"This tablet is surreal!! Best tablet on the market!"5.0 starson by S_Eke512
Pros: Incredible picture/video quality!
Extremely fast processor
High resolution screen
Easy access to Android Market w/ fast downloads
GREAT battery life!!
Great on-screen keyboard with SWIPE.
I don't have enough money to buy more of them!! :-)
Summary: I've researched and waited on this tablet for the last three months. I've read countless reviews on multiple sites and talked, at length, with other tech junkies like myself about which tablet was the best on the market. When I finally had the money AND was able to find one online (the only major knock I have against this tablet is how hard it is to find, which is a GREAT thing that a company should have as a knock), I bought it immediately.
Since I received my tablet on Friday (3/23/12), I have almost literally not been able to put it down!! After fulling charging it, I started to play with it to find out just exactly what this thing that I've been coveting for so long could do... And three days later, I'm still beyond fascinated by this piece of tech! It is AMAZING in every sense of the term! It's lightning fast in moving from one open page to the next with the ability to move between programs seamlessly, the screen and resolution is off the charts, clarity is superb, and the apps I downloaded did so in incredible speed (less than a minute tops... Most around 30 seconds). The picture quality (thanks to the AMAZING 8mp camera!) was brilliant to say the least, with multiple stock effects and a zoom capability I did not know the camera had. The video quality was mesmerizing for any device and was everything and more than I could have hoped for... (When I was in the market for a tablet, one of the main things that sold me on the Prime over the iPad2/3 was the camera and I was anything but disappointed!).
One of the clever things that is very aesthetically pleasing is the living wallpaper (interactive/moving wallpaper) that comes with the tablet and the option to download other LWP's from the Android market. This, too, set the tablet apart from an artistic and graphic stand point that was a subtle but great discovery.
I had the great benefit of being able to do a direct, side-by-side comparison with a friend of mine over the weekend who has the iPad3 and by the end of the night on Saturday, he was looking into finding a Prime that was available and wanted to sell his iPad as soon as he found one! Mind you, my friend is an avid fan of Apple and has always bought Apple products, from his MacBook Air, to his iPod touch, to his previously mentioned iPad3. He was incredibly impressed with the speed, look, feel, and video/picture quality of the Prime. The resolution difference on the screen between the two was marginal at best. Again and again as we played with our respective tablet, he was found setting his down to admire my Prime and inquire about it.
Not wanting to make this review too long, I'll sum up my overall thoughts so far on this tablet and respond to some other reviews on the problems I read about before buying mine, because I fear that if I do not cap myself, I will literally talk all day about this mind-blowing tablet!!
First, to address the cons I've seen in other reviews:
I have not experienced any difficulty with the Wi-Fi whatsoever. Even when the signal strength of the router was low (as was indicated by the Wi-Fi signal at the bottom), my browsing was far superior than that of the LAPTOPS in the room running on the same Wi-Fi network, one of which was a MacBook as previously mentioned. Maybe this is a problem that ASUS solved in the time before I got mine but either way, I have had 0 problems with it at all.
I have not used the GPS so I'm not sure if it's still glitchy but I did notice that Google Maps opened about sluggishly when used from the home screen, but this may have also been a product of the fact that I turn off all "Location" services on all my tech for privacy purposes.
I have not had any issues with ICS and love how quickly my tablet works and processes, so the updates they have done since January have been effective and I did not have to wait for a single update since I've had my tablet.
The battery life, which was never listed as a "Con", is beyond superb! It took all day (8-10 hours) of consistent use before my battery completely died and it retains its charge very well.
All in all, this tablet is the most amazing tech I've ever held in my hands, played with, and owned. It excites me every time I pick it up and I have only just begun to find out all that it is capable of. I have the hardest time putting it down for any reason and consistently find excuses to use it even when my laptop is available. The ability to switch between three different levels of power output is also an amazing plus that allows you to pick and choose how fast you want things to run or if you're on a long flight or trip, you can preserve battery life substantially by reducing the power output without losing speed in major programs or open pages. It is truly remarkable.
I would give this tablet more than 5 stars if I could because it is truly THAT good! I would recommend this tablet over any other, hands down, and would especially recommend people to buy this tablet instead of spending more money for a lesser product in the iPad 3. The Prime is $60 cheaper for twice as much memory, a significantly better camera (8mp to the iPad 3's 5mp camera. And the Prime records in HD 1080p over the iPad 3's 720p), equal screen resolution, substantially better battery life, no over-heating problems as is the case with the new iPad, and a quad-core processor that absolutely crushes the competition! This is an investment that no one will regret. My only "buyer's remorse" is that I don't have more money so that I could buy 3 or 4 of these amazing devices!!!
Hope this helps as much as other reviews helped me in my decision making!!
S.E. -- Senior Year College Student.