Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

4.0
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Reviewed by vipersonic (Previously owned)

It was the first tablet I got, and it broke down so many times that I lost count how many times I had to send it for repair. The buttons stopped working, the screen deteriorated really quickly(light leaking) and the charging port failed too. Customer service was horrible as well; they absolutely refused to switch the tablet for a new one even though it has broken down so many times, and I once received a malfunctioning from repair but didn't realised it until I got home, so I had to make another trip.

Updates to the latest Android releases typically took months after other manufacturers. Scrolling, swiping and general interaction was full of delays and stuttering. Apps frequently crash without reason, and the number of tablet-optimised apps were barely enough. Simply, it fulfilled the functions of an android smartphone(without the phone part of course), but hardly more. It's hard to see its usefulness beyond the bigger viewing area for video. Speaking about videos, you would think that the 16:9 aspect ratio would mean no letter-boxing(like the black borders you see on the iPad), but Android has dedicated a whole horizontal area at the bottom for its virtual buttons, which is hugely disappointing, and given how ridiculous it is to use the tablet in portrait, you wonder how the choice to use the 16:9 aspect ratio has ever been approved.

Productivity apps found exclusively on the Transformer was the best you can get among all android tablets, but the default Asus virtual keyboard was just awkward and frustrating to use. It is recommended to use the dock's keyboard instead.

Battery life was average for the tablet, but connecting it to the dock gave fantastic battery life.

I've never looked back since I replaced this with the 3rd generation iPad. The Transformer keyboard was nice to have, but the full-sized Apple Wireless Keyboard I bought for my iPad was really the more comfortable one to type on. iWork on iPad is actually much more pleasant to use than the suite found on the Transformer.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 5
  • Display 5
  • Camera(s) 1
  • Speakers 5
  • Performance 2
  • Software 4
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 1
  • Dock 7
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