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Asus Transformer Prime Tablet Review

The newest Asus tablet provides some very impressive performance for its price point.

March 01, 2012
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Motorola Xyboard

Device & Specs

Both of these tablets are an embarrassment of hardware riches. For instance, the Xyboard not only has market-standard internal hardware, but it also has an IR blaster so it can control just about every device in your home theater, and a huge amount of productivity software to give you the edge when you're traveling away from your desk. On the other hand, the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 has a lot of computing power as of yet unmatched on the market, and when paired with the keyboard accessory, it becomes more of a laptop that runs Android than tablet.

Screen

The screens of both tablets are exceptionally bright and clear, but that of the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 is unprecedented in its brightness. While there is a tradeoff in contrast performance, being able to turn the screen down and still have it be visible is a huge plus.

Battery

Both tablets show somewhat impaired performances by having such ridiculously bright screens, but they manage pretty average battery life even at full settings. If you can stand to turn down the screen brightness, both tablets have a decent battery life, but at max settings they don't quite do well.

eReader

Both have access to identical apps, but the more stabel battery life of the Xyboard and the rubber grips make for a better experience overall, so this one goes to the Motorola media powerhouse.

Internet

Both have identical internet features, although the Xyboard is able to use its IR blaster for use with smart devices in your hoe theater as well as older equipment. The Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 already has Ice Cream Sandwich installed, while the Xyboard is slated to be upgraded to the tasty new OS in the near future.

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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 Eee Pad Transformer Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  12. Motorola Xyboard Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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