Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300

Released April, 2012
  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
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)
7.5 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300

Performance

Processing power and speed

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
7.5
iPad 4
8.6
Nexus 10
8.9
Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
6.7
iPad 4
10.0
Nexus 10
9.3
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
7.0
iPad 4
7.2
Nexus 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
9.0
iPad 4
9.5
Nexus 10
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, mobiletechreview.com and 3 more

7.5

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
7.5
iPad 4
8.8
Nexus 10
8.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
314
iPad 4
1,768
Nexus 10
1,509

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
1,954
Nexus 10
4,084
iPad 4
441

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
2,120 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
2,574

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
1,203
iPad 4
6,458
Nexus 10
3,842

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Eee Pad Transformer TF300
3.7 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300


8.0
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.

8.0
The screen can get plenty bright with the slider set toward max, and it has high contrast and plenty of glare (the Prime is also a glare monster).

10.0
Its 12 GPU cores do provide some of the best performance in an Android tablet, but for sheer horsepower it can’t beat even the iPad 2’s A5 SoC, let alone the A5X in Apple’s third tablet.

8.0
Every millimetre of on-screen real estate is used, making browsing a pleasure, and pages fill the 10-inch screen, leading to a relaxing way to enjoy your favourite sites.

7.7
Still, if Android is your thing, the TF300's price makes it the current best value for a full-Android tablet on the market.

7.5
Although it manages to retain a very similar streamlined construction (0.39” thick), its weight has been bumped up to 635 grams.

Overall

8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Display: After being mesmerized by the stunning displays found with the new iPad (3) and Asus Transformer Prime, we find ourselves just being content with the one on the Transformer Pad 300.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2012)
The materials scream budget, but the actual fit and finish isn't bad.
by Android Police (Jul, 2012)
The selection of books falls far short of expectation, and the screen and size simply can't compete with the host of budget ereaders now available.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)

Apps

Until the launch of the Infinity 700 with its HD display, we'd go as far as to say this is the best current Android gaming tablet available.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Gaming performance was excellent throughout, and there was some exciting looking content such as Shadowgun and Grand Theft Auto III.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
The TF300 is a good gaming performer, which rivals the new iPad in terms of performance and comfort.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)

Operating System

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)
But if you want an Android tablet and don't need the very best specs money can buy, the Transformer Pad is a great choice.
by The Verge (May, 2012)
The camera app is easily among the best I've used on an Android device.
by The Verge (May, 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)
You were essentially getting a piece of hardware that was faster, thinner, better connected, with a far superior screen and keyboard dock for only a little extra, leaving software as the only possible reason to go Apple.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
The home screen is unmistakably Android, and anyone familiar with Google's mobile OS will instantly be at home.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)

Battery

The keyboard dock actually packs a smaller-capacity battery though with 15hrs instead of 16, so expect around the same overall battery life for the two combined as with the previous champion.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
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)
The Mobile keyboard dock includes an extra battery that - while connected - feeds the Prime its power, meaning that the dock's battery will deplete its reserves before the tablet.
by c|net (Apr, 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 v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Quad core
Clock speed 1.2 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 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 1.2 MP
Rear camera 8 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 635 g
Size 263 x 180.8 x 9.9 mm
Thickness 9.9 mm
Battery life 10 hour
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