Asus Transformer Prime
The stylish Asus Transformer Prime TF201 delivers both high performance and great value, a rare combination in the world of Android tablets. It uses Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, which powers the tablet to several performance firsts and delivered terrific image graphics rendering in games optimized for the new processor.
Design and Build
The Transformer Prime is a slimmer and lighter version of the old one. It still uses an aluminum chassis, but the edges are a lot tapered, so it now measures just 8.3mm in thickness while the weight has been dropped to 586g. The textured pattern of the old model has been swapped for a more modern, brushed aluminum look.
Around the back, we just have the upgraded 8MP shooter along with a LED flash. There’s a speaker grill on one side of the tablet, so you don’t get stereo sound. The tablet itself has a 3.5mm headphone jack, power/sleep button on the top, volume rocker on the side along with a miniHDMI port and a microSD card slot. The Prime uses the same proprietary connector instead of a microUSB port.
The Prime doesn’t have 3G support, but you get all the other good stuff like Wi-Fi ‘n’, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and of course HDMI-out. Strangely, there’s no Face Unlock in this build, and we have a feeling that has something to do with the 1.2MP front camera. It looks like this feature requires a minimum of 1.3MP camera and above to work correctly. DLNA is also present and can be accessed through the MyNet app. You can share music, photos, and videos to any DLNA certified device.
-While exploring the ASUS Prime, I found that there is far more to look forward to than I initially thought; however, the question of whether all the advanced features are necessary depends on what you want to use it for.
-The quad-core processor offers an increased amount of power, and it was quite easy to notice the high-speed capabilities, especially since I’m impatient, and some of the tablets I had previously owned did not meet my expectations in this regard.
-The high resolution of the screen is just as impressive as the large viewing angle of over 178 degrees, and the increased memory (1 Gb) and storage (32 Gb) have made me feel more at ease about exploring various apps and downloading larger files.
-In my opinion, some of the additional technical features such as the micro HDMI port are not called for. However, they may be useful for those interested, and there is nothing wrong with having a greater number of features.
Some of the Best Aspects of the ASUS Transformer Prime
-I found the Android platform to be quite easy to use and customize, as well as superior to previous versions. I got used to it in only a few seconds without any difficulty.
-The tablet feels lighter even than some of the best Android tablet designs I’ve seen before, despite the fact that it is overall larger (the screen being 10 inches in diagonal, instead of the usual 7). It is quite slim at only 0.33 inches, and the superior aluminum design gives it an overall professional look.
-The 8.0-megapixel camera makes it feel like you’re taking pictures with a powerful digital camera. I wanted to buy a decent cam before, but now it seems that I don’t need it anymore.
-I was very pleased to see that I can use the tablet outside without having to move into the shade. The brightness of the screen is delightful and superior to what I experienced with other gadgets.
Things That Could Be Improved
-Despite all the advanced features of the ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-GR Eee Pad 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet, its WI-FI capabilities are not quite what I expected. Browsing works quite well, however, the connection speeds tend to fluctuate sometimes.
-The placement of the speaker is also somewhat troublesome, but, fortunately, the quality is not overly impaired, and the presence of an audio jack does help.
Although the WI-FI issues might be troublesome at times, it is safe to say that the ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-GR Eee Pad 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet is one of the best Android tablet devices on the market today, or at least one of the most advanced regarding overall hardware design.