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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T

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Interface and Functionality:

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 Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review

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.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
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Virtual keyboard



Processor:

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.

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YouTube - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review

Web browsing

YouTube

 

In terms of 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.

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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi) Super IPS+ LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 3, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size10.35 x 7.12 x 0.33 inches
(263 x 180.8 x 8.5 mm)
21.09 oz  (598 g)

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