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Asus Transformer Prime review

It may be getting on, but don't underestimate the Prime

Our Verdict

The Transformer Prime is no longer king of the Android crop, but it still packs a punch at the high end of the tablet market.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel

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For

  • Light and portable
  • Highly readable screen
  • Fast processor
  • Smooth HD video
  • Great for games

Against

  • Average camera
  • Screen not as good as Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Minor recording bugs
  • Still pricey

Although the Prime may well not be the latest tablet from Asus anymore, that doesn't mean it's past its best.

In fact it's still an excellent tablet and as it's now nearly 9 months old, you may be able to pick it up for a bit of a steal if you're happy to shop around a bit.

We liked

We liked the Tegra 3 processor on this tablet - it's fast and nimble, speeding up the whole operating system. HD movies played smooth and fast, without the typical stuttering (for the most part) of other tablets.

The Transformer Prime is a thin and light tablet, offering decent portability, although when coupled with the keyboard dock it can be a bit on weight side, however there's the added benefit of the additional 8 hours of battery life from the dock.

Games were visually superior to every other tablet. Smoke and water effects looked convincing, and frame rates were exceptionally high. Most apps ran faster than we've seen on any other Android tablet, without any stuttering, memory pauses, or crashes of any kind.

We disliked

We're fans of the IPS display tech, because it means getting more use out of tablets in a variety of lighting conditions and at a side viewing angle, but it means the Prime's screen is slightly less colourful than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Internet speed was a little disppointing, as we were expecting a lightening fast browsing experience thanks to the quad-core processor, however it failed to truely knock our socks off.

In terms of apps wars, Google Play still hasn't quite caught up with the offering on Apple's App Store, and although the gap is narrowing all the time, you can't help but feel a little deflated when even Facebook haven't bothered with an Android tablet version of its app yet - although we can't really hold this against Asus or the Transformer Prime.

Final verdict

If you're looking for a full-blown Android tablet experience, with the added functionality and usability of a netbook-sized QWERTY keyboard then you can't go far wrong with the Asus Transformer Prime.

Sure the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has got an improved screen, but that's about it and we're not sure it's worth the extract money.

The Prime was once the king of the Android tablets, and although this is no longer the case it's still a strong contender and does Google's Ice Cream Sandwich platform proud.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee Pad Transformer Prime TF201
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourChampagne
Operating SystemAndroid 3.2 Honeycomb
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)585.1 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
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
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height8.4 mm
Width262.9 mm
Depth180.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesTransformer Prime TF201
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelTF201-B1-CG
Product NameEee Pad Transformer Prime TF201-B1-CG Tablet Computer
Product LineEee Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberTF201-B1-CG
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Stunning and beautiful. Paired and Primed to Perfection

The metallic spun finish on the ultra-slim and light Transformer Prime sets a new benchmark in the art of tablet design. Only 8.3mm thin and 586g light, the Transformer Prime re-defines the rule of the mobile life, making it super easy to carry and transport.

The world's first Quad-core CPU tablet. The most powerful tablet ever.

Powered by the world's first Quad-core processor NVIDIA Tegra 3, the Transformer Prime browses the web and plays 1080p HD video at blazing speeds. The snappier response time and better multi-tasking performance make the Transformer Prime a true mobile entertainment powerhouse.