Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
So what can we say about the experience? For starters, it’s actually the same one we already saw with the Transformer Prime, since it’s running a stock Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich experience out of the box. Knowing that, we’re treated with all of the wonderful features associated with the most up-to-date version of the platform – like access to the camera right from the lock screen. As much as some people will love the experience, especially with its wealth of personalization, it’s just beginning to be a bit boring as it lacks that fresh aspect.
The Asus Transformer Pad 300 is running a stock Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich experience out of the box
Spacious by nature thanks to the 10.1-inches of real estate that we have to work with, there’s not much of a problem when it comes to typing messages with its on-screen keyboards – mainly because they’re responsive. Between the Asus and stock one, we actually prefer using the latter, since the Asus one feels more cramped, though, it employs some familiar Swype-like features.
There’s nothing out of the ordinary with the email experience on the Asus Transformer Pad 300, as we find that practical two-panel layout with both the Email and Gmail apps. Setup, as always is a painless process, since it only requires our email address and password.
Preloaded third-party apps are kept to a minimum with the tablet, as we only find apps like Amazon Kindle, Glowball, Polaris Office, and Zinio. For those cautious about what’s saved onto the tablet, you’ll be glad to know that 8GB of free cloud storage is available with the MyCloud app.
Processor and Memory:
Emphasizing the fact that it doesn’t skimp out with the muscle power, despite being priced $100 less than the indomitable Transformer Prime, there’s a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM found stuffed inside of the Transformer Pad 300. As we’ve come to expect and actually witness, it enables the tablet to move almost flawlessly with most operations, as it seems untested with processor intensive tasks. Putting it through the paces, it’s still able to maintain an instantaneous performance while navigating across the homescreen with a live wallpaper. For those of you that aren’t sold just yet, the benchmark results paint a story of why it’s still a speed demon on its own.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Asus Trasnsformer Pad 300||3872||9551||47,1|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1||2341||5167||20,6|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)||2750||5144||30,2|
In an era where 1080p video recordings can eat up storage quickly, we’re humble to find that the Asus Transformer Pad 300 is packing 32GB of internal storage – albeit, it’s technically 27.51GB out of the box. Nonetheless, it can be supplemented thanks to its microSD card slot.
Internet and Connectivity:
Knowing that it’s packing a powerful quad-core processor under the hood, we’re puzzled to find the web browsing performance to be less than stellar. Actually, we’re most annoyed by its randomized delayed response, as it seemingly comes and goes whenever it pleases. When it works find, we’re greeted with fluid navigational controls – even when Adobe Flash content is present. Conversely, when those bouts of delays chime in unexpectedly, we’re simply soured by the experience.
Being a Wi-Fi only model, it maintains a solid connection to a hotspot that’s located 30 feet away in another room. Thankfully, we didn’t experience any fluctuation or disconnects during our testing. In addition to Wi-Fi, it offers other connectivity features like aGPS and Bluetooth 3.0.
1. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
What about the front facing camera? I don't care about rear end camera on a tablet.
5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Agreed. Nobody carries their tablet around to take pics.
6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Oh god. Please read carefully, there's a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video chat. -.-
8. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 817; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
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 (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
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 (Posts: 477; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
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 (Posts: 142; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
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 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
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 (Posts: 94; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
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 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
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 (Posts: 817; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
When PA tests, they use the stock android browser.
18. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
i think he means that would the same problem still be there if they used a third party browser.
20. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 817; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
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 (Posts: 116; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
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 (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
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 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
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 (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
I would really like to see wi-fi and GPS tested and compared to Transformer Prime
14. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Me too, about the GPS is not necessary, in most Prime units it simply doesn't work.
12. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
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 (Posts: 477; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
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 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
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 (Posts: 253; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
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 (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)
He does sound like a Japanese tourist doesn't he?
21. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
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 (Posts: 911; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. It will be available in May-June.
22. imkyle (Posts: 911; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
You get a Quad Core Tablet with an IPS screen for under $400.... The hell with the back camera performance.
24. Sangeet (Posts: 222; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
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 (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 May 2012)
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 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 May 2012)
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.