Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

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Reviewed by matthewryans (Currently owns)

The Eee Pad Transformer is a great tablet with a good build quality. I wouldn't dare to say great cause the back plastic flexes a bit and the power button tends to flush down and be hard to press. The display on the Transformer is amazing and it is nearly perfect only if Asus manages to fix the light bleeding issue. My display has 2 bleed points but I've seen units with far worse bleed points. The camera is OK and is a bit better than the iPad 2. The stereo speakers are also a nice touch. However, they produce tiny, tinny sounds and I am unfortunate enough to get a unit with the right speaker louder than the left one. Thankfully, this issue can be easily fixed with a string modification which is detailed in XDA. Performance on the Transformer is quite snappy but I still get some force closes under HC3.1, which is tolerable for Android devices (note that if this happens on iOS or WP7 I won't tolerate this). Honeycomb is not mature yet and I am still waiting for ICS to improve the overall performance. The battery life is good and lasts a whole day under normal use of games, browsing, and reading. The keyboard dock is great and it adds a lot of functionality to the Transformer. However, don't expect to type a lot on this keyboard because if you are not used to netbook keyboards, this may be a bummer.

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  • Software 6
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 9
  • Dock 8
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