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Asus Transformer Prime review

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The "1-Minute" Review

The Asus Transformer Prime is a 10.1-inch Android-powered tablet with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB RAM, plus at least 32GB of internal storage. Its default operating system is Android 3.2 Honeycomb but an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available. It offers a total standby time of nearly two weeks per charge, which translates to around 10 hours of non-stop video playback or almost 6 hours of Web surfing with Wi-Fi.

Available in two colors, Champagne Gold and Amethyst Gray, it weighs in at a little less than 600 grams. It isn’t light by any means, but it is lighter than some competing products. The touchscreen display has a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels, and there’s a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass placed on top in order to protect it from scratches and other potential damages. Underneath the sturdy screen lies a a gyroscope and a bunch of other sensors for proximity, motion, and ambient light.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are both available as standard, although a Wi-Fi hotspot feature is not in the cards. HD video playback on supported TVs is a feature with the built-in HDMI-out port, and the 8MP main camera at the back should serve as a great source of HD content through video recording when it isn’t being used to take pictures. And before you think that this particular Asus tablet is good for nothing but entertainment, take note of the fact that it has a Document viewer which supports DOC/DOCX, PDF, XLS, PPT/PPTX, JPG, and GIF files.

It may fall through on certain aspects, but the Asus Transformer Prime may deliver a far better experience overall than most other Android tablet alternatives.

Need to Know: Transformer Prime

1. Relatively quick charging time and long-lasting battery life. (The Good)

2. Layer of Corning Gorilla Glass gives the screen much-needed extra protection. (The Good)

3. Doesn’t support SIM cards for 3G data. (The Bad)

4. Default operating system is old and outdated version of Android. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Hi-Fi

With neat apps and extras such as cloud storage and DLNA, plus the keyboard dock that adds battery life, a USB input and its impressively easy-to-use nature, it should be on any tablet shortlist.

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
Droid Life

It doesn’t get much sweeter than this if you are looking for the best Android tablet experience.

- Tim-o-tato, Droid Life
PhoneArena

There’s good reason as to why many people regard these two titans as the two best tablets on the market right now. For starters, they are premium in every way, shape, and form – inside and out! Essentially, they epitomize everything that means to be cutting-edge because they share so many drool wort...

- John V. , PhoneArena
Phandroid

The ASUS Transformer Prime is the best tablet on the market. Period. Quad-core processor? Check. Outstanding camera? Check. Beautiful display? Check. Android 4.0? Check. Ability to turn it into a netbook? Check. All of these things come together to create the best tablet experience I have ever had w...

- Quentyn Kennemer, Phandroid
Coolsmartphone

The Asus Transformer Prime is really an amazing device.Yes the initial rush to pre-order was unheard of in the Android world and Asus dealt with terribly. Many suppliers are still struggling to get hold of them.What on earth Asus were thinking announcing the Prime HD at CES I don’t know. No doubt if...

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Asus Transformer Prime's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.1 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
25WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 25 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 5 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Transformer Prime Specs

Overview
Release date December 12, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.1 Jelly Bean)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Unknown
Colors Amethyst Gray, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.3 x 18.1 x 0.8 cm (10.4 x 7.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 586 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard Yes
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, White balance, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201

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Critic Reviews


What Hi-Fi

Asus has carved a niche here – and if the added functionality appeals, it’s a winner

from What Hi-Fi

With neat apps and extras such as cloud storage and DLNA, plus the keyboard dock that adds battery life, a USB input and its impressively easy-to-use nature, it should be on any tablet shortlist.

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With neat apps and extras such as cloud storage and DLNA, plus the keyboard dock that adds battery life, a USB input and its impressively easy-to-use nature, it should be on any tablet shortlist.

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Droid Life

It has the superior performance, looks, and a great company backing it with timely updates

from Droid Life

Until we get word of the the next generation of tablets coming from Samsung and Motorola, the Transformer Prime still reigns supreme when compared to other tablets in its category. It has the superior performance, looks, and a great company backing it with timely updates. With the addition of the...More

Until we get word of the the next generation of tablets coming from Samsung and Motorola, the Transformer Prime still reigns supreme when compared to other tablets in its category. It has the superior performance, looks, and a great company backing it with timely updates. With the addition of the quad-core processor and an awesome, yet functional lapdock accessory, it doesn’t get much sweeter than this if you are looking for the best Android tablet experience.

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PhoneArena

It’s eventually going to come down to which platform is regarded in your eyes to be the favorable one

from PhoneArena

There’s good reason as to why many people regard these two titans as the two best tablets on the market right now. For starters, they are premium in every way, shape, and form – inside and out! Essentially, they epitomize everything that means to be cutting-edge because they share so many dro...More

There’s good reason as to why many people regard these two titans as the two best tablets on the market right now. For starters, they are premium in every way, shape, and form – inside and out! Essentially, they epitomize everything that means to be cutting-edge because they share so many drool worthy elements, such as boasting killer industrial designs, lightning fast performances, and top-notch hardware specs. Simply, we have to admit that we’re both wowed and smitten by these stunning tablets. As always, pricing comes to mind, and for the base $500 price point for each respective tablet, they undeniably offer a whole lot of bang for the buck. To tell you the truth, you can’t go wrong with either, especially when they perform similarly to one another, but the biggest difference that most people will need to tackle, is simply, which platform to stick with. Frankly, these two are in a whole league of their own, and more importantly, they’ll be the benchmark to beat going forward for all other future devices. Just like two gods going at each other in the heavens, they’re immortal and cannot be defeated – so yes, they stand equally to one another. Therefore, we have to settle for the fact that neither one can actually claim victory seeing that they share the same pedestal. As a whole, you can’t go wrong with them, but as we’re mentioned numerous times already, it’s eventually going to come down to which platform is regarded in your eyes to be the favorable one.

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Phandroid

Gaming on the Transformer Prime is like on no other device, and the same rings true for the entire multimedia experience

from Phandroid

The ASUS Transformer Prime is the best tablet on the market. Period. Quad-core processor? Check. Outstanding camera? Check. Beautiful display? Check. Android 4.0? Check. Ability to turn it into a netbook? Check. All of these things come together to create the best tablet experience I have ever ha...More

The ASUS Transformer Prime is the best tablet on the market. Period. Quad-core processor? Check. Outstanding camera? Check. Beautiful display? Check. Android 4.0? Check. Ability to turn it into a netbook? Check. All of these things come together to create the best tablet experience I have ever had with any Android tablet. While I wish the camera software wasn’t so limiting, you’ll still want to use the camera for its quality alone. Gaming on the Transformer Prime is like on no other device, and the same rings true for the entire multimedia experience.

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Coolsmartphone

Keyboard is great, Super IPS+ display is great, surprisingly good speaker

from Coolsmartphone

The Asus Transformer Prime is really an amazing device.

Yes the initial rush to pre-order was unheard of in the Android world and Asus dealt with terribly. Many suppliers are still struggling to get hold of them.

What on earth Asus were thinking announcing the Prime HD at CES I don’t know. No doubt if it does come out in the summer there will be a lot of discounted Transformer Primes floating around....

More

The Asus Transformer Prime is really an amazing device.

Yes the initial rush to pre-order was unheard of in the Android world and Asus dealt with terribly. Many suppliers are still struggling to get hold of them.

What on earth Asus were thinking announcing the Prime HD at CES I don’t know. No doubt if it does come out in the summer there will be a lot of discounted Transformer Primes floating around.

To give them their due, Asus have handled the bugs with Prime admirably. We reported the other day about the fix for reboots (I still haven’t had it) and this will be about the third update they have released. This is different to some manufacturers who release a product full of bugs and barely ever update it.

One thing that would certainly make the Prime better would be a 3g model. Asus have said they have no plans to release a 3g model. It would really make the Prime a truly mobile power house. You could do anything out and about that you wanted. I guess instead you can just tether wirelessy, which I tried and it worked flawlessly.

So if you want a great tablet to use for every possible imaginable task then this is for you. Or if you want to spend enough money to get an iPad yet you really don’t want an iPad get one of these. It really has amazing potential, the rest is really just up to you.

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GigaOM

Currently the best large Android tablet you can buy

from GigaOM

If you’re in the market for a large Android tablet, the Transformer Prime is a must-see. At this price, it clearly competes with Apple’s iPad 2, but offers 32 GB of internal storage plus the ability to expand. While the trackpad is lacking on the optional dock, it’s worth the extra cost for both the extra battery life, keyboard input and USB port if you need these features. Essentially, you end up with a netbook-style form factor that runs all day on a charge and can be used as a standalone tablet. But even on its own, the Transformer Prime is a powerhouse with an experience exceeding its peers thanks to Android 4.0 and the Tegra 3 processor. If I were in the market for a large Android tablet, this device would be atop my list....

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If you’re in the market for a large Android tablet, the Transformer Prime is a must-see. At this price, it clearly competes with Apple’s iPad 2, but offers 32 GB of internal storage plus the ability to expand. While the trackpad is lacking on the optional dock, it’s worth the extra cost for both the extra battery life, keyboard input and USB port if you need these features. Essentially, you end up with a netbook-style form factor that runs all day on a charge and can be used as a standalone tablet. But even on its own, the Transformer Prime is a powerhouse with an experience exceeding its peers thanks to Android 4.0 and the Tegra 3 processor. If I were in the market for a large Android tablet, this device would be atop my list.

 

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The Inquirer

Great screen, superb build, swift performance, excellent graphics

from The Inquirer

The Transformer Prime excels when it comes to battery life and multimedia capabilities and is hands down the best Android tablet on the market. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system does still have some niggles, but these are not detrimental to the overall experience. Our unit did n...More

The Transformer Prime excels when it comes to battery life and multimedia capabilities and is hands down the best Android tablet on the market. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system does still have some niggles, but these are not detrimental to the overall experience. Our unit did not exhibit any WiFi problems. Our verdict is that the Transformer Prime represents excellent value for money.

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V3

Great screen, superb build, swift performance, reasonable connectivity, unmatched battery life

from V3

With the majority of businesses still relying heavily on Windows applications, it would be misleading to say that the Prime can fulfill all the needs of an enterprise user. Programs like Microsoft Office are not available and we were unable to make full use of our content management system when loading in this review, and had no choice but to start using a Windows machine....

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With the majority of businesses still relying heavily on Windows applications, it would be misleading to say that the Prime can fulfill all the needs of an enterprise user. Programs like Microsoft Office are not available and we were unable to make full use of our content management system when loading in this review, and had no choice but to start using a Windows machine.

However, there is plenty on offer for tech-savvy business users who are willing to make compromises. The Prime comes preloaded with Polaris Office, so it is possible to create and edit documents on the move. The app supports traditional keyboard shortcut commands such as ctrl+c and ctrl+v, but we weren't able to get the delete function to work in this app.

Thankfully, you can also access Google Docs through the browser, a program that is increasingly being used by SMBs instead of Microsoft Word. However, we did find there were little niggles, with not all words registering and the spell-checker function not allowing us to correct misspelt words. You also need an internet connection to use Google Docs, which doesn't make it ideal for use when on the move. If you plan on creating content regularly we advise you to invest in a paid-for app such as QuickOffice.

With a price tag of £499, the Prime is very competitively priced considering the specifications on offer and the fact it is bundled with a keyboard dock. We consider it better value than the equivalent 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2, which costs £479. Although the Prime does not offer the same functionality as a Windows ultrabook or MacBook Air, these devices are almost double the price as they start at around the £850 mark.

The Prime excels when it comes to battery life and multimedia capabilities and is hands down the best Android tablet on the market. Although we would consider it primarily as a content consumption unit, the Prime will be a valuable companion on long business trips and for taking notes during meetings or events.

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PhoneArena

Super-fast quad-core processor, brilliant Super IPS+ display, stellar battery life

from PhoneArena

All we can say at this point is WOW! Unquestionably, this is the tablet to own right now if you’re in the market of buying one, and trust us, you won’t be disappointed at all. First and foremost, we have to give Asus credit in taking the opportunity in delivering such a high-caliber tablet that’s no doubt a benchmarker in almost every category. From head to toe, attention to detail is seen throughout every aspect of the tablet, thus, culminating in one refined product that easily gives the iPad 2 a run for its money....

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All we can say at this point is WOW! Unquestionably, this is the tablet to own right now if you’re in the market of buying one, and trust us, you won’t be disappointed at all. First and foremost, we have to give Asus credit in taking the opportunity in delivering such a high-caliber tablet that’s no doubt a benchmarker in almost every category. From head to toe, attention to detail is seen throughout every aspect of the tablet, thus, culminating in one refined product that easily gives the iPad 2 a run for its money.

Ushering us into the age of quad-cores, the Asus Transformer Prime screams remarkably in the processing department – making it the fastest and best performing Android tablet we’ve had the prestigious opportunity of checking out. For some time now, Android had this stigma of never achieving the fluidity and responsiveness found with iOS, but this seemingly breaks them down and shows the endless possibilities of an Ice Cream Sandwich powered device. To balance things out, we’re also impressed that battery life isn’t compromised in the least bit, as it’s able to surprise us with its above average performance.

When we think about its killer industrial design, muscle power quad-core processor, impeccable battery life, and brilliant looking Super IPS+ display, we’re all easily shocked that Asus has somehow managed to keep its cost of ownership extremely affordable. At $500, it already beats the iPad 2 in many categories – especially when it boasts 32GB of internal memory. Plus, if you’re able to shell out an additional $149.99 for its optional keyboard dock, it’s functionality is expanded even further. For the money and features that this tablet is able to present us, it’s undeniably the one to own right now, and there’s no arguing about that!

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Mobile Syrup

Button feels good, very light easy to hold in one hand

from Mobile Syrup

The Asus Transformer Prime is a well-designed and high performing Android tab running ICS. There are plenty of improvements over the first model, but the OS suffers from instability, poor third-party app selection, and some quality control issues.

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The Asus Transformer Prime is a well-designed and high performing Android tab running ICS. There are plenty of improvements over the first model, but the OS suffers from instability, poor third-party app selection, and some quality control issues.

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