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Re: ASUS Transformer Prime - Android Tablet

Unfortunately at launch they said no plans to launch a 3G version, lucky for us they decided to wise up.....

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The main problem with this thing (again) is that Asus doesn't seem to get their act together at their manufacturing plant. The QC is horrible and many of the tablets sold have issues such as dust under the screen. Combine that with the lousy job SwissIT Repairs tends to do when dealing with issues like that disqualify the tablet for me. After my experience with the first Transformer and after what I've read about the current one, Asus still isn't an option. I'm just glad that their notebooks aren't that sucky.
Agreed, I was surprised to hear about a fair few people sending theirs back with problems with the weak GPS, the dust issue, and weak WiFI. Certainly not what you expect on a premium product.

There are signs ASUS are releasing a revision very soon, the TF700T, with upgraded GPS module and even higher resolution of 1900*1200 http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/mobi...sformer-prime/

Lenovo are also releasing a competitor with dock that looks pretty damn nice http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/...blets-2012019/

It's going to be a big year for tablets methinks.
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Lenovo are also releasing a competitor with dock that looks pretty damn nice http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/...blets-2012019/
Only to be sold in China initially, rest of the world at an unspecified time - a5se.

So basically from this thread, Asus build second rate products. Does anyone actually have this latest version? A friend in German does and thinks it is excellent.

Thought about the Samsung 10.1 tab, but have read lots of users reviews and they seem to suffer pretty bad screen issues (known as Oil Slick?), the connectivity is a bit touch and go and it has no ports other than Samsung specific one (e.g. no micro-hdmi, micro-sd, micro-usb).

So as usual only Apple seem to be producing quality products? Don't ask me to buy an iPad as it is never going to happen (that is a whole other thread )
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Re: ASUS Transformer Prime - Android Tablet

I pre-ordered mine from Dixons (as I want a GB keyboard) mid-Dec and I'm not cancelling. Taking all the issues into consideration and the spectre of an updated Prime in Q2 2012, I still think this is still the right machine for me. With respect to QC, this is clearly a very subjective issue. Their ultrabooks, netbooks and notebooks are all rated highly on build quality and reliability.. I've had 2 and never had issues. What I think has happened is that a bad batch of Primes has gotten out there (poor wifi, screen bleed, intermittant keyboard dock connectivity) and the complaints have been amplified on various forums. However there are plenty of happy campers out there, with rock solid wifi, no stuck pixels and no other major issues but its the few that seem to create all the noise with the majority of satisfied customers remaining silent. In any case, if there are any problems, just return it and get your money back.. whats the problem?
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Only to be sold in China initially, rest of the world at an unspecified time - a5se.

So basically from this thread, Asus build second rate products. Does anyone actually have this latest version? A friend in German does and thinks it is excellent.

Thought about the Samsung 10.1 tab, but have read lots of users reviews and they seem to suffer pretty bad screen issues (known as Oil Slick?), the connectivity is a bit touch and go and it has no ports other than Samsung specific one (e.g. no micro-hdmi, micro-sd, micro-usb).

So as usual only Apple seem to be producing quality products? Don't ask me to buy an iPad as it is never going to happen (that is a whole other thread )
No, ASUS dont build second rate products, their first tablet was awesome and so are their laptops and computer components. They just had a bad batch of the Prime with QC, which sucks.

I can't imagine why you would buy a Samsung 10.1 when the internals are now outdated. Just wait a couple of months for the new arrivals, there will be plenty of Tegra3 tablets on the horizon.
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Old 12.01.2012, 15:44
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Re: ASUS Transformer Prime - Android Tablet

Mine has just arrived (sadly in the wrong country ), will do a write up on Saturday when I physically pick it up from my parents.
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Old 13.01.2012, 08:12
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No, ASUS dont build second rate products, their first tablet was awesome
It really wasn't - I had 3 of them (through exchanges, repairs etc.), all of them had massive issues (no, I'm not making this up).

Apart from that: while the Transformer Prime is pretty nice spec-wise for now, the game will change in only a couple of weeks when the iPad 3 is announced. From then on, anything below a Full-HD display is considered obsolete. I'm very sure Asus will rush out their Full-HD capable successor to the Prime as quickly as they can once the iPad 3 is here. What I'm trying to say here: now's not the time to buy.
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Old 13.01.2012, 10:39
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It really wasn't - I had 3 of them (through exchanges, repairs etc.), all of them had massive issues (no, I'm not making this up).

Apart from that: while the Transformer Prime is pretty nice spec-wise for now, the game will change in only a couple of weeks when the iPad 3 is announced. From then on, anything below a Full-HD display is considered obsolete. I'm very sure Asus will rush out their Full-HD capable successor to the Prime as quickly as they can once the iPad 3 is here. What I'm trying to say here: now's not the time to buy.
Asus have already announced the HD successor to the Prime, its called the TF700T. Do I have buyer's remorse? not at all, this isn't slated (excuse the pun) for release until at least June and for me a 6 month life cycle on tablets is just about acceptable. In any case my dock will still work with the new tablet, so there is some continuity there. Right now, the Prime is the best Android tablet out there (widely judged by almost every reviewer) and the first to have Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition its party piece of a keyboard dock with full size SD, companion battery (18 hours total), touch pad and USB port make it pretty unique. If the iPad 3 came with a keyboard dock too then I might waver, but thats not looking likely.
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Old 13.01.2012, 10:51
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Asus have already announced the HD successor to the Prime, its called the TF700T. Do I have buyer's remorse? not at all, this isn't slated (excuse the pun) for release until at least June and for me a 6 month life cycle on tablets is just about acceptable.
True - if I had ordered one in advance, I wouldn't care, either. For those who haven't ordered, however, it's probably prudent to wait, until you need the tablet for a specific task.

The TF700T was announced for Q2 - which is definitely before June. I'm willing to bet that Asus is waiting for the iPad 3 and will then decide on whether they'll rush the TF700T out between March and June or whether they'll push it back closer to Christmas.

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Re: ASUS Transformer Prime - Android Tablet

There is always going to be something better around the corner with regards to anything electronic. The lifecycle these days seems pretty short, everyone fighting with everyone else. How many people still have the original ipad and are happy with it? If it serves the purpose now then what is the problem?
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There is always going to be something better around the corner with regards to anything electronic.
True, but in this case, the successor was announced before the Prime was even available in stores.
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In general I think all this talk of high res screens is bunk, for me what matters is image quality and performance. A poor quality high res screen without the hardware (CPU/GPU) to back it up is nothing more than marketing hype. To me the manufacturer pissing contest of who can get the most pixels in an inch is reminiscent of the digital camera camp. And yet despite the mpixel count what matters the most is still the quality of the lense, components, image processor etc..

@Dawiz, agree with ASUS having crap PR and an innate tendency to flood the world with SKUs (just look at the EEEPC range of netbooks)
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that's a matter of personal preference, I guess - I do a lot of reading (as in books) on my tablets and I've always found the resolution to be wanting. I'm really looking forward to higher-res screens

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that's a matter of personal preference, I guess - I do a lot of reading (as in books) on my tablets and I've always found the resolution to be wanting. I'm really looking forward to higher-res screens

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I think for static images e.g. text, photos etc.. I can see the point. However if its games, movies and general browsing then such high resolution on so little screen real estate is not going to make much difference.
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I think for static images e.g. text, photos etc.. I can see the point. However if its games, movies and general browsing then such high resolution on so little screen real estate is not going to make much difference.
yupp, I can definitely agree with that. For me it's text that needs a higher resolution - on the iPad, text looks really crappy. On the Android tablets I've seen so far, it looks better, probably because Android does a better job at smoothing the fonts. But it's far from good - I really hope that'll work better with the newer screens.
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In general I think all this talk of high res screens is bunk, for me what matters is image quality and performance. A poor quality high res screen without the hardware (CPU/GPU) to back it up is nothing more than marketing hype. To me the manufacturer pissing contest of who can get the most pixels in an inch is reminiscent of the digital camera camp. And yet despite the mpixel count what matters the most is still the quality of the lense, components, image processor etc..

@Dawiz, agree with ASUS having crap PR and an innate tendency to flood the world with SKUs (just look at the EEEPC range of netbooks)
Well, higher resolution at the same screen size means that text is sharper and more readable, and websites render more accurately without being squashed. For me, 1280*800 on a tablet is the sweet spot. The 1900*1200 on the new Transformer Prime revision just seems really overkill.

To be fair to ASUS though, their screens are good quality, as is almost any IPS screen produced nowadays.
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Old 16.01.2012, 16:56
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Bit disappointing, but my TP turned out to have a number of issues and so I had to RMA it and come back to Switzerland without my new toy
Two bright spots on the screen and two stuck pixels.. Not the end of the world but it had the other widely reported issue of weak to non existent GPS. For 500 I expect a more polished final product. However I did still think it was a gorgeous machine, and the concept is very solid. I might wait on the sidelines for the TF700.
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Bit disappointing, but my TP turned out to have a number of issues and so I had to RMA it and come back to Switzerland without my new toy
Well, there's Asus for you. Never again! (for me, that is).

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Well, there's Asus for you. Never again! (for me, that is).

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It looks like ASUS UK and France have publically acknowledged the issues. Offering to extend the warranty for device from 12 to 18 months and also offereing a full, no quibble refund if you are unhappy with the GPS. A step in the right direction, this gives me hope that the TF700 won't be as half baked and rushed as the Prime.
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El Reg Review. 90%. Cracking AnTuTu benchmark score!

Also in El Reg Asus tackles Eee Transformer Prime tablet GPS woes.

But what about the TF700?

Finally, a non-Apple tablet that is worth the money!

I will wait for the Toshiba AT200 (Feb) and the iPad 3 (March perhaps).
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