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Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review

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With its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 takes some pleasant macro and outdoor scenery shots that look good from a quick glance. However, its details are a bit too soft to allow us to crop or blow them up for printouts. Unfortunately, low lighting performance stutters tremendously, as we’re repulsed by its grainy appearance, heavy instances of noise, and bland colors. Naturally, it doesn’t help when it lacks a flash to counteract its deficiencies.

Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Camera interface - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review

Camera interface


Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review

Samples made with the Asus Transformer Pad 300


Strong - Indoor samples - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review

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Indoor samples


Nothing gets better in the 1080p video recording front, since it produces the same results as its still shot quality. Meaning, details appear to be muddy at times, but overall, it’s decent to use for situations when lighting is optimal. Oppositely, we can’t recommend using it for low lighting scenarios because the results are pretty horrendous with its prevalent artifacting, pixilated looks, and noise.

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Multimedia:

Much like all other stock ICS tablets, we’re presented with that characteristic music player that’s been a staple with the platform since Honeycomb. Frankly, we’re still appeased by the nifty looking 3D carousel that it has to offer, even despite being a standard thing. As for the audio quality, it’s undoubtedly deafening at the loudest setting with a hint of strain, but brining it down a couple notches, combined with the correct equalizer settings, produces some pleasant tones.

The music player of the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
The music player of the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
The music player of the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
The music player of the Asus Transformer Pad 300 - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review

The music player of the Asus Transformer Pad 300


Hardly a surprise, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 handles high definition videos with no fluff whatsoever. In fact, it’s able to maintain a steady rate of playback with our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080. It might not be as charming looking versus other top-shelf offerings, but heck, we’re content by it nonetheless.

Video playback - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Video playback - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review
Video playback - Asus Transformer Pad 300 Review

Video playback


Luckily, there’s a microHDMI port on the tablet that allows us to quickly and easily share multimedia content – while also enabling us to get a mirrored experience on a high-def television.

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posted on 30 Apr 2012, 05:52 4

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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:11 2

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Agreed. Nobody carries their tablet around to take pics.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:16 1

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. -.-

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:28 3

8. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:53

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.

posted on 06 May 2012, 03:18

25. c.hack (Posts: 491; 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:32 4

10. deacz (Posts: 148; 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?

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:51

15. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; 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.

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:50

27. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 164; 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:05

2. nyamo (Posts: 274; 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

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:28 2

9. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


When PA tests, they use the stock android browser.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 08:54 1

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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 15:59

20. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:07 2

3. x7black7x (Posts: 118; 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

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:08 1

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:23

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".

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:02

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

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:49

14. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Me too, about the GPS is not necessary, in most Prime units it simply doesn't work.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:03 3

12. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; 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

posted on 06 May 2012, 03:23 3

26. c.hack (Posts: 491; 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:48 1

13. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; 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 !!!

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:58 2

17. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 10:30

19. jechrin (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


He does sound like a Japanese tourist doesn't he?

posted on 01 May 2012, 09:00

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.

posted on 01 May 2012, 23:19

23. imkyle (Posts: 970; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. It will be available in May-June.

posted on 01 May 2012, 19:55

22. imkyle (Posts: 970; 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.

posted on 03 May 2012, 06:51

24. Sangeet (Posts: 232; 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

posted on 14 May 2012, 18:26

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 :)

posted on 20 May 2012, 13:10

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.

posted on 21 May 2012, 02:41

30. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Nexus Tablet, Anyone?

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Asus Transformer Pad 300

Asus Transformer Pad 300

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1.1 4.0.3
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size10.35 x 7.12 x 0.39 inches
(263 x 180.8 x 9.9 mm)
22.40 oz  (635 g)

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