After a week with the Transformer Pad Infinity, I came away with split impressions. I really didn't like how it crashed and locked up on me those few times, nor the slight lag on the UI that I experienced - on the other hand, the screen is hands-down gorgeous, as is the style of the Infinity, as well as the feel.
For a 10.1-inch tablet, it doesn't feel so heavy in your hands after a while - but those first impressions will haunt you. It is surprisingly thin, considering its mammoth screen - but not too thin that it feels cheap. ASUS' Infinity tablet feels like it's worth every dollar you've spent on it.
The rear-facing camera is decent enough to take pictures or videos with, as its capable of capturing FullHD 1920x1080 video - although I did feel awkward walking around my local park and lake with a 10.1-inch tablet taking videos. At the cost of just a few dollars per device, I completely understand why ASUS throw cameras into their tablets - but this is purely a personal choice whether you'd use this or the smartphone or point-and-shoot (or DSLR!) that you own.
Thanks to ASUS baking in that gorgeous Super IPS+ display, it really outshines the competition when it comes to using the tablet in broad daylight. I did a fair amount of photos and videos outside on a warm day in perfect blue sky conditions with the sun blasting down on me and the tablet - all while the Infinity laughed it off and displayed its brilliant screen. ASUS have done such an amazing thing by building in different screen options based on your use of the tablet at the time. Being able to use it in daylight may not be a feature everyone wants, or would specifically shop for - but it's something that edges ASUS away from the competition, that's for sure.
ASUS' Mobile Dock is also another perfect companion for the Transformer Pad Infinity, turning the tablet into a near-notebook. The added ability of a USB port, card reader and extended battery pits the Infinity leagues above other tablets - it's the unique features that the others don't offer that sets you apart - in this case, all the way over in the cool corner.
ASUS are really in their stride with tablets, after the initial use of the original Transformer last year I was pleasantly surprised to see just how much work the Taiwanese company have done on their Transformer range and I'm incredibly excited to see what they can do from here. If we're looking at 1920x1200 SuperIPS+ displays that work amazingly well in daylight, with a quad-core processor and various performance/outdoor/balanced modes - what will the next-gen of Transformer tablets provide? I'm truly excited at the prospects of this and can't wait to test future tablets from ASUS - especially with Windows 8 right around the corner.
If you're in the market for a fast, great-looking tablet with hands-down one of the best screens on any smart device I've ever used, you will definitely want to check out ASUS' Transformer Pad Infinity.
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