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Asus Transformer Prime Review

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Jan 2012, 05:52

Perhaps, it’s the allure of being the very first to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, or maybe that it’s one of the few devices to offer the most up-to-date Android experience in Ice Cream Sandwich, whatever it is, the Asus Transformer Prime is here to tantalize us with its all-encompassing magnificence...

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posted on 11 Feb 2012, 21:11

41. mikenco (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

i have been using chrome beta for the past week and it is absolutely the best. fast, bug free and just a great product

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 13:14

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i'm liking my sister's here but the secret to it's svelte form is in it's tapered edges and being that it's so wide, there's so much bezel on this thing and it's kind of slippery so you'll probably want to get a case for it but it feels like a very sturdy and well built piece of equipment. i LOVE web browsing on this thing. it's a match for my Quad-Core Laptop. streaming Flash in 720p-1080p (on a 20+mbps connection) is no sweat. i actually like the ASUS Keyboard but the Swyping feature is kind of annoying. i have apparently gotten the misfortune of being plagued slightly with the talked about connection issues. it's not take it back bad but it won't be living up to any of my Motorola devices anytime soon. the Prime is a nice Tablet but if i were to get one of my very own i'd get a Xyboard 8.2 because i want something to just grab and go on a whim, if i wanted to bring a bigger piece of equipment for my needs i'd bring my immensely powerful Laptop and the Xyboard also has a better display i think and the build quality is more durable unlike the Prime which has fine build quality but it's probably something you'd want to protect like a newborn and the Xyboard is Motorola so you're going to have the most reliable radios.

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 14:01

21. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

Great review. This is easily the best tablet on the market right now. It will be interesting to see the iPad 3 and the Galaxy Tab 2 compete against it. This tablet really has no bad points though, I mean even though the camera is bad when I tested it out, it's still better than any other tablet camera on the market. Which isn't saying much granted, but I'm not expecting cameras on tablets to be as good as cellphones this year. Maybe next year.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 04:12

28. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

but WHY is a camera even important??
i would feel like an idiot walking around taking photos with a tablet!
especially when i have my phone in my pocket!
you wouldn't?
geesh, i can't help the WTF feeling every time someone goes into lengths of describing a tablet back camera - it's really pointless.
and it's the crappy part of this review.

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 14:19 1

22. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I was half-expecting a 9.5, then I remembered it didn't have a tree-originating-fruit
Great review though. Curse this thing; I just got rid of my tablet before Christmas and intended to replace it with a notebook or ultrabook, but darn it this is nice.....

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 03:58

26. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Waiting for a w8 transformer

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 05:34

29. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

asus transformer prime playing skyrim

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 05:46

30. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)

Is transofermers super IPS+ better than LG's AH-IPS ? i dont think sooo :)))

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 21:35

44. mikenco (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

once you get out of high school and start college you might find it to be a very useful tool. especially the voice to text option that works great and you don't have to worry about spelling for your notes. a nice little extra besides being able to access and read your texts on the asus rather than tote around 50lbs of books that cost a fortune.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 12:09

31. imkyle (Posts: 1087; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Who's ready to see what Samsung has to offer us at MWC this year? I think a quad core processor may be out of the picture.. I'm guessing a beefed up dual core.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:59 1

34. CJtimes (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)

There's 2 different discussions going on here:

1. Can tablets replace netbooks/laptops?


2. Is the Prime a good tablet/worth the money?

TBH I'm going to leave no.1 out as I think that's a personal decision for each person depending on their needs. As for no.2 I can tell you from my opinion the Prime is without doubt an amazing tablet and well worth the money.

It is so far ahead of any other Android tablet out there it's almost a no brainer what to choose. I'd say that all the attention the Prime is getting is becasue of that - it's the best. If you want a to pick a bone with tablets, there's plenty wrong with the galaxy tab! (used to own one).

My Prime has performed perfectly for the week I've owned it now. Fast, responsive and easily matches the iPad (it's a much newer piece of kit).

IMO money well spent and very happy. If ASUS keep this development up they will be leading the tablet game very soon.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 14:01

37. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

I totally agree with your opinion. The TF Prime currently stands alone at the top of the android tablet hill. But it is hard to describe weather or not it is worth the $500 or more. For very casual gaming, emailing, web browsing, battery life, movie watching and portability, the TF Prime is a perfect choice if that all you need it for. If you travel often, I could see it as a perfect travel companion for all of your entertainment needs. But once your off the plane and have real work to do, you may want to make sure you have your laptop handy. In terms of pure productivity, the TF Prime comes up well short, all Android tablets do. Without the keyboard dock, I would only recommend it for casual entertainment purposes. Even with the keyboard dock, the TF Prime will fall short of it X86 based brethren.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 21:42

45. mikenco (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

can tablets at this point replace notebooks or desktops for that matter and the answer is not yet but close. about the only thing i can't do with the tablet is work with my autocad software. but at the rate things are changing i would not be surprised at all to see a manufacturer in the next couple of years come out with some amazing hardware/software that i do believe will eventually be able to go neck and neck with laptops, etc. that said as much as i love my tprime i still am holding onto my other pc's and apple macbook pro.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 19:47

35. nwright94 (unregistered)

I really want one of these.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 21:25

38. robocopvn (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

Oh My F**** GOD !!!

This monster run amazing smoothly with Android OS + many Widgets, running apps, live wallpapers etc...

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 21:55

46. mikenco (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

i've posted several replies here, and by the way excellent review but i think the one thing that says the most about just how good the tf201 is, is how hard it is to actually find one for sale. there are several places still taking pre-orders even now but they have none in stock. b.buy has sold out all, the last batch they received the end of january sold out in most locations before the sun had set. a few stores in the n.e. and ca. had literally a couple for a few more days but those were far and few between and none were left anywhere in the u.s. at weeks end. even now go to their site and look, all you will see is sold out, check stores, none available. that is a testament to just how impressive this product is and how much of an evolutionary leap it is from all tablets that have come before. the future for tablets based on this as well as others coming out in the near future certainly bodes well for what lies ahead. apple may not like competition but to be honest that is what drives innovation in the marketplace and we the consumers will all come out as winners in this race to be the best.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 02:23

47. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

the tablet is perfect. I want one.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 12:27

48. maen555 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)

ipad 2 is dead no ipad 3 is dead :D

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 09:24

49. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

Of course I don't say that asus transformer prime is a ipad 2 kiler. but samsung galaxy tab 11.6 will be a ipad 2 kiler.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 09:25

50. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

sorry guys i wamted to say ipad 3

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:10

51. bdevnsh (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

i didnot find the comments on whether printing can be done with this tab or not? anyone please..?

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