Asus Transformer Pad TF300 Tablet
I’d like to welcome you to the newest member of my gadget family, the Asus Transformer TF300. I’ll take you back to the story of how I managed to buy this gadget.
When I bought the Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone before, I didn’t know much about smartphones and only upon using it that I realized how weak it was if I want to use it for apps and games. This made me want a more powerful device but should I get another phone?
While playing with my mother’s Ipad, I scrapped the idea of getting a new phone but instead, I’d like to buy a tablet instead. My first target was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as it was the one with the strongest specifications at that time. Months passed and this urge died down… until while browsing the net, I saw this device from Asus that looks like a laptop but it is actually a tablet. I just had my first discovery of the Asus Transformer series.
The Asus transformer series are a line of tablets that comes with a keyboard dock. This is different from 3rd party keyboard add-ons because this is something you can attach to the tablet and it can serve as an extra battery for the tablet. I saw the TF300 and the TF700 (Asus Infinity). They had better specs that the other tablets in their range and the keyboard dock was a very big bonus. I was sold and I now have a new want-to-buy.
I set a mission to browse at SM Megamall Cyberzone to see if this tablet is being sold there. I had no plans to buy it at first but upon seeing it at several stores (it is not as plentiful as compared to Galaxy Tabs or Ipads), and minutes of contemplating, Jessa and I decided that we will buy this… a few minutes later, we went home as brand new owners of the Transformer TF300.
So what’s in the box?
- Transformer TF300 Tablet
- TF300 Keyboard Dock
- Warranty Card
and here’s the specifications of the Transformer Pad TF300.
|OS||Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)|
|CPU||NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 T30L Quad-Core @1.2Ghz|
|GPU||GeForce® 12-core, 3D stereo (built-in)|
|Storage||16GB EMMC + 8GB of free ASUS WebStorage space for life|
|Memory / Storage||RAM:1GB / ROM:16GB|
|Connectivity||802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0|
|Display||10.1″ WXGA (1280 × 800) LED Backlight IPS panel, 10 finger multi-touch, 350nits|
|Camera||8MP Auto focus (rear), 1.2MP (front)|
|Interface||2-in-1 Audio Jack (head-out/MIC-in 2-in-1)
1× micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1× microSD Card Reader / Built-in microphone / High Quality Speakers
|Battery||10 hours; 22Wh Li-polymer
15 hours with mobile dock; Dock: 16.5Wh Li-polymer
|Sensor||G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS|
|Size/Weight||263 × 180.8 × 9.9mm ; 635g (pad only) / 263 ×180.8 × 10.2 mm ; 546g (dock only)|
So far, after months of using it, I am very happy. I have not had a game which had a difficulty in running on this tablet and Asus updates had been very fast. It was upgraded to Jellybean (4.1) on early November and now, March 2013, Jelly 4.2 is coming to it (even way ahead that the Infinity.
In terms of battery life, I believe it can last a day with normal usage however 3D games such as Eternity warriors 2 will deplete the battery in just 3 hours (tablet only). I charge it every other day or sometimes once a day, depending on the usage. Just wanted to note that I avoid trying to deplete the battery of the tablet. The keyboard dock is a different story as every time the tablet reaches 70% battery life, the keyboard dock would start charging the tablet until it has no more power and has to rely on the tablet for power.
I would have loved it more if we got the TF300G variant because this would allow a data sim card to be inserted but it doesn’t seem to be sold here in the Philippines.
Till next time,
PS: This is an uber late post because I bought this last October 2012 and only managed to blog about it now. I even had it sent to Asus Service Center last month for a repair on its power button that malfunctioned.
PS2: This costs PHP 25,000. Pay in cash and it goes down to PHP 24,000.