How the ASUS Tablet Works

ASUS Tablet Specs

The ASUS tablet comes loaded with plenty of power and performance to compete with the iPad and the growing crowd of tablet challengers. The first thing you notice is the size of the screen. The tablet itself is 10.67 inches by 6.97 inches (27.1 to 17.7 centimeters), and the viewable screen is 10.1 inches (25.7 centimeters) from corner to corner. That compares favorably with the 9.7-inch (24.6-millimeter) screen on the iPad 2. A larger screen makes for a better HD screen resolution, too. The Transformer boasts 1280x800 pixels compared to the slightly smaller 1024x768 on the iPad 2. All of that size comes at the cost of weight, though. The Transformer weighs in at 1.5 pounds (680 grams) compared to the trimmer and slimmer 1.33-pound (603-kilogram) iPad 2.

There are two cameras on the Transformer: one that faces the front for video chat and one that faces the rear for snapping photos. The front-facing camera is a 1.2 megapixel model and the rear-facing is 5 megapixels, which are the same resolutions as most tablets on the market.

There are a couple of ports along the side of the Transformer to interface with other gadgets. There's a mini-SD card slot in which you can insert mini-SD memory cards from digital cameras or other devices. There's also a mini-HDMI slot for connecting the Transformer to an HDTV using a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable. This would allow you to stream movies from your Transformer onto a much bigger screen. There are no USB ports on the Transformer, but the tablet does have a neat trick up its sleeveā€¦ or technically, along its bottom. It's a 40-pin docking port which can attach to a full laptop keyboard (for an additional $150). We'll talk more about the keyboard on the accessories page.

Now, let's take a look at the internal specs of the Transformer tablet. The tablet's lithium battery is listed at running a maximum of 9.5 hours per charge, but reviewers have clocked it at a more reasonable 7.3 hours [source: Bell]. For processing power, the Transformer has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip under the hood with 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM. For memory, the entry-level Transformer comes with a 16GB internal flash drive and a 32GB model is available for roughly $100 more. The Transformer is built with a number of sensors, including GPS, gravity sensors and a virtual compass for automatic orientation between landscape and portrait view.

The Transformer connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi (802.11bgn). There isn't an option to connect using 3G cellular data networks. The transformer is loaded with Bluetooth for connecting wirelessly to other devices like wireless headsets, speakers or car stereos.

The Transformer runs Google's Android operating system, version 3.0. This version of Android, also known as Honeycomb, was designed specifically for larger handheld devices with more screen room. The touch-screen includes a full virtual QWERTY keyboard with numbers.

Now let's look at some of the accessories you can buy for your ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet.