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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1 Review

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1
Credit: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-Eee-Pad-Transformer-TF101-A1-10-1-Inch-Tablet-16GB-/350472434823

The Specifications

  • Operating System
    AndroidTM 3.2
  • Display
    10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) Screen*1
    10 finger multi-touch support
    Scratch resistant glass
  • CPU
    NVIDIA® Tegra2™
  • Memory
  • Storage
    Unlimited One Year ASUS Webstorage Space *2
  • Wireless Data Network
    WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
    Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
  • Camera
    1.2 MP Front Camera
    5 MP Rear Camera
  • Audio
    Stereo Speakers
    SRS Premium Sound
    High Quality Mic
  • Interface
    1 x Mini HDMI
    2 x Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-In)
    1 x Card Reader : Micro SD
  • Sensor
    Light Sensor
  • Application
    Multi-Task Support : Yes
    Flash Support : Yes *3
    Software :
    - ASUS Launcher
    - MyLibrary
    - MyNet
    - MyCloud*4
    - File manager
    - PC Sync
  • Battery
    9.5 hours; 24.4Wh Li-Polymer Battery *5
    16 hours with dock *5
  • Dimensions
    271 x 176.8 x 12.98 mm
  • Weight
    680 g
  • Mobile Dock
    Touch Pad
    2 x USB 2.0
    2 x Docking port (Host + Client)
    1 x Card Reader (MMC/SD/SDHC)
    1 x 24.4Wh Battery

Note: (Taken directly off of the global asus.com. Reference to (http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/Eee_Pad_Transformer_TF101/#specifications

My Review

I have owned this tablet for about half a year now. I originally purchased this tablet for just my school and business work seeing how it could be transformed from a tablet into a personal mini laptop that can be easily transported and used. But after using it at home I realized it has great multimedia capabilities to not only watch videos on Netflix or Youtube, but also to edit videos as well with the purchase of an application off of the GooglePlay store. The Asus Tablet also has a speedy operating system, booming sound quality, and an awesome battery life. But it also experiences long powering up times, hard to remove USB covers on the docking station, and pretty miniscule storage capability unless you upgrade it with a micro SD card or USB.

The Pro's

Firstly, I am thoroughly pleased with my Asus tablet because it is extremely portable and can be virtually used anywhere. It is almost like having a bigger phone, but you can't call from it. So when I have work to do on my phone I end up transferring it to my tablet because I can view it on a bigger screen and I am able to process the data faster because of the processing unit it has. 

Secondly, the Asus tablet has a very smooth operating system. The operating system (as said above under specifications) runs off of Android 3.2 honeycomb which can be upgraded to the 4.0 icecream sandwich with Adobe Flash Player 10.2 support. The system allows for you to be able to change quickly and effectively from one app to the other. This is incredibly helpful when I am working on a document and need to reference to a website and I am able to switch back and forth between the two very easily allowing me to pull information off of the resources much quicker. 

Thirdly, it is has an awesome speaker system to it especially for a tablet! I am able to play music off of my tablet from about 15-20 feet and still hear the music fine. Which if you really think about it, is pretty dang good considering that it is a tablet. Most tablets (which I have tried numerous kinds) are not made to boost sound. But the Asus Tablet allows for the music to be louder due to how the speakers are placed on the tablet. 

Fourthly, the Asus tablet playbacks video at a high quality because of the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 1.0GHz dual-core in it. This allows for videos to upload at faster rates and able to watch the videos at a higher quality. Which is wonderful because if you watch netflix, or Hulu this is a great tablet for you! I have always been pleased with how good my video quality has been with it.

Finally, the Asus tablet has an amazing battery life. The tablet its self has about 5-6 hours running time, but when I attach the Asus tablet to the docking keyboard station it gets up to about 16-20 hours of battery life. Not to meantion if you turn off the tablet when you are finished with it, it could last for a few days if not a week. I have gone 6 days without charging it before, and that is with using it everyday for a few hours a day. I am very pleased with the battery life that the Asus tablet has.

The Cons

The start up time on the Asus tablet is slow, and sometimes requires you to hold down the start up button for about 10-15 seconds, or even sometimes pressing the button numerous amounts of time. Which is a minor setback in the tablet, but is a little frustrating at times when you are trying to get on the tablet quickly. But once the tablet is started it runs smoothly.

On top of this the Asus Tablet does have annoying USB covers on the docking station that do require a bit of effort to remove if you want to plug a USB in the docking station. Unless you have long nails or something to get a hold of the USB covers it will take a quite a bit of effort to remove which is a bit frustrating. 

Finally the Asus tablet does have a pretty minsicule storage unit on it. The Asus tablet is equipped with only 16GB of memory, (which can be upgraded to 32GB, or have a micro SD card or USB.) I find myself running out of memory every now and then because of the work I do on the tablet. I found that I had to transfer data from the tablet to my computer at least once a month due to having low memory on the tablet which causes it to process slower. 


I love my Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1 and has been a great device to do projects on and create documents on. It also playbacks video awesomely, produces great sound quality, has a speedy processing unit, and has an awesome battery life. Although it does have a slow powering up time, annoying USB covers and a small storage unit, I would not trade it for any other brand of tablet, unless it is an upgraded version of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. I encourage everyone to try this tablet out, because it won't fail you!

What Others are Saying

The device is very well built, good quality, awesome screen. Deusdies  |  265 reviewers made a similar statement. (Amazon.com) 

"I like this thing so much that I would buy another one tomorrow if something happened to it! Alex Tamulis  |  128 reviewers made a similar statement (Amazon.com)

"You must push the power button twice to get to the unlock screen, but when you unlock it, the screen goes blank right away once again. B  |  98 reviewers made a similar statement (Amazon.com)



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