Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Review [Video]

Hardware

The hardware is the best part of the Transformer Pad Infinity.

Internally, the TF700 is best in class. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core Tegra 3 chip with 12 graphics cores, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage

On the outside, this Transformer has a MicroSD card slot for up to 64GB of additional storage, (totaling 128GB – whoa!), Asus’ proprietary charging port, improved power and volume controls up top, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a mini-HDMI port. It also has the same 8MP rear facing camera with flash and microphone, as well as an improved 2MP front facing shooter for video calls, Google+ hangouts, etc.

The 10″ Display on the TF700 is also a point of major improvement vs the Transformer Prime. This tablet rocks a 1920×1200 incredibly bright Super IPS display with Gorilla Glass. It has impressive viewing angles and a pixel density of 224 ppi, making it easily the highest quality display I’ve seen on any Android tablet to date.

The 8PM rear facing camera, single LED flash and somewhat mediocre speaker remain the same as those on the Transformer Prime. The camera has  a backlit sensor behind a large F/2.4 aperture that lets in plenty of light for indoor shots. Outdoor photos, however, are where this camera really shines! Once you get a certain amount of light in the shot, the TF700 is capable of very sharp, detailed photos. You can even get closer to the subject to create a shallower depth of field, or stand further away and get nearly everything in focus. Manual controls are always there with Ice Cream Sandwich, giving you plenty of control over the images you capture.

The front facing 2-megapixel camera is pretty average.

Software

The Transformer Pad Infinity runs Android 4.0.3 out the box, with some minor Asus customization. The most notable (removable) Asus change is in the notification area, which has a few extra toggles for performance modes and a button to activate Super IPS+ mode for viewing the display outdoors.

Otherwise, the software is essentially the same that we saw with Ice Cream Sandwich on the Asus Transformer Prime.

Performance

As mentioned in the above video, performance is really a mixed bag right now with Android 4.0 on tablets.

It’s been an interesting experience using this tablet for the past few days. It started off an all-around pretty average experience, with an occasional performance hiccup when opening apps or scrolling, but it seems like Android has slowly adapted to my more frequent behavior. I’ve gotten used to how the Tegra 3 flexes its quad core muscle for some applications while letting the 500MHz fifth core take over others. I’ve figured out under what conditions the UI is buttery smooth, and under what conditions it stutters. All this is included in the video and summarized below, but I expect huge improvements with the next software update.

Verdict

Ultimately, Android 4.0 is the Transformer Pad Infinity’s biggest flaw. It’s weird to write that, and it’s even more strange when you think that Android 4.0 was announced less than a year ago. But it’s the truth. Android 4.1 Jellybean will really make this tablet experience complete. Enjoy the video review!

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