TF101-B1 Review – Overview
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer (Tablet Only) is my second tablet after iPad 1.
I would definitely recommend to anyone who are after Android tablets because it’s one of the new tablet generations which has Android 3 (Honeycomb) operating system. (many tablets still run Android 2 up).
The first reason why I bought it is the tablet’s build quality and the looks.
The appearance is amazingly gorgeous, and it does feel great.
It is one of the most solid tablet out there, made with a rubberized rear as well as the Gorilla glass.
Furthermore, this tablet has very sleek appearance, light and slim, and the screen has superb viewing angles as well as detailed colors.
I am happy with the battery life, I can get it for 6 until 8 hours for heavy usage conditions, so if you want to have a tablet which lasts a full day, this TF101-B1 does it. I charge it once every three days.
When you turn your eee pad on, you will be impressed with its clear widescreen capacitive screen, it is so vibrant and gorgeous to use.
The only problem is the screen is really reflective, so it is not comfortable for the eyes to use this tablet outdoor, on bright days.
Performance wise, this device is doing fine, it is not as smooth as iPad 2 but it is just perfect to me, and I have not had any lagging issues in any conditions.
Even viewing and loading the 3D content, for instance 3D buildings of Google earth, it runs flawless.
Android apps work fine on TF101-B1, and app list is growing each day. Standard apps, such as IMDB, Evernote or Readr are running perfectly on this Asus tablet.
And since it operates Android, you can find your droid phone apps on the market and install them on your device.
The keyboard of the device is fine, Asus offers an improved Android keyboard, and you can find a transformer docking station. Even with the dock price, is still affordable since you will have more battery life and two extra USB ports, and an SD card slot.
I find typing with the dock is just wonderful, it makes me forget that I am not typing on a real standard keyboard.
The 3G connectivity works flawless, I use my droid phone to tether my tablet, so I can use it as a wifi spot to connect my tablet to the Internet.
Transferring files from your home computer to the tablet is simply easy, because of it has SD card.
Is there any downsides? Of course, apart of the very reflective screen, Android Honeycomb is still very young, you will find the limited apps that are designed for tablets.
It is just like with your first droid phone, you will learn how to cope with an Android tablet. But Android is fun, and the enviromenment is creative, although Honeycomb is still young, but it is definitely an excellent tablet Operating System, it will get updated and better.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 vs iPad 2? The android tablets (including this tablet) has many advantages compared to the iPad, the first and important is, it is more flexible.
With iPad, you will feel that you are the iTunes slave and you will also feel that iPad is only a device that becomes a real cash machine for Apple company.
Another big plus for Asus tablet, it is not loaded with too much add ons, so the tablet came in a quite genuine state.
It means, the tablet performs quicker than most android tablets, for example the XOOM. Not only that, it can also supply the quick Operating System update.
TF101-B1 Review – ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 Specs
- OS: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System
- 1 GHz Intel Core 2 NVIDIA Tegra
- 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM (1 slot)
- 32 GB FLash Serial ATA Hard Drive
- 10.1″ WSVGA IPS Capacitive LED Touchscreen (1280×800 resolution for Pinch zoom, Virtual keyboard technology )
- Connectivity: Wireless 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1
- Intregated 5MP Rear webcam; 1.2MP Front Camera
- Micro USB, Mic-in/Headphone-out, HDMI out Connectors, Stereo speakers, internal Microphone
- 4-in-1 Card Reader (supports MMC/SD/SDHC/SDXC)
- Another features: Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass, voice commands, simultaneous GPS, docking (sold seperately)
TF101-B1 Review – Conclusion
All in summary, if you are thinking to get a tablet and thinking to get an iPad, in fact, I cannot see the advantages of getting an iPad unless you are really a die-hard Apple fan.
This 32GB ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is more flexible, and is really a solid alternative.
And if you already own an Android device, this TF101-B1 is a no brainer, at the price, you won’t find any devices that comes near it.