ASUS Transformer Review – Top Honeycomb 3.0 Tablet
I am lucky to get this ASUS Transformer since they are all sold out everywhere. I finally got this tablet yesterday, and have been playing with this and I am very happy with it so far since everything seems to work great with it.
What so important with this tablet is the remote desktop feature, so I can access my PC anywhere as long as they are connected via wifi, using MyCloud feature. It is a bit tricky, if you don’t see the myCloud or splashtop on your transformer, you will have to update it first, and then you will see your myCloud. It is just worth mentioning.
I can work with my spreedsheets, word, pdf files, nearly everything, and it went great. Working with MS Office documents are very easy because you can use pre-installed Polaris Office app. Listening MP3s works perfect, love the feature that you can play MP3s from PC with the MyNet app using Bluetooth.
I have managed to download and install Kindle app perfectly and then move all my ebooks from my Kindle to this tablet, really great.
Multitasking on this tablet is fantastic and easy, you will only need to tap the squares icon next to the “Home” button and it will immediately display all windows such as Android Market, YouTube App, and so forth. Since this device has 1GB RAM, it is quite responsive and speedy.
ASUS Transformer runs on Honeycomb 3.0 and it will be updated easily to improve the OS performance which is already great so far.
Furthermore, ASUS Transformer itself has a microSD slot, and the keyboard (Docking Station) has 2xUSB and 1xSD Card-Reader but sold seperately. The docking stations are unfortunately sold out everywhere, so I pre-order it from Amazon.
ASUS Transformer vs XOOM, vs BB Playbook or vs iPad
ASUS Transformer is a 10.1 incher tablet, so when we talk about ASUS Transformer vs XOOM, this tablet has bigger size. But it is more affordable and it is actually not heavy at all, it feels really solid and comfortable in my hands. It has the same IPS capacitive screen as the iPad 2 has, and it is fantastic.
Although Apple products are great, and I have iPhone 4, but to decide on tablet, I prefer this ASUS Transformer because it provides both tablet and netbook function – huge boost in productivity.
Another difference point is of course the price. Although ASUS Transformer has similar specifications with Motorola Xoom, but Xoom costs almost $300 more, and you will not have ability to connect Xoom with a docking station which has useful card slots. Those slots are needed when you want to transfer files contents easily from your computer to this transformer.
Compared to BlackBerry Playbook, this tablet surprisingly has critical feature such as native email which BB playbook doesn’t have. Native email features will be used if you are a corporate person who wants to connect your tablet with your corporate email.
And vs iPad, ASUS Transformer does not force you to use iTunes for everything like iPad, and it also supports Adobe Flash player, so you can view any flash web based browsers or applications.
With iPad, when you got to flash based website, you will see a link to use in order to install and download the flash, but you will only see “your device is not compatible” message. With this transformer, you can easily hit that install button, and then you will be able to enjoy full flash website or games (including facebook games, such as farmville, as well as frontierville).
For the apps, eventhough the market is not as big as the App Store, you still can download any apps you like, because it’s growing each day, and for the app developers, they create new apps for this tablet any minutes.
Another big plus point, the emulators work great in this tablet, you can play bunch of games on your device. I have played SNES and it worked like a charm.
What I love is its battery life, you will need only about 1-2 hours to full charge it, and it will stay about 8 hours, and you can charge it with the ASUS charger or even with your Kindle or iPhone’s charger, it will just work.
ASUS Transformer Review – Specs and Features
ASUS Transformer Specs:
- 1GHz Intel Core Duo Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
- 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM
- Operating System: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
- 10.1-inch WSVGA IPS Capacitive LED Touchscreen (1280×800 resolution)
- 1 Memory Slot
- 16GB Flash Serial ATA Hard Drive
- Connectivity: Wireless 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1
- Dimension: 10.67 x 6.97 x 0.51 inches
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Another features of ASUS Transformer: Mini HDMI port, Adobe Flash compatible, 4-in-1 MMC/SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Reader, 1.2MP front camera, 5.0MP rear webcam, Stereo speakers, Mic-In, Headphone-Out Combo Jack, Internal Mic, GPS, E-Compass, Light and Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, Lithium Polymer Battery, Docking station/Keyboard which is sold separately.
ASUS Transformer Review Summary
If you need to use a tablet as an extension as well as replacement to your laptop or netbook, Asus has the right product, ASUS Transformer and it costs less than other devices with similar specs.
ASUS Transformer comes along not as a plaything but as a real tablet, you can leave your netbook at home, because you will not need it anymore.