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
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