Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Released May, 2011
  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.0
The 1.2-megapixel front camera takes decent shots as well, for what it is: it's brighter than many other tablets, but it's still nothing special.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
8.2 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Performance

Processing power and speed

Eee Pad Transformer
9.1
iPad 4
10.0
iPad Air
8.8
Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Eee Pad Transformer
n.d.
iPad 4
n.d.
iPad Air
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Eee Pad Transformer
6.8
iPad 4
7.2
iPad Air
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Eee Pad Transformer
8.8
iPad 4
9.5
iPad Air
9.3
Reviews from theverge.com and trustedreviews.com

8.2

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Eee Pad Transformer
8.2
iPad 4
8.9
iPad Air
8.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Eee Pad Transformer
314
iPad 4
1,768

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Eee Pad Transformer
1,888 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer


8.0
For $550, you get a tablet / netbook that lasts close to 14 hours on a single charge and provides a pretty great typing experience.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Operating System

Embracing the two-halves approach of Windows 8 - one hald just like Windows 7, the other more like Windows Phone 7 - the Asus Transformer Book will function perfectly well as both a laptop and a tablet, partly thanks to its neat detachable keyboard.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
A lot of Android tablets have come along since the Transformer Prime, but none have unseated it as the best of the bunch.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
The “world's first convertible Ulrabook”, the Asus Transformer Book is arguably a natural progression from the Android-based Transformer tablets of old.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)

Operating system

My hunch is that Windows 8 is going to be a better operating system for this kind of convertible device than Android is, but it's still a great option to have for an Android tablet.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
Still, I have to say I am surprised at how well the OS paired with a mouse.
by The Verge (May, 2011)
As always, I do wish the left Shift key was full-sized, but it’s nice to see that ASUS made some other adjustments to correspond with the OS.
by The Verge (May, 2011)

Screen

The Transformer Pad has a much more average display: it's reasonably bright, with super-wide viewing angles and accurate colors, but it's no more readable outside than any other tablet.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
The quality of the 10.1-inch, 1280×800-resolution Gorilla Glass display is just downright impressive, especially for the price.
by The Verge (May, 2011)
The speaker grills, which flank the screen, aren’t the loudest we’ve heard on a tablet, but at full blast, they were loud enough to bother a lovely couple sitting next to me at a coffee shop.
by The Verge (May, 2011)

Apps

The Music section didn’t have a ton of selection, but it did have an Usher station, which should make a certain This is My Next editor very happy.
by The Verge (May, 2011)
That said, my opinion of Honeycomb remains the same — it’s incredibly far behind in terms of app selection (even though there are a few Twitter apps out now)!
by The Verge (May, 2011)
It plays games incredibly smoothly, and was more responsive to touches and swipes in Temple Run than some of the other tablets I've tested.
by The Verge (May, 2012)

Battery

On it’s own, it’s a head-turning slab with a stunning IPS display that lasts over eight hours on a charge.
by The Verge (May, 2011)
Just make sure you have time to charge the dock and tablet up — you can charge them both together via the port on the dock, but it takes close to four hours to top ‘em off.
by The Verge (May, 2011)
The Verge Battery Test crashed the Android browser every ten minutes, so it was no use, but when I set brightness to 65 percent and streamed Netflix over Wi-Fi, the Transformer Pad lasted 8 hours and 10 minutes — that was Doctor Zhivago, The Game, Snatch, and a few minutes of Big Daddy all on a single charge (I got a little desperate with the last choice).
by The Verge (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.0
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support USB 2.0
Hdmi support HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 680 g
Size 270 x 180 x 13 mm
Thickness 13 mm
Battery life 9 hour
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