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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

Camera

The Asus Transformer Prime offers up two camera options, a rear facing 8MP snapper and a front facing 1.2MP camera.

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The camera app can be accessed straight from the lockscreen if you wish to take a quick snap, or via the traditional camera app icon on the homescreen or in the app list.

Photos we took with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime looked clear and colourful.

In a few cases, the colours weren't as vivid as those taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but they were always sharper than the somewhat blurry images we took with the Apple iPad 2 with its lack-lustre 0.7MP camera.

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Asus doesn't offer any extended features for taking photos on the Transformer Prime, but you can change basic settings such as white balance and exposure as well as choose from eight scene modes including indoors, portrait, sunset and night.

There's also a single-LED flash next to the camera on the back of the Prime, which is useful when shooting in low light or complete darkness – although your subject can't be too far away from you if you want it to show up in the picture.

There's a digital zoom available, although picture quality becomes dramatically reduced when used, and since Ice Cream Sandwich has been added to the Prime, you also get a panorama mode to play around with.

Asus Transformer Prime review

None of the settings really add to the value of the camera or compete with a more powerful smartphone or digital camera. Photos, like the Eee Pad Transformer Prime's screen, tended to look a bit washed out but still useable.

The Transformer Prime has a much faster shutter release than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, however the auto-focus wasn't always as reliable.

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Video

One initial complaint when shooting video with the Asus Transformer Prime was that, when we recorded a 1080p video with the tablet, we noticed a few stuttering problems during recording. But playback of this file was smooth and didn't have any stuttering.

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Asus recommended we try again without any apps running in the background, and the test recording didn't stutter at all when doing this, with smooth-as-butter playback.

Recorded videos also looked super-crisp, which is an important finding compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which tends to film grainy and almost unusable videos.

Asus Transformer Prime review

As it stands, no tablet is ideal for shooting photos or recording video, because you can't hold the device in a way that makes it easy to capture stills or video - there is often a shaky-cam look no matter how you hold them.

The Transformer Prime is no different, although the somewhat more rigid design and wider bezel makes it a hair easier to grip.

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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.