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Asus Transformer Pad (TF300) Tablet Review

The Transformer Pad is a decent pick for buyers on a budget that still want a lot of bang for their buck.

May 15, 2012
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Reading Books

Reading eBooks on the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 works fairly well with any of the litany of apps available to the tablet via the Play Store and pre-installed software. Most apps share relatively similar functions, but the reigning emperor of eBook readers at the moment is the Amazon Kindle app. You can change font styles, colors, and sizes, as well as select text, or facebook/tweet passages from your recent literary conquest.

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This is what your tablet looks like as an eReader.

To control the reading experience, you can tap or swipe your finger to page forward or backward, or tap near the bottom of the screen to call out a scrub bar to quickly scan the book. If you use the kindle app to read a title on your smartphone, it will save your spot over the web, and when you bring it up on your tablet, it should bring you to the same spot you left off of.

Buying Books

By clicking the shopping cart at the top of the screen, you will be taken to the Kindle eBook store. From there, assuming you've already created an Amazon account complete with billing info, you can browse or search for titles, then obtain them by tapping the purchase or download icon. If the title requires payment, your download will begin once your card clears, but you won't be waiting long: because text files are relatively small, they do not take a long time to download. For example, in our labs, Tolstoy's War and Peace only took about 10 seconds to download for the first time on a day when we were having some wireless issues.

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The Amazon Kindle store.
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eBook Formats

Because the selection of supported eBook formats is a software issue more than anything, which formats you can use on the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 depends almost entirely on the apps you have installed. Out of the box, though, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 supports most Microsoft Office documents via the Polaris app, most open eBook formats (EPUB, MOBI, etc) via the Play Books app, and.azw via the Kindle app. If you have a library of eBooks from a previous device that does not play nice with this software, the option always exists to either download a new eReader app, or convert the file using a program like Calibre.

Newspapers & Magazines

Much like eBooks, you can also purchase issues of, or subscribe to your favorite periodicals in a digital file format. If you prefer to use the Kindle app for this, you can follow the same process as you would to buy an eBook, but simply tap the "Newsstand" link to browse periodicals, and buy. You can also enable automatic download for new issues the day they come out.

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Browse a huge list of electronic periodicals.
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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. Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 3rd Gen Comparison
  12. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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