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Quick Gallery: Hands-on with the Asus Transformer Prime

The folks at Asus were kind enough to send us over a Transformer Prime to play with just before launch, so before we get into all of the goodness that it is capable of, we thought we would toss out a quick gallery and our first impressions.

As you all know, this beast of a tablet is the world’s first NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core powered Android tablet and boy is it noticeable from the get-go. Flipping between home screens never felt so good. The touch sensitivity is also out of this world smooth, and the response you get when touching anything is faster than any tablet I’ve ever used – and I’ve used them all. The camera – so far – feels upgraded over any of the other players in the game (and it should be at 8MP and F2.4 large aperture).

One thing to be aware of though, is that this is not running stock Honeycomb. I would assume that most of us are fine with that knowing that Android 3.0 was about as bare bones as you could get and was in need of an upgrade from the beginning. So Asus has tried to improve on that while still keeping the overall feel of HC. Bloatware is there, but at the same time, a lot of it on this tablet is pre-loaded stuff for me to test.

The screen is vibrant and easily up there or beyond that of the Galaxy T ab 10.1. The device itself is incredibly light. And you won’t believe the thinness and how easy it is to hold in one hand when compared to others.

So far so good, enjoy the pics after the break. Video on the way.  

 Anything you want me to specifically test? I should have a docking station at some point very soon and will do a full walk-through of that as well.

  • Thrillhov

    I read that the micro SD card sticks out quite a bit when inserted.  can you confirm?

  • Daniel Archibald33

    UPS just dropped off my new Transformer Prime. I ordered it through amazon and just got it. so far im liking it

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, I would really appreciate a thorough look at the My Cloud – My Desktop app suite used with and without the keyboard dock. I would really like to use the T-Prime as a Win7 computer away from home.

  • Rational Man

    I’m interested in gaming, can you dl something like steam onto this? If I could play some of my steam games on this thing I’d buy this right now.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.ie/7fb

    • Anonymous

      again

  • Ryan C

    Just was at best buy and played with all their tablets. the galaxy tabs, the OG Transformer, the Xoom models, kindle fire, htc flyer, (and yes even the ipads, however they were boring and same old thing) ha some of the tablets hardly worked right. Anyway the nicest and thinnest ones were the galaxy tab 10.1 & 8.9 and the fire. If the prime is anything like or better than the galaxy tab 10.1 im sure to love it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    Video please! I’d like to see flash browser speed and video performance.

  • http://twitter.com/seebrock Chris Brockmire

    I can’t wait to have mine this week! come on mr. ups guys!!

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.ie/7fb

    • Anonymous

      Troll

  • Guest

    It’s already starting off as a FAIL since it doesn’t come with ICS…but, don’t get me wrong I would still like one though.

  • Xzombiex66

    For the love all things that are holy, How does the speaker sound???? Its killing me that its not stereo so i want to know how this beast sounds.

  • RINZLER

    Can you test the “thinkorswim” app. I use it on my laptop and was wondering if the app is more detailed than the phone version. Ex. can you look at a 1hr or 4hr candle stick chart? If you can I will buy one as soon as I can find one :)

  • Riley Munks

    ive gone my my local best buy yesterday (19th) and today, and nobody there has a clue when its going to be launched. 

    • Anonymous

      Best buy employees rarely know anything about the products they have right there on the shelf’s.  Why would they know anything about something that isn’t in the store yet?

  • Anonymous

    curious what you think of the sound this thing dishes out – I think I read elsewhere it was subpar – I’ll find out for sure in 5 days – oh and found the funny folding cover on on amazon in stock, going to make it by Christmas – was a little tricky – was listed as for orig transformer, but in detailed description spelled out it was for T2 Prime

  • Yoderz

    Is there an official release date yet?

  • QtDL

    Hey where’s the contest for me to win one of these? :)

  • Anonymous

    did they send you a transleeve kellex?

  • gimlet72

     looks great, maybe i’ll get mine before 2012

  • Anonymous

    Why haven’t you guys caught on to this troll yet? He’s posing as me – check out his disqus profile – he’s just trying to bait people into thinking he’s me.

    http://disqus.com/DomDevitoIsO

    Not be confused with the REAL me.

    http://disqus.com/ddevito/

    I contacted disqus about it and told me to contact you guys – which I have (via Twitter) to no avail. Please ban this idiot he’s done enough damage.

  • Eric Esparza

    Kellex, I would really love to see if a digital copy of a blu-ray movie can work on this device. To me, that’s what would clinch it for me in getting one of these (when they are more readily available). Would you be able to test that??

  • Anonymous

    You’re giving this away tomorrow, right? right? please?!?!

    • Johngoldman

      If only. That would make for the best holiday season ever!

  • Anonymous

    could you test out video playback/streaming from a networked share drive? 

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/829r8s

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Test the WiFi range and function. This was one of the main reported issues and part of the delay it was claimed. There are a numbers of reports that there was some sort of WiFi bug causing lower then expected WiFi range and that the 2 antennas – it was hypothesized since they are inside an aluminum case – were being stunted. But it could have also been a software glitch.

    So, test that.. but I will know in just 3 more days!!

    • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

      thats only on test models but on reatil models it works perfectly and has wifi diversity. Anandtech did the report.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        your partially correct. The Prime has always had WiFi diversity – 2 antennas – and I stated as much above. You will also read that they had no true idea what caused their wifi issues in their 2 tablets – they even suspected 1 was an unconnected antenna – and that they were told the 3rd tablet was the retail version. So, there was no proof or true word that says for a fact (1) what the issues was in their first 2 and (2) that the issue – whatever it was – was fixed in “retail” models and they for sure even had a retail model. Only they really were the ones to start that whole “retail” model context.

        As well, on top of that, there were many more stories and rumors around about WiFi issues – and even a statement by Asus that said “the WiFi range on the TF201 did not meet our quality standards” – so the presumption is that now that they fixed the wifi issue in the “retail” version and thus released it which was part of the delay.. though only Anandtech ever used that “retail” version naming and people started picking it up. LIke you did.

        • Jason Miner

          Asus also said they were “investigating” who made the WIFI statements in the first place as they were not accurate in any way with regards to a delay.

        • GKey

          There was no delay in the Transformer Prime due to WiFi issues.  In fact, the shipping date for North America has always been stated as starting the week of 12/19.  As for Anand, the first two units were pre-production models with unit number one having a loose antenna connection and with unit two the problems Anand encountered could not be replicated.  The unit he received for the update is from the first lot of retail units shipped into North America and part of the lot that was delivered to customers starting last week.  The statement attributed to ASUS turned out to be from a reseller.

          • FortitudineVincimus

            which is why I said “so the presumption”

    • Anonymous

      how do you know when yours is coming? does that mean I am boned?

      • FortitudineVincimus

        I have tracking # in hand

  • FortitudineVincimus

    ICS for this beotch is months away. Asus already has it running on a Prime so then we can say F Honeycomb!

    • Anonymous

      You mean in January? yes. ics in January. stock ics.

  • Gabe

    Backordered. Grumble…

  • Mike DiCienzo

    i need to start waiting outside droid life’s headquarters and start stealing their mail…

    • Mack

      Best. Idea. Ever.

      Could have had this and that unlocked nexus.

  • Anonymous

    Glowball glowball glowball

  • Anonymous

    I preordered mine with in a few hours of pre-orders opening up in Nov and my order still got cancelled.  It almost feels like Asus sent out a few dozen units so they could claim their launch wasn’t delayed. Oh well, glad I didn’t actually rely on this for the family Christmas present lol. I’ll just pick it up later on in January.

    Some of you people though really need to grow up. If you want to jump on the Apple bandwagon just because you can’t wait a few weeks then by all means do so. You won’t be missed. 

    • Lmrojas

      Maybe my threats might be in vain but I can see how many people would just buy a iPad. Botched launches like this only.hurt Android …

      • Anonymous

        Keep in mind that the launch was only botched for maybe less than 1% of the consumer market.  99% of the people who will one day buy this have no clue it exists.  The effect is nill.  Look at the Galaxy nexus.  Ya’ll cried about that for months… now its just last weeks news.  It’s laughable really.

  • LionStone

    Could you test GPS lock please? I was at VZ the other day and I checked the GPS on the two new Moto XY tablets and they both could not locate itself? I moved over to the GTAb 10.1 and it locked instantly…just like mine does. Yes, all the locations were turned on for all of them. Thanks 

  • Anonymous

    I think they will trying to compete with the iPad 3 in January

    • Anonymous

      I’m no fan of apple but I cancelled my amazon prime order that was about to ship and will buy an ipad 3, the retina display on it will be incredible. 

  • http://twitter.com/utahcon Adam Barrett

    Load that puppy up with process intensive apps, lots of background processes. We all know Android is the king of multitask but previous phones/tablets have had real issues when used with tons of bg processes, I want to know how this contends. Can it handle Twitter, Facebook, WordFeud, and a hand full of other pinging in the bg while I surf, watch videos, and generally muck about the digital world?

  • http://twitter.com/P1X3LPU5H3R P!X3L

    DROOL

  • http://twitter.com/Urboyissues Yourissues

    Shouldn’t this have came out yesterday? Why can’t i find them in the stores??

    • Anonymous

      Seems like their production is slow.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.ie/7fb

  • http://twitter.com/Cnote215 Starks187

    When the hell will it be on the shelves at best buy?

    • Anonymous

      the people at best buy are 99% of the time morons. good luck with that. they wouldn’t sell me the nexus yesterday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gokusimpson Nicholas Lowe

    sickkkkk

  • Lmrojas

    Wow both of my pre orders, one from Amazon another from Best Buy, have been cancelled. I’m not buying a Asus tablet now I’ve been extremely insulted and disappointed.

    • Aborrelli

      I was just thinking the same thing…  we can’t buy it but its being given away to every blog site out there…  come on asus!

    • Anonymous

      Wow you really take that personally? Did HP offend you too when you couldn’t buy a fire sale touchpad? :D

      • Lmrojas

        Except I spent 600 on a gift for my family and it got cancelled. A huge difference what am I supposed to do for Sunday now?

        • http://twitter.com/P1X3LPU5H3R P!X3L

          Buy a transformer, and return it when the prime comes out…

        • Mike

          Sooo…you’re going to blame the manufacturer for what a retailer did?

          • Lmrojas

            Asus said they will have normal stock in January after THEY advertised pre orders on their site. Its ridiculous and unfair for people like me who have been waiting since September for this tablet.

          • Anonymous

            That sucks, but then again, life isn’t fair. It’s like everybody that was pissed off because Verizon “delayed” a device that hadn’t been announced yet (i.e., the Galaxy Nexus). You jumped on a pre-order, and while a pre-order insinuates that the product will be available at some time in the future, it is far from a guarantee that you will receive it on a specific date.

          • Lmrojas

            Except both took money at out my account, Best Buy hasn’t even refunded me yet. Its both Asus and the retailers fault.

          • Anonymous

            Amazon has then back in stock now with free 1 day shipping now… go get one fast http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/12/20/pre-orders-for-all-four-variants-of-asus-transformer-prime-return-to-amazon-with-free-one-day-shipping-in-tow/

          • FortitudineVincimus

            wrong.. the retailers did nothing wrong. Asus over promised allotments and then cut back after retailers presold their expected fill and so retailers had to cancel & take the public hit. Total ASUS snafu.

          • Lmrojas

            Exactly.

          • GKey

            False

          • FortitudineVincimus

            How? Look at what Asus as said about THEIR stock levels. They over promised stock to retailers, retailers pre sold on those numbers, then their numbers got cut back, retailers have to cancel orders.

            PLUS… I talked, at length, on the phone to an Amazon escalation specialist who confirmed as much.

            Nothing is more lame then when a person throws out some 1 word answer and does not qualify it. Lame.

        • Anonymous

          Tell them that it is out of your control and they will have it as soon as humanly possible.. Just give them the spec list and a picture and they will gladly wait… I would

        • http://twitter.com/john_ecko js

          Unless you didn’t get your money back, there’s not too much to be that upset about.

    • Anonymous

      You’ll get over it.

    • Lmrojas

      After my pre order from Amazon was cancelled I ordered from Best Buy. I got an email over the weekend saying my pre order was back ordered. Then yesterday I got an email saying it was inadvertently cancelled I’m seriously thinking of buying an iPad 2 at this point.

      • http://twitter.com/P1X3LPU5H3R P!X3L

        If a couple distributors cancelling your order is enough for you to boycott a manufacturer, you deserve to be stuck with last years cpu (ipad2)

        • Lmrojas

          The app selection and gpu would.more than make up the horrible UI and last Gen CPU for my family. This isn’t a personal toy. I’m no fan boy
          Someone is going. To get my 650 this week.

          • Lmrojas

            And my threats if ditching Android for fios might be in vain but I could be how another person wouldn’t think twice about going with the ipad

    • FortitudineVincimus

      My Amazon PO is inbound for a Dec 23rd delivery!! woot mutherfunkin woot!

      • Ryan C

        same as mine from best buy. Fri. Dec. 23 is the day!

    • Lmrojas

      And I didn’t win the 8.9 and I knew where that white razr is hiddeen 2 hours ago but I’m stuck at work.fml