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That is such a wicked tablet. The introduction of quad-core on these is going to interesting. I am looking forward to getting one in the near future; maybe the next model ASUS which should be sometime next year if they keep on releasing new tablets like they have lately.
Really the best tablet for this year it has the edge on the ipad 2 because it ame so late in the season, but two thumbs up to asus for releasing this tablet within in a year of their last one.
Coming out just before the christmas holidays should gave asus a huge boost in revenue, not to mention nvidia with their new line of Proccesors i am excited for the prospects of what the future holds for asus and the transformer.
Probably the coolest part of the transformer is its universal integration, it works with psp, xbox, microsaoft, it really gives great funcitionality with its huge battery life and massive productivity capabilities but now asus has addresed te worst problem that the transformer 1 had and that is the respectability. the transformer was somewhat of a substandered tablet this year with a low selling point border line hardware and overall just a one hit wonder. nothing on it was nice or fancy except the keyboard dock. but asus has definetly upped the game and in reading reviews and watching videos it is always said, this tablet is sexy.
And i'm really excited to see this kick the sales sky-high. Hopefully it'll give iPad a gr8 run.
Gotta hand it to Asus for breaking the barrier once again. Even for people who aren't impulse buyers will find it hard to resist this product. On the other hand, keeping up with technology and having the top-of-the-line product in the market is no easy task. For the majority of the folks who enjoy their Tegra 2 devices, I recommend they continue to do so because they can't really miss what they don't already have.
When will they be giving one of these away???lol.jk
Because the tablet has been reviewed fairly extensively, I will just address the highpoints and issues others have experienced. I am running Android version 4.0.3 (ICS) and it is pretty flawless so far (this udpate happened automatically when I first charged the tablet and took about 10 minutes). I don't know or care about the bootloader issue others have reported on. The only thing I noticed is that I cannot delete the stock photos in the gallery.
Screen and Resolution - Bright, vivid, awesome HD graphics, and smooth scrolling between panes/screens. No defects in screen or resolution (no light bleed). Glass picks up finger prints but very easy to clean and not really noticable whne screen is on. Gorilla glass seems pretty hard, so hopefully will never scratch with proper care and a case.
WiFi - no problems whatsoever. Signal is pretty good several floors from router and has not dropped. My tablet works as well as all my other wireless devices. The signal strength indicator does vary from 10-52 Mbps depending on where you are, but it never has any trouble downloading at regular speeds. My expereince has been that the WiFi on the tablet works fine, but could probably be better for those with weak signals.
Browser - The Asus browser works great! Loads as fast as any other WiFi computers on my 54 Mbps wireless(but slightly slower than hard-wired broadband computers, of course). I prefer the functionality of non-Mobile sites for Netflix and Rotten Tomatoes, so glad I can access these sites with a regular browser rather than a stripped-down App. Access is fast and trouble-free to all the major sites I have visited. I have encountered only a very few "browser not responding" boxes when loadig large pages, but as soon as you click "Wait" the page is immediately loaded and there have been no real "crashes" to report.
eReader - Using Kindle and MyLibrary apps, books and PDFs open and scroll fine. One exception is that I can't open password-protected PDFs...seems to be a ProQuest ezproxy compatibility issue with Android OS and not the fault of the tablet per se.
Apps - Have downloaded about 20 and all seem to work fine. No crashes.
Battery life - It goes through about 10% an hour with moderate use and "balanced mode" selected. I got 11.5 hours on first full day of usage and still had 10% battery left when I shut down. very hapy with battery life. The keyboard dock battery should extend this to 16 hours - very nice!
GPS - Did not buy for this feature, but it works fine with WiFi on or off. Inside or outside of house makes no difference either. Accurate to within 10-15 feet and updates in real time with your movements.
I have not yet received the keyboard dock yet, so I can't comment on that, but I hope that it allows for easier full screen viewing while typing. The Asus keyboard works fine for an on-screen keyboard (certainly easier than using the one on my android phone!) and does not have any noticeable lag (but I am not a speed typist by any stretch of the imagination!).
One thing I did not anticipate is how hard it is to hold with one hand for extended periods of time. It is not heavy, but it is thin and the back is not textured enough to provide good grip. I have ordered a case that should make one-handed reading easier and also converts for desktop stand use.
P.S. for best price if you're will buy it, I suggest have to compare prices at: Prices-comparison.info/ASUSTransformer-Prime
Overall I feel this is an excellent tablet.
A coworker has one of these. I'm really envious. With 32G plus a 32G SD micro card in the tablet and a 32G SD micro card in the dock - he's got almost a 100G of storage. Unbelievable! This is going on my wish list. I couldn't imagine a tablet being useful enough to want one, but now I want my next laptop to be a tablet + dock/keyboard. Much nicer than a net book.