So here’s the continuation of my Asus Transformer Prime review, with my previous thoughts HERE where I have touched on the physical aspect of the tablet in terms of it’s looks, size and weight.
Now I’m just going to compact my review into a table, answering all questions that I have got since I had the tablet. I have used it in meetings, bought it out with me to events and hang out at cafes with it.
Not surprisingly, the queries were pretty similar. I mean, everyone knows what’s a tablet by now. Everyone can google for more information. But they want to know is, is it worth buying? How is it different from other tablets on the market? Basically they want assurance of the positive reviews of which they have read or they want confirmation of the negativity they have heard.
So here goes.
Questions & Answers:
|Do you like it?|
|Yes, I do. I personally like tablets this size and the screen resolution is amazing! It’s solid feel and sleek exterior beats most other tablets on the market.|
|I think it’s too expensive. Most tablets are below RM2K||I think you get what you pay for. One is the Tegra® 3 Quad Core processor, another is because it comes with the mobile dock.|
Price is almost similar if you buy a tablet and then buy additional docking keyboard. This one fits perfectly, and charges the tablet for a few hours more once the battery runs low.
Bragging rights:It’s the only tablet running Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
|Can it replace a netbook/ultrabook?||Netbook – yes. Ultrabook no.|
It is essentially still a tablet, which functions as an additional peripheral. Not a laptop/work station. And it does not come with a full fledged operating system like Windows to handle desktop applications.
My suggestion solution?
Use the Polaris Office as it comes with Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Else open up a browser & edit office applications with Google Docs.
|What can you use it for?||Browsing, emailing, great for social share networks like Facebook and Twitter. Even blogging is not a problem. Light work using Polaris Office and Super Note.Gaming, watching videos on youtube or movie clips.|
Note: It can’t play MKV files. We downloaded numerous different apps (free ones) and all played the video without sound!
In the end, I downgraded to watching MP4 videos. Jeez.
Light photo processing on photo gallery. No picasa though.
It comes with a SD card reader, so it was easy for me to transfer my pictures from the SD card to the tablet and update my blog on-to-go.
|How is the camera?||Pictures are of quality expected of a tablet. Not advisable for night or low light shots, even with flash. Obviously an actual camera does the work better.Specs: 1.2MP (front)/8MP auto-focus (rear) with LED flash, large F2.4 aperture|
Video: HD. Clear and sharp enough. Good enough for emergency use. Obviously you’re not gonna make movies with this righttttttttttt?
|No problem for the WIFI for me. I have connected to many WIFI spots as I’m on-the-go most of the time and never encountered any problems.GPS: I didn’t managed to use the GPS as I’m so used to my Papago in the car. Everytime I use the GPS, it never occured to me to use the Prime.|
Apparently an update from Asus has been released to fix this.
|Interfaces||On the Pad: |
2-in-1 audio jack (headphone/mic-in)
1x micro HDMI port
1x micro SD card reader
1 x internal microphone
1 x stereo speaker
|Mobile dock: |
1 x USB 2.0 port; 1 x SD card reader
|Flash support||Yes! YOU Apple fanboys, take that!! 🙂|
|How’s the screen?||Fantastic! I love the superbly clear screen. It’s also has a scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass surface so I didn’t have to |be gentle worry about scratches and screen protectors.The back is not scratch resistant though, so a back cover is a must if you’re anal about things like that.
On screen keyboard
|It does taking some getting used to as I’m always on a 13”ultrabook.This is much smaller and I tend to make typos. It took me 2 weeks to get comfortable with it. Both were wonderfully responsive though.|
|Feel of the tablet||Wonderfully solid.|
|How do I charge the Prime?||1. Directly via the tablet.2. Charge through the dock. Or just charge the dock and if you connect to tablet then the tablet gets charged as well as the dock.|
|How was the bundled software?||Polaris office was fine.|
For photo processing and games and so forth, there’s always the Android market.
There’s never a lack of apps to suit your needs on the Android market (free or paid ones)!
|Why else should I consider the Transformer Prime over other brands?||The addition ultra-convenient ASUS webstorage with 8G life time FREE space for easy sharing & expandability.|
|Would you buy it?||No. An ultrabook, which is lighter and able to handle all processing tasks is more suitable for my hectic lifestyle.|
|Would you recommend this tablet to anyone who’s looking into getting one?|
|Yes, if you are looking for an Andriod tablet.|
So is there anything else that anyone would like to ask me? 🙂
You can read about my first impressions (more pictures too) HERE!!