Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
We’ve said a lot about the ways the keyboard dock blends into the Android ecosystem right now, and now let’s expand more on the actual interface. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with light modifications from Asus that we love. There is no heavy skinning. Instead just minimal adjustments - a brightness setting bar right into settings, a couple of clean-looking widgets and that’s about it.
Ice Cream Sandwich runs mostly smoothly, but if we had to pick nits, we’d say that we did notice a very slight hiccup, something that we don’t see on Jelly Bean. Nearly three months after its launch, the Asus Infinity tablet still hasn’t been updated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (but the update should be coming soon).
The Asus Infinity does ship with minimal bloat, but some of it we actually liked. The pre-installed file manager and SuperNote application proved quite useful.
The tablet is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 with each core clocked at 1.6 GHz. More specifically, you’re looking at T33 Tegra 3 allowing higher clock speeds and that’s where that 1.6 GHz number comes from. Along with it, Asus includes 1GB of RAM with higher than usual memory bandwidth of 6.4GB/s.
On benchmarks the tablet performed very well and despite that high pixel count, it’s possible to get smooth 30fps at 1920x1200-pixel resolution which is great news for gamers.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Asus Transformer Pad Infinity||4204||12693||39,6|
|Lenovo IdeaPad A2109||4011||10769||53,9|
|Toshiba Excite 10||4046||10675||47,7|
|Asus Transformer Pad 300||3872||9551||47,1|
Internet and Connectivity:
The device ships with the stock Android Browser, which worked great and comes with the one big bonus of supporting all sorts of keyboard shortcuts. Normally, we'd switch to Chrome right away, but Chrome for ICS still doesn't support as many shortcuts as the default Internet Browser, plus if you still want Flash support you won't get it in Chrome.
connectivity we were very happy with the excellent Wi-Fi reception of the tablet and in places where smartphones had less bars, the Infintiy had full bars. A slight disappointment is the lack of 5 GHz WiFi-N band for ultra-fast networks. GPS, Bluetooth and HDMI are also on board for easy connectivity.
1. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
No microUSB port - Why do you need this when you have a standard USB port?
No Jelly Bean yet - It's coming in some weeks as confirmed by Asus
7. MeoCao (unregistered)
I think Asus should include some productivity tools to make this great product more appealing.
And this tablet must be compared with $600 iPad as it has more memory.
14. imkyle (Posts: 1015; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
4.1.1 is already out for the Prime in the USA and possibly Canada and the TF700T is tomorrow confirmed by Asus on XDA =]
18. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I think the author meant micro usb for charging. Rather than proprietary.
2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
There..for all the people wondering when the Android tablets will finally be up to the challenge - the iPad beater is already out.
The only issue is - no one knows about it, sadly..
27. RomeoJDR (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
Well said. why did it take 2 months to get this review out? You would think most tech junkie journalist would be beyond excited to see how a tablet that matches or beats the iPad on paper actually performs in real world use. Just a few weeks ago there was a comparison of the old Prime to the iPad and you all had this available for the comparison. Have to give some credit to phone arena as most tech review sites have bipassed it alltogether. Apple makes good products but owe more of their success to the press that these sites give while keeping the hype of their chief competitors to a minimum
4. deacz (Posts: 156; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
"It played without a stutter everything we threw at it in terms of video, and music as well."
1080p doesnt work well on the prime atleast, sure mx player plays it smoothly but you cant skip around in the movie, and the playback might reset back to the begining sometimes.
Im suprised that the bad io performance of the Asus line isnt mentioned either.
Other than that, yea its a killer tablet.
11. deathgod (Posts: 122; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
I play 1080p movies all the time with DICE with smooth skipping. Give that a try
5. Nookie4u (Posts: 131; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
I'd take the Infinity over the new iPad ANY DAY!
6. hung2900 (Posts: 813; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Oh... Another excellent mark from a review about this crap tablet.
I understand how people are excited due to its fancy appearance.
Maybe only people who have to return it 3-4 times like me know why it's crap.
Or maybe you guys can go to xda for more information.
24. hung2900 (Posts: 813; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
I know people will dislike my comment.
But almost haven't bought it. Buy it and then see how suck it is.
8. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Ah yeah thats the only tablet that rivals the iPad. Great thingy.
10. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1094; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Dude it does not rival..it beats it! You're right about the great thingy though :)
19. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
- Transformer lines
- Note 10.1
- New Acer Iconia lineups
- Nexus 7
- Transformer Infinity
- Nexus 7 (possibly from a price POV)
22. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I think you're right, yeah! The Note 10.1 is pretty cool too, though. I would say the Nexus 7, but that's in a whole separate league with the 7 inch thing.
12. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
I don't understand how these companies are still releasing devices that are not on Jelly bean, it is so sad but it seems like a good tablet
20. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
because it was released before JB was out..
13. yonith (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Can I use an exfat formatted sdcard on this? I wanna load movie files >4GB which I cant do on fat32.
17. Zahrawy (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
I don’t know about exfat but I use it in NTFS format and it is alright. It seems that you use a mac laptop, Man! Once you buy one of their products you must keep buying from them all your life due to compatibility. It is like addiction.
28. LOTR12 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
I'm pretty sure, because it can support an HDD drive which is NTFS over the usb. If you format your card to NTFS you can transfer files >4GB. I agree with Zahrawy, an overpriced addiction.
25. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I cannot reside between the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Asus Infinity
Please (whisper voice) help mee...
26. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I absolutely love mine. The keyboard is really, really cool. However, if you're a big artist, go with the Note. Both tablets are really cool, but the Note has more bloat and isn't as fast.