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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

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Interface and Functionality:

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer runs very well thanks to its 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM, though there are some instances of slowdown and lag with heavy multi-tasking.

Since it packs on a near stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience, it doesn’t deviate much from what we’ve seen already in other tablets when it comes down to personalization. Asus packages along some additional widgets that supplement the existing set available with the platform – these include Asus Email, Asus Time and Asus Weather. For a detailed and comprehensive look at Honeycomb’s rich set of stock features, you can read more about it in our in-depth Honeycomb walkthrough article.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer packs on a near stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer packs on a near stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer packs on a near stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer packs on a near stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review

Naturally, you’ll find all the useful set of Google apps on board like Google Latitude, Google Maps and YouTube, while there are some additional ones preloaded as well, such as Polaris Office Suite, File Exporer, MyNet DLNA, MyCloud (a year of unlimited Dropbox-esque service), Book Reader for ebooks and Press Reader to bring newspapers from around the world onto your tab. Putting things into perspective, while the Acer Iconia comes loaded with games, to reiterate the productivity focused angle ASUS are taking, their Transformer packs none, only productivity tools. Naturally, we would have preferred to see both.

Google apps - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
Google apps - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
Google apps - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
Google apps - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review

Google apps

Book Reader - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
MyNet DLNA - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
MyCloud - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review

Book Reader

 

MyNet DLNA

MyCloud



Organizer and Messaging:

Being a largely stock Honeycomb tablet, there is nothing different hardwired into the Asus Eee Pad Transformer’s Calculator, Calendar, and Contacts apps though thanks to the keyboard, everything can be accessed by just typing which is a time saver. As can be expected from any Android device, information is synced across your Google account, like your calendar and address book, with Honeycomb adding a visual flare and usability optimized to take advantage of the tablet form factor.

Calculator - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
Calendar - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review

Calculator

Calendar


When it comes to inputting text, when the keyboard dock isn't connected, you have an Asus virtual keyboard with SliteIT / Swype technology in place. This works well for standard typing, differing very little from the stock Honeycomb keyboard, however isn't as intelligent as SlideIT or Swype, and can't feasibly be used in the same sliding way. There is also the standard Honeycomb keyboard as well as a Voice to Text option. While these are usable and there are a host of other tablet optimized keyboards out there such as Thumb Board which offer even more bespoke usability, the real treat comes in the form of the keyboard attachment, offering blistering typing speeds compared to any virtual keyboard on offer.

With an abundant amount of screen real estate, the Gmail experience is a pleasure to use, with threaded view, the ability to label items and a two-panel layout that presents emails in their full fidelity. Alternatively, setting up other email accounts is a breeze, requiring an email address and password for automatic setup. However, if it’s not one of the popular email services out there, you’ll need additional information to get things set up.

Email on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review
Email on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review


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Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

OS: Android 4.0 3.2 3.0
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size10.67 x 6.73 x 0.51 inches
(271 x 171 x 12.98 mm)
23.99 oz  (680 g)

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