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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) Review - Final Thoughts

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

Final Thoughts

 

Here we are again, another great ASUS tablet. You could go back and read the final thoughts I wrote for the Infinity, because this is pretty much going to be a mirror of that review.

 

I loved the feel of the Transformer Prime, I think this is one of the best things it has going for it. The 10.1-inch screen still looks great even with its 1280x800 resolution, as the Super IPS+ panel ASUS have opted for is gorgeous.

 

Being able to use the Prime outside is a great thing, and this is something the Prime has going for it. You might not want to splash out for the Infinity, so ASUS have given consumers the same Super IPS+ panel that is great for outdoor use.

 

The camera is again, wonderful, and the pictures taken with it are great. Videos come out okay, but I've said it before and I'll say it again - I don't like taking videos with tablets. I know it's not just me, but I feel like a fool holding this huge slate in my hands taking videos. I feel like those older men who tote their iPads everywhere snapping photos at events, and so forth. Not for me, nope.

 

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Having the Eee Station is also another great feature - it turns the 10.1-inch slate into a near netbook with a USB port and full keyboard. Don't forget the card reader and extra battery life that the dock provides - it's almost too much of a good deal compared to the competition.

 

The tablet market is getting quite tricky to navigate now, so I'll finish up selling you on the Prime. If you're after a 10-inch (or so, the iPad is 9.7-inch) tablet, the Prime is a great candidate. No, it doesn't have a 1080p or "Retina" display, but what it does, it does very well.

 

It's light, it's great to hold, and it looks good. The biggest problem I have right now with this whole Android versus iOS thing is that it is fragmenting users. Those who have an iPad have no reason to upgrade to an Android tablet because they have invested in the Apple App Store, and vice versa.

 

The Prime isn't a good enough tablet to ditch your third-gen iPad for, but if you had the original iPad or iPad 2, then the Prime is definitely a candidate and I would recommend it if you haven't invested too much in the Apple App Store, or don't mind losing some of those apps you've purchased.

 

The Prime is ASUS' way of showing its hand to the market, providing a high-end version in the Infinity, with a more mid-range version in the Prime. Even though it's not the best of the Transformers on paper in terms of screen resolution, it still acts like one.

 

The Prime is well worth your hard-earned cash. Michael Bay would even agree.

 

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