Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
Posted: July 16, 2012
Asus is finally bringing us the highly anticipated Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. The line of Transformer tablets have been some of the most popular tablets and the TF700 is the latest. This tablet's claim to fame is its high-resolution screen, but how does it compare to all the competitors that are coming onto the scene?
About Transformer Infinity TF700
Transformer Infinity measures 10.35 by 7.12-inches. It's 0.33-inches deep and weighs 1.29lbs. When compared to the previous Transformer Prime, you won't notice much of a difference in looks. Looking around the tablet you will notice most of the usual ports, buttons and peripherals. The volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, micro-HDMI and headphone jack surround the perimeter along with the bottom inputs that allow you to dock the tablet on the optional keyboard. As a special mention, the optional keyboard holds a full-sized USB port, an SD slot and an additional battery to give the TF700 some extra juice, up to 14 hours. There is an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash on the back and a 2-megapixel one on the front.
The Transformer Pad Infinity runs off an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.6 GHz. Between the 1 GB of DDR3 memory, the processor and the 64GB (or 32) of storage there are no issues running any program or even the most intensive games out of the Google Play store. It comes with Android 4.0.3, ICS out of the box. In all likelihood, there will be an update to Jelly Bean, 4.1 soon.
You should get excited about the 10.1-inches of Full HD 1920x1200 resolution the TF700 brings to the market. This Super IPS+ display allows for both a crisp, clear picture and an enormously wide viewing angle. It's tough too, made of 2nd generation Gorilla Glass. The awesome 600 Nits of brightness the TF700 is capable of defeats glare. In all, the screen is everything that promised and possibly the most gorgeous screen you can get on an Android device.
Compared to Other Tablets
With so many tablets entering the market, the TF700 is facing some stiff competition. The 800-pound gorilla in the room is of course the iPad. It's hard to talk about any high-end tablet without comparing it to the iPad. Unlike many other Android tablet specs, the TF700 is not automatically trumped by the new iPad. In fact, this Asus Pad has many advantages over the iPad. The TF700 has a slightly large screen at 10.1-inches compared to the iPad's 9.7. The Pad Infinity has both a better front and back camera. It's thinner, lighter and sports the superior processor. Unfortunately for the Asus Tab though, the iPad has a much smoother user experience, and the retina display still has no competitors to its dominance.
However, when compared to other Android tablets, the TF700 outshines all the competition in one aspect or another. The closest competition is the Excite 10 and the Iconia Tab A700. All of them are 10.1-inch tablets. Although the Excite 10 is arguably Toshiba's best tablet so far, it pales in comparison to the Pad Infinity. It has a lower resolution screen, slower processor and an inferior camera. The A700 has a similar screen resolution to the TF700 but lacks an IPS display, which is important for wide viewing. Many people will be just as happy with an A700 or an Excite 10 depending on their personal needs. Although the two are inferior in one way or another to the Asus Pad, they are by no means bad tablets. One thing that they all excel at over the Asus is in battery life.
Surprisingly, the biggest competitor to the TF700 may be its predecessor, the Transformer Prime. The Transformer Infinity and the Transformer Prime share many similar specs. Much like the other Android tabs mentioned, the Prime's only downside when compared to the Infinity is the lower resolution and lower clock speed. But even with the lower clock speed of the processors, every Android tablet mentioned makes use of an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a recent version of Android. So the comparisons are really quite thin. You could be happy with any one of them.
Battery life comparison