Looks good for now, will be better
latest Transformer tablet, the quad-core Transformer Prime, has finally showed its face in some real reviews and although there are a couple of glitches, the Tegra 3, high-quality build and a good screen certainly make this one the best tablets around.
As you probably already know, the Asus Transformer Prime is based on a 1.3GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, aka Kal-El chip, has 1GB of memory and 32/64GB of storage, all packed behind a 10.1-inch 1280x800 Super IPS+ screen. The device measures 263x180.8x8.3mm and weighs 586g, which makes it a tad bit thinner and lighter than the smaller 9.7-inch Apple iPad 2. It runs on Google's Android Honeycomb OS and packs quite a punch that puts it a tad ahead of Apple's iPad 2 in terms of performance.
Anandtech had some bad luck in recieving a broken sample and some other sites are also claiming issues with the browser performance and some battery issues, but in general you get a lot more for your money when you compare it to Apple's iPad 2. The build quality is exceptional, the screen is beautiful and most if not all reviews agree that Apple's iPad 2 finally got some decent competition. Of course, bear in mind that iPad 2 is almost nine months old and still looks pretty good.
According to what we know so far, the performance and battery issues should be fixed as there will be an OTA update on 2nd of December or tomorrow, and most of these reviews are dealing with pre-production samples. In case you were wondering about the price it stands at US $499 for the 32GB and US $599 for the 64GB version while the optional keyboard/battery dock adds US $149.99 to the price.
You can check out some reviews below.
- Slashgear.com (hands-on)