Asus Eee Pad Transformer 3G

Asus Eee Pad Transformer 3G
$499.00
Brand: Asus
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels, IPS LCD, Capacitive, Multi-touch, Ambient light sensor
  • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra 2 T20
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 4.0
  • Battery: 6440 mAh
  • Released Date: 01-04-2011

Specifications

General

Device Type Android Tablet
Model Asus Eee Pad Transformer 3G (Asus TF101G)
Released April, 2011
Status Available

Design

Dimensions 271 x 171 x 13 mm
Weight 680 g
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
Colors Black

Display

Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) IPS LCD
Size 10.1 inches
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 149 ppi
Features Capacitive, Multi-touch, Ambient light sensor

Platform

Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 4.0 (upgradable from Android 3.0)
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No

Hardware

Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Nvidia Tegra 2 T20
CPU Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. ULP GeForce
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 32GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Audio Technology SRS audio

Battery

Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 6440 mAh
Battery Life 14.5 hours
Charging Charger Power cord Adapter

Camera

Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 1.3 MP
Camera Features Autofocus, Video calling, Geo-tagging
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) No

Connectivity

Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 2.1
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 b, g, n
USB Yes, v2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No

Reviews

User Reviews 1 User Reviews The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, a 10-inch Android tablet priced at $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB. Praising its sleek design with a slim and lightweight build, she compares it favorably to the iPad 2. Noteworthy features include a proprietary dock connector for an optional keyboard dock with an 8-hour battery. The tablet boasts a micro SD card slot, mini HDMI port, headphone jack, and dual speakers. The IPS display stands out for its sharp visuals and wide viewing angles, earning it praise compared to other tablets. Lisa highlights the Transformer's 16GB/32GB storage, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and front/rear cameras, with firmware updates addressing camera quality.
- Lisa from MobileTechReview
User Reviews 2 The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer's standout feature – the optional/bundled keyboard dock, transforming it into a functional Android netbook. Emphasizing the tablet's 10.1-inch size, Honeycomb OS, and NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Basil commends the device's sleek design, praising the IPS display for vivid visuals and responsive touch.
-- PhoneArena
User Reviews 3 In terms of hardware, the Transformer closely resembles the Xoom, both running on a 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb platform with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The tablet's standout features include a vibrant LCD screen and comfortable grip despite its larger size. However, our review unit faced volume button issues, a concern Asus promptly addressed.
- Adam Savage’s Tested
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Sleek and lightweight design
- Optional keyboard dock with extra battery life
- Versatile ports and connectivity (microSD slot, mini HDMI, headphone jack, dock connector)
- Sharp IPS display with wide viewing angles
- Good storage capacity (16/32GB internal storage + microSD expansion)
- Front and rear cameras, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor

Cons:
- Production challenges and firmware issues noted
- Camera quality criticized

In the bustling world of tablets, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer emerged as a game-changer back in April 2011, challenging the status quo with its unique optional dock attachment. This 10-inch Android tablet aimed to disrupt the market with its sleek design, competitive pricing, and a transformative keyboard dock.

Design and Display: Aesthetic Appeal and Visual Brilliance

The tablet's slim and lightweight design drew praise, making it a contender against the iPad 2. With dimensions measuring 271 x 171 x 13 mm and weighing 680g, the Transformer presented a comfortable and portable device.

The scratch-resistant glass protecting its LED-backlit IPS LCD display showcased visuals at a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, with a pixel density of 149 ppi.

The display's capacitive, multi-touch, and ambient light sensor technologies added a layer of sophistication, offering sharp visuals and wide viewing angles. The IPS display for its quality compared to other tablets.

Under the Hood: Performance and Specifications

Powering the Transformer was the Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 chipset, featuring a dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and a ULP GeForce GPU.

With 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSDHC card slot, the tablet delivered a commendable performance, comparable to rivals like the Motorola Xoom.

Connectivity options were diverse, with a 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers, Bluetooth v2.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB v2.0, and GPS.

The tablet also sported a mini HDMI port for multimedia output. While NFC and wireless charging were not specified, the inclusion of these features would have been welcomed.

Camera Capabilities and Audio Technology

The Transformer featured a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera, equipped with autofocus, video calling, and geo-tagging capabilities.The firmware updates addressed concerns about the camera's quality, ensuring a more satisfying imaging experience.

Audio technology was not overlooked, with SRS audio enhancing the loudspeaker's performance. These audio enhancements contributed to a well-rounded multimedia experience, further establishing the Transformer's versatility.

The Transformer's Unique Selling Point: The Keyboard Dock

What truly set the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer apart was its optional keyboard dock. The dock featured a chiclet keyboard, a touch trackpad with mouse buttons, and an additional battery, extending usage to an impressive 14 hours.

The keyboard dock's seamless attachment, secure lock, and support for multitouch gestures made it a standout accessory. However, the occasional slowdowns in typing speed and the lack of smart palm recognition in Android, making it less ideal for note-taking.

Battery Life: An Enduring Companion

The tablet housed a 24.4-watt-hour battery, claiming up to 9.5 hours of use. With the dock attached, the battery life soared to an impressive 14 hours, making it a reliable companion for extended usage periods. The substantial battery capacity was a testament to ASUS's commitment to delivering a long-lasting and reliable device.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer managed to carve its niche in the competitive tablet market with a compelling combination of design, performance, and versatility.

While not without its quirks, such as occasional keyboard lag and camera concerns, the Transformer stood tall as an affordable and innovative option.

The optional keyboard dock added a layer of functionality rarely seen in tablets, making it an attractive choice for users seeking a hybrid device that bridged the gap between tablet and netbook.

As we look back at the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer's legacy, its impact on the tablet landscape remains evident. The Transformer challenged conventions and inspired subsequent devices to explore new form factors and functionalities.

For users in 2011 and beyond, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer proved to be a worthy companion, offering a glimpse into the future of portable computing.

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