Asus - Eee Pad Transformer Tablet with 16GB Storage Memory - Brown/Black
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- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Processor BrandNVIDIA
- Type of Memory (RAM)LPDDR2
- Internal Storage TypeEMMC hard drive
- Storage Capacity16GB
- SD Card SlotYes
- Front Facing Webcam Pixels1.2MP
- Digital CameraYes
- Digital Camera Pixels5.0MP
- Wi-Fi Built InYes
- AudioSRS Sound technology
- HDMI OutputYes
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
- Drive Capacity16GB
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Operating System PlatformAndroid
Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 399 reviews(399 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent Android TabletPosted .
I recently purchased this tablet for myself because I wanted an Android Tablet for E-Mail,Movies,Gaming etc. I was also pleasantly surprised that within one day of purchasing this tablet Asus pushed out an upgrade that upgraded the os from Honeycomb to Icecream Sandwich.This tablet has excellent picture quality movies ,pictures and video is crystal clear and crisp. This device also plays my music collection and allows me to stream it to my mac or PC. The device runs games and apps very smoothly. Everything from multi tasking to movies and music is handled very well on this device. I am very pleased and happy with this purchase. I could compare this device with other tablets but am opting not to because every device is different and maybe designed for certain activities. But I am also glad to say that this device handles my e-book collection and e-pub files very well also. I was able to install the kindle app and the Nook app and it synced all of my books and magazines to the device. This is an excellent device for anyone who is in the market for an Android Tablet. This is also a solid inexpensive tablet for those interested ones who are new or unfamiliar with the android platform.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Transfomer vs Xoom vs Iconia!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I recently tested the Tansformer, the Iconia A500, and the Xoom side by side for the last four days. Here is what I came up with, since this is the TF review, I will try to focus more on the TF. The hardware is nearly identical between the three, so the differences are primarily feautures, options, screen, and software, and there was a difference here. The Xoom has a razor sharp display but doesnt seem as vibrant as the TF and the Iconia. The Iconia has a bright, vibrant display, but the picture wasnt as sharp. If you looked real close you could actually see the pixils. The transformer has a bright, vibrant display that is also fairly sharp. The TF's big feature is the keyboard dock, which currently is nearly impossible to find. It is a cool option and adds the keyboard, more battery power, usb and additional SDcard slot. But if you are buying the tablet to use as a TABLET (not a "netbook"), you will be left without any regular USB ports. The Iconia has a full sized USB port that supports keyboards, mice and flash drives as well as external HDDs. The Xoom has a USB micro port at requires a $20 cord that converts it to a full sized USB port that supposedly can connect to keyboards, and flash drives and such. The screen of the transformer was nice, vibrant and crisp, and sharper than the Iconia. The Xoom is a razor sharp screen too, but is less "vibrant" than the TF, slightly. The problem with mine was that it had horrible backlight bleeding around the bottom and left side that was very distracting when viewing darker screens. An issue that I would have returned and exchanged the tab for if it were going to be a keeper. Looking online it seems that the QA from Asus on these is poor. The good ones are good, but MANY people had to return theirs a few times to get one that didnt have problems. The mentioned issues are quite wide and random, like backlight bleeding, loose parts, damaged docking connectors and more. The build quality of the TF was good, but out of the 3 tablets I tested, the lowest. The back was all plastic and felt "plasticy" and flexed a little under pressure, the screen flexed a little too if you gave anything more than a tap. I would recommend a good padded case for this if you plan on traveling with it. Or even some kind of skin case to atleast protect the plastic enclosure. The Xoom and Iconia both have more solid feeling aluminum backs and edges. The UI was smooth as the other two, but the least responsive. It felt like it took a bit more effort for guestures to register and scrolling, although smooth, lagged behind the actual guesture. A surprising thing however was that at least some of the included software was actually useful. The DLNA player app was quite good and found my NAS and played back videos and music with no problem. The VNC app worked well too. I was able to access files and launch programs on my Win7 PC. However, there are free apps in the market that can do the same thing just as well. The verdict: If you are looking for a tablet to simply use as a tablet (without the keyboard dock) I would recommend spending the extra $50 on the Acer Iconia. The build quality seemed better, the unit was more responsive and the regular USB port would allow you to plug in any old USB keyboard for use, it also works with flash drives and external HDDs. The Iconia's back is brushed aluminum and the screen is solid glass with no flex. If the keyboard dock is a must have for you, the TF is a good unit and I'm sure you would be happy with it. Just keep the recipt as you may need to echange it once or twice (or more) as many others have and I would have if I were to have kept it.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A shakey step in the right direction.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I purchased this a month ago because it was the lowest priced tablet of the higher end duo core tablets; honeycomb or otherwise. This is the first tablet I have ever owned, I have never used an apple product and I do not own a smart phone. I do have the dock and it is quite good but I'll leave the details to another review. Load times are short and the folder based file system is easy to navigate. Installing and uninstalling apps is quick and simple. The home screen is customizable with some useful widgets including calendar, weather and music players. It has a long battery life, requiring a charge about once a day sans dock. I've also purchased a micro SD card specifically to add 32 gb of storage. The display is quite beautiful with excellent viewing angles. The 1280x 800 display is perfect for watching 720p video content. The glass is also very resilient; resisting frequent cleaning due to all the sweat and grime from my not so hygienic hands and occasional sneezes. The textured back is easy to grip and has remained surprisingly clean despite myself. It is silent and quiet making it easy to use for hours on end. Included bundled apps are not just bloatware for once. My favorite is the remote desktop app MyCloud (a specifically customized version of Splashtop Remote) which can turn the tablet into a wireless touchscreen monitor for a mac or PC. I use it on my 4 year old PC to open 720p mkv and other problematic files over a wireless G network all over my house with it. Most other programs I tried can barely handle ordinary web browsing. Unfortunately, I do have a number of issues with the device, most importantly, light leak issues. My display has two fingernail sized light leaks, one on the home button and one near the clock. They are noticeable even at the lowest setting. Other minor hardware issues I have include, the short 3 foot long charging cable and lack of a USB port without the dock. The cameras are both poor and the microphone is pathetically weak. Any program relying on voice recognition will work poorly with the built in mic. Typing on a screen is tiring so consider investing in the dock or a bluetooth keyboard. Copying and pasting is a pain. The stock web browser also has a bit of lag when typing text. Similarly, drawing with the transformer is not very accurate or comfortable even with an expensive capacitive stylus. Apps are generally stripped down in terms of features when compared to PC programs. Getting said apps to run off of external storage is a bit inconvenient as well. Most programs do not run in the background, including tabbed browsing. You cannot check your email while waiting for youtube to finish buffering for example though you can get it to play mp3s. The stock player is not reliable when it comes to running common video files like avi and mkv. The browser is also lacking adblocking addons or features. The remote app goes a long way to mitigating these limits of course. Despite the laundry list of complaints, I'm happy with the purchase. I can live with a little light leak. None of the cameras of any of the other tablets looked much better and I have plenty of extension cord. Just about the only surprise I had was the lousey microphone. Otherwise, I knew exactly what to expect from the Transformer; an ultra portable tablet with a beautiful touchscreen monitor that would allow me to do most of the things I do on my PC while eating dinner or going to the bathroom.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
comparisonPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have all of these. If price was not an issue i would rate them in this order from best to worst. Xoom, best feel, best all around quality,screen is beautiful, resolution is fantastic, camera is the best, video quality is the best of all of them, battery is on par with the playbook about 9 to 10 hours, size if great, the speed might be a tad slower than the Acer or the transformer, but its not easily noticeable, button placement is great. Whats not so great is my computer didnt easily recognize it, and the user interface to transfer pictures from my computer to the xoom WAS NOT EASY. But if price was not a factor, the Xoom would be my first choice. btw, all cords with this are just perfect nice length and quality. Asus Transformer, If price is an issue, than this is the one to get, ( if you can wait, lol. since its right now been on backorder twice, i lucked out and got mine at Best Buy during the day before it was sold out again.) Build quality is second to the Xoom, the screen is great but the Xoom edges it out just a tad, i think its a tad faster than the Xoom in browsing speed, the battery probably will last about the 7 to 8 hours as it says, size is great, good feel, all cords way to short, the cord and plug, or in laymans terms the brick gets pretty warm and from what i hear heat and electronics is not a good combo. When you plug in the adapter to the bottom of the transformer it feels kinda cheap, and i could pull it out rather easily. This is a very good contender to the Xoom, Asus from what i understand makes its own parts for this. Let me add that this is much lighter or atleast has a lighter feel than the Xoom, and also that the Xoom is two hundred more than the transformer and as you can expect for two hundred less you get less, but i dont think two hundred less, perhaps in parts, but not in what it offers. one more thing, the video quality is definetely not as good as the Xoom, the Xoom's video quality is right up there next to the Playbook, which is excellent, when you hand the Xoom to someone and let them watch a video you took its like you were there watching it. lol, one more thing this offeres that the others dont is a pre installed app. called my cloud, AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! lets you control your desktop or laptop remotely from your transformer, ideal for all you day traders out there like myself needing some time away from your desk for awhile while still keeping an eye on positions. Acer A500, physically bigger than the transformer, definetely more plastic which comes with more plastically feel, just as fast as the xoom, or transformer, you wont notice the difference in either of these. has full size usb, but who cares lol, screen is not as nice as the transformer or xoom, battery from what i hear is just as good as the transformer, but not as good as the playbook or Xoom. Camera and video quality is not as good as the transformer, needless to say not even close to the Xoom and playbook. Blackberry Playbook, if this was a 10 inch model it would be my favorite, size kills it. multi-tasking is excellent as everyone says, video quality, screen quality, screen feel, user interface, battery life all are the best, along with its five hundred dollar price tag comes high quality. so far it is the most expensive 7 inch tablet, and it is worth it. if you want a 7inch tablet, price will be the only thing you will be able to complain about after you use this for awhile. The feel is perfect, speed is not as fast as the transformer, or the xoom, or the A500 but faster than the galaxy, dont get me wrong its not slow, just not as fast. Samsung Galaxy, good tablet, screen is fine, play back videos is ok, battery like fine, browswing speed is ok, its nice, nothing to write home about. Dell Streak this is the fastest one bar none atleast of the ones i compared. picture quality is not so good id rate it a 3 or 4, video quality is not so good same rate a 3 or 4. it feels like a toy, looks like a toy, user interface is ok, the only standout is the raw speed, and that it excells at, if you wanna browse from page to page quickly than this is the one for you. but so far thats all its got. one more thing, battery life is 3 to 4 i think. Acer W500, SEND THIS THING BACK, slower than slow, basically a small laptop except for if you lift up the back plate you can see a mouse on a wheel. This thing has the newest AMD processor, and on this windows tablet, AND IT IS TERRIBLE. I have read that Windows is not user friendly on tablets, THIS ONE TIME YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT OTHERS SAY, if you want to browse the internet on a tablet, PLAY UTUBE VIDEOS THAN DO NOT GET A WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM TABLET. you will not be browsing happily. It seems like a good idea, but it is not.. Android or blackberry operating systems are the only way to go so far to browse on a tablet. hope this helps in your selection
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great buy!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Having had the Asus Eee Pad Tablet for a little over a week now and just receiving the docking station I felt it was time to throw in my 2 cents worth about this new device. I have used ASUS motherboards exclusively in my personal computers for years and their quality has always been top drawer. And, this review is actually being written using it and the included Polaris Office software. My only complaint there is there is no spell check..... :( Having owned the Xoom for a short while I'll be basing some of my evaluation on my experience with that. Ultimately, the decision to not keep the Xoom was based mainly on the cost and battery life. Physically, this device is very similar to the Zoom in weight and dimensions. The Eee Pad is slightly lighter and with its contoured edges, feels much more comfortable in the hand. Some have complained the back is too flexible but I have not experienced that at all. The device, both in and out of the docking station feels very solid. The merging of the 2 devices is flawless and all surfaces match up like it was built as 1 device. As all of the evaluations have stated, the display is excellent. The Xoom has a good one but the Eee Pad is slightly better. Having never owned and iPad I can't make comparisons to it. The battery life has been excellent with just the pad. 9+ hours from each charge so far doing a mixture of web browsing, email, video and "Angry Birds". No details on the duration with the docking station yet. I did notice that Asus seemed to "cheap-out" on the charger. It gets quite hot while the Pad/Station are charging. History tells me that when a device has to work too hard to accomplish it's task, the longevity is reduced. Heat and electronics just don't mix. Time will tell. As far as Honeycomb goes, I've had 1 lock-up that required me to do a hard reset. This occurred after I ran the included Latitude software which I was just trying because I had read that it causes issues. I verified, it does. There have been no other issues with the O/S that I have run into. Excellent job Google! Just keep the updates coming. The MyCloud/My Desktop software works great. I use it to save myself the walk to my computer room when I get an audible alert on my desktop. Yes, I have a computer room! :) I am actually able to remote to my desktop, run Hulu or Netflix on it and watch the content on the Pad. That will do until Hulu and Netflix get Adnroid 3.0 versions of their software available. The wireless networking has performed flawlessly. I only have a G wireless router but I am getting my cable maximum thruput (9.7 in, .97 out) on the Pad using SpeedTest.Net. Others have reported an issue with the wireless dropping when connected to the docking station but I have not seen that at all. The problem was probably corrected with one of the OTA updates that have been pushed out. All in all I'm very pleased with this purchase. This is an amazing piece of technology that I look forward to incorporating into my everyday activities and entertainment.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Why a Tablet over netbook and why not Ipad2?Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Well, I have a netbook. I also have a laptop (buy one every two years). When these tablets come out, I didn't think I need one since I have a netbook. They looked like an oversized Iphone and I'm not really fond of these screen-based phones as the screen are really small to do anything useful on them. So when my local cell phone kicked in bonuses to pick this up (choice between Asus, Acer A500 or Ipad2), I decided to take a plunge. The Asus was actually a little cheaper than A500 after bonus ($250 vs $300) and Ipad2, costing twice as much even with bonus, was out of my reach. Even then, I wouldn't waste the money simply because the ASUS can do everything Ipad can for a fraction of the cost. So why tablets? Well, it is all bout convenience and fun. Try booting up Windows on a netbook/laptop, it will take 2-3 times as long. Tablets startup really fast, and you can connect to the internet spiffy fast - everything in your hands, slightly larger than a book. Think about what most of us do on a netbook - surfing the web, doing your emails, chatting your friends and play the occasional games and watching movies. Well, the tablet does this all very conveniently. The ease, the ability to tab on the screen and get to the point without the mouse, keyboard, is just very refreshing. This is a totally different environment/feel than the typical Windows/Apple experience. Tab-Tab-Tab, you can get to where you want faster than on a desktop or laptop. All this literally in the palm of your (both) hands. The battery on this Asus is great. Lasting almost as long as IPad2 and longer than A500. The LCD screen is just beautiful. Within minutes, I was on the net. Everything is fluid, no lag, no stuttering. I was in Android market place in no time to download the latest applications. And wow, who said there are only 70 applications for Androids? There must have been tens of thousands when I was at the market place, and most of them are FREE. These are quality applications, such as SKYPE, Facebook, and great games to boot! You can even download movie players to watch latest formats including bluray. The android interface, while young, is very very nice. The good thing about it is that it doesn't FORCE you to use one application like the Ipad2 which everything must go through Itune. Android is an open application and you choose what you like. I've downloaded Kindle (from amazon) free so I can read Kindle books. There are literally dozens of free music playing programs you can choose from. The possibilities are unlimited! I probably won't be using my netbook anytime soon as these new tablets are the thing of the future. You can literally do 95% of what you do on the netbooks with more fun, ease and portability. Its like a netbook, a nintendo, a GPS, a dvd player, music player, VOIP gadget all rolled in a 10" slate. No more lugging around briefcases, you can carry this around all day, and email/surf the web as easily as flipping through a book.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great tablet for the $$$Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Transformer is a great alternative to the Apple ipad2 if your looking for a Honeycomb tablet. Although owning both, I can say without a doubt, the build quality on the ipad2 is much more solid, and lighter, anyone that says differently obviously hasn't used both for any length of time. Now I'm not saying the transformer isn't built well, but everyone compares to the ipad2 and it clearly doesn't beat it out on quality. The transformer comes in at a really nice price of $399 and that's a huge selling point. The screen is crisp and sharp, and honeycomb works really well on it for the most part. I thought it worked really nice and smooth. Now if I had to pick some negatives, the camera is horrible (but so is the camera on the ipad2) I would assume most people aren't buying these for the camera anyway so its not a huge negative. Honeycomb 3.1 at times is glitchy (thats not really the transformers fault, its OS, but still you would think some of these would be fixed by an update by now) Another downside to the Honeycomb OS is in the market place, the apps are defiantly not there yet(selection wise), but i'm sure that it will soon grow in time as developers create more apps, but I thought it was worth the mention. Finally the thing that really sets this tablet apart from other Honeycomb tablets and even the ipad2 is the keyboard docking station. If you get this tablet you have to get the docking station! It turns this into a small netbook, mouse pointer/keyboard work great and it has a built it battery that together can give you 16 hours of use! that's incredible. I still think the ipad2 is the top tablet, but if your looking for an alternative to the ipad, the transformer is the nicest of the honeycomb tablets and for $399 its priced $100 less then anything else out there! (note the docking station is an additional $149) Bottom line: Good tablet, probably leads the pack on the Android side, not quite as good as ipad2, but definitely worth the $399!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Am Loving My Asus Transformer Tablet!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
In June 2011 I was looking for something smaller than a laptop with the ability to do word processing - looked into many tablets, including the iPad, and was most impressed with the Asus and its attachable keyboard. Bought them at Best Buy...was initially having problems with the screen flashing, but exchanged it and have been loving it since. My Asus Transformer came with Polaris, which can utilize Microsoft Office documents from Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Great! Most of the apps that I used on my Samsung Epic were compatible as well, including Netflix (which was pulled briefly for anti-piracy software upgrades, but eventually reappeared in the market). I also took it with me to Europe for a couple of weeks...just needed an ordinary adapter because it accepts 110/220 (a BIG plus!) Loaded up a 32 GB SD card with movies and was set for the long plane rides, etc. I mostly use this tablet for writing, having an e-Bible in bible study, reading e-books with my Nook app, watching Netflix, mp4 movies, YouTube, games, internet surfing, and email. I get fantastic battery life whether it's in airplane mode or not (of course battery life is even longer when in airplane mode). As for a cover, I first bought a cool decorative neoprene sleeve on eBay - you have to get one to fit 10.5" tablets. Then I found a great faux leather cover on eBay that covers the keyboard as well, with snaps for quick keyboard removal. Was $70 + available only through the UK when I first looked, now available through China for about $30 - $35. LOVE IT! The downsides: 1. Every unit of this model (that I've seen, and I looked at several) has some degree of light bleed on the edges of the screen...but it's not really distracting during use. 2. The power cord is way too short, which makes it difficult (but not impossible) to use while it's plugged in. 3. The keyboard is a little wonky sometimes...doesn't always register a keystroke, or there is some lag time when typing. It can be aggravating, but not impossible to deal with. 4. Slightly larger and heavier than other compact options, but worth it in my opinion. (The new Transformer will be almost 1 lb lighter!) 5. It can store movies from my Canon digital point & shoot camera, but not play them. That was a pretty big disappointment for me, but maybe it'll be resolved in a future software upgrade or app availability. 6. Built-in speakers aren't amazing (doesn't bother me) - if you're looking for better sound just plug into external speakers, or use headphones. The positives: 1. For about the price of an iPad you can get both the tablet AND external attachable keyboard. 2. It's much more flexible than the iPad! With the keyboard attached I have both an SD card slot, a mini-SD card slot, HDMI output, and 2 USB ports! 3. You can find almost any app you would need in the Android Market for FREE! 4. When the external keyboard is attached you can angle the screen anyway you'd like (which also makes it great for watching movies in bed!) 5. The screen is brilliant - great colors, resolution and brightness. 6. Very long battery life Bottom line, I'm very happy with this purchase. My husband now wants one too, but will probably wait until the newer model is available. I'm looking forward to the day when you can have the OSs of a PC and tablet in one tiny little package, but until then this is where it's at.
Q: Questiondoes this have built in gps?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer There is a native Google maps/Navigation program on Android devices. The only problem is you're not connected to a network service driving down the road (Unless you have a mobile wifi hotspot).
Answered by Anonymous
Q: QuestionHow do you compensate for lack of USB Host?Since there is no USB Host, how do you move files to the unit? Do you have to tether it, or side-load stuff onto the Micro SD? With Moto, Tosh, and Acer you can use a USB flash drive, or a portable HD to move music, movies, pictures etc. to the device.
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer The tablet has a proprietary dock connector on the bottom. The tablet comes with a dock connector to USB cable for charging and data transfer. It is not as nice as a standard micro-USB cable (in my opinion) but it will work. It is a small concession to make in order to have the keyboard dock. You DO NOT require the keyboard accessory to transfer data. I got this from the Transformer's users manual on Asus' website. I hope this helps.
Answered by Hoss789
Q: QuestionWould I be able to download iTunes or their App store to purchase apple applications or games like the iPad?
Asked by John.
- A:Answer No. This is an Android device. iTunes is a proprietary software that is only used with Apple's iOS devices. Android is an open source operating system that can be used in conjunction with multiple application and music stores. Primarily among them is Google's Android Market and Amazon's Appstore for Android. You will find that the majority of apps have versions available on both platforms but they are not interchangeable. I personally like Android because I do not have to use the bloated iTunes software. If you like using iTunes or are invested into a ton a already purchased apple apps than this might not be for you. If you want to check out what apps are available for android check out www.android.com/market.
Answered by Hoss789
Q: QuestionIs Skype and Netflix (streaming) available and working on this tablet?With the front facing camera, will I be able to make video chat calls through a skype application on this tablet? If neither of these are available at this point in time, will it be available at some point in the future or should I look for an OS that is known to have them already?
Asked by Kujoj.
- A:Answer The Skype app is already available for this tablet but the video chat functionality is not supported as of yet (only text and voice chat works so far). Skype is working on this and should have a fully functional app available for download soon. Netflix is also on it's way to the Honeycomb OS.
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Q: Questiondoes this have 3g or a sd card slotdoes this work with at@t and can you expand the memory
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer This is a WiFi only model, so there is no 3G connection. But that means that there is no monthly charge for using it either. The tablet has a micro-SD card slot that you can use with up to a 32-GB card. The optional keyboard dock has a full sized SD card slot as well.
Answered by Anonymous
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer The Transformer comes with an app pre-installed called Polaris Office 3.0 which will allow you to view and edit Word, Excel, and Power Point files. It doesn't have all of the functions of a full MS office version of Power Point, but it will allow you to view and make some changes while you're mobile and still preserve the original format and compatibility with your PC or Mac version.
Answered by DouglasBBY