Learn how to set up an Asus Transformer Pad TF300 Android tablet.
Asus Transformer Pad TF300 setup
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is one of CNET's top-rated Android tablets and one of the first to run the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android out of the box. In this gallery, I'm going to walk you through the setup process for this tablet and offer a few tips on customization.
On this first screen, we'll agree to use the default language, English.
To see a video tutorial on setting up an Asus Transformer Pad TF300, head over to CNET's How To blog.
The second page of the setup guide offers options for custom onscreen keyboards. By default, it will use the same language preference chosen on the previous page, but you can change that preference by unchecking the box and selecting a specific keyboard from the options below.
Assuming you were able to connect to the Internet using the Wi-Fi setup on the previous page, the tablet will set its own date and time. Before you skip ahead, though, be sure to select the correct region for your time zone.
Here's where the Google magic happens. If you're an existing Google account holder, a one-time entry of your log-in and password will synchronize your Google services and apps to your new tablet (including Gmail, Picasa, Google Books, Google Music, and more).
For new users, Google allows you to register a new account directly from the tablet, though it may be faster to create the account on a home computer. While you're at it, visit Google Wallet to setup a payment method for purchasing apps and media, and skip the next page.
If you don't already have a payment account setup with Google, you can enable purchases by entering in a payment method directly on the tablet. Personally, I think that entering credit card info on a touch screen is a painful experience to endure in the first few minutes of tablet ownership. To avoid the stress, set up a Google Wallet account ahead of time.
One odd omission in Android 4.0 is Google's new mobile Chrome browser. It's one of the best mobile browsers out there, and Google made it just for Ice Cream Sandwich, but you have to search it out and download it from their app store.
To keep battery life up, dive into the quick settings here and be sure that the screen brightness is set to adjust automatically.
While you're here, notice these custom performance settings directly above the brightness slider, that are designed by Asus. You get a Power saving mode, Balanced, and Performance mode. These are used to throttle the CPU for better battery life, or go all-out for games. I recommend keeping the setting in the default Balanced mode until a time when you feel a real need to kick it up or down.
To see our video tutorial on how to setup an Asus Transformer Pad TF300, head over to CNET's How To blog.