The new kid on the block just may be a iPad killer who goes by the name Transformer. No I am not talking about Autobots or the Decepticons, I’m talking about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. This little beast gives iPad a run for its money. Coming in with two different versions and a awesome optional configuration. A 16gb and 32gb model that you can bundle up with a excellent keyboard dock to further enhance your computing experience.
To kick off this review let me tell you how I came across this little beast. I took a trip this afternoon with my pops (Dad) to best buy to help him find a light weight, portable but yet powerful computer that he can use for work in the prep room (He’s an embalmer at a cemetery). So looking through all of what Best Buy had, we weren’t all that pleased. Normal notebooks were a bit to big for his needs and the netbooks are a bit under powered. Not to mention neither had a great price to performance ratio. As we were about to leave and walked through the tabled section, we saw the Transformer and wonder why this netbook looking thing was in the tablet section. At further inspection we realized that it was actually a Android tablet in a keyboard docking station that made it look like a netbook. So the big question was, is it’s bite as big as it’s bark? Now onto the review.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is indeed a stand alone tablet that is running on the Android Honeycomb OS. You can get it in either the 16gb or 32gb storage version that can be expanded with more memory using a microSD card. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, running off of 1gb of memory, front and rear facing cameras (1.2 MP front and 5 MP rear), Wifi and Bluetooth, mini HDMI, 2 audio jacks, and a microSD card reader, and a 10.1 inch screen. It’s the size of a comic book!
The transformer’s display is a LED backlit WXGA that runs at a 1280×800 resolution in HD. That produces sharp and almost perfect colors of the real world. The glass on the screen is scratch resistant, a good feature to have if you don’t want to throw down on a $40+ screen film. It is a multi-touch screen, but not dual multi-touch, a 10 finger multi-touch! Good news for anyone that types like the wind. It also opens up a door for more complex games that want to use more than just dual touch. The screen can be viewed up to 178 degrees, perfect for those who would like to use the pad laying down or lounging on the couch. As for watching video….it is surprisingly shocking, you are able to watch full 1080p HD videos. Playing Tron Legacy from Netflix on the Transformer came out clear and excellent without any distortion thanks to the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. And to boot, you can connect the Transformer to your TV via HDMI for a better viewing experience.
The one draw back about the screen though, which is a draw back for all tablets. Is that it becomes a bit difficult to see the screen when in strong direct light. The transformer has a light sensor to dim or brighten the screen according to the outside light strength. It helps a bit, but not all that much, but it does a good job still.
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