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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) Review - Look and Feel

We take a look at the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, updated with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

| Tablets in Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 7, 2012 3:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ASUS

Look and Feel

 

The look and feel of the Transformer Prime is pretty identical to that of the Transformer Pad Infinity, with its metallic circular pattern finish; it feels great in the hand. It's not too heavy and not too light, hitting that perfect middle ground in terms of weight. I truly love the feel of the Transformer Prime, and over time, this feeling only increased. It feels like it weighs as much as it should, and doesn't slide around if you've been using it for extensive periods of time.

 

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I could actually spend far more time on the feel of the tablet, as it really is one of the best tablets I've ever had the pleasure of holding. I feel dirty when spending so much time about how it feels in my hands, but it really is such a huge point of a tablet. If a tablet feels heavy, cumbersome, or hasn't had the right materials built into it, it can be slippery, too heavy, or hot.

 

ASUS have struck the perfect balance in virtually every segment in my opinion, and the Prime is one of the best tablets I've ever had in my hands.

 

ASUS have chosen the same 10.1-inch screen that we found on the Transformer Pad Infinity, but have knocked the resolution down from 1920x1080 - which was gorgeous on the Infinity - to 1280x800. Considering we have a bunch of pixels in difference, it doesn't look all that bad. We're also happy to report there's a Gorilla Glass display on duty here.

 

The screen is still gorgeous, but just doesn't have that 'zing' to it that the Infinity did. Of course, if I could choose 1080p, I would - but the price difference is what ASUS offer when optioning up the Prime to consumers.

 

Here's a shot of the Prime's stock browser in portrait.

 

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And again, but in landscape.

 

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We've also got a screenshot of the stock keyboard on offer, in portrait.

 

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And once more, but in landscape this time.

 

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ASUS use a beautiful aluminum body with a wicked ripple design on the back, as you can see on the picture below. It is quite striking, and compared to competitors, I think ASUS have some of the sexiest looking slates on the market.

 

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On the right hand side of the Prime we have the 3.5mm audio/headphone jack.

 

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On the left side, we find the volume rocker, micro HDMI output, micro SD card slot and microphone hole.

 

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On the bottom of the device we, unfortunately, find the proprietary charging port for the Prime, along with the two dock slots for the Eee Station.

 

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And finally, on the top of the Prime we find the power button which is used for, well, powering on the device of course!

 

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