Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime review
By Chris Martin | PC Advisor | Published: 14:54, 05 March 2012
Google’s latest iteration of its mobile operating system is a joy to use. Although the Eee Pad Transformer Prime ships with 3.2 Honeycomb, it is upgradable to ICS straight away via an over the air update.
The difference between Honeycomb and ICS isn’t that dramatic so existing users will be able to adjust easily. However, the jump from 2.3 Gingerbread and ICS is quite significant. There’s the usual set of horizontal homescreens, menus and widgets but things are laid out differently.
One of the highlights of ICS include the multitasking bar which shows you any apps that are running so it’s easy to quickly switch between tasks and close apps. ICS is very customisable with resizable widgets. Unfortunately there’s no inclusion of the face to unlock feature which can be found on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and no Android Beam because the Eee Pad Transformer Prime doesn’t have near field communications (NFC) technology.
ASUS has customised the user interface in places, most notably the notifications and settings bar. This has a slightly different look to the standard one and includes three different performance modes: Performance, Balanced and Power Saving.
ASUS touts a whopping battery life for the Eee Pad Transformer Prime of a possible 18 hours. This mammoth figure is achievable when using the tablet battery and the keyboard dock battery. The tablet can manage up to 12 hours on its own and the dock adds a further six hours of juice.
Whether you can realistically hit these targets is another matter and will depend on what you use the tablet for. If you’re using the Eee Pad Transformer for these things it’s good at like gaming and video then you will drain the batteries much faster.
Nevertheless the tablet offers the best battery life on the market, however you use it. We’ve been using the Eee Pad Transformer Prime for more than 48 hours and we’ve depleted the keyboard dock battery but still have an impressive 72% left in the tablet battery. Our usage was fairly regular involving a lot of internet browsing, using various apps such as Facebook and playing demanding games.