"Quality and value for money; great tablet even at $400."4.5 starson by TankTewson1
Pros: Responsive screen
Value for money (even at nearer $400 it is still worth it)
Android Honeycomb O/S
Features for the price
Cons: Occasional crashes
Amount of Apps
Summary: As a tablet and Android virgin I was a little suspicious/concerned about the experience I would have on this type of device. I wanted something even more portable than a laptop for general surfing, but needed something more substantial than a smartphone. I looked at 7 inch tablets and felt that the screen may cause too much eye strain. I wanted certain features, such as cameras and the ability to connect to my TV and expansion ports. So, i was set on a 10inch tablet, now my task was to find the right one while knowing I did not want to pay more than $350.
I looked and read all the options out there. I used CNET (would like to have seen thoughts about Black Friday deals and value reviews CNET - get on it) exhaustively and read every word concerning every model. IPADs were not an option; way too expensive; many other Android 10inchers were also too expensive. I was planning a Black Friday raid and I needed to narrow my field down. It essentially came down to a choice between the Best Buy offers of the Transformer for $250, or the Toshiba Thrive for $280 with the ASUS tablet being my first choice. I waited for 5 hours and was duly rewarded, there were still a few Transformers left.
Setting the device up with my wireless connection at home was a piece of cake and I was off, discovering this new world (to me) of Android operating systems. I downloaded as many of the worthwhile free apps I could and just enjoyed the device. The OS moves between apps and the internet at good speed and the screen is very responsive to the touch as well as having great clarity and color. Not too many buttons to accidentally press which I understand is an issue with some tablets. Not too heavy, although not the lightest tablet on the market.
The cameras are adequate (5mp on back and 1.2mp on the front) and provide decent Skype quality on the other end of the signal; pictures and video are easily posted to Youtube or Facebook. Despite some suggesting the build quality lacks a little, I have to disagree. The build seems solid and the design not only sturdy but good looking. The battery life has varied according to what I have been using but I tend to get enough to see me through the day. I can connect the Transformer to the TV via the mini HD port which was something I specifically wanted. The device plays Netflix proficiently and while others have said the video playback of video taken on the device is choppy, I have not found this, perhaps they have fixed this.
I have had the occasional app crash during use, but this is speedily recovered in every instance so far. My own lack of knowledge concerning the App market means I can't studiously speak to the availability of quality Apps. Others suggest the Honeycomb OS doesn't yet have a full plethora available for use. Perhaps so, but not for long surely.
At $250, this device is a win, win, win. It had all the features I wanted plus some I didn't know I wanted. My wife can't get it out of my hands and the Transformer makes lazy surfing so much easier to enjoy. I don't use the Facebook App, preferring instead to use the normal web page.
Even at $400 this device is still value for money, and I am sure with the release of the new ASUS Prime, the price will come down to nearer $300 in the future.
In case you can't gather this from the review... I LOVE THIS TABLET!!!