Where To Buy:
The product could be bought at Amazon.com, Datavision Computer Video, Costcentral.com, eBay and TigerDirect.com
- Release date: 06/25/12
- Display type: 10.1 in TFT active matrix – LED
- backlight – Yes
- OS: Android 4.0
- RAM: 1 GB
- Processor : 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3
- Wireless connectivity Bluetooth: 2.1 Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.4 in x 0.3 in x 7.1 in
- Weight : 21.1 oz
- Manufacturer: Asus
- Part Number: TF700T-B1-GR
- Preloaded Software Drivers,
ASUS WebStorage (8GB),
Polaris Office .
- Rear-facing Camera: 8 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment: Automatic
- Features : BSI sensor
- Front-facing Camera: 2 Megapixel
The Good: The high-resolution of the product’s screen competes with that of the latest iPad’s in terms of clarity and sharpness. GPS, app launch speed and rear camera are the best among other Android tablets. The thin body and the design that’s light is the same as in Prime.
The Bad: The battery life isn’t as good as that of the Prime.
The Bottom Line: The device could be considered to be a very fast Android gadget with a great design, camera, processor and the beautiful screen.
This TF700 is the Prime’s upgraded version. The company took it as an opportunity to show the potential Transformer line ha, and with a bit of support from Android, Asus has succeeded to represent that.
The Modified Design:
The product looks a bit like modified Prime TF201 Asus Transformer. The ports, connections are the same but only the placement on tablet’s body is a bit adjusted. The changes might be annoying for previous TF300 or Prime users who want upgrade, but for others, they quickly get to adapt with it.
Its thickness is 0.33 inch ( Prime was 0.32 inch thick) and the body is almost fully aluminum with unibody design. The device supports a back-panel design, replacing a bit of back made of metal with an inch long pane of plastic. This modification is for efficient GPS signals.
Even with the little changes, TF700 is comfortable and light like Prime.
The power or sleep button gives an assuring snap now when it’s pressed. On top of bezel is the 2Mp front camera. On its opposite, at the back, you can find 8Mp camera and also microphone pinhole, to the left.
The TF700 comes with metallic back, along with embossed Asus logo in silver in the centre. If some festive sensation is desired, the product is available in the spectacular Champagne Gold. At the back side, on the right, there are speaker holes.
With the optional keyboard port at additional $150, TF700 can easily slide into this dock. But with the little differences in design, TF700 isn’t formally compatible with other tablet docks of Transformer. TF700’s keyboard dock looks the same as Prime’s, with the metal body showing a solid and substantial built. It’s comfortable and the buttons are, though small, but well-spaced and soft.
Features Associated With Its Software
- Android 4.0.3
This product is second tablet of Asus which has preinstalled Android 4.0.3. Though Android 4.0 is best form of OS to date, still TF700 has fallen behind iOS when it comes to app support as lately, conditions are much improved and Android is getting game releases that are quite big.
- The Accompanying Asus Goodies
TF700 has many Asus goodies in it. As you register TF700, MyCloud provides 8GB storage space which is cloud-based at WebStorage by Asus and for free. It gives remote access also, to a PC desktop and connects to @Vibe radio and online music.
- File Manager, MyNet, MyLibrary, SuperNote, App Backup
It can access root directory of TF700 and gives easy access to all the files on one’s drive. MyNet allows you to stream devices that are DLNA-enabled and MyLibrary lets you read or purchase books via the interface.
SuperNote allows you to type notes or even write them with fingers. Graphs could be drawn and pictures made from interface. This is useful especially for notes-taking in class.
App Backup backs up installed applications to microSD card or internal storage so that you could reset the tablet without letting go your previous apps or associated data.
With free Polaris Office app helps you create Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents.
App Locker makes your apps on the tablet password-protected so one cannot open them without entering the password.
- Tegra 3 Central Processing Unit
The CPU could be run in balanced, normal and the mode “power-saving” due to some of tweaks of Asus to android interface. In the normal mode, speed of CPU is maximum. It is less in power-saving or balanced mode to save the battery life. The latter speed feature was on TF300 and Prime as well.
Screenshots could be taken with recent apps, just like other tablets by Transformer. Super IPS+ mode increases the brightness of screen and making it somewhat easier to read in sunlight.
Features That Its Hardware Has
The Tegra 3 CPU by Nividia has made its appearance 3rd time in Asus tablet. TF700, clocked at 1.6GHz, has two-four cores that are active and till 1.7GHz for single-core functions.
DDR3 RAM in TF700 runs with 1.6GHz, compared to DDR2RAM in Prime. TF700 is available in 32GB and 62GB storage, with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support, a gyroscope, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR and also an accelerometer. The Mobile keyboard port also has extra battery that feeds its power to TF700 while it’s connected, to make sure that the battery of dock will finish before that of tablet’s.
The tablet could be connected to HDTV through the Micro-HDMI port and also Android full-screen games using wired Xbox and PlayStation3 pads could be played. However, wired controllers require USB port that is full, making the keyboard dock’s use essential to accomplish the setup. When monitor is connected, the tablet’s high resolution translates into images that are smooth on monitor also.
Performance Of The Tablet
- Screen Resolution And Text
The TF700’s screen supports a resolution that is 1,920×1,200-pixel. The resolution of Prime’s is 1,280×800 pixels it’s not possible to differentiate between both at first look.
On home screen, the text that is below the app icons doesn’t seem very different till the eyes are brought very close to the screen. The difference is prominent when the text on Web is seen but even here the difference is not very obvious. It is only when you start to look at screen from one side to another that you will tend to think of the additional pixels as appreciable.
You don’t admire the product’s smooth text unless you start using a tablet screen with 1,280×800-pixels.
The difference is more noticeable when e-books are displayed. Possibly due to the image of black text that is plain on a white background, that is also plain, the text is sharper and blacker in TF700. Comparing it with new iPad that has resolution of 2,048×1,536-pixel, witnessing difference in sharpness and text quality between both could be difficult.
The screen also is much responsive than that of Prime’s when you are swiping through the pages, almost reaching the level of sensitivity like iPad.
- Performance With Games
According to the tablet’s CPU and GPU speed, Riptide GP could give a marked decrease or increase of frame rate. Due to Riptide, the resolution of game could be scaled, with caveat that higher resolution will result in bigger frame rate. Even with the high resolution, TF700 can maintain frame rate that is high along with graphics of high resolution. The Prime, on the other hand, operates on a frame rate that is low. On iPad, the game runs at a frame rate that is very smooth than TF700.
It is not that all games scale like this. On TF700, 2D games as Angry Birds look like they do on Prime and movies with 1080p run quite smoothly and also look sharp but not sharper than on Prime, though the subtitles look much crisper.
TF700 deals well with color and contrast, better than even the Prime with many apps and showing images more vibrant at blacker levels.
- The Display
Though not much noticeable, but it’s annoying if you know that TF700’s display, which does retain wide angles of viewing, shows subtle impression of an LCD component while looking from off angle at white background.
- The Internet Speed
On average, TF700’s Web speed did match that of Prime, but abut one or two second slower than iPad’s, while browsing for same sites. Even while swiping down long pages on Web, no noticeable clipping was displayed on TF700.
With Speedtest app, the download speed of TF700, when tablet was placed away just 5 feet from test router of closed network, was fast enough and the performance was as high as iPad, Prime or TF300.
- The Speeds Of Radio Waves
Talking about such speeds, the performance of GSP is improved compared to Prime and also it is easier to find satellite connections. The strength of connections is again much, depending on the location.
- The Camera
The front camera is 2.0-megapixel and performs better than Prime’s camera that is 1.3- megapixel. TF700 camera has clearer images, vibrant colors and contrast that is quite pronounced.
The back camera is 8-megapixel which has now the aperture upgrade compared to the Prime, F/2.2 instead of F/2.4. This causes the light amount and detail to be enhanced and so the pictures are colorful and as compared to TF700, those of Prime look washed out. In the video, image stabilization is high which compensates for other unnecessary camera movements.
Where there is diffused light, camera does not compensate like iPad’s camera, which results in white balance which is off and also the images that are blurred. The camera doesn’t autofocus like an iPad’s. Still, TF700’s camera comes with wide lens and is like iPad’s camera when the light is sufficient. Also the LED spotlight is a feature not found in iPad and is useful when in environments with low light.
- The Speakers
Its speakers produce sound which is comparable to Prime’s speakers in quality and volume both-but these have somewhat more clarity than Prime’s. the sound is quite clearer than TF300’s speakers, though the latter has louder sound. Speakers are not that loud or clear like iPad’s but well suited to perform many tasks.
- Battery Life
When set to the same tasks over a time, TF700’s battery did drain out quicker than that of Prime’s in a workday. According to Asus, battery lasts 8.5 hours, if standalone, and 13 hours if keyboard dock is attached.
Comparing it with Prime, TF700 has better cameras, sharper screen, game performance that is faster and text that looks sharp like on iPad. The fast CPU and the RAM lead to speedy launch of apps. Web speed is also fast and the GPS also works quite well.
Asus TF700 has successfully replaced Transformer Prime with 32GB at $5oo and 64GB at $600. Even though iPad is considered the best tablet in market, TF700 has also been successful despite the less support by Android market currently and is chosen by those searching to get the Android premium tablet plunge. The ones who have a Prime already should save their money and wait for next iteration by Transformer.