"Beauty Outside, Beast Inside"4.5 starson by lorsban
Pros: Sleek, classy design.
Super Fast Quad-Core performance.
Dual-battery (with dock)
Dock makes laptops obsolete.
Cons: GPS is difficult to activate and operate. Good thing I don't need or use GPS so it's a non-issue for me.
Summary: I used to have an Asus Transformer TF101. When this was announced, I patiently waited for reviews and for it to be released where I am. Good thing, it came out just last week and, I grabbed the last one in the store! I prefer to buy at the store rather than online so I can test the product. Problem with high-tech products is that there are hundreds of things that can go wrong, so testing is a must.
The TF101 was already a great device and if I wasn't such a gear-hound, I'd be happy with just that. However, when Asus announced the specs of the Prime, how can you NOT take notice? This thing on paper is a beast! It literally has everything I need or want in a laptop/tablet hybrid. Luckily, actual use doesn't disappoint. The speed difference between this and the old Transformer is very noticeable. This has zero lag even on heavy sites. Opening and closing apps and moving between windows is a snap, no jitter or anything.
When it comes to design, the Prime looks and feels like a high-end laptop. Similar to the Macbook Air. It's very thin and easy to carry around. The tablet alone is very impressive in terms of design. When I got the old Transformer, I wished they would jazz-up the tablet part so 1. It's thinner and 2. It feels good to hold. The Prime gave everything I wanted and more. Not only is this possibly the best looking tablet for Android, it's also the best performing as well.
Multimedia-wise, this can handle anything. But where this also shines is in the office. It can handle all of my office tasks, and it gives me more battery life and more user options than a netbook. If I need to show something, I just need to remove the tablet and pass it on.
The only negative is GPS. It's not easy to get working and starting it up needs wifi - but I guess that's because the apps that use GPS need some sort of network connection to get data or whatnot, but what's the use of adding GPS, which uses satellites, if you need to be indoors or near a wifi spot for the rest of the data? Again, I don't use GPS, Maps, Navigation so it's not an issue for me, but for a lot of other guys it's a big deal (apparently). Most probably there's some app or fix that will make GPS useful and effective without wifi but at this point, I'm not gonna bother with it.
In spite of that, this still gives me everything I want and more. With Tegra3 and ICS, it's as high-end as can be. All I have to do now is wait for the software to catch-up with the hardware.