Asus Transformer Prime ReviewAsus Transformer Prime 9
Turning our attention to its camera interface, it manages to get a slight makeover – though, it combines some elements found with the ICS camera interface for smartphones and the previous Honeycomb one. Sporting a very clean looking interface with very little obscuring the viewfinder, most of the buttons are found on the right edge. We actually like it since our thumb has quick access to a variety of functions while it readies to snap photos – like setting the white balance, exposure, scene modes, and other options. It’s not quite in-depth with its manual settings, but there’s enough to entice most people. Lastly, it takes approximately 2 seconds to snap an image, which is indeed fast, but it’s clearly not as swift as the Galaxy Nexus.
Taking into account the kind of camera it’s packing on, there’s naturally some high expectations attached to it, since it carries something that’s beefier than other tablets. As a whole, its quality is good enough to accept for the majority, but not great to put in in good light with the quality exhibited by some smartphones. Details are average looking, but for some odd reason, outdoor shots and indoors under florescent lighting tend to have a cooler looking color production – thus, casting a distinctive bluish/greenish hue to our photos. However, we’re sorely disappointed that its quality tanks in extremely low lighting situations. Plainly, it’s diminished by its poor details, pervasive digital noise, and inability to handle dynamic range. However, its LED flash is able counteract some of the devastating results, though, we still find its color production to be rather inaccurate.
Asus Transformer Prime Sample Video - daytime:
Asus Transformer Prime Sample Video - night:
Not surprisingly, there’s no difference found with the stock ICS music player for tablets on the Asus Transformer Prime. In fact, it’s the same exact one we’re familiar with! Well, at least it’s still an attractive looking one thanks to the 3D-carousel we’re presented with when browsing through albums. Even though it packs a single speaker, it produces a good amount of intensity with its output – with no evidence of crackling during our usage. Additionally, there are various equalizer settings, even manual ones too, that fine-tunes the quality for each specific genre of music.
Do you need a traveling companion that’s worthy enough to play that 2-hour movie on the road? Well, the Asus Transformer Prime is easily the number one candidate with its gorgeous looking display and indomitable quad-core processor. With our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, it’s simply a joy to watch thanks to its smooth playback, realistic colors, and sharp details.
Sharing content is easily accomplished on the tablet due to the microHDMI port it tacks on, thus, enabling us to get a mirrored experience on a big screen TV. Once connected, not only can we kick back and surf the web on a high-def TV, but we can also relish in some 3D intensive games since its performance is top-notch.
Interestingly, the tablet isn’t bogged down out of the box by bloatware, and in fact, preloaded third part apps are kept to a minimum. Specifically, it’s preloaded with apps like Amazon Kindle, Glowball, Netflix, Polaris Office, Press Reader, TegraZone Games, and Zinio. Of course, we find Google’s typical set of apps on board as well – such as Google Maps, Google Latitude, Google Talk, and YouTube. Looking at them individually, there’s no difference from what we’ve seen on other tablets. Lastly, the MyCloud app is a cloud storage service from Asus that allots registered users 8GB of storage.
1. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
fantastic review. Looking forward to seeing if the ipad 3 can match it
6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
i'm not much of a biased person, but following the success of the ipad 2, people will buy the ipad 3 even if it has the same specs as this tablet and it will definetely run smoother on iOS.
Apple will surely advertise it's camera, quad core, display and design.
I'm not saying the Prime is fail though, I LOVE IT. It is just a signal that Android is just warming up and the Soldiers of the android army is ready to fight.
(Hoping for Nexus Tablet just to fight the iPad 3 off lol)
10. SleepingOz (unregistered)
ipod touch 9" 3gen will never be able to match this!
16. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
Its the first gen quad core device out there, i just cant see Apple with its closed ecosystem lasting much longer in the world where customisation is such a huge deal.
Lets see how that Pad 3 looks like, maybe nicer rez screen as oppose to the previous s**tty ones.
23. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
I actually like apples ecosystem to android.
I also love this tablet
32. cheetah2k (limited) (Posts: 1586; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Why no 3G Asus?? Surely Phonearena, this has to be a con??
39. mikenco (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
the 3g enabled tf202 was reported for sale in asia by members of one of the android t.prime forums. it was discussed during the ces show by asus but for some reason has taken them longer to release than the base wifi only unit.
2. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
I've preordered it @ Amazon italy a week ago and honestly with my old transformer i did't used the GPS or navigation.
Can I ask why "So-so video recording & photo quality" !?! Is the BEST camera that a tablet can offer NOW !
3. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
THAT'S what I'm talking about.. :-)
Now waiting the 700 series with ICS.
That review will be epic!!
Google tablets are the next biggest thing, just wait and see
19. neptune.joel (Posts: 23; Member since: 12 Jan 2011)
im not sure but Windows 8 may be playing there too.
5. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Phonearena; Thanks for being honest... I would have gave it a 9.5...
Ipad: Lookout, Android is coming for you...!!!!!
8. Maeve (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
I have one and I love it. Simply brilliant. I have used other pads before and this is just better all round. Everyone i've shown it to has been really impressed as well, and I've got some hard to please friends! For anyone who wants Android, this is the one.
11. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1039; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Are you able to write documents like term papers.....and if you have the keyboard dock, are you able to print from the tablet to the printer??
17. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
It'll suffice for most things, but it's very cramped....like what you find on some 10-inch netbooks. It's tedious to say the least, but usable.
40. Birds (Posts: 1162; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Hey, It thought this device was "0.31" inches thick?
33. brainsturridge (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
yeh have to say that i agree. I have had a motorolla xoom and a galaxy tab and ended up selling them on. the prime has been the first tablet device that i want to keep
9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1039; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Ive been waiting for a device to replace my 4yr old computer and its looking like the Prime is on the top of my list. I like the functionality and how smooth the tablet is. With the addition of the keyboard dock, not only can i use it as a laptop for school, i can also keep the amt of apps i currently have thru android and amazon
Unlike the HTC Jetstream and Motorola Xoom, the Transformer Prime is reasonably priced, even with the keyboard. im looking to buy both the tablet and keyboard dock in the near future!!
15. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
I am going to be perfectly honest with you. I would not recommend the Prime for what you need it for. I just sold mine a few days ago. The Prime is great for what it is, an expensive novelty, but I cant see being that productive on it. Check out my full review and thoughts on Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/review/R
I had the original Transformer and the Prime, I just don't think that Android tablet are where I want them to be yet.
24. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
Well i need to see this in action before I pass judgement. I really think this is the equivalent of the Samsung Galaxy s2
25. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I agree with ryan and that's where i still can't seem to quite understand the buzz about tablets.
So this is where i hope W8 tablets will come in and give me a tablet that can actually work as a portable computer. I mean this has the power to do so but works no better than you're phone with a bigger screen.
43. mikenco (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
at first i too didn't get the hype on tablets but w/the docking station and newer apps i literally can do virtually everything my laptop can do. the first batch that went out had bugs and an older os, even at that most owners had mostly praise for the tprime. now that the bugs are history and the number of apps is growing daily, if you had one you would understand why it now has such a devoted following and why you can't find them anywhere in stock. those who harp on the initial bugs forget apple too had issues with its initial releases, just part of the process. lastly with an app i downloaded yesterday i am now able to easily network and access files on both my pc's at home as well as the one at work.
12. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
oh and btw, PA, you used the picture of the eee slate in size comparison to the prime when it said eee pad.
13. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)
I bought one and returned it. The wi-fi and gps do not work correctly. I thought the pictures were excellent and the tablet was good. Not many of my apps worked on it. Asus. Knows there are problems with this. I returned it and am waiting on some big more reliable to come out. If not for wi fi and gps issues this could have been a very good tablet. So I feel this review is more of a promo than the truth. Read people who bought one's reviews.
18. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I didn't experience any Wi-Fi issues with my model, though, I clarify in the review that GPS signal strength is weak, but doesn't hamper using things like Google Maps.
42. mikenco (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
since the most recent update i have all bars and good reception is now great. i tested it yesterday after the last update, took it outside approx. 40' from my modem and still had a good enough connection to download and read my mail. i don't care about gps as i have it in my vehicles as well as a dedicated unit for hiking so i cannot tell you anything in regards to that.
14. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Good review. But I think you give the ICS browser too much praise. I thought it was better than the honeycomb version, but it was still buggy as hell. I found mine would load basic pages just fine, but anything complicated or demanding websites and it would start to piss me off. I had my Prime for about a month, but I had to sell it. I felt a new laptop would better accomplish what I wanted to do with the Prime.
36. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Yes. I used the Dolphin browser when the stock browser started messing up. It fixed the issues I was having with the stock browser, but I was still disappointed with the speed of internet browsing.