version of the tablet costs around £380, while the 32GB version will set you back about £430. Buying the 16GB tablet and dock together will cost you £430. We haven't seen the 32GB tablet on sale together with the dock yet, but you can buy the keyboard separately for around £100. All versions of the Transformer offer Wi-Fi connectivity, but none support 3G.Phew. Right, let's find out whether Asus can revolutionise the tablet world, just as it revolutionised the world of mini laptops. The Transformer feels comfortable to hold, thanks to the grippy, textured finish across the back, and around the shorter edges of the tablet. It's more elongated than the squarish iPad 2, and it's heavier than Apple's tablet too, tipping the scales at 680g, while the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 model weighs 601g.
Is it a tablet? Is it a netbook? No, it's an Asus Eee Pad Transformer! Somewhere in between the two, this smart new device from ASUS operates as a standalone tablet with Honeycomb, a 10” IPS screen and a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Take things one step further and you can get a full sized keyboard attachment bundled in, turning the tablet into an Android netbook. If past experience is anything to go by, devices that try and do too many things tend to be jacks of all traits and masters of none, so lets see if the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer breaks the mold and scores highly across the board.The Asus Eee Pad Transformer comes with similar front panel aesthetics to the Motorola XOOM, with the same screen aspect ratio and a distinct lack of physical buttons. Despite not being as lithe as the iPad 2 and upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, at 12.9 mm thick it doesn't feel as cumbersome as some other tablets due to a curved ergonomic backing which has a bronze textured finish. With the same finish on the underside of the keyboard, the whole package feels very unified indeed.Question: What do you get if you cross an Apple iPad 2 and a Motorola XOOM display? Answer: An Asus Eee Pad Transformer , of course.
Half-baked. That would describe the large majority of Android-based tablets we've seen come through our test labs here at HotHardware thus far. Even Motorola's Xoom, though infused with Google's latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) release, felt like it could use a bit of polish in spots, though most of the refinement wouldn't need to come from the device so much as its operating system. If you were wondering why Google was restricting the Marketplace on any device larger than 7 inches, the reason is simply that 2.X versions of Android were engineered with handsets in mind, not tablets, netbooks or larger devices. And though Honeycomb has made great strides in an effort to enabling Android for larger devices, the Android tablet scene thus far still has a ways to go with respect to catching the kind of polish and refinement that Apple is enjoying with the iPad. That said, certain manufacturers like Motorola, ViewSonic, Toshiba, Acer and of course Asus are leading the charge now that Honeycomb is out in the wild. A maturation process is taking place as we're writing this and Asus seems keen to get things done "right" sooner rather than later.
With every electronics manufacturer in the entire universe looking to release an Android tablet in 2011, individual products are all going to need some kind of unique selling point.This is especially true with Android 3.0 products, because the vast majority of them are all packing near identical innards – namely Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual core CPU platform.The LG Optimus Pad, then, has its 3D camera. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V has its 8MP snapper. And the Android 2.3-toting HTC Flyer comes with its own Sense UI overlay.So it makes perfect sense that Asus - the company that gave birth to the netbook - would seek to position its first Android tablet in a niche it knows well.Ever since the iPad was unleashed on the world like an Apple-scented hurricane in 2010, the humble netbook's days have been numbered. But the problem was that until now, there wasn't a product that truly offered the functionality of a netbook and the portability, convenience and not to mention the pleasure of using a tablet.The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is that product. With its detachable keyboard and trackpad dock, it's a powerful Android tablet while on the move, and a functional Android-powered netbook when you're sitting at a desk.
With a glut of Android tablets on or about to hit the market, ASUS put some effort into distinguishing its first Honeycomb slate, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, from the pack. Instead of merely shipping a 10.1-inch tablet, ASUS also offers an optional keyboard dock that transforms the tablet into a netbook. The dock also brings extended battery life, two full-sized USB ports, and a full-sized SD card slot. But Honeycomb is a tablet OS and it's optimized for touch; is a QWERTY keyboard really necessary? Read on to find out. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has two parts: the tablet and the keyboard dock. The tablet portion features a 10.1-inch capacitive multitouch IPS display (1280 x 800) and NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. In other words, it's just like the Motorola Xoom, at least on paper. The Eee Pad Transformer looks a lot like the Xoom too. The display dominates the front of the device and is surrounded by a relatively thick black trim, interrupted only by an ASUS logo at the top and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera lens. The metallic-grey edge carries over from the sides and runs along the front edge, bordering the black trim with a pocked texture along the short edges.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Tablet doesn't stand on its own. But when paired with its matching keyboard dock, the Transformer morphs into a tablet that strikes an admirable balance between productivity and entertainment. At $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model (or $499 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, prices as of May 6, 2011), the Transformer is the least expensive Android 3.0 tablet to date; and the smaller-capacity version bests Apple's iPad 2 by $100. None of this is to say that the Transformer's implementation is perfect. The hardware has some rough spots, and so do the Android OS and the $149 Mobile Docking Station option. But even taking those patches into account, the Transformer carves out a solid niche for itself in an increasingly crowded market. In its design, the Transformer shares some characteristics with other current tablets. The front face is dominated by a 10.1-inch display, with various buttons, ports, and slots distributed along the edges. The Transformer has familiar-sounding guts, too: It runs Nvidia's 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 platform, carries 1GB of RAM, and uses Google's Android 3.01 (Honeycomb) OS.
ASUS has been plugging away at tablets for years now, experimenting with convertible netbooks and trying to coax some semblance of finger-friendliness out of Windows. It's taken Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 to actually deliver, however: an eye-catching hybrid offering the touch-usability of a slate and the content creation flexibility of a Keyboard Dock. Has Eee Pad outclassed iPad 2 or do the ASUS Transformer's two halves not quite add up to a whole? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. With its plastic chassis and brown color scheme, the Eee Pad Transformer is always going to struggle against the brushed metal and wafer-thin build of the iPad 2. At 271 x 171 x 12.98 mm and 680g, ASUS has produced a bigger slate than the Motorola XOOM and iPad 2, with a similar bowed-back profile to the original iPad. The textured plastic is at least reasonably flex-free and easy to grip. The 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen supports 10-finger multitouch and is covered with a slab of toughened Gorilla Glass. Underneath is a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, along with a light sensor for controlling display brightness.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is one of the more interesting Android tablets on the market in that it has a keyboard docking station that essentially allows it to convert to an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook on the fly. Add to that a powerful dual core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a reasonable MSRP of $399 (just the tablet, 16GB version) and the Transformer looks to be one of the best options currently in Honeycomb tablets, for WiFi only solutions. The Transformer has dual front and rear facing cameras (1.2MP and 5MP respectively), 1GB of on board memory, mini-HDMI output, a microSD card slot and a head phone/mic combo jack. Drop it into it's $150 keyboard dock and you pick up a full-sized flash card reader slot, a pair of USB ports and of course keyboard and trackpad functionality. It's a total ultra-portable computing solution as a result, which makes the Transformer unique versus other Honeycomb-based tablets currently. We're prepping a full, detailed performance review here in the coming days but we thought it would be nice to offer a teaser with our video review and a cut from the benchmark suite of test numbers we're running.
The horde of Honeycomb-based tablets announced at CES is finally arriving, and with so many similar models, it can be difficult to choose the right one. What makes them different or better? And can any of them beat the current tablet standard, the Apple iPad 2 (4.5 stars, $499)? The Wi-Fi-Only Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, a 10.1-inch tablet powered by the beefy Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, attempts to separate itself from a crowded Android 3.0 tablet field with its low price, some user interface tweaks, and a cool accessory - an optional keyboard dock that coverts the tablet into a virtual netbook. Does the Eee Pad standout as a unique Honeycomb tablet? In a word: No. But it does standout as an inexpensive option that isn't missing any key features. At $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB version, the Wi-Fi-only Eee Pad Transformer is aggressively priced. Compared with the iPad 2, which fetches $499 (16GB),$599 (32GB), and $699 (64GB), the Transformer is a downright bargain. The 32GB, Wi-Fi only Motorola Xoom (3.5 stars), like the iPad, is $599, while the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which is 16GB and Wi-Fi-only, goes for $449. So, for now, the Eee Pad is the cheapest Honeycomb tablet you'll find.
Tablets are still a hard sell to most, but one of the most important factors is price. The lower the price (without being too low to raise suspicions of quality), the more likely consumers are willing to part with their money. At $400, the 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is the cheapest Honeycomb tablet on the market and undercuts the lowest price iPad 2 by $100. But, what sacrifices did Asus make to get it that low? Before even powering up the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, we were struck by its wider-than-normal left and right bezel, each measuring about 1.1 inches. That's a lot wider than the Motorola Xoom's 0.5-inch bezel. We also noticed that the Transformer is the longest of the new generation of tablets, measuring a full 10.7 inches in width compared with the Xoom's 9.8 inches. Make no mistake, this is a large tablet; it's the largest Honeycomb tablet we've seen, in fact. I thought of writing a superlong paragraph detailing dimension differences between the latest tablets, but that's what charts are for. Here's a handy chart to illustrate the size differences between the Transformer and other recent tablets. Complementing the Transformer's wide-screen aspect ratio is a 10.1-inch 1,280x800-pixel capacitive touch display.
|Asus Eee Pad TF300T-A1-BL 16 GB Tablet - 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz - Blue - 1 GB RAM - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - LED Backlight - Slate - Multi-touch Screen 1280 x 800 WXGA Display - Bluetooth||$259.95||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF101-A1 10.1-Inch Tablet (Dock Sold Separately)||$288.9||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Blue)||$338.9||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF300 T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Blue)||$338.9||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet (Blue)||$345||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 10.1 Tablet 32GB Android 3.0 TF101RF-B1||$349||See it|
|ASUS Eee Pad TF101-A1 10.1 Tablet, NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0GHz), 1GB DDR2 Memory, 16GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce Graphics, Google Android 3.0 (Brown)||$359||See it|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 32GB 10.1-Inch Tablet (Tablet Only)||$359||See it|
|ASUS TF300T-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet (Blue)||$374.99||See it|
|Eee Pad Transformer TF101G NVIDIA 1.2GHz Tegra 3 Quad-Core Tablet - 1GB RAM 16GB Flash Storage 10.1 Multi-Touch IPS Panel LCD Display WiFi 802.11 b/g/n & Blu||$374.99||See it|
|ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-GR Eee Pad 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Amethyst Gray)||$375||See it|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 32GB 10.1-Inch Tablet (Tablet Only)||$375||See it|
|ASUS Transformer TF101-A1 10.1-Inch Tablet (Dock Sold Separately)||$399||See it|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-X1 16GB 10.1-Inch Tablet (Tablet Only)||$400||See it|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-X1 16GB 10.1-Inch Tablet (Tablet Only)||$400||See it|
|Eee Pad Transformer TF101-X1 16GB 10.1-Inch T||$419||See it|
|Asus Eee Pad Transformer 10.1 Android Tablet (TF201-B1-GR) with 32GB Hard Drive, 1GB Memory - Gray||$478.99||See it|