Jun 30 AT 1:06 PM Sean Riley 76 Comments

In the battle to steal Android tablet market and mind share from Samsung, it would be hard to argue against ASUS as the most formidable combatant.

Their solid build quality, powerful hardware and typically light skinning of Android has endeared them to Android fans (the newly announced Nexus 7 confirms that Google feels the same way). The Transformer line is perhaps the best personification of this as, much like the original Motorola Droid, it seems to position itself as the anti-iPad. It tops the iPad specs in nearly every category and is typically depicted with its signature keyboard attached, something which is likely anathema to Apple.

The Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 (Infinity) is the new king of the hill for ASUS with a full HD screen added to the familiar form factor of the Transformer line and I’ve had several days to put it through its paces. ASUS has undeniably delivered the specs with this latest installment, but how does it stack up as a total package?

1. Internal hardware

As advertised in the lead-in the Infinity really blows the doors off the current competition in the specs department with the iPad’s screen being the lone possible exception:

  • 1.7GHz (single-core in use) 1.6GHz (2-4 cores in use) NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 processor
  • 1GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 32 or 64 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion
  • 10-inch Super IPS+ 1920×1200¬†display with up to¬†600 nits of brightness
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 8MP F2.2 rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 25Wh battery
  • 7.11/10.35/0.33″ at 1.31 lbs.

It’s a nice place to start, but as always the specs are only part of the story and how they come together is the real key.

2. Build quality and design

The Infinity is available in two colors, Amethyst Gray (as tested here) and Champagne Gold. I can only speak to the Amethyst Gray and it’s a nice understated option.

The front of the device is unremarkable (save for the display which we’ll get to later). ASUS has gone with the same black bezel favored by most tablets these days. It’s broken up only by a small white ASUS logo, the ambient light sensor and camera.

The back is a little more visually appealing with the silver ASUS logo at the center of the tablet and the probably now familiar concentric circles radiating out from it. To the side you’ll find the speaker grille, and near the top the section with the camera, flash and microphone, which is done in plastic to alleviate the connectivity issues experience by the Transformer Prime.

Taking a walk around the rest of the tablet there is a power button, charging LED and volume rocker across the top as viewed in landscape. Along the left is a headphone jack, micro-HDMI port and microSD card slot. Finally the bottom features the ASUS proprietary connector and two additional holes that lock the tablet into the optional dock.

The Infinity feels rock solid in your hands. The screen is of course a giant piece of glass so I wouldn’t want to drop it, but it’ll handle the typical abuse that could happen in your bag. The weighting of the tablet is also excellent, regardless of the orientation the weight feels evenly distributed. The buttons are solidly constructed, without the wiggle or mushiness I’ve had in some.

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3. Display

The display on the Infinity is perhaps its defining feature as most of its other specs, while impressive, were shared by either the Transformer Prime or Transformer Pad 300.

The Infinity breaks through the full HD barrier for the Transformer line with a resolution of 1900×1200. The Infinity also offers a Super IPS+ display, one area that the TF300 cut corners on, and this makes for a far better outdoor experience than most tablets when that mode is enabled.

I’m not the biggest pixel peeper out there, but the screen on the Infinity looks amazing. The bump up in resolution is quite noticeable when compared to the standard 1280×800 tablets and leaves everything looking far more smooth and crisp. The color representation and contrast appear to have been improved as well and stack up favorably with anything else out there.

I had only two complaints with the Infinity screen. The first is that there is a bit of light bleed in a couple spots, although after noticing it during boot I didn’t find it to be that discernible in normal use. The second is that with anything short of the Super IPS+ mode the glossy screen is highly reflective.

The screen is the single most important feature on any tablet and the Infinity delivers one of the best I’ve seen on an Android tablet to date and by far the best of the 10-inch devices.

4. Software

ASUS has once again done what so many manufacturers seem to have a hard time doing and that is leaving Android alone. The Infinity has a virtually stock build of Android 4.0.3 and what has been added doesn’t impinge on the basic stock experience. With Jelly Bean potentially knocking on the door this week, this becomes all the more important as the less ASUS has to tweak for the update the better.

The majority of what ASUS has tacked on are apps and widgets. Not so many that your tablet feels flooded out of the box though. The notification area is one of the only notable visual changes with a number of convenient shortcuts having been added.

The apps are a mix of gaming and productivity. Tegra Zone brings the Tegra 3 optimized games front and center for you. The ASUS application suite adds Polaris Office, SuperNote, App Backup, App Locker, ASUS Sync, MyNet and ASUS Webstorage. I have other apps that I already use for many of these functions, but it’s not excessive to me. For a new user, having a solid base of apps out of the box is convenient.

ASUS also packages some of their own widgets. Again it’s only about half a dozen and they are for the most part useful, so no complaints there.

5. Performance

The display may take top billing with the Infinity, but NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor is sure to get a best supporting nod come Oscar time. Launching apps, swiping between home screens and scrolling through web pages was consistently smooth and touch responsiveness is the best I’ve experienced.

With the Tegra Zone NVIDIA has made no bones about gaming being a central focus for their mobile processors and the Infinity tore through every title I installed. For the most part the Tegra Zone titles are just graphically super charged versions of games you may have already played like Shadowgun or Riptide GP.

If you’re a benchmark person we’ve got you covered too. On the left you’ll find the numbers for the Infinity, and on the right you’ll find the numbers for the Transformer Pad 300.

Smartbench 2012 Productivity – 3890 / 3340
Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index – 1909 / 2275
Antutu total – 11886 / 12443
Antutu Floating Point CPU – 3313 / 2363
Antutu 3D Graphics – 1015 / 1175
GL Benchmark 2.1.4 – Egypt Offscreen – 72/ 62
GL Benchmark 2.1.4 – Pro Offscreen – 97 / 81
Quadrant – 4845 / 3722
Browsermark – 122770 / 112870
Sunspider 0.9.1 (lower is better) – 1443.0 / 1784.2
Moonbat on Chrome (With web worker set to 1) – 1389.3 / 1757.6
Moonbat on Chrome (With web worker set to 4) – 2588.3 / 3155.4

6. Cameras

I think this was the first time I was impressed by the cameras on a tablet. They don’t hold up to the cameras on the top smartphones, but I don’t see that as a realistic standard for a tablet anyway.

In daylight, or under reasonably bright interior lighting, the 8MP rear camera is capable of capturing very respectable images with little noise. Like many smartphones the Infinity particularly shines on macro images.

Shots from the 2MP front-facing camera are obviously far less impressive, although if you are using that for pictures it’s probably for photobooth style shots and typically high quality isn’t the priority there.

The rear camera captures up to 1080p footage and it looks excellent on the tablet or output to a TV. The front-facing camera does 720p for video calls, hangouts, or conferencing and the quality matched what I’ve seen on many higher-end laptops.

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7. Battery

ASUS claims the Infinity will last around eight and a half to nine and a half hours streaming video on WiFi and that matches up well with what I experienced running Netflix on a loop. I had similar results during a more normal day of testing with Twitter, email, gaming and general browsing. I was also occasionally making use of the Super IPS+ mode and juicing the brightness as high as possible.

Battery life testing is always hard as everyone’s version of a “normal day” is quite different, but I have a hard time imagining any remotely typical usage pattern for this device that wouldn’t allow its battery to see it through a day of use.

I’ll cover the dock in the next section, but it warrants mentioning here as it adds four and a half to five additional hours of battery life to the Infinity. One interesting note on the battery life and the dock is that the tablet waits until it has drained to 70% before pulling from the dock and it continues to repeat that pattern until the dock’s battery dies.

8. Keyboard dock

You can’t review a Transformer branded tablet without touching on the optional keyboard dock. ASUS didn’t invent this form factor, but they are certainly doing more with it than any company has previously.

The Infinity uses the exact same keyboard dock that the Prime used so nothing new to see here, but that’s hardly a criticism. Whereas most companies are using a keyboard dock to add only that tactile typing functionality, ASUS is giving users an SD card slot, a full USB port, a trackpad and of course a 19.5WHr battery.

The keyboard itself is very useable. I can’t say I would opt for it over my laptop or desktop keyboards, but I would take it over any virtual keyboard in a heartbeat. It took me a couple days to adjust to the size and some of the specialized shortcuts, but once I did I found it really sped up my workflow on the tablet and not just when typing.

At $149 the keyboard dock for the Infinity is a bit pricey, but for all of the added functionality that it brings with it I think it is worth the price of admission.

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9. Connectivity

Particularly if you factor in the dock the Infinity has nearly every bit of wired and wireless connectivity that you could hope for. And while I myself actually prefer a WiFi-only tablet to avoid yet another data contract and also to keep the cost of the tablet itself down I have to concede that the lack of a 4G option for the Infinity is a problem for some.

Regardless, that certainly isn’t enough to bring it below an average ranking in this category. Bluetooth 3.0, micro-HDMI, WiFi b/g/n and a microSD slot on the Infinity itself put it ahead of most of the competition and again once you add the dock with its SD slot and full USB 2.0 port it feels like you’ve got more options than some ultraportable laptops.

10. Price

The pricing for the Infinity itself is fantastic. This tablet packs in higher-end specs than almost any other Android tablet out there and isn’t charging a premium for that with the 32GB base version coming in at $499. The 64GB model clocks in at $599, and while that would be overkill for me, I know some people like the security blanket of having every video, song and file with them at all times.

The only reason I fall shy of giving the Infinity full marks on price is that I wish the keyboard dock was just $99 rather than $149. Maybe I’m being unfair to the Infinity as the dock is of course optional, but I just feel like it is such an integral part of the experience with this tablet that it would be wrong not to have it and if the full base package were $599 I think it would be a much easier sell.

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF7009 / 10

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is easily the best Android tablet that I have used to date.

Every other tablet (Android or not) that I have tried has been a device that I would browse the web, play games and consume media on. And to be clear even if that is all you are looking for the Infinity is more than capable of serving that purpose for you. But with the integration of the keyboard dock you can also get actual work done for hours longer than any other device you own.

I’ve been looking for a tablet that could successfully straddle those lines since I had to give up my HP TC1100, which looks every bit the part of a Transformer ancestor, and I’m thrilled to see ASUS execute on that concept so effectively with Android.

The Infinity will be available in the U.S. the week of July 16th, so you’ve got a bit of waiting to do, but if you have any questions about the device that I missed in the review just let me know in comments and I’ll do my best to get them answered.

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • amgala

    This is the tablet I’ve been waiting for! I pre-ordered a Nexus 7 for my wife, so I’ll see if that is enough for me also.

    • perlowin

      I was going to post a comment, but you read my mind! A Nexus 7 for my wife and the new, long awaited, Transformer for me!

      • dVyper

        Where do you people get all your money?! :’-( I want them too!

  • Lightning7

    It seems to be a fantastic device, and I am happy for anyone who happens to pick it up, but I’m blissfully content with my Transformer Prime (thank you Android And Me for the contest).

  • M3rc Nate

    This is a buy. Been waiting for it since i first heard about it. As for the keyboard dock, i totally agree $99 is a much more appealing price point, i think way more people would pick it up with the tablet for $99.
    Plan was Asus 7 inch/Nexus tablet would come out 2 months before this 700, so id buy it, have fun then the big boy comes out, and i get it (700). But now with the Nexus tablet coming out basically the same day, and it not having expandable memory, and i wish it had stayed the Asus Memo $249 not been stripped. But oh well, in the end i saved myself $200-250 by not getting it, and i couldnt be more excited about this TF700.

    Only thing that would make this better is a statement from Asus guaranteeing this tablet will get Jelly Bean, and that it will be supported for as long as its components can handle the OS updates (which with a quad core i imagine is a LONG time). Wishful thinking though.

  • Meister_Li

    Is the Tablet dock for the Infinity identical to that to the prime? As in, does the infinity fit into the Dock of the Prime?

    • Lightning7

      I think so, because I know the Prime’s dock fits in the Infinity.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Yes, if you already had a Prime dock that would work just fine. The new box for this dock just says that it is the “Transformer Pad Mobile Dock” and that it is compatible with the TF700 or TF201.

    • epps720

      I keep hearing the Prime dock does work as you say but the Primes dock has a bigger battery than the TF 700′s 22 Whr vs 19.5. Does anyone know why you would go for the TF 700 dock instead of the Prime’s? Prime’s dock comes in at $110 on Amazon right now too!

      • M3rc Nate

        I would very like to know the answer to this. Also, when/where will the TF700 be available to order? It supposedly comes out in like a week…yet its not on amazon to pre-order or anything.

  • alterSchw3de

    After more than six months with my Asus TF101 i feel no need for a faster tablet but for one that is smaller. The 10″ versions are great for usage at home but as soon as i’m outside it’s not that great.

    I would love a nice 8/9″ version of this tablet (with full hd ofc).

  • mattcoz

    This looks freakin’ fantastic, but I’m not sure I’m ready to put down $500 to upgrade from my original Transformer, especially since I’m still considering picking up a Nexus 7. I may just wait for the Infinity+1 with Tegra 4, 2560×1600 screen, and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, heh.

  • Jaydude

    I’d love to get this for college, but 499 plus the dock seems a bit out of reach :/ My mom’s nexus 7 is coming soon so I’ll give it a chance. If not, I gotta wait for a price drop :( Really awesome device though! I love the high Res screen and the whole dock/battery concept. Fingers crossed

    • Skybro

      This is definitely the tablet/keyboard combo I want for my college classes. My standard laptop barely makes it through to lunchtime. 15 hrs of battery is VERY appealing to me. Been waiting for the Infinity for awhile, as I almost got the Prime, but didn’t want to deal with the GPS/WiFi glitch

  • WlfHart

    Beautiful tablet. Now If I could just talk Asus into putting a stylus in there I’d have a complete package!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      That would be a big bonus to me too, as I said in the review I used to have a TC1100 and I loved having the option of stylus input.

  • mattforchi

    Hi Sean, thanks for that amazing review! I have 2 questions: Even though I know this is an American site, do you know anything about Europe availability/pricing? And secondly, more Android than Infinity specific: how does Android/the Infinity deal with an external USB-Stick or hard drive being plugged in? And what about video playback? Can it play an .avi file e.g. or will we awkwardly have to convert videos before watching them on the tablet? Cheers

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I haven’t gotten anything more specific than the “end of August” from ASUS on UK availability and no pricing details unfortunately.

      I can verify that it recognizes USB sticks just fine and my understanding is that it will recognize and external hard drive if it is formatted properly, but unfortunately I don’t have one to test it with. Just to be clear that is using the USB port on the dock.

      For video playback you can always download another player to handle whatever format you like, but standard formats like avi, mp4 and mov (among others) work just fine in the native player.

      • mattforchi

        Thanks, good to hear. It seems like it has popped up lastw eek in Europe’s online shops saying it’ll be available from 7/7/12 :)

        • Wilson

          if you download moboplayer plus the required codec pack, you can play pretty much anything you’d like. my galaxy note with its dual core processor and mali400 gpu has no issues playing 60fps videos at 720p without breaking a sweat, i have no doubt that this transformer can do the same.

          and as for usb sticks and hard drives, they must be formatted in fat32 or exfat. android will not read ntfs. fat32 and exfat drives will pop up in the file manager as an external drive. i have a friend who uses her transformer with a portable hard drive to watch videos and movies for hours on end.

    • Jim

      My Seagate 2Tb external disk is plug-and-play on my Infinity. Not even the vaunted iPad can see all of it.

      And for the guy who wanted to know if it could replace his laptop, I don’t know what work he has to do, but it has already replaced my laptop as my primary work device.

      I have the Infinity 32 Gb with a 64 Gb mSD card.

      One comment about the sound system: Another reviewer complained about the “anemic speaker” and complained that they put it right where your hand would be when holding it. I almost passed on it based on that “problem”. I’m sure glad I didn’t! I found out (entirely by accident) that when you are holding the tablet, your hand redirects the sound up front. It sounds nice for a mono speaker.

  • Hosam

    Do they have a plan for a tegra 3 model with 3G/LTE

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Not to my knowledge, the version with support for 3G/4G will be running a Qualcomm dual-core processor.

  • luis

    Question, I am having a hard time choosing between the Transformer Pad Infinity or tge Asus Zenbook? What do you think? Is the tablet good enough to replace a laptop like the Zenbook?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      That’s a tough one. I might have to try getting by with just the Infinity for a couple days and get back to you.

      What would your primary uses be?

  • gmaninvan

    oooh. I want. One question. Does the rear camera have zoom? I am assuming it does but it is important since I use my tablet with evernote to take pictures of lecture slides sometimes. At least I did with my previous g slate. I am glad I sold that pos.

    Time for an upgrade!!!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      It’s just digital zoom rather than optical, but yes you can zoom in with the camera app.

  • Nathan D.

    For existing prime owner it isn’t much of an upgrade that I myself can’t justify very easily. Unless you want the last est and greatest then go ahead but I’m still very happy with my original prime.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I agree completely. While I appreciate the upgrades from the Prime they are fairly incremental and shouldn’t leave a Prime owner feeling strongly compelled to make the change.

  • luis

    I would use it for everything. Video, music, gaming, browsing, etc. Its wierd, I dont even use a T.V anymore lol. I travel a lot so the Infinity looks to have the edge on convenience but its a tough choice.

  • uknowme

    Oh I can’t wait! I’ve been waiting on this since it was announced. I am one of the people that is definitely picking up the 64 gig versions. I like playing games and I have probably spent around $200 on games and apps. I plan on this lasting a few years. That means even more games and apps, not to mention music and movies.

  • Brent

    Great review, thanks Sean. I have a question about the resolution. Don’t you find the resolution almost too high? Apps aren’t designed for that high of resolution (yet) and even the web experience isn’t that great, atleast on my big screen win7 computer, I have lots of empty space on the right hand side loading many websites. Thoughts Sean, on the application window sizes, and browser feedback?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      The apps point is well taken and certainly an issue to some degree. Not taking advantage of the screen real estate on larger Android tablets is already an issue and this exacerbates the problem.

      With that said I think it makes Chrome far more usable on a 10-inch screen as I can actually see a full web page clearly rather than having to scroll around. The Tegra Zone games of course are ready for the resolution for the most part so they all look great and I found that a lot of the games I have were thinking ahead and future proofed against this resolution.

      I guess my general feeling is that while apps could certainly take better advantage of the space it wasn’t bothering me any more than it does on other 10-inch tablets. I will see it makes me hope that Google does have a 10-inch version of the Nexus 7 in the works with this resolution as that might be what it takes to get developers to focus on this segment with their apps.

  • Milen Radanov

    Sean (or anyone familiar),
    Would you mind explain me why Infinity is better than T300 model? I’ve noticed the benchmark review intuit article and it looks that the T300 has better figures than Infinity, in general. The display quality is better, I understand this, but I guess it’s not that noticeable having in mind that the display of both is 10 inches. Please help me decide which tablet to buy because I’m separated by T300, Toshiba Excite 10 and the Infinity?!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      The difference in the display is noticeable even at this screen size, but that isn’t to say it is critical for everyone.

      The Infinity processor is clocked higher than that of the TF300. As you note the TF300 did put up slightly better benchmark results in a few tests, but no name is right that this is due to the considerably higher resolution of the Infinity.

      You can go back and read Dustin’s review of the TF300 as well. The cameras, screen and build quality are the big differences between the two. http://androidandme.com/2012/04/reviews/asus-transformer-pad-tf300-review/

      • Milen Radanov

        Thanks Sean,
        This is what I wanted to know and you helped me to make my decisin. Can you please tell us a date or period when this device will be availible within USA or it is already availible?

        • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

          The week of July 16th is the tentative release date for the U.S.

  • no name

    @Milen Radanov: The TF300 has 1280×800 (if I remember correctly) the TF700 has 1920×1200 (minus the bottom bar I think) so it’s 1024000 pixel VS 2304000 pixel on the screen.
    Some benchmarks (the one with usability in mind instead of raw numbers) use the highest native resolution on the device so that makes the score go down.

    • Milen Radanov

      @no name: I personally do not care about the pixels because it is 10 inch display and it would not make very big difference but like Sean explained before it is the build quality that matters and from this you can notice the difference. Thank you though about your input!

  • Mandroid

    Hi, was just wondering if all the ports for the infinity (ie- micro sd, micro usb, proprietry connector, headphone jack, etc) are the same as the transformer prime? I am upgrading from the prime to the infinity when it comes out so I was just wondering if my current leather case for the prime will be ok for the infinity? Thanks for helping. Great review too. Well written :)

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      No, the port locations are different on the Infinity. If you look at the build quality and design section of the review I describe where the ports are located and the gallery in that section has pictures of those ports as well.

  • spazby

    anyone seen how this display compares to current ipad?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I have both and I’d say the iPad is a better screen, but the Infinity performs better in bright environments. The resolution difference isn’t particularly noticeable, but there are more iPad apps designed with the new iPad resolution in mind so that helps push it’s usability.

      If there is anything specific you would like to see compared let me know.

  • Somebody


    I’m brazilian and I have a question:
    Do you know any information about the release in the Brazil of this device, and anything about the 3G model? Thank you, stay with God

    PS: I don’t know English, so sorry by my english, I hope that you can understand me

  • Hue Three of Five

    Nice review! Couple questions…can a hard drive be hooked to the device? Does it need to be connected through the dock? How is wifi and bluetooth connection, does it drop out at all or carry a low signal?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Well if you had a USB adapter you could connect it directly to the tablet, but the dock has the full USB port to do it natively.

      I didn’t have any WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity issues with the Infinity. The only Bluetooth accessory I tried with the Infinity was a speaker and the tablet was within about 8 feet of it so I wasn’t really testing it’s limits there. WiFi held up fine at a comparable distance to my laptop, I was able to work with it in my backyard about 40-50 feet and two walls away from my router and I believe it was hanging at 2 bars.

      If there is something more specific you want me to check out with the WiFi or Bluetooth just let me know.

      • Hue Three of Five

        Well the reason I ask about a hard drive is because I have a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and while a game pad, mouse, keyboard, usb thumb drive and self powered usb hub work through the usb adapter, the hard drive doesn’t work even though it has its own power source. I was just wondering if a hard drive is something that Android can’t handle for some reason.

        I think you have answered my questions about the wifi internet connection and bluetooth. Wifi signal seems to be decent on this device.


        • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

          It’s definitely not a general Android issue and I know external hard drives work with the Prime so it shouldn’t be a problem with the Infinity.

  • Neil

    Sean, Does it have GPS? And if so, how well does it work?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      It does indeed have GPS, improving the GPS reception is one of the reasons for the plastic section at the top of the device rather than the all aluminum construction of the Prime. I just did not test the GPS as I’ve never used one of my tablets for navigation.

      I will test it this afternoon and let you know how it performs.

      • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

        Alright, sorry for the delay. The GPS performs remarkably well, it got a lock almost immediately and tracked effectively on my test drive. With offline Maps available now this would do a solid job as an enormous in car GPS.

  • Bruce

    Will the infinity have better wifi connection than the transformer 300?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Sorry, but I never used the 300 so I’m not really sure.

  • greyhame

    Nice review Sean! Question for you. I’ve heard ASUS tablets have issues with I/O handling, specifically the kernel using outdated MMC code (via XDA). Both the 201 and 300 apparently suffer from this issue. Have you any idea if the 700 suffers from the same issue? Would you be able to run a benchmark with RL Benchmark: SQLite? Thanks in advance!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      My understanding is that it is improved from the Prime, but still certainly a problem. I didn’t seem to experience many of the symptoms that other users attribute to the issue, which makes it an acceptable if not ideal situation to me.

      The overall SQLite was 122.309 seconds with the 1000 INSERTs being the big ding against it at 74.165 seconds.

      • greyhame

        Thanks a bunch Sean! Really appreciate the feedback. Still pondering on this versus the value packed Nexus 7 (or 10 if the rumors are true). Thinking I would regret not have the option of the keyboard dock if I went with the Nexus…

        Thanks again!

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    Still lovin’ my Transformer Prime. The TF700 looks good but I’m still happy with the TFP bestowed upon me by AndroidAndMe. :D

  • Max

    Hi Sean,
    Any idea how the wifi reception of the infinity performs relative to the transformer prime? I have the prime and it seems still a little weak compared to other devices I own?
    Also, do you know how the pricing works for the prime? I’m thinking of selling my prime for the upgrade…

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      The Infinity will have much better WiFi performance than the Prime as ASUS shifted away from the full aluminum chassis which hampered basically all connectivity on the Prime.

      The Prime will remain in the lineup at a discounted price, I haven’t seen anything official, but I would think a $50-75 price cut would be about right to avoid cannibalizing TF300 sales.

  • ndarvishev

    Good review! I would really want to get one. Unfortunately, I don’t have spare money to buy it right now.

  • rahul247rocks

    Transformer Pad is the only real iPad Competitor. Samsung Galaxy Tab lags a lot

  • Ronald Geiken

    I am really impressed with your site and have bookmarked it for the future. I have been thinking about making my initial foray into Android after years of having Windows. Currently I have 3 Windows machines, A Lenovo i7 desktop with 8 gig of ram, and a Lenovo i7 Laptop with 6 gig of ram, and an ASUS Netbook with an N550 Atom Processor and 2 gig of ram. I have been disappointed by the net-book, since I tried to make it a Junior Computer, but W7 has too much overhead and am disappointed with how slow it is. The Android O/S may be better suited to a device that is lower powered. Do you use a Firewall and Anti Virus program with your Android devices? I think that the ASUS TF700 might be a device that will serve to replace my Netbook. You have a great site and the fact that you are interacting with commenters is a real plus.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Glad to have you join us! While there are antivirus solutions for Android, I think you will find that the vast majority of us choose not to use them. I fall into that camp as I feel that if you are reasonably cautious about what you install there just isn’t really a compelling reason to add another running process to your device.

      With that said if you would feel safer having one there are a number of options available and millions do use them so you won’t be alone by any means. avast! Mobile security and Lookout Mobile Security are two of the more popular solutions and are available for free in the Play Store.

      Oh and viewing the TF700 as a replacement for a netbook is exactly right in my mind.

  • Brandon

    Can the inifinity tf700 work with powerpoint and MS word? Im thinking of getting it for school but the guidelines on a laptop or tablet are MS word and spreadsheets and powerpoint…pretty much Windows software. And also when is it coming to canada?

    • anthony

      ms recently announced they are set to release office for android,…just need to wait til march 2013. that said i had the prime with dock first and really liked it but the wifi issues pushed me to get the infinity last month and WOW what a difference. though the dock for the prime and the infinity are supposed to be identical they are not. you can’t tell by looking at them and both the original prime dock and the newer model work on both devices. the newer dock has a different texture underneath which you immediately notice when going from one to the other, it is simply put easier to hold onto, better grip. also the newer dock feels much more solid than the original, again if you hold the two you can tell the difference but as said when it comes to appearance they look identical, will work on either device. as for battery life, tablet and dock for me i found little difference, but the infinity does seem to draw a hair more power. also i recently upgraded my infinity to jb. before that update/s i would give the infinity a 9.5 out of 10, now w/jb i give it a solid 10+. i mentioned the wifi issue that i as well as most other prime end users experienced. as aptly cited herein the wifi with the infinity is extremely good, within 20′ of the router i am always below -20dbm. side note samsung makes an ext. dvd writer, the only one i am aware of that works with the infinity dock, not specific for asus but works w/android devices. also found out by accident that my ms wireless keyboard just happens to work w/the infinity as do most of the function keys e.g. home, mail, volume, etc. i rarely use it with but just putting that info out there. i do however use the usb primarily for a wireless mouse which makes some tasks much easier. i have ordered a logitech trackpad t650 for use with my win8 devices but it is supposed to also work with android. something that would come in handy when the infinity is hooked up via hdmi to a large screen. i have the 32gb model and over 200 apps and still have 2/3 space left. no matter what anyone, even asus reps tell you in regards to sd card size limitations, i have a 128gb card in the dock(ntfs) and a 64gb micro sd in the tablet also ntfs. made mention as an asus rep told me erroneously we were limited to 32gb. if the length of my comment is indicative of anything it shows just how well asus did with the infinity and how it far exceeded my expectations.

      thanks for the well written review on the infinity, imho the best android tablet out there. nice to see someone do a write up who clearly knows what they are talking about. so many other reviews feel like they have been written by ipad owners and have no clue e.g. one wrote the infinity’s greatest failing was lack of apps? again very nice write up, thanks.

  • Brandon

    Otherwise i like it!! The hard drive is small but i have an external 1TB for my laptop right now i could use from reading these posts the external drives work so im happy about that!

  • Paolo

    Great Tablet – if it were reliable… so far my 64 Gb Infinity is in theory awesome – but it freezes ALOT, dies ALOT, pitches out of Apps ALOT – not sure if it’s the hardware or the OS, but so far I am VERY unimpressed…. And I keep reading of more and more people with the freezing/rebooting problems… THAT is UNSAT. Asus needs to start with a RELIABLE product… I wish I’d gotten a more reliable Tablet than this over-touted Asus device… ASUS clean this mess up now!

    • anthony

      curious, i have not had any issues whatsoever, then again i updated to jellybean on day one followed by another minor update last week. i’m sorry about your experience but based on what i have read as well as my own personal experience there is nothing to for asus to fix,…well maybe they could throw in a usb 3.0 connection on the dock but with so much in such a small form factor i’m amazed we have all that we do with our infinity’s especially when you look for example at the ipad(i had one) which has no hdmi, no card slots, no usb and not even an option for a keyboard dock with a second battery. the prime was a work in progress, good but needed work. the infinity running jellybean is simply awesome.

  • Colby

    I have been using a 1TB external hard drive and have had issues transferring files. I have several gig of pictures and video that I have been trying to transfer, but it keeps freezing every time I try to copy them. Ever since I started to any transferring I have randomly run into that problem. Sometimes I can’t do anything until it just restarts. Sometimes I can go to the main screen and slowly move around, but one way or the other, it still freezes. Has anyone else had this problem on the Infinity? Any suggestions?

  • steve

    Great reviews and add on comments. I might be an outlier here, I don’t play games but want to do audio editing after a mobile recording [Tascam or marantz device] session. Will this tablet work for my needs plus other mobile computing needs….or should I not even be looking at a tablet right now. Thanks

    • anthony

      it certainly has the horsepower to do so but as with any device even if you have the hardware you need software to do the job. there are around 700,000 android apps at present and i would be very surprised if somewhere in that bunch there aren’t several that would meet your needs and make the infinity truly a viable option for all intensive purposes. just go online to the android app store and search and browse. you don’t need an android tablet to do that any internet ready device will allow you to look so you know before you buy. best of luck, hope you find what you are looking for.

  • rewagner

    only thing better then my TF201 is the TF700…I want a upgrade ;)

  • klcow92

    innovative product…:D

  • sbala

    A sweet treat……..

  • Traveler4God

    Hi! I’ve got a question, please.

    I’ve looked at a quite a number of ASUS tablet reviews and found way too many complaints about poor, sketchy, and unreliable customer service from ASUS in the past couple of years. Has anyone who owns an ASUS tablet had consistenlty good and reliable customer service?

    It is all the bad reviews that have made me extremely hesitant with purchasing an ASUS tablet (no matter how much I wnat one) so I thought I’d ask in this forum (I just discovered this website.). According to the Better Business Bureau website ASUS had “965 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 437 closed in last 12 months” which seems like way too many, thus my concern and query.

    Thanks in advance for any experiencial info you can offer!

  • Steve

    Wish i never bought the dam thing . . . gone through 2 32G SD cards in 2 months for some reason it ruins them. You can’t even format or erase SD cards with this devise. Which their technician has confirmed. I can do on a $99.00 stupid phone. But can’t do it on over $400.00 pad. don’t buy it!!!!