While the iPad will always receive its fair share of media coverage, no tablet has been anticipated more in 2011 than the Transformer Prime. On paper, the device’s specs are a tech-lover’s dream: Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 quad-core processor, an incredible 10.1″ Super IPS+ display, estimated 12 hours of battery (18 hours with dock), 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and a build quality that would make Apple engineers red with envy. Take a look at out our iPad 2/Transformer Prime comparison gallery to see what we mean.
Mind you, this isn’t the first time we’ve tangled with a Transformer (no, not the robots). Earlier this year we reviewed the original device and concluded it was one of the best tablets on the market – and still is. Asus PR hyped up its newest member of the Transformer family pretty high once it was finally announced early last month. Not only that, but there have been plenty of tantalizing rumors, leaks and photos of the Prime, making the wait all that more agonizing. Needless to say, when we received the Eee Pad Transformer Prime last week, we had some high expectations for the Tegra 3-equipped device.
During our unboxing, we ruminated over the tablet’s game-changing potential, especially paired with its optional keyboard dock. Now that we’ve spent more than enough time putting the updated Prime through all the obligatory tests, we’re excited to say it has most definitely met our expectations – and exceeded them.
Fans who have been patiently waiting for a must-have Honeycomb tablet will be happy to know the Transformer Prime more than fits the bill. From a hardware standpoint, the device is easily one of the most attractive looking tablets on the market, from its amazing screen, to its solid aluminum design – not to mention its blazing fast Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
Priced at $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB, Asus’ Transformer Prime is far and away our top Android tablet pick – and it promises to get even better when Ice Cream Sandwich hits (hopefully) before next year.
Of course, you can get the skinny and decide for yourself by checking out our video review.
Are you buying yourself (or that lucky someone) a Transformer Prime for Christmas?