Thursday, January 12, 2012

[Review] : Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Paired and Primed to Perfection

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Transformer Prime's back panel
The world's first tablet powered by the Quad Core NVDIA Tegra 3 AKA "Kal El"

To explain the power of the new Tegra 3 processor please watch this video 

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 is the successor of the very successful Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, with its innovative keyboard dock with battery, Asus re-defined the norms of the tablet industry with this innovation.

Transformer Prime's Metallic Spun Finish 

The back panel of the Prime is similar to the Asus Zenbook where the LCD cover is made from Aluminum and its sandblasted to a circular Metallic Spun Finish. This method is the 1st in both notebook and tablet manufacturing as this method is commonly used in creating luxury watches. 

The color of the Prime is Amethyst Gray where its a metallic dark violet in my perspective. Its really a huge leap to tablets in the market that are all Black, Silver and White. Bringing distinction not just in the performance but physical aspects as well. 

Transformer Prime's Lock / Power Button

Transformer Prime Ports at the left Side

Here we have the Micro SD slot, Micro HDMI slot, Microphone and the Volume Rocker Buttons

Transformer Prime Ports at the right side

Here we have the Audio 3.5mm jack and the Speakers at the right side.

Speaking of speakers, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime is equipped with Sonic Master technology where it delivers real sound quality. Plus the speakers are quite loud and bringing a small bass as well in playing videos or music. 

Transformer Prime's Camera with LED Flash

Besides the Quad-Core power of the Eee Pad Transformer, its also broke the norms of a tablet having a crappy camera. Asus has equipped the Prime with an 8mp auto focus camera with F2.4 larger aperture for 30% Color enhancement, plus an LED Flash. Basically its the same camera specs as the iPhone 4S. Now taking a pictures with a tablet won't be the same. You can check out the photos at the bottom for sample pictures of the Prime.
Transformer Prime's Mobile Dock

Mobile Dock Latch

The mobile dock of the Prime is now even thinner, where its also lighter. With just a total weight of 1.1kg if the dock is together with the pad. Its still lighter than most netbooks in the market. The battery life of the Prime is up to 18 hours, where the mobile dock contributes 6 hours in the process. Making it as well longer than any netbook in the market.

Expansion ports : The Prime is equipped with the following ports for convenient expansion of storage or display connectivity. 

  • MicroSD Card Slot withing the Pad
  • SD Card Slot within the dock
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Slot within the dock
  • Micro-HDMI within the Pad for display out purposes
In my test, plugging an external hard disk, 16GB MicroSD + 16GB SD card slot all at the same time was no problem with the Prime. 

Thinnest tablet yet? : Currently the Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the thinnest quad core tablet at only 8.3mm its even thinner than the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 and the iPad2 

Super IPS Panel : The Prime is equipped with Super IPS panel where it can withstand the glare of an outdoor environment, making the prime accessible even with direct sunlight. Unlike before where sunlight will overpower the screen and make tablets unusable. 

World's First Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet

Yup that's right, Asus is providing the latest android OS for tablets faster than any manufacturer in the market. Admit it, fast updates makes consumers happy. We even announced Ice Cream Sandwich update for the TF101 a month before the other manufacturers.

Also here are some achievements of Asus over other tablets here in the Philippines.
  1. 1st to provide Android 3.1 at June 2011 
  2. 1st to provide Android 3.2 at August 2011
  3. 1st to provide application backup software in October 2011
With these fast updates we provided, we're even taking a step further to provide the 1st ICS update for the TF101. While other manufacturers haven't even provided their Android 3.2 update yet until now. 


So what is Android 4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich? Its easier to understand when you watch this video

TF201 vs TF101? 

TF101 besides the TF201

The TF101 will get an Android 4.0 so its still a great device compared to current competitors. With the jam packed features you have seen with the video above you are bound to even hold the transformer even more.

(Above)TF201 cable - (Below) TF101 Cable

The cable of the TF201 is now also longer, 2x longer for more convenient charging and data transferring. 
Pad only for the TF101 and TF201

Overall the Eee Pad Transformer Prime is currently the best tablet yet, with the first tablet with NVDIA Tegra 3, 8mp auto-focus camera, brighter and more vivid screen plus its thinness made it the most admired tablet right now. 

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be available in the Philippines soon, we will update the price once after the launch of this wonderful tablet.

Here are some picture sample of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

Click on the picture to see it in full size

Eee Pad Picture Sample 1

Transformer Prime Picture Sample 2
Transformer Prime Picture Sample 3


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