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Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG: The working Android

The Android-based tablet-laptop comes with a keyboard dock and supports 3G connectivity.

Nandagopal Rajan | May 27, 2013 | Updated 20:31 IST

Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG
Price: Rs 43,999
Specs: Android 4, 10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) IPS Panel with 10 finger multi-touch support, Nvidia Tegra3 T30L Quad Core, 1.2 GHz with 1GB RAM, GeForce, 12 core, 16GB/32GB eMMC, 8MP back camera with 1.2MP front, 3G & GPS Embedded

At first sight the Asus Transformer Pad looks like a Windows 8 hybrid. It too has a lock on the hinge that separates the tablet from the dock. But one look at the keyboard and the lack of a Windows key confirms this is something different. In fact, the Transformer Pad is in the rare breed of Android hybrids.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG

Yes, the design is very similar to that of Windows 8 hybrids. Like many of them, this one too has a heavy tablet side that can fall back if the angle is not right. It is easy to unlock the tablet from the keyboard, but keep the two together for the best user experience. That way you get to use the touchscreen as well as the keyboard. The keyboard also packs in some extra battery, together giving about 15 hours of juice. More importantly, unlike some Windows 8 hybrids, you don't need the keyboard to charge this device.
Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG

Along with the keyboard, the Transformer Pad gives users most connectivity options, including a USB port which is otherwise impossible to find on an Android tablet. Talking about connectivity options, this device comes with a SIM slot making it really mobile.

With a keyboard yoked to it, we were tempted to see if the Transformer Pad was good enough to be a laptop replacement and capable of doing some serious work. The keypad is good and you can easily type long chunks of text with it. But we felt it was a bit hyper-sensitive at times, typing the same letter more than once. 
Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG

Asus has preloaded apps like Polaris Office so that you can do some amount of work. This app is also linked to cloud storage, allowing you to save and retrieve the documents from a virtual space and from any device. With an impressive Quadrant benchmark score  of 3188, which can be attributed to the Tegra 3 quad-core processor, we think you will be able to do most office work on this one, provided you have compatible software and the mindset needed to start 'working' on Android.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG

On the tablet side, this device has a decent 8 MP camera that works well even in low-light conditions. By tablet standards the Sonic Master sound is good, but it could have been better.

Buy this device if you need, or love, Android, and have to use it for work as well.

Rating: 4/5

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