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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablet Review

If versatility is your vice, you would do well to pick up the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

December 12, 2011
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Device & Specs

Even from outward appearances, these are two very different tablets. Where the Kindle Fire is a compact black brick, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a stylized brown metal beast with a 10" screen and the ability to be turned into a laptop (for a modest fee, of course). The Kindle Fire doesn't exactly have the hardware to compete directly, having half the RAM of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and a smaller screen size, but it was designed to be a bargain tablet, unlike the Eee Pad Transformer.

Screen

As previously stated, the Kindle Fire's 7" screen is far smaller than that of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in power. With a very high peak brightness, this tablet is more suited to travel with users into the sunlight. It still isn't great, but it's a lot better at dealing with bright light than the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is.

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Battery

The Kindle Fire barely edges out the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, providing an extra hour of video watching. This comparison is more of a wash, but the Kindle Fire has the better battery it seems.

eReader

Amazon equipped its Kindle Fire with unprecedented levels of online support and unlocked features for Kindle devices like the User Lending Library and partnerships with local libraries to lend books in Kindle format. Despite the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 's access to the Kindle reader app, the Fire is by far the better eReader.

Internet

Surprisingly, this is an area that is make-or-break for some consumers, as there is a huge difference between the two. Though the Kindle Fire runs on an operating system that is based on Android, it isn't what we call a Google-blessed tablet, and therefore it does not have the same market support, or support for Google apps as a true android tablet would. On the other hand, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer does not suffer this handicap, though it does not share the same support of the Kindle lending library. It all depends on what you want more.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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