The Asus Transformer Pad line offers large, nicely made and affordable Android 4.0 tablets. The Transformer Pad TF300TL features a quad-core, 1.5GHz processor and up to 32GB of storage, making browsing the internet smooth and never jerky. It features access to mobile broadband and Wi-Fi for constant connectivity, but it isn't as comfortable to handle as other tablets due to its rather large size. Though, it makes up for what it's lacking with features and a colorful backlit screen. Additionally, its available keyboard dock makes it look and function like a netbook.

Out of the box, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL tablet has plenty of apps for its Android 4.0 operating system. You’ll get a very nice desktop experience, video chat and other Android apps and features. You can also grab more on the Google Play Store. Asus includes some additional apps, including the Asus Launcher, SuperNote, Polaris Office 3.0, MyNet, MyLibrary and MyCloud.

The 8GB of Asus WebStorage service that comes with this Asus tablet is a great way to store extra files, music and videos, so you're not overloading the tablet or your computer. It's also good for backup storage.

This tablet features a speedy Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, clocking in at 1.5GHz, with 1GB of memory. This is on par with most Android tablets as far as these specs go. The TF300TL offers up to 32GB of storage, but you can upgrade to the Asus Transformer Infinity to get up to 64GB of additional storage Asus. The Infinity has all of the features that the TF300TL has, and it includes a 1.6 GHz processor and additional color options.

The TF300TL tablet measures 10.35 inches high, 7.11 inches wide and 0.38 inches thick, and it weighs a little less than 1.5 pounds. The ergonomics are good, but it's not quite as enjoyable to hold as other tablets because it is larger and weighs over a pound. It looks nice but isn't comfortable.

The tablet includes several I/O ports (inputs and outputs). There is one SD card reader, a mini HDMI port and an audio jack for both headphones and a microphone. There is a built-in microphone, along with stereo speakers, a sound up and down rocker and a power and lock switch. The battery gets about nine to 10 hours during normal use, and with the dock, you can expect around 14 hours of battery life.

The dock includes a keyboard, a touchpad, an extra card reader, an extra battery and a USB 2.0 port. An added advantage of the dock is that you get extra battery life and a keyboard to do some serious typing and work. It is a little tricky to attach, but once you do, it functions much like an open netbook.

You can connect to the internet via a WLAN 802.11 b/g/n built-in wireless device, and it includes Bluetooth V3.0+EDR. If you're without Wi-Fi, have no fear, because this tablet includes a mobile broadband option so you can connect with 2G, 3G or LTE. Such an option makes this a great if you want to use your tablet everywhere you go, at any time.

There are two cameras. The 1.2-megapixel camera on the front is a little weak on the resolution side, but the rear-facing camera offers a nice 8 megapixels. Pictures look good, but recorded video is less than desirable. However, keep in mind that a camera on a tablet likely not going to be the main camera in your life. It's inconvenient to hold up a 10-inch tablet every time you want to take a photo. In that regard, the camera may or may not be a huge deciding factor for you.

The display on the Transformer Pad TF300TL tablet is bigger than the iPad's, measuring 10.1 inches tall – or wide, if you're holding it horizontally. Resolution is HD at 1920 x 1200. Photos, video, websites and more look great. It also supports 10-finger multi-touch, though most users tend to use only two or three fingers at a time.

Asus Transformer Pad Summary:

The Asus Transformer Pad line consists of affordable, large tablets with great backlit LED screens and many features and apps that ship with the devices from both Android 4.0 and Asus. We had hoped to see Android 4.2 on this tablet like the best tablets, but 4.0 still gets the job done. This tablet would be easier to use and hold one handed if it were smaller and lighter; however, the keyboard dock gives it extra battery life and an easier way to do heavy typing.

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Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL

This is an affordable Android tablet that is relatively fast and offers a keyboard dock that can extend the battery life up to 14 hours.

Runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while other leading tablets are running on the 4.2 OS.

The Verdict
: 6.95/10

The Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL is a fast and large Android tablet that provides an affordable alternative to an iPad.