Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
In the Android sphere, the Asus Transformer Prime is regarded by many as the best tablet, mainly because it flaunts some cutting-edge hardware and a killer industrial design. Well, if you prefer something a bit more easy on the wallet, you won’t need to look that far – that’s because the Asus Transformer Pad 300 catches our eyes with its $399.99 price point. With the $100 difference in price over its renowned sibling, we’re not getting a tablet that’s skimping out on the goods, as the Transformer Pad 300 still features a mighty quad-core processor under the hood.
For the most part, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 doesn’t deviate from previous offerings, as it continues to employ the same design principles akin to Asus’ line of tablets. Overall, it looks almost exactly like the Transformer Prime, but it utilizes a lower quality textured plastic casing (available in blue, red, and white). Although it manages to retain a very similar streamlined construction (0.39” thick), its weight has been bumped up to 635 grams. Despite its all-too conventional appearance, we’re comforted by its comfortable feel in the hand and solid construction.
Tucked in its usual spot above the display, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera is there for all our self-portrait snapshots and video chatting sessions.
left edge of the tablet, we find a handful of things such the microphone, microSD slot, and volume control. Meanwhile, the only things found on the top side are the narrow sized power button and secondary microphone. All by its lonesome self, the tablet’s 3.5mm headset jack is found on the right side of the tablet. Lastly, the proprietary charging power and dock connection slots are lining the bottom portion.
Power button and secondary microphone (top)
3.5mm jack (right)
Proprietary charging power and dock connection slots (bottom)
Microphone, HDMI port, and volume key (left)
The sides of the Asus Transformer Pad 300
After being mesmerized by the stunning displays found with the new iPad (3) and Asus Transformer Prime, we find ourselves just being content with the one on the Transformer Pad 300. Specifically, it features a 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS display, which is actually the same one used by the original Eee Pad Transformer. By today’s standards, its resolution is common amongst 10-inch sized tablets – thus, allowing us to make out fine text with little issues. Moreover, since it’s an IPS panel that we’re talking about, it exhibits all the pleasing qualities we expect to find, like having good viewing angles, a high-contrast appearance, and neutral looking colors.
Interface, Functionality, Internet and Connectivity
1. PackMan posted on 30 Apr 2012, 05:52 4 0
What about the front facing camera? I don't care about rear end camera on a tablet.
5. Joshing4fun posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:11 2 0
Agreed. Nobody carries their tablet around to take pics.
6. neutralguy posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:16 1 4
Oh god. Please read carefully, there's a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video chat. -.-
8. nnaatthhaannx2 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:28 3 0
He's talking about the quality and pic samlples.
Not the fact that it is 1.3MP, that doesn't tell you much of anything.
16. PackMan posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:53 0 1
Usually these front facing cameras are horrible. Grainy, low quality, washed out colors etc etc. However, i have never seen a tablet review comparing front cameras.
25. c.hack posted on 06 May 2012, 03:18 0 0
Wrong. Its a great way to take a pic and immediately post to ebay or craigslist.
Its also a great way to record your team play if you're a coach and provide feedback. Same goes for lots of other activities that benefit from feedback.
However, you do need a decent camera, which Asus lacks.
10. deacz posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:32 4 3
I would rather have this one than my Prime, the prime has s**tty wifi because of the "Quality metal finnish"
Plastic's ftw DO YOU HEAR ME PHONE ARENA?
15. sorcio46 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:51 0 0
LOL man i have a Prime too, but without problems in the Wi-Fi signal, is only a bit worst than my smartphone.
27. sgtdisturbed47 posted on 07 May 2012, 18:50 0 0
I doubt I would ever use the camera on a tablet. If I want to take a picture using both hands, I have my Nikon DSLR for that.
I think hardware companies toss in a camera as a fluff feature, and not as a piece of serious hardware.
As for front-facing, most are lackluster. You can only do so much with 1.3 MP. Not much of an image there to process.
2. nyamo posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:05 0 0
i want to know more about the browser. did they just use the stock one? what about a 3rd party like chrome beta
9. nnaatthhaannx2 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:28 2 0
When PA tests, they use the stock android browser.
18. gp284 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 08:54 1 0
i think he means that would the same problem still be there if they used a third party browser.
20. nnaatthhaannx2 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 15:59 0 0
I own both an Android phone and tablet, and I find that not many of the 3rd party browsers preform darastically better than the stock one.
I think that only Opera Mobile provides an experience that is much better than the stock. They others are better (or worse) in some ways, but I find it is just easiest to use the stock browser for most tasks.
3. x7black7x posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:07 2 0
its a great tab and i expect something like that only when i hear the name of the company asus
asus = android tablets
samsung = android phones
apple = iphones ( obviously )
nokia = windows phone
4. RORYREVOLUTION posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:08 1 0
The web browser experience is an on going issue with many ICS quad core devices. The One X also suffers the same issue as well.
7. neutralguy posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:23 0 0
when will asus produce a 7" tablet with powerful hardwares. I want to buy an asus tablet due to quality and speed and also a 7" display. I don't want a too big display, 7" is enough for me. But I'm stuck with samsung galaxy tab 2 7".
11. TrainFromUkraine posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:02 0 0
I would really like to see wi-fi and GPS tested and compared to Transformer Prime
14. sorcio46 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:49 0 0
Me too, about the GPS is not necessary, in most Prime units it simply doesn't work.
12. kshell1 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:03 3 0
Why does phone arena always downgrade a tab for the rear facing camera? It makes no sense to me unless phonearena loves to "stand out" by taking pics with a tab while looking like a douche
26. c.hack posted on 06 May 2012, 03:23 3 1
Lots of people are using 5 1/2 inch Samsung Notes for phones without even realizing they look like tools.
And I've seen a handful of people using tablets to take pics and videos. If they have a decent camera it actually makes sense because you can view and edit right on the tablet. If only they would put a decent camera into an android tablet.
13. sorcio46 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:48 1 1
About this cons: "Inconsistent web browsing performance"
HOW is it possible with the same CPU and OS of the TF201 (Prime)?
and this "Terrible low lighting performance with its camera"
Who takes photos with low light with its tablet, what about talking about the front facing camera? I think that you don't talk about it because the new iPad has the worstest camera in the world of tablet !!!
Same again, good review, biased voting procedure !!!
17. Evil_SaNz posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:58 2 1
So basically a device that doesn't have a file explorer no flash no DLNA no USB support no desktop User Agent, 9/10.
A device that sacrifies the most useless thing ever made on a tablet in order to cost reasonably less, 7.5/10. P.S: Sluggish web performance? Ever heard of Opera? Or just for the 9/10 tablet we take in consideration third party apps?
Please introduce us some people that make photos with a tablet beside some funny japanese tourists. The only purpose for the rear camera would be augmented reality, but noone made a decent game with that technology.
19. jechrin posted on 30 Apr 2012, 10:30 0 0
He does sound like a Japanese tourist doesn't he?
21. gp284 posted on 01 May 2012, 09:00 0 0
does anybody know if there is going to be a new TF pad around may-june? Perhaps one that looks like the TF201(i think) but that works correctly? that i would buy.
23. imkyle posted on 01 May 2012, 23:19 0 0
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. It will be available in May-June.
22. imkyle posted on 01 May 2012, 19:55 0 0
You get a Quad Core Tablet with an IPS screen for under $400.... The hell with the back camera performance.
24. Sangeet posted on 03 May 2012, 06:51 0 0
he is rating a tablet less just because it doesnt have a good camera, i mean what kind of review is that who uses the camera in a tablet, and also i didnt find the browser to be slow anytime, it performs smoothly as could be seen in the video and man you are getting it for 399 dollars and what do you want at that price, really it is a dead good deal
28. animeware posted on 14 May 2012, 18:26 0 0
I'm one of them C.Hack who uses the Note :) I'm loving every bit of it and so far so good in my book :)
29. youzor posted on 20 May 2012, 13:10 0 1
I always tell my friends that ASUS tablets are good but they're still unfinished products. A mobile phone of £100 has both wifi & 3G, and dont know why Asus are not capable of including both wifi & 3G in their tablets?!
Apple iPad still remains the best tablet.