Pros + ICS runs beautifully on this device
+ Display is very bright for indoor use
+ Touchscreen is very responsive
+ Build is pretty solid
+ Battery life is superb
Summary I have owned this tablet for 10 days now and have used it extensively every day (5+ hours a day). I have to say that I couldn't be happier with this tablet's performance.
Operating System: 4.5/5
Android Ice Cream Sandwich runs beautifully on this device. I may have an app close on me once every 2 or 3 days. I know apps crash significantly less often on iOS, but you also have to deal with iTunes which I personally find sluggish and heavy. Homescreen and app drawer transitions are very snappy, I never experience any lag. You can fully customize your homescreen with useful widgets like Gmail and weather that automatically updates you without having to open any applications. I always liked Android more than iOS, and it's because of the customization available
This tablet runs applications and videos for me without missing a beat. I've tested it with several Youtube videos, as well as in-browser Amazon Instant Video streaming and I don't experience any lag, even just on balanced mode. I've also run multiple apps at the same time, often switching back and forth between a couple of games and Google Chat, and the processor handles it perfectly. I've had no problems with internet browsing being slow, but I did immediately download Dolphin Browser for Android, so that may have something to do with it. Web pages load almost as fast as they do on my computer. I have no complaints about the speed of the tablet.
There is one speaker towards the right of the device (when holding in landscape) that is slightly awkwardly placed. However, the sound quality is still much better than adequate. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality when using it to watch shows on Amazon Instant Video. You can hear clearly words and music.
The tablet is not heavy, I can hold it in one hand for a long enough time to do what I need to do, and holding it with two hands (while browsing or reading PDF documents for example) is very easy and feels natural. It's a light device that is easy to carry around, and feels sturdy enough so that I don't have to worry too much about damaging it as long as I'm just somewhat careful (it's not like you're going to purposely smash it on the floor or even let it be in a situation like that). The battery life is great as well, I often go 10 hours before needing to charge the tablet, maybe 8 and a half hours for heavy use.
There are some complaints about the plastic back, but I have absolutely none. I love the feel of holding the tablet, the plastic back feels sturdy to me, and it is pleasant to the touch when holding the device. Also, because of the plastic back, I always get excellent Wi-fi reception, and GPS signal is very strong for me. It found me in less than 30 seconds the first time I tried using it, and it updated my position in real-time in a satellite view while in a car.
The display is very bright for indoor use and more than meets my needs. I have only noticed light bleed on the bright black boot-up screen of the device, but if I had never seen the device boot up, I wouldn't have known that there was any. I can never tell when I'm playing games, browsing the web, or reading documents. It's bright and displays colors wonderfully, I have no qualms from the display.
*-the device is difficult to use in direct sunlight. This isn't affecting my score for it because I don't need it or use it in direct sunlight, but you should know if that's what you want to use it for, you should get the Asus Transformer Prime or wait for the Infinity TF700 for a better screen that's made to be viewed in direct sunlight.
I love just about everything about this tablet, and would recommend it to any of my friends and family. For the price of about $400 dollars for this tablet with 32gb of storage, you're getting a light sleek tablet with a quad-core processor and excellent battery life.
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Pros 1. Price
3. Keyboard dock
4. Surprising loud, albeit not great, speaker(s)
5. Good battery life
Cons 1. Light bleed
2. No native word processor
3. Sometimes slow and finicky web browser(s)
4. Less than stellar screen resolution and colors
Summary I was one of those people who always said I'd never buy a tablet. I had absolutely zero interest in owning one; I already had a smartphone, a laptop, a desktop, and a netbook (which I never used), so I was pretty adamant. Then a friend bought me a Nook Color for graduation. The very next day, we traded that for a Nook Tablet and I rooted it in order to make it a "true Android tablet," but was unimpressed by its performance. So, by the third day we'd returned the Nook Tablet and then went to BestBuy where I had every intention of getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.I was wrong about there not being and productivity software. It does have Polaris Office, but this software is so horribly executed and buggy, it may as well not be there. A word of caution: Polaris Office has a known issue with randomly corrupting Word files. People have reported losing homework, term papers, and entire lab reports. USE IT AT YOUR OWN DETRIMENT.
Having read less than impressive reviews on that device, however, I soon found myself torn between a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Asus Transformer Prime, and the Asus Transformer Pad TF300. Although I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone, I opted against the Samsung tablet for two major reasons: 1) The Samsung tablet wasn't quad-core, and 2) Having owned two Samsung smartphones, I knew that Samsung had a terrible track record when it came to updating its devices to the latest Android OS in a timely manner. I mean, my Galaxy S2 STILL doesn't have ICS.
So, it came down to the Transformer Prime and the Transformer Pad. Ultimately, I opted for the Transformer Pad because its plastic construction wasn't as flimsy as I'd been led to believe, and the plastic build also ensured I'd have better wi-fi reception and avoid the issues with GPS and signal strength that the Prime suffered from. With the exception of the Prime's aluminum body, longer-lasting battery, camera flash, and moderately brighter screen, the Pad is practically identical while costing significantly less.
The Pad has the same Tegra 3 quad-core processor as the Prime, and it shows; the Pad is fast, powerful, and fluid. The Pad has surprisingly loud audio, but it lacks stereo output (either because there's just one speaker, or, if there are two speakers, they're too close together). Still, it's far louder than even my laptop. When my screen is black, I notice some light bleed in a few of the corners, but it's nothing major and becomes unnoticeable when the screen is displaying colors other than black. That being said, the Pad's screen is a bit underwhelming. I wouldn't say it's terrible, but the screen on my Galaxy S2 blows this thing out of the water. The Pad's colors aren't as vibrant and text/images aren't nearly as sharp. It took me a while to adjust to the lower resolution and more subdued colors. If you don't already have a mobile device with amazingly high resolution and vivid colors, then you probably won't have any problems with the Pad's screen at all.
The native browser is unforgivably slow and buggy at times. I thought to rectify this problem by downloading the Dolphin tablet browser, and while it is significantly faster than the native browser, it too, has its share of buggy moments. Hopefully, this will be fixed in the future. Still, if you have this tablet (or any other Android tablet, for that matter) I recommend the Dolphin browser over the native one because it's faster and it has the helpful feature of treating your tablet as if it's an actual computer while browsing the web instead of a mobile device; this is very useful in most situations, but particularly when watching Youtube.
As for the battery, I'm impressed. I'm not a heavy user (I mainly use my tablet to play word games and do light web browsing and reading), so I find that I rarely have to charge my Pad, perhaps once every other day. Apps that are optimized for tablets really shine on this device thanks to ICS and the quad-core processor. With the exception of the browsers, I've never had problems with any of the apps that were actually optimized or specifically designed for tablets. I love the keyboard dock. It is, of course, significantly smaller than a regular desktop or laptop keyboard, but if you're at all comfortable with typing on netbooks then you shouldn't have any problems using the keyboard dock. I have fairly large hands for a man, but I still find the keyboard dock adequate, just make sure you turn off the hyper-sensitive track pad while you're typing. Oh, and the keyboard charges the Pad when you dock it, provided the keyboard dock has an adequate charge.
The keyboard dock leads me to my biggest and final gripe with the Pad: it doesn't come with productivity software. This should have been a no-brainer, especially when one considers that Asus made such a functional keyboard dock in the first place. Yes, you can use Google Docs (now merged into Google Drive, if you weren't yet aware), but that presents you with Google Docs' main shortcoming: you need to be connected to the internet in order to use it. If I could open, edit, save, and create word documents without having to be connected to the internet I'd probably get rid of my laptop, or at least relegate it to the same dust-gathering status of my netbook.
So, that was my rather long review of the Asus Transformer Pad TF300. I'm truly pleased with it, despite some shortcomings. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone in the market for an Android tablet. If you've always wanted the Asus Transformer Prime but were put off by its sticker price and/or GPS/wireless issues, then this is absolutely the tablet for you.
Updated on Jun 23, 2012
Pros like overall, but some items bother me.
Cons limits on remote video play
battery issues with remote keyboard
Summary Vendor didn't respond to my questions/concerns
They block the video from videos rented from Android play if displaying on remote TV via micro HDMI, but can remote tablet display on remote tv. Even fully charged tablet and keyboard hold charge seperated but discharge when connected. I like the tablet but I would not buy the seperate keyboard again. Can't open psw protected excel spreadsheets. Service vendors like netfliks don't support movies without using brower which is a weak solution at best.
Pros Price. Hundreds cheaper than leading tablets.
Nice bright and crisp screen.
Very fast and smooth.
Cons Finger prints shows up very easily on screen.
Summary I was debating between the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and Asus Transformer Prime. Made my choice to go with the Prime and was days away from ordering it. However, before I could place my order the TF300 came out with just about the same specs as the Prime, but with better wi-fi and GPS connection. Plus it was $100 cheaper. This was a no-brainer. The only tablet I have to compare it to is my wife's Nook which is also a good tablet, but it is too small for my liking and has a closed Android O/S. The TF300 handles very well; it's fast and has a bright crisp screen, runs ICS and has 32 GB of storage. Also it's easy on the hands and does not run hot. This tablet will easily match up with any tablet on the market now including the Ipad, Prime and Galaxy but for hundreds less.
Pros - Nice bright colorful screen.
- Plastic is sturdy regardless of what critics say.
- Has 32Gb of storage
- It only cost me $389
- No need to connect to a PC for updates like Apple.
- Comes with cloud storage.
- Did I mention it only cost me $389?
Cons - Only one speaker.
- Some minor issues with touch screen but I believe its because I'm running GoThemes.
Summary I love the new Asus TF300. I was debating between the IPAD and ASUS and decided to get ASUS. The fact that you can run Flash, use live wallpapers and can update your software wirelessly convinced me that Android was the way to go. Some of the critics are claiming it is heavier than the IPAD 3 but really, do you care if one weights .07 more than the other? Overall, paying $389 over a $499 IPAD 3 is a better investment and the ASUS is just as good as the IPAD and will do just about the same thing.
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