CNET First Look
Asus Eee Pad TransformerThe Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a low-price, quality Honeycomb tablet with useful options.
-Hey everyone, I'm Eric Franklin and today, we're taking a first look at the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet. This is a Wi-Fi only, contract-free tablet winning Google's Android Honeycomb OS with 16 gigabytes of storage and at the very appealing price of $399. Earlier this week, we looked at the T-mobile G-Slate stating that it's slightly lower price and additional features made it a better deal than the Xoom on Verizon. The transformer, however, has the lowest price we've seen so far on a Honeycomb tablet and it's even cheaper in the lowest price iPad 2. The transformer's 10.1-inch screen is capacitive touch IPS, which means it has viewing angles that matches the best tablets out there. It includes a mini HDMI port for outputting HD content to your TV or monitor. You also get a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. Concerning the OS, this is pretty much the stock android experience. However, ASUS does have some preinstalled widgets for weather and mail notifications on the home screen. Also while previous Honeycomb tablets max your screen output times at 30 minutes, I personally appreciated the transformer's ability to set the timer to never. With this many takes as I require, and this is probably like my 8th, it makes doing these videos a lot less frustrating for everyone involved. The ASUS is just a bulky as the Xoom and G-Slate and slightly heavier. It's also the longest Honeycomb tablet we've come across. Compared to the iPad 2, the difference in size especially its thickness is dramatic and obvious. So, why it is called the transformer? Well, because if you pay an extra $150, you can get an add-on in the form of a docking station/keyboard that kinds of turns it into a sort of a netbook. The keyboard includes a multitouch touch pad, SD card slot, 2 USB ports, and its own battery. We're glad to Honeycomb available on more affordable tablets like the ASUS as well as the Acer Iconia tab. Check out full reviews of both at cnet.com. Once again, I'm Eric Franklin and this has been the first look at the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.