ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review – Part 1 “You know, for kids!”

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I was recently sent an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer to review. First of all let me just say that this is not a robot in disguise yet don’t let that fool you. Kids will love it and so will you.

Let me explain what an Eee Pad is. You have your iPad well the Eee Pad is the Android Version and it is a thing of loveliness.

What distinguishes it from an iPad is the fact that it has a detachable keyboard. One minute it is a netbook with a touch screen the next it is a tablet.

Straight out of the box you notice that the Transformer are extremely well made. The keyboard is a top quality keyboard and better than many laptops I have used over the years. The tablet itself has a 10.1″ screen and with a 1280×800 resolution. It gives a clear, bright image that can be viewed from all angles.

After charging it up – the tablet has about 8 hours of battery life and this is doubled when coupled with the keyboard – it is a matter of moments to set up the WiFi, download a few apps and mess around with it.

Being a film blogger I put on a few film related apps – Flixter, IMDb, etc. A quick look on Youtube showed the playback of videos worked very well.

I’ll be going into more details as to how it works on the blogging side of things. Having a couple of kids aged 12 and 4 I was quickly pressed to put on as many games as I could to keep them quiet. Again this was done quickly and easily with my 12 year old son, Daniel, adding even more as the day went on.

My 4 year old daughter, Hannah, could not wait to get her hands on it. After showing her how it worked she found it no problem opening games, playing them, closing them and starting new ones. The problem came when my Wife wanted to try it as it led to a major tantrum by Hannah. This led to a quick test of the camera on the Eee Pad – Front (1.2 MP) and rear (5 MP) cameras – as I videoed the tantrum. The quality was fantastic and it coped with the incredible volume of the screams that only stopped when Hannah had the Eee Pad back in here hands.

That was a couple of days ago now and since then Hannah has let us use the Eee Pad.

It is still early days but my Wife likes using it to check emails, catch up on the news and play games – “First impression was I couldn’t wait to have a go. I love the size of it and the attachable keyboard gives it another dimension and it is so easy to use.”

Daniel uses it to surf the web, play games and research homework projects – “Really light and well designed. I like the touch screen and the way the pages move for more apps. Angry birds is my favourite”

Hannah loves the games and using it to draw – “I like the games. It is really good and I wish it was mine. The drawing games are my favourite”.

As for me I have been using it to read ebooks, catch up on comics I have missed, sketching, checking up on film news, emails and of course games.

Over the next few weeks I will be going into more details on how it works for the blogging side of things as well as focusing on its use as an eReader, watching movies and its use around the home.

Technical Details:

  • 10.1-inch WSVGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi touch display for brilliant HD entertainment and intuitive navigation
  • Lightweight and made with ultra-tough glass for easy portability and robust durability
  • Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor for best Web experience with upto two times faster browsing, hardware accelerated Flash, and console quality gaming
  • Front (1.2 MP) and rear (5 MP) cameras for face-to-face video chats and on-the-go video and picture capturing
  • Mini HDMI port to supersize your entertainment to compatible HDTVs and external displays

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  • IceBeam

    And also on the plus side, its sturdy enough that you can smack the kids with it if they don’t behave ;-)

  • Lili Bartley

    My Son is 3, do you think he would be too young to use it? I want to get a ‘family’ computer to take on holiday with us…