Richi Jennings

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF-700-T: Review roundup (and release date)

June 25, 2012 5:31 AM EDT

The reviews are in: Asus' Transformer Pad Infinity TF-700-T has broken cover. Here's all you need to know on what people think about it. Is it any good? What's its release date? How does it stack up against Apple's iPad and Microsoft's Surface? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers compare and contrast.
Asus TF-700-T
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Melissa J. Perenson says, "Asus delivers a complete package":

This tablet blasts ahead of the pack to establish itself as the best-performing Android tablet we've seen to date. ... Meanwhile, the 64GB version...costs $599, which is $100 less than the 64GB iPad.
At 10.4 by 7.1 by 0.3 inches and 1.31 pounds...[it's] one of the lightest and slimmest Android tablets on the market. ... Apple's iPad...[is] 0.4 inches [thick] and weighs 1.44 pounds [which] makes a bigger difference than you might expect. ... I found the Infinity more comfortable to hold, especially when I held it in one hand.
[It] morphs into a...netbook when you snap the tablet into its $150 Mobile Dock.       M0RE

Aaron Gingrich offers his take:

The body retains many of the styling features of its predecessor...yet it's gained a plastic bar across the remedy the WiFi and GPS issues that plagued the Prime.
The Pad itself has phenomenal build quality. ... The screen [is] just plain beautiful...[but] it's almost a mirror...[and] they still haven't addressed the light bleed.
If you're in the market for an Android tablet...[y]ou'd be hard pressed to find a better choice.       M0RE

And Anand Lal Shimpi sounds impressed, telling us when we can have one:

[It's] the first member of the TF series with a 1920 x 1200 display. [And] the first tablet we've tested to use NVIDIA's higher binned Tegra 3 T33 SoC. ... Transformer Pad Infinity comes in at $499 for the 32GB model.
[A]vailability isn't scheduled until around July 16th. Quantities are unknown...and will likely be gated by panel availability.       M0RE

Meanwhile, Eric Franklin at least has no ugly:

The good...apps launch quickly, GPS works well, and its rear camera is the best I've seen on any Android tablet. ... The bad...not enough Android apps take advantage of the...higher pixel count. Also, its battery life isn't as good as the Prime's.
The TF700's IPS screen...ties it with the Acer Iconia Tab A700' the highest-resolution Android tablet. ... Compared with the new's really difficult to see a difference in text quality and sharpness.
The 8-megapixel back camera received an aperture upgrade...going from F/2.4 to F/2.2...increas[ing] the amount of light and detail that can be captured...and its LED spotlight -- a feature missing from the iPad -- comes in handy. ... Overall, the iPad's camera is better, but the TF700's is right behind it and...may be the preferred camera for some.
Asus claims 8.5 hours with the standalone battery and about 13 hours with the keyboard dock attached.       M0RE.

But commentator Kevin ain't so impressed:

This is why Microsoft is doing the Surface. If they didn't, many of their OEM partners would be churning out products [like] this, far from elegant. Comparing the Surface Pro with this...well, there's no comparison.       M0RE

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