There are dozens of different tablets available, and many of these, like the Asus EEE Pad Transformer run Android. Droid tablets certainly aren’t unique, however the Asus EEE Pad Transformer certainly is. This is because it can switch from being a tablet into a netbook computer which really does give you the best of both worlds. But is this tablet worth buying and is it really any good?
- 1Ghz Dual Core Processor
- Android 3.0 Operating System
- 1GB RAM
- 16 or 32 GB Storage
- microSD card slot in tablet – SD Card in docking station
- 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen
- 1.3 Megapixel front webcam
- 5 Megapixel rear facing camera
Best of Both Worlds
A netbook is a fully functional computer and this has a big advantage over tablet computers. However, tablet computers are much more convenient, have touch screens, and are easier to take with you. The Asus EEE Pad Transformer gives you the best of both worlds, you can use it as a netbook when at home but also take the screen off and take it separately as a tablet.
This is a fantastic idea and will certainly be popular with some people. However, this is much more expensive than a regular netbook.
The transformer can be purchased without the dock if you just want the tablet computer. The dock does set this apart from the competition, but is not included in all packages.
The tablet has a nice patterned design on the back which makes it very comfortable to hold. It has black bezels around the screen and is quite attractive. Other than the fact it comes with a keyboard and touchpad dock, it looks virtually the same as every other tablet currently available.
The build quality of the Asus EEE Pad Transformer is reasonably good, but it is not as well built as the iPad 2.
The Asus EEE Pad has the same connection options as any other android tablet. It can be connected to a wireless network, Bluetooth device and to your compute. When the tablet is updated to Android 3.1 it can support USB host, this means that it can be used to connect memory sticks, cameras and many other USB devices which really make it just as good as a webcam.
This tablet is actually pretty clever. The battery pack in the tablet itself lasts for 9.5 hours. The docking station also contains another battery which can provide additional power for another 6 hours. This means that it can be used as a serious work machine if you need and is perfect for taking away with you.
The clever thing is that the dock battery will automatically charge the battery inside the tablet as well as powering it. This means that it will be ready for you to take out again soon.
The unique selling feature of this tablet is certainly the keyboard. While it’s certainly possible to connect external USB keyboards to many other tablets, this is the only Android tablet to currently have a dedicated dock. The keyboard dock is very well designed which means the tablet fits firmly inside and it looks just like a netbook.
Typing on the onscreen keyboard is fine for hammering out a short email. However, the netbook keyboard is fantastic. This allows you to type as much as you want at relatively high speed.
The Transformer uses a 10.1 inch IPS LCD screen and this produces a very bright and crisp picture. It’s one of the best screens on any tablet and even beats the iPad 2’s screen.
The cameras are fine for a bit of fun and web chats; however they aren’t really suitable for taking important photographs with. There is a 5 mega pixel camera at the rear and a 1.3 mega pixel webcam. This is much better than the iPad 2’s camera. This tablet can also record high definition videos.
If you want a netbook which also has the flexibility of a tablet then you should certainly check out the Asus EEE Pad Transformer. The other specs are fairly standard and the performance is good. Buy it if you want a tablet which also has a keyboard.