ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Review: A tablet in its prime
The Eee Pad Transformer Prime runs the latest Googe Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system, which offers a new user interface, ease of use, additional features and improved user experience. The lock screen now allows you to choose between unlock or direct access to the camera function. Unfortunately, the Face Unlock and Beam features are not available. You can choose to resize widgets, drag your favorite icons to different home screens, access your Recent Apps list, and even dictate text for text input. Oh, and in case you are looking for the Android Market for purchase and download of Android apps, the Android Market has been renamed to 'Google Play'. Do note that many of the apps on Google Play are not optimized for tablet devices, and may looked pixelated or distorted when you run them. It would be great if Google could filter and just show apps that are recommended or optimized for the tablets though, but don't expect that to happen anytime soon. ASUS has also included the MyCloud storage app with 8GB of free storage and one-year unlimited cloud storage for you to store your files online.
Equipped with Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is really fast. We ran some gaming applications such as Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave, Zen Pinball THD and Stardom: The A-List on the ASUS tablet and gaming feels seamless on the whole. There is also no lag when we played some high-definition video files as well as from YouTube. The audio speakers is definitely not the best we have heard, but you can always rely on your trusty headphones if you much prefer.
For those who are interested in performance ratings, here are some screenshots taken from running Linpack for Android, Vellamo and Neocore benchmark applications. Linpack for Android measures a system’s floating point computing power; Vellamo mobile Web benchmark evaluates web browser performance on Android devices; and Neocore is an OpenGL-ES 1.1 graphics performance benchmark for Android devices. While the numbers do not mean much to the layman, the one that interests us most is the Neocore benchmark tests, which returns a decent 34.3 frames per second results when run at 1280×720 resolution. Higher frames per second (fps) literally means smoother graphics/video motion.