Asus Transformer Pad Infinity – A Review

Asus has quite a few number of tablets in its Transformer series lineup and the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is probably the best amongst them. The unique tablet-notebook mobile hybrid boasts countless advancement over prior models and excels at almost everything it provides. Here is our take on the much-hyped device!

Hardware

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity runs NVIDIA’s latest Tegra Quad-Core T33 processor at 1.6GHz with 1 Gigabyte of RAM. The tablet has a High-Definition 1920 x 1200 IPS Plus LED backlit display that is capable of showing high levels of brightness and contrast. For purposes of data storage and data transfer, the tablet has a MicroSD card slot and a Micro HDMI port. It has a 2 MP front-facing camera and an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash that is capable of 1080p full HD video recording functionality.

With all these features, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity tablet PC is available in varying models of 32 GB and 64 GB of storage capacity. Couple that with the fact that this tablet is much cheaper than most of the other tablets it competes with in the market, you get a strong, solid, device with a number of unique selling points. However it is still important to mention a few of the noticeable problems you might face with the tablet.

Probably the most significant downside you can think of when you use the tablet is the fact that it has a single speaker which is located in the bottom-right corner of main frame of the device. This means that whenever you pick up the tablet with both of your hands, say while playing a game, you will unknowingly cup the speaker with your hand, muffling its voice. However, the muffling effect is not very large and this is not a problem that should stop you from buying this great tablet.

One other problem you may notice is that the font-facing camera mat not auto-focus as good as you may want it to. Again, this is not much of a problem and can be easily resolved with manual focus. Other than this, the tablet is good to go.

Software

In stock configuration, the tablet runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it can be upgraded to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean which is the latest version of the Android platform built for smartphones and tablets. The OS provides easy multitasking, customizable home screens, rich notifications, re-sizable widgets and deep interactivity for a full web experience. Furthermore, it also offers support for Adobe Flash and the ever growing Google Play platform which makes this tablet very good for entertainment purposes.

Asus provides the Transformer Pad Infinity with its own, custom-designed Asus Launcher app which is very convenient to use and allows users to launch software, manage content, access online services and connect devices with only a few simple taps.

Display

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has one of the best displays in the 10-inch Android tablet market today. There is little to no discernible pixels and you can hardly see them even when you look up close on the screen. The screen is extremely bright and gives a clear, crisp contrast between images of different colour. In addition to this, it has the IPS Plus mode which when activated, gives it an extra boost of brightness which is very useful when you are using it in the outdoors under heavy sunlight. This also gives it phenomenal viewing angles and you can pretty much see the images on the screen from practically any angle with a perfect to near-perfect quality of display.

Performance

The tablet is very responsive and is quite swift with the menu transitions while switching from one screen to another. Also, navigation on the tablet is easy and is enhanced by the file manager included in the Android OS. For gaming purposes, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity works like a charm. Gaming is smooth, crisp and engaging. You can also control your actions using the mobile QWERTY keyboard provided with the device. The center-left region at the back of the tablet does tend to get warm with extended use but it shouldn’t stop of hinder you from your gaming experience.

Connectivity

Network Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which are further aided by gyroscopes, accelerometers and GPS antennas. However, it is important to mention that the tablet does not have support for mobile carriers.

Battery Life And Capacity

The Transformer Pad Infinity offers you a choice to enjoy both notebook and tablet mode and flexible data transfer or storage with the built-in SD card reader and USB port in the optional mobile dock.

The mobile dock offers a full QWERTY keyboard with touchpad and USB port, while also extending battery life to an incredible 14 hours for all day computing on the go.

Price And Availability In Australia

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity tablet with can be purchased from various online Australian retails stores over the web, including TopBuy Australia. TopBuy offers the 64 GB storage model of the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity tablet at $699.05 AUD with 30% discounted savings.

If you are looking for an Android tablet that can work as a notebook, then you can’t find anything better than the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

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