Asus Transformer Pad TF103 review

Transformers, tablets in disguise

Asus Transformer Pad TF103 review
Do people want transforming tablets anymore?

Battery life

90 minutes of looped video at full brightness took the battery from 100% down to 72%, while casual everyday use with a few browser tabs, email and social media apps and YouTube videos whittle it down further still.

It's not quite a charge-a-day product, but I wouldn't rely on it for long spells away from a power socket either. This is definitely a tablet for the home and the odd day trip.

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The keyboard adds versatility to the standard tablet experience

The essentials

The pre-loaded selection of apps takes up a little over 4GB of the supplied storage and will be familiar to anyone who has used Android before.

Asus has added a few apps of its own, and slightly tweaked the pull down status menu. But as the tweaks function essentially the same as Android originals, and the apps tend to be the sort of thing that are superseded by our own purchases, it's unlikely that anyone would notice.

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Widgets are an Android staple

All the fundamentals are already installed and arranged over a couple of tucked away app screens, ready for you to drag them to the front page, along with the profusion of widgets that seem meaningless at first but soon come to take over most Android devices.

Camera

With front and rear cameras at 0.3MP and 2MP basic video and photography tasks are covered, but that's about it. Video tops out at 720p and stills are passable rather than outstanding.

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With 0.3MP on the front and 2MP on the back your photos will be far from perfect

On a positive note, the colourcast induced by artificial lighting isn't particularly pronounced here, but in general, the images produced by the onboard cameras aren't particularly sharp either in natural or artificial light.

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There's a lot of noise in indoor shots

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Outdoors isn't much better. Brighter colours are washed out and there's a lack of definition

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Finer details blur and disappear completely the further you get from the TF103

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This shot shows the lack of detail captured, with the leaves looking very fuzzy and blurred

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