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Asus Transformer Pad review

Can Asus' next Transformer Pad iteration still cut it?

The Asus Transformer Pad comes equipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, although there is an update available to 4.3.

As with all previous Transformer iterations, Asus has left Google's OS pretty much untouched. This might be seen as a good thing, but I would liked to of seen a little more customisation.

Without the dock, the Transformer Pad feels like another generic Android tablet, albeit running smoothly with the 1.9GHz quad-core Tegra 4 CPU underneath it.

This means that it functions in the same way as every Android tablet, with the multiple home screens being able to be populated with folders, apps and widgets.

Asus Transformer Pad
Much the same as all Android tablets

There are a few proprietary widgets on the Asus Transformer Pad, including battery, email, weather and task manager. Apps and widgets can be dragged and dropped out of the app drawer, and onto one of up to seven home screens.

Creating folders is incredibly easy, aping the iOS method of dragging and dropping apps onto one another. This is a brilliant feature, especially when you compare it to Samsung's manual creation method which feels far more convoluted.

Working with it as a netbook, however, these home screens feel a little redundant, more applicable to an undocked slate. The dock certainly makes manoeuvring the Transformer Pad easy, with the touchpad being sensitive as well as supporting multi-touch gestures to move between screens.

Asus Transformer Pad
Notifications down the middle

Android's notifications bar swipes downward into a narrow area down the centre of the screen. Quick settings make an appearance, allowing quick toggles of Wi-Fi, battery optimisation, a reading mode, instant dictionary, Bluetooth and GPS.

Wi-Fi settings, audio settings and a Miracast wireless display can also be accessed, alongside the main settings button and a brightness toggle.

This is an area that confused me greatly. On full brightness the screen is usable inside but is incredibly difficult to use when out and about, leading me to leave the screen up to maximum all the time. Auto-brightness mode didn't help, as the screen got slowly darker and darker.

Asus Transformer Pad
On-screen buttons lurk at the bottom

With Microsoft now making deep inroads into the tablet market with the Surface 2 and Windows 8.1, it is quickly becoming clear that Android is not the right OS for productivity.

This is remedied to an extent, but the inability to snap apps side by side in the same way as Windows 8 or on Samsung's TouchWiz UI is sorely missed. With the notifications bar at the top, persistent on-screen buttons for home, back and multi-tasking are sat at the bottom.

The bottom left also holds a small triangular button for access to 'floating' apps, such as a calculator or dictionary. When selected, these appear over any app you have running so there is no need to open an app separately.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourAmethyst Gray
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)598 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuper IPS+
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height180.8 mm
Width263 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Screen ModeWUXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTransformer Pad Infinity TF700T
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF700T-1B100A
Product NameEee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T-1B100A Tablet
Product LineEee Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberTF700T-1B100A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationThe slimmest and lightest 1920x1200 resolution Full HD Android Tablet

Feeling unsatisfied with the quality of an average screen? An upgrade to a FHD screen is what you need. The 1920x1200 resolution is more exquisite and offers more details for a Full HD visual experience. The Super IPS+ offers 600nits of ultra bright backlight so it can be read easily, even under sunlight, at angles up to 178° wide. Screen toughness is also not a problem. As the 1st tablet with the latest generation Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 , the Infinity offers improved screen impact resistance so it'll look great even after extended usage. Get immersed in entertainment on the Transformer Pad Infinity!

Package Contents
  • Eee Pad Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T-1B100A Tablet
  • AC Adapter