Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

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Back in the fall of 2007, ASUS decided there was room in people’s lives for a highly portable, secondary computer that could handle basic tasks — surfing the web, checking email, listening to music, and playing games. That was the $399 Linux-based Eee PC — arguably the first netbook — and it became quite a hit. You know the rest of the story: it wasn’t long before other consumer electronics companies, with the help of Intel and Microsoft, started to join in and small laptops invaded the...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.51 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 10.1 inches
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 3
Media streaming DLNA
CPU brand NVIDIA
CPU family Tegra 2
RAM size 1 GB

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

FCC ID MSQTF101

Hardware

Height 10.67 inches
Width 6.73 inches
Thickness 0.51 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds
Color Black
Speakers Stereo

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 10.1 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 1280 px
Resolution (Y) 800 px
PPI 134
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system Android
Skin Waveshare
Launch OS version 3
Media streaming DLNA
Notable apps Polaris Office 3, MyDesktop, MyCloud, MyLibrary, MyNet

Processor

CPU brand NVIDIA
CPU family Tegra 2
CPU model 250 T20
Clock speed 1 GHz
Cores 2

GPU

Brand NVIDIA
Model ULP GeForce 333MHz

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 32 GB, 16 GB
External storage Yes
External storage support microSD

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR

Front Camera

Effective pixels 1.2 megapixels
Video resolution 1080p

Rear Camera

Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Video resolution 1080p

Ports

Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Mini HDMI

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 24.4 Wh
Quoted use time 9.5 hr

Benchmarks

Quadrant 1610
SunSpider 2273.3 ms

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7.3

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  • Speakers 7
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  • Software 7
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 7
  • Dock 8

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  • 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.

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    Reviewed by pespence (Currently owns)

    Definitely one of the best android tablets on the market. Tegra 2 SOC makes it powerful and doesn't kill the battery life. The construction leaves something to be desired, however, Its very plasticy and creaks in some areas. After the update to ICS, the tablet is worlds better. I got a Quadrant score of 2500 on it and the little improvements over honeycomb (like easy folders) makes all the difference.

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  • 9.0
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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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    Reviewed by jxcgunrunna (Currently owns)

    Fairly well built tablet that is really let down by the software. There is some lag while using it but overall it is a good experience. The cameras do well in daylight and are decent in low light situations. The keyboard dock is pretty awesome and adds a lot of functionality with two USB ports and an SD card slot. This tablet has great potential and I hope Android 4.0 comes sooner than later.

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