Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 (TF700 for short) is the successor to the Transformer Prime, which was the world’s very first Android tablet computer to feature a quad-core processor. The new model feature many upgrades, including an improved 1920×1200 pixel-resolution screen, a better display, and a Tegra 3 T33 processor (the Prime only had a T30 processor). The TF700 competes with the Apple iPad and Google Nexus models on the tablet market.
The 1920×1200 Full HD display brings an incredibly visual experience to the tablet, and the scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2 offers improved damage resistance. The new screen enhances text so emails and Web browsing look terrific. The buttons and ports have been switched around from the previous model. The Volume and Power buttons are now on the top edge, with the microSD card slot, headphone jack, and micro HDMI is found on the left edge. The bottom edge features the proprietary connector for synching, charging, and docking with the keyboard. The TF700 keyboard dock is compatible with the keyboard dock for the TF201. The TF700 features Android 4.0.3 (known as “Ice Cream Sandwich”). The customized quick setting panel in the notification bar gives users access to settings like performance modes, Wi-Fi, and screen brightness. The MyNet feature allows for HD videos and music to be played on devices like desktop PCs and HDTVs. The MyCloud and MyDesktop apps extend the TF700 experience to the Mac or PC desktop. The TF700 offers the user the ability to purchase books from Amazon Kindle, newspapers from Press Reader, and magazines from Zinio. The SuperNote application allows users to input information and take notes through a variety of options, including finger input, the keyboard addition, audio notes, or photo and video capture. The TF700 can be purchased on Amazon, which is about $100 cheaper than the List Price. It can also be found at Best Buy.
The TF700 has a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor which has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. It offers 32 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM, and has a slot for a microSD chip to enhance the memory capacity even further. It has an 8 megapixel rear-facing Camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. It is 10.4 inches wide, 7.1 inches tall, 0.3 inches thick, and weighs 21.1 ounces. The screen size is 10.1 inches diagonally. The map application has GPS capability. The battery is non-removable and lasts for over 7 hours.
- Incredibly bright and sharp screen that rivals the new iPad’s display in both clarity and sharpness
- It has a thin and light aluminum body that is aesthetically pleasing
- Blazing fast quad-core Tegra 3 processor which is excellent for games and web browsing
- Apps launch extremely quickly
- Excellent rear camera and touch response
- Map applications have GPS capability which works very well
- Offers a slot to insert a microSD chip which gives users the chance to expand the tablet’s memory
- The biggest con of the TF700 is the lack of Android apps; this is a huge negative and puts it a notch below the iPad; while the web browsing and e-reader options are excellent, tablets are meant for apps, and the lack of apps is disappointing
- The Tegra 3 processor has trouble keeping up with newer games
- Not a significant upgrade from the previous model
- The battery life is mediocre
- It is relatively expensive (although cheaper than the iPad)
- Some users have reported frequent freezing problems