Pros + Absolutely gorgeous, bright and vivid screen with a superb viewing angle
+ Full Flash supporting browser
+ Textured back makes it hard to slip off
+ Keyboard dock with bunch of extra storage ports, function keys that are useful and a trackpad
Cons - There is significant lag when typing with the keyboard dock (for some websites)
- Sharp edges (they really leave a mark)
- No cellular data version available (as of this writing)
- Build quality occasionally, especially with bezel
- Infrequent OS bugs
Summary This tablet is just awesome. Getting data on and off is an absolute breeze, I have used an iPad with iTunes and... wow. I was shocked that it didn't destroy the data already on there! But no problems at all with this. I really had to squeeze to find any proper cons. One minor problem that the Honeycomb OS itself has a problem with is power management. The unit kept turning off when I switched off the screen, but apparently the recent 3.2.1 software update fixed this. I hope.
I find the dual-core Tegra 2 CPU to be extremely capable. PlayStation games run silky smooth on the emulator and I still have plenty of resources left. Only downside of the CPU is how it handles .mkv video. They only play smoothly up to DVD resolution (720x480), after that the chip starts choking on it. Probably software updateable... do you think?
Pros 1. Quality build
2. Battery life
4. Intuitive design/Ease of use
5. The optional keyboard
Cons 1. Only available in Espresso finish
Summary I have wanted to get a tablet for a while and spent some time researching devices. I considered the iPad, the Xoom, Acer's device, the Asus Transformer and specifically waited for the Samsung Galaxy 10 and Toshiba's device (with the removable battery) before making any decisions. I also made sure I tested Blackberry's Playbook and the HP device as well as any tablet that was on display in electronics stores. In short, I think I have played with every one of them. The Asus Transformer soon became the "no-brainer" choice for me. Before I go into the details, a little about me so that this review can be useful to you. I have had the Transformer for about 3 1/2 weeks, so take the review for what's it worth.
1. I was looking for something that could replace many of the functions of my laptop, which includes business use. This includes document work and spreadsheets.
2. I don't care about games very much. I'm a guy in my early 40's with minimal free time.
3. I did want something that would be a good substitute for a Kindle/Nook and also be good for magazines.
4. I have a decent-sized music collection, so I wanted something that was expandable and easy to synch with my libraries. I also wanted some decent speakers built in.
What sold me on the Transformer was the optional keyboard. Asus made sure that the keyboard had a track pad, and also that the tablet worked with a mouse, if you wanted to plug one in. Steve Jobs may want the world to move away from the mouse, but I still need one for working with documents and spreadsheets. There are certain things that finger gestures don't work well with, so I needed something that worked with me instead of requiring me to work with it.
No other tablet, including the iPad, has this level of mouse capability out of the box. I am sure there are apps and attachments out there, but why spend the extra time searching, and then carrying adapters and devices. The added bonus here is the second battery built into the keyboard. So, between the tablet and the keyboard, I can get about 15 hours of working time before I need to charge them. Between the tablet and the keyboard there are two places for SD cards and also USB ports. This allows me to quickly move music on or off the device, as well as documents or whatever I want. I do make use of Google docs as well, but I want the flexibility to do things multiple ways.The native e-mail app works well with my personal e-mail and the device plays nicely with TouchDown, which is what I use for work. I have many different news apps, e-readers, etc. I use the GPS on it, and other integrated apps for finding restaurants, look up their reviews, etc. I have also used it as a family as well on a couple of road trips for various things you could imagine you might want on a road trip with a carload of kids. In many ways, it has taken the place of my phone due to the larger screen and keyboard.
In general, the Transformer has been smooth, responsive and stable. Since this model is wi-fi only, I use my phone as a WiFi hot spot, which has worked well for being on the road. I don't download movies or other massive files, so I never have a problem with excess data usage. Even streaming Bugs Bunny for the kids on YouTube hasn't used a lot of data. ;)
As an aside, I am on Verizon for my phone.
Now for the caveats: I have no issues with the tablet. It's well built and really just a nice piece of technology that suits my needs perfectly. The question you need to ask yourself is what you want a tablet for. Much like 30 laptops all running Windows, no matter how well built they are, if the operating system doesn't have what you need, you might want to buy a Mac.
1. Honeycomb 3.1 is good still a work in progress. The OS is fine, and works well. However, the Android App store in Honeycomb needs some work. Searching for apps that I know I can get on my phone (Samsung Fascinate) is a hit or miss in Honeycomb. Some explanations I have heard are that the store won't show apps that don't work in Honeycomb. If that's true (which I am not sure is) that's fine, but I think it would be better to categorize apps in some fashion so that users could see the Android apps they might have on their phone and check to see whether or not they could be on Honeycomb.
2. I don't need 100,000 apps available to me, let alone 500,000, etc. How many fitness, finance, facebook or f*rt apps does a person need to evaluate to find the best one? However, many apps that are working fine on Froyo don't seem to exist for Honeycomb. Developers have prioritized developing for the iPad over the Android tablets due to iPad's market share. It's a smart move, I would do it too. But that leaves the user with a decision to make about what it is they really want out of a tablet. I would advise that you figure out what you want your tablet to do, figure out what apps you might need to do that, and then figure out where you can get those apps. Then compare that to your budget. The choices will get clear quickly. A guy at a well known office supply store said they get a lot of tablets back because people bought them not knowing what a tablet did or didn't do. When they discovered the tablet didn't do everything their laptop did, or that it was a very different experience, they returned the tablet and bought another laptop. Again, why are you buying a tablet?
If you need a solid laptop replacement, the Transformer is your best bet. It beats the iPad hands down for flexibility and price. You get a great tablet that also has all the best features of a laptop in a solid, portable device.
Pros -micro sd card slot
-sd card slot
-dual USB ports
-Extended Battery with the docking station
-Keyboard for those big projects
-built in apps which are great for business or pleasure! Including a word and excel suite, online storage, cloud based
Cons the only con: it hasn't been well advertised so not many people know of it
Summary This android tablet offers an amazing amount of features for less than any other well made tablet! The design and feel are strong and tough, it has a vast amount of options for storage and playback, has great apps to turn this tablet into a netbook with email, calendar, online syncing, and word processing. The honeycomb operating on it works amazingly, and i have no idea why people would buy something like the ipad or xoom, which costs more.....and you get less....
Okay time for the big speech:
I respect Cnet allot when it comes to their reviews and videos, however i am disgusted by how they compare products to apple, and no matter how good the other product is, apple wins!
the ipad has a bad camera, no usb, no keyboard, no extra battery, no micro sd, no USB, no HDMI, no SD, and is locked into apple!!!!
And yet they get 8 points for features!!!! the same that the asus transformer gets!
It makes me so mad to think that this product which is better in price, features and usability is still considered bellow apples standard!!!!
I am honestly amazed at all you get with this product and the price you get it for! Please people, i know apple has a big name, but that is all it is! This tablet is amazing! it is less expensive and comes with way way waaaay more!!!! Don't be fooled by apple's sleek adds and products, when compared to something like the asus transformer is is simply a well wrapped piece of animal dung!
Pros SD card slot for expandable memory
android operating system
extremely nice screen
back has material that is durable but will not scratch (or get hot in the sun)
has built in GPS receiver (actually works really well), not assisted GPS
Long battery actually
Cons android marketplace crashes every once and a while (but recovers extremely fast)
I am not a huge fan of the side buttons (I feel like with some wear and tear they may not last long)
Android Marketplace not yet as much apps as apple
Summary I have had the transformer for a few days now . I am writing this review because something really irks me about people who write reviews about products before they own it. Anyways, while the Ipad might technically be "thinner", the make, sleek design and build of the transformer is really nice. I have heard mention about the "sharp corners" as a drawback to this. I think that is crazy. I have never even considered that as an issue. Overall while I was debating between IPAD and this, I chose this product because I wanted a GPS receiver, googles navigation apps a better screen among other things.
As an attorney, this has assisted me in staying productive in places where a normal computer wouldn't be viable (like in a courtroom)
This product did not disappoint. Everything from the amazing screen to the battery actually delivered as promised. Asus has a real winner here. Now if they can only produce more then 10,000 a month.
Pros In landscape 1280 pixels wide is good enough to see the real Web. Flash works. Google Talk does video chat to everything. Goes well with my Android phone - buy an app or book once and use on both. Well made. Micro SDHC. All day battery. HDMI out.
Cons It's hard to use the thing while everybody's trying to fight me for it or ask me about it. My children steal it.
Summary "Asus eee Pad Transformer" is an unfortunate name. I just call mine a Transformer.
I agree with all the other reviewers here: this thing is amazing. I use the iPad 1 & 2 at work, but waited for this one as it more perfectly fits what I want from a tablet. I tried the Acer Iconia Tab as well, which is quite similar and very good also. The Transformer's well made of quality materials. I really like the textured back.
Android Honeycomb 3.1. The update from 3.0 came very quick, which was a good sign. The OS is solid and snappy. Though to be fair Apple's done a more thoroughly amazing job with iOS, this Android OS is very good. I'm watching a three year old operate it right now, and he's not having any trouble.
It came with a good selection of apps and no shovelware that I noticed. The integrated bookshelf and media apps work with a lot of different kinds of content. The bookshelf is really neat because it lets me organize all by books from various sources (Google Books, Kindle, PDFs, Project Gutenberg and so on) in ways that make sense to me. Like always there were a few Android apps that wouldn't run or were substandard. In both the Android and App Store markets there's a lot of app spam going on. For everything I can think of to do with this thing, there is a good app to do that and it's usually not too hard to find. Apps are often free, but even the pay apps don't cost very much. Only a few very old apps don't scale up to the size of the display. If you don't like the browser, you can get another one, but I like it. Integrated voice input for everything is really neat and works pretty good.
Widescreen is just better for movies, and I've watched more movies on this thing in the three weeks I had it than I had seen in the prior year. The screen colors are just gorgeous. The ability to connect it to an HDTV and watch movies in 1080p is very nice. It's not usable in broad daylight of course. Knowing it's made with Gorilla glass is comforting when I hand it to the kids.
To me, expandable storage with SD or SDHC is simply mandatory. There's just no better way to get large volumes of data into the thing. The optional keyboard even has a full sized SD card slot, which will make handling images from my camera much easier when I buy that option.
The cameras are fine for what they do. No tablet is going to approach my Nikon. There is an interesting stop-motion feature of the video record that might make claymation fun.
The RDP features will let you control a PC, and do all the PC things with it. Citrix was quick and easy to set up and use. No doubt somebody will think of renting cloud desktops by the hour in the next few minutes.
Battery life is incredible. With just the tablet, reading books I'll get over 19 hours. Likewise browsing the Web. I think the 10 hour spec is for running heavy duty apps and watching high def video or streaming video. The thing just goes and goes.
Some have an issue with the lack of 3G/4G wireless. I don't. I see no reason to pay for a different data plan for every device when I can just wifi hotspot my phone in that rare instance when I don't have wifi.
And then there's the price. Under $400 is just an incredible price for this much technology. At the moment there just isn't a better tablet available for less money. I believe Asus knocked it out of the park with this one. Just outstanding.