In the highly competitive tablet market, the big news in early 2012 has been the emergence of Android 4.0â€“based slates. (You might also have heard about Android 4.0 via its code-name, “Ice Cream Sandwich,” or ICS.) To our delight, we got our hands on one of the first tablets that feature the new operating system right out of the box: Asus’s $499.99 Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201. (Certain older tablets will see updates from 3.0 to ICS in the coming weeks.)
The Transformer Prime is a re-engineered replacement for 2011’s Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101. In additionâ€”as if the new operating system weren’t notable enoughâ€”the Transformer Prime is the first tablet we’ve seen that makes use of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
All told, we found a lot to like in the Transformer Prime.Â It’s builtÂ well, and it has a gorgeous 10.1-inch screen, a thin design, and strong performance. And because the Transformer Prime makes useÂ of the newest tablet core processor and operating system, it stands out as one of the most impressive Android-based tablets to date.
Granted, $499 may seem like an average price for a high-end slate with a screen this size, but it’s actually something of an aggressive price, in this case. Keep in mind that you get 32GB of storage,Â not the standard 16GB you see in slates of this price, as well as the up-to-date Tegra 3 processor. (The only major shortfall, for some buyers, will be that the Transformer Prime is Wi-Fi only; if you’re looking for a 3G or 4G tablet, you’ll have to keep looking.)
Read the review at Computer Shopper.