The latest Android tablet from Asus, the Transformer Pad 300 offers much. Here's the second page of our Transformer Pad 300 review.
Asus Transformer Pad 300: Cameras
If you’re bothered about cameras on a tablet then the Transformer Pad 300 offers two great ones. The rear is rated at 8Mp and uses a backside illuminated (BSI) sensor. This camera uses a very simple interface but takes decent pictures with its auto-focus function.
The more useful, in our opinion at least, front camera has a rating of 1.3Mp - one of the highest we've seen on a tablet. It produces a good image for things like video chatting although not quite as clear and detailed as we expected.
Asus Transformer Pad 300: Software
Asus is a reliable firm for getting the latest versions of software on its products. The Transformer Pad 300 is no exception and has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-the-box.
The interface looks slick and there is a reasonable but not overwhelming amount of pre-installed apps. These range from the usual Google set to Polaris Office to a few of Asus' own. There is, of course, access to the Google Play Store to download apps.
Asus has customised the user interface slightly in some places. The most notable change is the notifications and settings bar. This has a slightly different look to the standard one and includes three different performance modes: Performance, Balanced and Power Saving.
Asus Transformer Pad 300: Battery life
The line-up of Transformer tablets offers an amazing amount of battery life. This is largely thanks to the additional battery contained within the keyboard dock. Asus touts a 15 hour life span for the Transformer Pad 300, three hours less than the Prime.
The tablet on its own can manage up to 10 hours – on par with the iPad - from the 22Wh Li-polymer battery and the keyboard dock adds on the extra five via its 16.5Wh Li-polymer Battery, according to the firm.
We found battery life so good that we only charged the Transformer Pad once or twice in the space of a week. It will easily last a few days of use if you have the keyboard dock to hand. Watching a television program on BBC iPlayer was the kind of task that drained the battery faster, naturally. The important thing is that we never needed to worry about how low the battery was – a rare thing for a tablet.
Asus Transformer Pad 300: Specs
- Transformer Pad 300
- 1.5GHz nVidia Tegra 3
- GeForce 12-core, 3D stereo
- 10.1in (1280 x 800) 150ppi display, IPS capacitive multi-touch
- Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 16GB or 32GB NAND flash
- 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 8Mp rear, 1.3Mp front
- 1 x mono speaker
- 3.5mm headset jack, USB 2.0
- 22Wh lithium-polymer, non-removable tablet. 16.5Wh lithium-polymer, non-removable dock
- 263 x 181 x 10.5 (22.8mm with dock)
- 635g (1152g with dock)