Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
battery life on the Transformer Pad Infinity, depending on whether or not we’re talking about the tablet alone or with a dock. The tablet comes with a 25 WHr battery that is pretty capable and lasts around 8 hours on average. If you add the 19.5 WHr battery of the dock that number almost doubles. The biggest hit for battery comes in 3D gaming, where the tablet alone would last you for around 4 hours.
It’s also interesting to note that Asus is including a battery management application and has baked in settings to control brightness and the performance mode right into the settings popup available in the home screen. When docked the device discharges very logically. First drains the dock’s battery and only then the one on the tablet, for obvious practical reasons.
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T costs $500 and at that price faces direct competition from the new iPad, so - despite the fact that one runs on Android and the other on iOS - comparisons are inevitable. They both feature brilliant screens, but they are brilliant in a different way. The Asus Infinity has the brighter, better suited for outdoor use one, while the iPad claims an advantage in the sheer level of detail and image quality.
We’d call it a draw in terms of screens, but what about the app advantage? Android is far from having the whopping 250,000 tablet-optimized apps that the iPad has and it will take some time for it to catch up. When it comes to memory, though, at $499 the Transformer Pad Infinity offers double the memory than the iPad with 32GB on board. $599 will buy you a 64GB Transformer Pad Infinity.
Enough with the comparisons, though. If you are looking to replace your notebook with the Transformer Pad Infinity with keyboard dock, it might be a bit too early. Asus has done a good work on the dock, but it’s Android that is slightly lagging behind to fully support it and developers are probably also to blame. We miss more and better working gestures and shortcuts.
But if you don't have such huge ambitions, you won't be disappointed. Nothing changes the fact that the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a great tablet on its own. Moreover, it’s the best Android tablet we’ve ever tried. It has a great design, amazingly bright screen and adequate performance and battery life. We can whole-heartedly recommend it as a standalone tablet.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review:
- Excellent, bright super high-res display
- Gorgeous sturdy design and build
- Superb battery life
- Android and apps are not yet fully optimized to work with the keyboard dock
- No microUSB port
- No Jelly Bean yet
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: 1023; 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: 242; 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: 157; 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: 821; 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: 821; 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: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Dude it does not rival..it beats it! You're right about the great thingy though :)
19. bayusuputra (Posts: 943; 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: 943; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
because it was released before JB was out..
13. yonith (Posts: 41; 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.