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Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 review

Is this the Android tablet you've been waiting for?

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Modern tablets have cameras for many reasons, and taking holiday snaps isn't particularly one of them.

Having a camera gives developers more freedom to develop apps that use image capture as part of their functionality, whether by translating printed text into digital words or taking some quick snaps to manipulate in a casual editing app.

We've seen some truly excellent cameras on tablets recently – the best one being on the the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V, which still hasn't gone on sale in UK Vodafone stores.

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The iPad 2's camera sits further down the order, with its pitiful 0.7MP and 0.3MP efforts.

The Eee Pad Transformer has a 5MP rear sensor and a 1.3MP front-facing sensor for video chats.

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The results from our testing were hit and miss, and to be frank we were rather disappointed with the performance in both stills and video mode. Video is recorded at a respectable HD resolution of 1280x720, although the footage by no means has the appearance of high definition.

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Frame rates are awful, too – if you check out our test video you can see that panning slowly produced some incredibly juddery footage. There haven't been many corners cut with this tablet, but the camera is one area we feel has been sacrificed to preserve that attractive price.

The iPad 2's sensors may be primitive, but at least they perform at a level you'd expect from a premium product. We can't imagine ever wanting to use the Transformer to record video.

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Still shots were acceptable in quality without being in any way, shape or form impressive. Colours were washed out, contrast was poor and sharpness was distinctly lacking.

You're not going to want to use this tablet to capture any lasting images, but it's perfectly good enough for app developers to work with. We can't see said developers using this tablet as their reference device, though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Pad Transformer TF101
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating SystemAndroid 3.0 Honeycomb
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorHybrid
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)680 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height13 mm
Width271 mm
Depth177 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesTransformer TF101
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF101-1B028A
Product NameEee Pad Transformer TF101-1B028A Tablet Computer
Product LineEee Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberTF101-1B028A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationUltra thin and light design in a unique, stylish pattern

Ultra thin and light design in a unique, stylish pattern. With a super slim profile of only 12.98mm thick in a frame that weighs only 680g, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is comfortable to hold from any position. The unique textured pattern offers a better tactile sensation, so it won't feel as if it will slip out of your hands.

Powerful mini-cinema entertainment on-the-go

Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, the Transformer browses the web at blazing speeds, providing a snappier response time and better performance when multi-tasking. Sporting a HDMI 1.3a port, the Transformer can connect to a HDTV and 5.1 surround sound system, delivering an enhanced multimedia experience.

Package Contents
  • Eee Pad Transformer TF101-1B028A Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year