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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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Video Controls

One thing that users of the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 will love is the unobtrusive yet attractive control interface for their video files. You'll take note of the scrub bar, and very few other icons before it all disappears, giving way to a screen with nothing but your video file showing.

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Video Management

Video files are managed through the gallery application, appearing as thumbnails. Considering you only have 32GB of storage on the tablet, you shouldn't have a ton of HD files, but this application should be useful enough to sort your clips. For added convenience, videos appear with a preview thumbnail.

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Video Formats

Like with the music and eBooks, if you want added file formats, you can always download another media player or codec from the Android Market. If you run across a file format that doesn't work for whatever reason, give the free MoboPlayer a shot.

Internet Video

Included in the software for the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 is a YouTube application, allowing you to stream your favorite video clips to your tablet whenever you have an internet connection. But the best part about this is: you can download any of a bunch of apps like Vimeo, DailyMotion, or Netflix. If there's a service you like on your computer, chances are very good you can find it in the Android Market.

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Video Battery Life

Well, we're not entirely sure if it's just automatic power management, or if the battery really is that good, but the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 managed to play back video at peak brightness for just over 9 straight hours with the WiFi disabled, "normal" battery mode enabled and all additional processes terminated.

Your mileage will probably vary for any of several reasons, because there are so many variables with this tablet that can hurt or improve battery life. For example, there are three battery modes (high performance, normal, eco), the screen brightness is crazy to begin with, so turning that down will probably help your battery life, and enabling WiFi or another program that sucks down juice will hurt your battery life.

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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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