The Asus Eee Pad Transformer takes portable gadgets to the next level with its Android 3.0 OS on a 10.1" multi-touch screen, dual cameras and the ability to turn into a full fledged laptop with a docking station. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey review the $400 device for its official Gadget Pr0n rating.
What You Need to Know
- It feels pretty light, but it's still heavier than the iPad 2.
- It runs on Android 3.0 and mostly has the same specs as other Android tablets.
- The touch screen is just as responsive as we'd expect, which is good.
- We've said it before and we'll say it again, Honeycomb is infinitely customizable, so you'll be able to add widgets, music players, picture galleries and a bunch of other stuff to your heart's content.
- We think this is the slickest and most powerful version of Android yet.
- We're happy to see that speed is consistent among all Android 3.0 tablets, so you'll pretty much have the same experience no matter which one you're using.
- The 5 megapixel camera on the back takes pictures and video, but there's no flash, so things might get grainy
- The front camera is 1.2 megapixels.
- There’s an optional keyboard dock; it's a little wonky getting it into the dock, but once you do, it turns your tablet into a laptop.
- The keyboard works great, as does the touchpad and you won't have to touch the screen when it's in the dock because you'll have a normal mouse cursor.
- You also get 2 USB ports and an SD Card slot on the dock.
- The 16 GB version is only $400, and it has a Micro SD card slot, so you can expand the memory.
- The $150 keyboard dock is fun, but you definitely don't need it.
- 5 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
- If you're looking for an Android tablet, this is one to get, because it won't break the bank, and it'll do everything you need it to do.
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