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Asus Transformer Prime - IPAD killr ?,
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This review is from: ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-CG 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Champagne) (Personal Computers)
Figured I'd stop by since this is the hot toy for the Christmas season !
I purchased the 32GB champagne color. I havent put T201 thru its paces yet but
did perform some testing.
Fit and finish is 100%, Very solid feel.
Very thin, kinda difficult to hold in hand, I'd recommend purchasing a gel case
or something similar.
Played the pre-install games and they both ran with 0 stutters and were
extremely fluid. did i purchase a a multipurpose tablet or a gaming tablet... i think the latter :)
Tablet was completely fluid when changing from one screen to the next, i especially like the multi window
tab on the bottom left, it will allow you to select anything previously opened (and will allow you to close too)
Built in music player seemed basic and didnt appear to have the ability to download album art. I'll stick with
amazon cloud mp3 player.
(subjet to further testing) web browsing seemed to be alittle slow, this was experienced with java enabled... with disabled performance was snappy and good
YouTube & amazon streaming =
using the youtube app , it was a beautiful display and worked flawlessly. Amazon needs to make an app to stream their prime videos instead of going thru the web... however once a few buttons are pressed the video does fill the entire screen and works. Please note imbedded youtube in web DID NOT display any stutter or frame drops.
Unfortunately this is what caused me to give 4 instead of 5 stars. The audio is quite loud and clear
however only being emitted from a single speaker port does not provide the spartial/stereo sound. perhaps
blue tooth or headset will eliminate this concern.
Front facing 1.2MP camera provided acceptable image quality, however white balance should be adjusted to fully ensure quality (dont use automatic) , rear facing camera provided a good quality picture with decent focus and brightness... even in poor lighting conditions however any zoom used the image would be blurry depending upon x2 x3 etc. video mode was tested with low movement and provided a better quality then my nikon p500 (p500 seems to be abit jumpy).
Battery life =
Unable to report at this time since testing was limited to less then a full charge.
Was very colorful and bright, 600 nits of brightness will make it useable outside. normal amount of backlight bleeding (almost none but there's always some). backlight bleed test was performed and two hot spots were identified one on bottom and other on right side. As mentioned previously the amount of light imo is quite minimal and i've seen far worse on other items. one of my apps displayed a completely white page and there was two hot spots (white slightly brigter then the rest of the page) this may be a fluke or not... i was able to duplicate the brighter pixel, its barely noticeable however is visable on default screen in other colors... not a deal breaker its about the size of a pin head with a slight glow around it, clarification you wouldnt know its there unless i told you to look for it.
WIFI Range =
two apps were used to test the wifi range speedtest (same test server) and wifi analyzer. I've only compared the two and not a laptop.. plus my house has about 800watts of electronic interference :)
12 feet away from base station
evo3d = 15.38 down 4.86 up signal str = -46 dbm
prime = 20.50 down 5.00 up signal str = -43 dbm
two walls, outside, about 85 feet away
evo3d = 02.26 down 0.89 up signal str = -88 dbm
prime = 05.50 down 3.00 up signal str = -75 dbm
Best reception i got was 5/9 stable 4/8.
UPDATE: Reports have been surfacing GPS isnt working or isnt working properly... When I performed the test it did find 4/8 and continued to have the searching graphic. Honestly I dont know what is normal for GPS reception with this device. Will compare against phone later.
Operation & bugs =
With any new device there will be patches and bug fixes, I dont assume any different with the prime.
while transferring pictures via usb , i was viewing the pictures and multiple times it froze and displayed
error resulting in restart of picture viewer. Another item was installation of a large gamesoft game dungeon
runners 2, I had music playing in the background and every 15 seconds or so the music would stutter for a second or two
and then continue playing. I'm sure this will be addressed with ICE and the use of 4/5 cores properly.
I'll update this review as time allows
If you guys want specific info or test , please feel free to ask !
GPS has issues... perhaps big onces since Asus removed GPS from spec sheet. it appears the metal backing is a hinderance for the gps signal.
Latest asus update has improved web speed w/java enabled. I prevously tested wireless and it provided a good speed outside the house. but a few rooms across in my house and the speed dropped extremely low, after update its doubled @ same location.
reduced another point due to asus removing GPS from their sales web site, Additionally Asus should offer a replacement backplate to elminate the gps and wifi issues. Please note ICS has made the web browsing experience lightning fast - im very impressed. I'm seriously concerned about the future of the prime , the handling of the signal issues , and amazon removing it from sale. I'm returning this to amazon till the smoke clears.
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2011 8:10:55 AM PST
H. Lee says:
Great to know somebody FINALLY got a shipped unit. Could you check in more detail the WIFi range? Hopefully your stated internet speed is not associated with the WiFi antenna issue.
Posted on Dec 20, 2011 8:33:20 AM PST
Will update wifi range tonight and compare it against evo 3d.
Posted on Dec 20, 2011 10:08:01 AM PST
Since when does an android tablet run Internet Explorer?
I think you mean the android browser. Please fix your text.
Posted on Dec 20, 2011 10:30:22 AM PST
lol your right , thanks !
Posted on Dec 20, 2011 4:55:32 PM PST
D. Babin says:
thanks for the review, curious as to the GPS quality, if you can run GPS Status / Tool box from the market and see how many satellites it finds and what sort of accuracy is reported it would be much appreciated. Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 6:17:36 PM PST
best i could find was 9 sats... it took a couple of minutes.
which option is for accuracy, all i could see is the # of errors.
too cold outside to play :)
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 6:24:21 PM PST
D. Babin says:
The error is the accuracy in either meters or feet, pending set options. 9 satellites is not terrible for indoors, thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 6:44:14 PM PST
I was actually outside for 2 minutes... didnt seem to gather any more after 9 sats.... too cold ;)
Posted on Dec 20, 2011 7:48:59 PM PST
Thanks for posting a review on this unit. I will be getting mine next week and have a follow up question on the web browser. Is it that much different/better than the dual core tablets? Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 3:23:11 AM PST
unfortunately the only tablets i have to compare it to are the evo phones and kindle fire. Until ice it would be unfair to compare.
Please note upon further testing the web browser experience was commented as slow. When java was disabled performance was good