ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1 10.1-Inch Tablet


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Product Description

With a slim, lightweight design and a 10.1-inch WSVGA IPS capacitive display made from durable and scratch-resistant glass that is viewable at angles up to 178°, the versatile Eee Pad Transformer is the perfect tablet for anyone who wants to enjoy multimedia on the move, but still wishes to have easy access to the web, email, and other productivity applications. A custom user interface provides easy access to the many features of the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) operating system, while the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 chipset provides full support for Adobe® Flash® 10.2,1 smooth HD video conferencing and playback, a lightning fast web experience, and incredible mobile gaming performance. The optional docking station turns the Eee Pad Transformer into PC mode with a QWERTY keyboard, while extending battery life up to 16 hours.2 Front and rear cameras make for easy video chat and digital photography, which can be played back in video on HDTVs via a mini HDMI output port, making it a true mobile entertainment device.

When Tablet meets Keyboard 

Breaking the mold, an optional keyboard docking station designed especially for the Eee Pad Transformer transforms your tablet into PC mode with a 92% sized QWERTY keyboard with unique Android Function (Fn) keys for added convenience.

Featuring all of the connectivity you’d expect in your notebook, the Eee Pad Transformer comes complete with 2 USB 2.0 ports, a headphone audio jack and a 4-in-1 card reader when used with the optional docking station. Also to keep you unplugged longer without interruption, the optional keyboard docking station adds an additional 6.5 hours of battery life, allowing the Eee Pad Transformer to last up to an astounding 16 hours.

When Android meets Tegra 

Designed specifically with tablets in mind, the Android Honeycomb 3.2 operating system provides you with optimized features and functions such as multi-touch and a holographic interface that allows you to access widgets and shortcuts with ease. Get refined multitasking, rich notifications, Home screen customization, widgets, and more. And experience the web with Adobe® Flash® 10.21 for added convenience.

Other Android Features:

  • Customizable Home screens
    Five customizable Home screens give users instant access to all parts of the system from any context. Each screen offers a large grid that maintains spatial arrangement in all orientations. Users can select and manipulate Home screen widgets, app shortcuts, and wallpapers using a dedicated visual layout mode. Visual cues and drop shadows improve visibility when adjusting the layout of shortcuts and widgets. Each Home screen also offers a familiar launcher for access to all installed applications, as well as a Search box for universal search of apps, contacts, media files, web content, and more.
  • Recent Apps, for easy visual multitasking
    Multitasking is central to the Android 3.2 experience. As users launch applications to handle various tasks, they can use the Recent Apps list in the System Bar to see the tasks underway and quickly jump from one application context to another. To help users rapidly identify the task associated with each app, the list shows a snapshot of its actual state when the user last viewed it.
  • Redesigned keyboard
    The Android soft keyboard is redesigned to make entering text fast and accurate on larger screen sizes. The keys are reshaped and repositioned for improved targeting, and new keys have been added, such as a Tab key, to provide richer and more efficient text input. Users can touch-hold keys to access menus of special characters and switch text/voice input modes from a button in the System Bar.
  • Improved text selection, copy and paste
    When entering or viewing text, a new user interface lets users quickly select a word by press-hold and then adjust the selection area as needed by dragging a set of bounding arrows to new positions. Users can then select an action from the Action Bar, such as copy to the clipboard, share, paste, web search, or find.NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2, world’s first mobile super chip, brings the fastest, most visually-rich tablet experience ever seen. The Eee Pad Transformer takes full advantage of this mobile dual-core processor, providing extreme multitasking capability with the best web experience – up to two times faster browsing, hardware accelerated Flash, and NVIDIA® GeForce® gaming.

When Multimedia meets Functionality

Experience the wonders of video chat and crisp digital photography with front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP) facing cameras, which can be played back in video on HDTVs via a mini HDMI output port. Built in SRS Sound technology also provides a dynamic 3D stereo audio experience with maximum bass response and a wide sound field from the built-in speakers.

When the Cloud meets Convenience 

ASUS’ Waveshare Interface hosts a variety of unique applications that help you easily launch software, manage content and access online services and connect devices with a few simple taps.

  • MyNet
    Allows users to easily stream digital media wirelessly within home network devices with the Eee pad Transformer. Play HD videos or music on any home network devices such as the HDTV monitor or desktop PCs for an even better experience from the Eee Pad Transformer.
  • MyLibrary
    Consolidates downloaded books, magazines and newspapers in to one easy to browse profile.
  • MyCloud
    MyCloud is a total cloud solution, providing access to digital content such as music, videos and files from the cloud anywhere, anytime. Users can even use MyCloud to remotely access and control any PC or Mac system and access applications or files to extend the versatility of the Eee Pad Transformer experience.

Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Platform
  • Display: 10.1-inch WSVGA IPS capacitive multi touch display built with durable and scratch-resistant glass; 178° viewing angle(1280 x 800)
  • Chipset: NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 Mobile Processor
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • Storage: 16GB eMMC Flash (Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB (functionality requires future software upgrade)
  • Camera: 1.2 megapixel (Front); 5.0 Megapixel (Rear)
  • Speakers: SRS Sound
  • Card Reader: Micro SD Card Reader
  • Input / Output: 1 x Mini HDMI, 2-in-1 audio jack (head phone/mic-in jack), internal mic
  • Battery Pack: 24.4 W/h Li-polymer battery (up to 9.5 hours)
  • Dimensions: 10.67″ x 6.89″ x 0.47″ –inches (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 1.5lbs
  • Color: Espresso

Customer Reviews

By Alex Tamulis

  • I was lucky enough to wake up early today and go to Memory Express in Edmonton and they had one. Stores received a limited amount of tablets and they were all sold out within hours, including here on Amazon. I’ve been playing with this thing for hours now and so far I’ve only had great experiences with it.
    The main feature for me is the remote desktop: you can access your PC, whether it’s a Mac or a PC, if they’re both connected to your home wi-fi connection. You can control your PC from anywhere and use all of its features. I watched a HD movie and worked on MS Word docs, everything went smoothly.
    The tablet doesn’t weigh much for its size and the IPS screen is amazing, it’s the same screen used on the iPad 2. I’m not a person who needs to buy products made by just one brand. I like Apple and I own a iPhone 4, but when it came to deciding which tablet to buy, I went for the Transformer because it offers me a tablet/netbook function, the best of both worlds.
    The tablet itself has a microSD card slot so I already have 32GB more to use it. The docking station (which can be purchased by 149.99) has 2 USB ports and 1 SD Card slot.
    You can edit Microsoft Office docs on it using Polaris Office, it’s great and this app comes pre-installed on it. Playing mp3s or acc files on it it’s great too. You can use the app MyNet to play music from your own PC or Mac, via bluetooth.

    I’m playing SNES games using SNESoid app and using a Wiimote/Classic Controller via Bluetooth and everything works great! It has native email (which Blackberry Playbook doesn’t) and you can sync your calendar and contacts easily. It has full flash compatibility. For $399, there’s nothing on the market with these specs. The Motorola Xoom has similar specs and it costs $200 more. It doesn’t give you the option to attach a docking station with all those slots. When I buy computers, I want to be able to upload content to it easily, or transfer files from it easily as well. The Apple system is ok but needing iTunes for everything is kinda like a dictatorship. I had to jailbreak my iPhone to be able to play SNES games on it, or even listen to music on Grooveshark. That’s where the Android Market comes in.

    You can download any apps you want, any developer can create apps for it, it’s a “free” system. It’s not as wide as the App Store, but it’s getting bigger and bigger by the minute. I downloaded the Kindle app and already transferred all my e-books to it (I also own a Kindle and I love it).

    There are some quirks that have to be tweaked with Honeycomb 3.0 OS and that’s something Google is working on. That’s easy since updates will be released (an update is scheduled in 2 days). So that will improve the overall performance of the OS. But I honestly didn’t have any issues with it, I really like Honeycomb 3.0 so far.

    I definitely recommend this thing for people who want to use their tablets as an extension or even a replacement to their laptops. Asus has hit a home run with this one, since it costs much less than anybody else and its specs are great. It’s hands down the best purchase I’ve had under 400 bucks.

    The docking station is sold out anywhere else but I pre-ordered it on Amazon and I’m hoping to get it in a couple of weeks. I’ll post a video with the combo once I get everything up and running. I’m a iOS person who’s welcoming Android with open arms!

    Review Update: Apr 29 2011 – Ok, so I’ve been using my Transformer for a few days so I’d like to add a few pros and cons to this review.

    Pros: beside what’s been mentioned above, I noticed that:

    – multitasking is really easy on the Transformer. You can quickly jump from one app to the other, check e-mails, browse something on Wikipedia, listen to music and even have your Skype session open at the same time. I was chatting with my dad and multitasking and had no issues. The Skype app needs updates, but that’s nothing to do with Asus.

    – File Manager: this feature is great! You don’t have to hook up your Transformer to your computer all the time to move, copy or paste files. You can create new folders and even transfer files from your microSD card straight to it. I transferred a movie from my microsd Card folder (path is root\removable to access microSD files) to my Movies folder and it was very quick. And I didn’t need to plug it in in order to access or move the files.

    – Widgets: Your Desktop Area (Or Asus Launcher) is very wide so you can add many widgets to it, and they’re very handy. That’s something that can’t be done on the iPad 2. Mind you Widgets can affect the speed a bit, but nothing noticeable at all. Those people running speed tests between iPad 2 and the Transformer need to bear that in mind.

    – Weight: believe it or not, it doesn’t feel heavy at all for its size.

    Cons: ok, so here it is:

    -smudges on screen – it’s a fingerprint magnet but all tablets are, so not a big deal. I’m cleaning it whenever needed using a nice cloth (the one that I use for lenses) with a bit of water/alcohol and it looks pristine after that. Let me know if you find a better way to clean fingerprints.
    It doesn’t need wiping on a daily basis. I looked it up and for IPS screens, the best way to clean it is to use a mix of distilled water and alcohol, but I’m using tap water. I like this thing so much that I would buy another one tomorrow if something happened to it! (wait, maybe not tomorrow, it’s still sold out everywhere)

    -HD video playback in Fullscreen mode using the YouTube App: ok, this might be Honeycomb-related and therefore something that can be dealt with via future updates. You might notice a bit of choppy frames here and there. I find the iOS more stable for this type of playback. But there’s no problems playing HD video from your microSD card or even if you upload a HD video to the Transformer hard drive, you won’t have problems watching it. There’s more than enough RAM to support HD video streaming.

    -charger: I’m planning on using it all the time, so the cord is not long enough. If I have it on a desk, I need a power bar or outlet really close by, to leave it plugged in if I wanna save some battery. Well, tablet + docking gives you 16 hrs of battery… so you really don’t have to have it plugged in. But this suggestion could be emailed to Asus so they could release a charger with a longer cable, that would be sweet.

    Other observations: Camera: not that great, it’s an average camera. Am I gonna use it for super important pics? Definitely not, I got a nice camera for that. But for daily use, it’s not too bad.

    ***UPDATE June 13*** – I’ve been using the TF for 6 weeks now, and I also have the keyboard dock, which I got 2 weeks ater getting the tab. I can safely say it has become my main “go to” device: web browsing, music, movies, games, word processing, reading books and comics, news, remote desktop, you name it. I still use my PC and my smartphone but not as much as I use the tablet.

    – For people who wonder if light bleed gets worse as time goes by: I was lucky enough to get a unit with no light bleed other than a tiny spot (barely noticeable) on the left side of the tablet, and it’s been the same since day 1. But compared to my friend’s iPad, I can safely say mine has no light bleed whatsoever. Some of the newer batches got units with really bad lemons but I think this was due to ramping up the production like crazy. I heard they manufactured 300,000 units in June so I think they’ll improve their quality control dept and make spanking sharp units now.
    – Honeycomb 3.1: Asus was one of the first ones to release the 3.1 update and it fixed the YouTube app HD video issue (at least on mine). I think 1080p is overkill on a 10.1 inch screen so the 720p HD on the YouTube app works like a charm. Playing movies straight out of a SD card or USB drive is easy and there’s no lag either, so feel free to pack lots of multimedia and play straight out of them without having to use your device’s internal memory.

    Touchscreen is much more responsive, browser is faster, animations flow more smoothly, full gamepad compatibility via USB, better “relationship” between dock and tablet. What really bugged me about 3.0 was that when I used the dock a lot of features seems to be toggled on/off. That has never happened after 3.1. So, overall, the update fixed a whole bunch of bugs and made the experience even better.

    – Wrapping it up: battery life is great, using the keyboard to type long texts is handy… and I was able to tether the TF to my iPhone via w-fi, so now it works as a 3G-like tab. I’ve done both bluetooth and wi-fi tethering. Wi-fi is faster but bluetooth saves battery life. I basically do it to use Google Maps and GPS, and it’s been great so far. I know they’re releasing a 3G Transformer in the summer, but I don’t need one since I don’t wanna pay more fees to my carrier, and sign another 1 year contract just for more data plan. I can use this as a 3G alternative whenever I need a bigger screen. It works with the iPhone and I know it does work with Android devices, but I’m not sure if works with Blackberry phones. Let me know if you wanna know more about tethering and I’ll be glad to help.

    6 weeks after purchasing the TF, I’m still very pleased with my device.

    UPDATE August 3rd 2011 – Honeycomb 3.2 main features – I got my 3.2 update a few days ago… there’s just a few things that were updated, or changed. It wasn’t as significant as 3.1, but here’s what I noticed about 3.2: compatibility zoom for fixed size apps – it helps with apps that are not designed to run on larger screens like 10.1 inches. I tested it and it’s actually a great improvement, compared to what it was in 3.1
    Media sync from SD – I already did that before, but now you can load any media straight from the microSD card (this is more for Xoom owners)
    I don’t think there were any changes on high def videos, I think it still outputs in 720p, no true 1080p yet on youtube and stuff, but like I said before, 720p is more than enough on a 10 inch screen.
    Better hardware acceleration, updates to widgets and Movie Studio app, now Honeycomb can also run on 7 inch tablets, and some other minor ones… I’m enjoying Honeycomb while it lasts, since it will phase out in a few months (Ice Cream Sandwich is coming). Overall, I’m still having loads of fun with the Transformer!

By  M. Kim “gadget freak and man-toy expert”

  • I was one of the lucky view at the stroke of midnight on April 26th, was able to get my order in on Amazon. I just received my tablet tonight via Amazon Prime.
    I’ve been on Android since the original T-Mobile G1 released, and have owned an iPad since September of last year, so quite awhile on both. This is my first ownership experience of a Honeycomb 3.0 tablet.

    Software wise, there’s not that much I can add in terms of what others haven’t already said. It’s VERY refreshing coming from iOS, to actually not be staring at pages and pages of useless icons. The notifications are ABSOLUTELY sweet (i.e. useful!). The app quick access with screenshots adds to a very desktop-esque experience, but with the navigability of a tablet UI.

    Most things run very smooth, typical of all the standard Tegra 2 devices. Speakers are surprisingly loud, and there are actually 2 of them (stereo). Screen is absolutely gorgeous (IPS).

    If you’re deep in Google services, such as Gmail, Picasa, Youtube, Docs, etc. Honeycomb is a godsend. I have almost 20gb’s of photos in Picasa, and after one account setup, EVERY SINGLE PICTURE synced. Pretty much all my cloud files and settings synced. From Chrome bookmarks to docs to pictures…. it seriously is a breath of fresh air to have things “just work”, without the use of something like iTunes.

    Granted, if you’re not a Googler like me, it won’t be AS beneficial, but that’s not to say it’s still not a great device.

    It also charges FAST as hell. My iPad takes on average 6 hours to go from 0% to 100%. I haven’t done a full discharge on the Asus, but it went from 7% to 100% in a little under 2 hrs. That’s insane.

    The not so great, both the front and rear camera seem slightly sub-par as far as clarity goes. Very usable, but not great. My only real complaint is the “tightness” of the construction. I absolutely don’t mind the plastic. It’s light, grippy, sturdy, and looks great. However, along the bezel where the plastic seems to meet the glass, the Transformer tends to creak. Nothing worth concern, but it would be nice for a device that’s basically a slab of glass to “sound” solid in your hand.Then I think to myself, this thing cost 399… It’s 100 bucks less then the cheapest iPad.

    So, the question really isn’t “Is this thing awesome” or “is it better then an iPad”. I believe either of those answers are really up for interpretation. However, when you throw in the equation of PRICE…”Is this thing awesome for 399″ , i have to give a resounding “YES!”.

    ****** Edit : Usage Update *******

    So I’ve been using this tablet in place of my iPad exclusively for about 4 days now, and have better insight to the Transformer.

    The good is that my previous complaint about the build quality really has proven to be a really superficial concern. It does faintly creak in a couple spots, but I would have to classify the actual severity as minimal to non-existant.

    Also, after reading the issues with the Asus update, I decided to proceed since it’s only been documented that a handful (i.e. less then 5) people out of potential thousands have actually had issues. My update went without an issue.

    I hear people complain about the lack of apps specifically for tablet. I can happily say that i haven’t experience this limitation since even most non-tablet specific apps scale fine. “things look stretched out”. Yes, that’s actually an indication that Android was designed to scale properly (literally). Look at iOS, they literally blow up non iPad apps to the point of pixelation. Android’s solution, while not ideal, is much better and most non-tablet specific apps actually work and look just fine. Having a FULL browser is incredibly helpful.

    The notification system is awesome. Just this change makes this tablet twice as more productive then my iPad.

    Now, admittedly, there have been more not-so-good issues that I’ve discovered. First off, the tablet is definitely prone to freezes and locks. On several occasions it would just freeze completely and would require a reboot. Also, there have been several times where, when going from portrait to landscape, the resolution of the screen stayed fixed. This would result in an odd partial-screen view. Usually fixed itself after a couple of seconds of rotating the tablet. Other times, presses are unresponsive, ex. opening an app. This is definitely a software issue however, not an issue with the capacitive hardware.

    YouTube playback was surprisingly choppy, even in standard def. The recent update however, seemed to have improved that greatly.

    Last thing, just like most Android devices, the user experience is proned to “slow-down” once you’ve been on it for any decent amount of time. Can’t be a RAM issue as this has 1GB, and at any given time there’s only 400mb or so in use.

    All in all, most of these problems are directly related to Honeycomb, not Asus Transformer hardware.

    In actual use case, I would say I experience one of the above problems about 1-5% of the time I’m actually using the tablet. It’s not enough to make it unusable at all, it’s actually been a pretty positive experience. However, I now completely understand the sentiments that Honeycomb is “half-baked”. Generally speaking, people read blogs that are writing 3rd hand information to begin with, and make that comment without actually having owned a Honeycomb tablet. Well, I have, and I understand now. As a consumer device, I still think it’s fine, but there’s enough glaring early version issues that I probably wouldn’t reccomend something like this in business or enterprise use.

    Last thing, all you funny people in the comments trying to pigeon-hole me as a anti-Apple or pro-Apple, or whatever it may be… In all honesty, I’m one of the few people I’ve ever met that has one foot equally (and fully) planted in 3 completely separate platforms. I use iOS, OS X,Android, and Windows 7 in equal capacities at work and at home, and my mobile OS of choice (outside of tablets) has been Android for the last 3 years. I do this because I LOVE and HATE various things about ALL the OS’s I use, which is why I use 4 of them to fill in each other gaps. Take that as you will.

By Josome

  • I bought this transformer two weeks ago. After using it for two days, I found the upper left corner frame is kind of loose, when you slight push it, you can hear the clicking sound. I called Amazon, and they replaced one for me. The second one I got looks good on the frame. But as soon as I started it, I notice a large light leaking area on the lower left corner. Then… I replaced another from Amazon. The third one… terrible issue with the left side frame. Every time I touch the left side, it gives me a clicking sound, annoys me to hell. I have lost patience and will return this tablet. Overall a good design and screen. But the quality control is just a joke. Guys, if you really love it, buy from Amazon, at least you could have better customer service.

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