Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T in-depth review [video]

July 30, 2012

    What traits must a tablet possess in order to earn the title of  “the best Android tablet?” Is it hardware? A quad-core CPU, or a large, high-resolution display that bedazzles your eyes? Or how about a rock bottom price? Or, is it software like Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a slim-easy to use overlay? Do you enjoy a device with superb build quality and top-notch materials?

    No matter which trait you stand by, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is sure to tickle your fancy.

    Amidst the release of their Google flagship Nexus 7 (an excellent device), Asus has taken the time to craft one of the absolute best tablets I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. The Transformer Pad Infinity is an absolute joy to use, and constantly boasts its many attributes. But, as always, I’ll go ahead and leave it up to you to decide if the TF700T is up to par. Let’s check it out!

    Hardware

    The Asus TF700T is fully encased in high-quality aluminum, and feels extremely sturdy. The back of the tablet features a circular pattern ingrained into the chassis. Very beautiful, I must say!

    Aside from the impressive build quality, the Infinity’s specs include:

    • Size: 263 x 180.8 x 8.3 mm; 586 g
    • Display: 10.1″ Super IPS+ LCD touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 224 ppi
    • Processor: Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3, 1.6 GHz (highest stock clock of the Tegra 3 yet!)
    • Memory: 1GB RAM DDR3
    • Storage: 32/64GB, microSD slot expandable
    • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, micro HDMI
    • Camera: 8MP rear facing, 2MP front-facing
    • Video: 1080p HD
    • OS: Android 4.0.3
    • Available with a full mobile dock/keyboard – matching in color

    The mobile keyboard dock really improves the tablets usability, and when equipped, transforms the tablet into nothing short of a quad-core netbook. The form factor is exceptionally slim as well.

    Here is a photo comparing the thickness of the Infinity TF700T and the Asus TF300T, a less expensive tablet. The TF700T is on bottom.

    Software 

    Ice Cream Sandwich is still the dominating force in the Android ecosystem, and is 100% able to stand up to any task one may throw at it. Rocking Android 4.0.3, the Infinity utilizes Asus’ Waveshare UI, in an attempt to make users’ experience a little easier. The Waveshare UI isn’t as obtrusive as TouchWiz, per se, and stays relatively in-line with AOSP Android. The only theme-ing can be found in the softkeys and the status bar of the tablet.

    Also within the status bar rest three power options to augment the Tegra 3′s powerhouse – Power Saver, Balanced, and Performance mode.

    The Infinity is a delight to all senses, as it is equipped with Asus’ Sonicmaster technology, a software developed to optimize audio recording and playback.

    Display 

    The gem of this tablet lies in it’s display. The IPS+ display can practically be viewed in all conditions and angles. The LED backlight provides 600nits of high-powered brightness. The IPS+ can be toggled on and off via the status bar, for easy viewing.

    I was able to use the tablet outside for a longer period of time than any of my other tablets provided. The IPS+ mode also reduced reflection, a problem I’ve noticed in other Asus tablets.

    The 1920 x 1200 resolution is crisp, and makes it somewhat hard to isolate any pixelation.

    Performance

    The Tegra 3 processor is easily one of the hottest pieces of hardware out there. Asus has been very generous by including the Tegra 3 in many of their newest tablets. The Tegra inside the TF700T holds the highest stock clock speed of any Tegra 3 from the factory, at 1.6Ghz. I found it to be lightning fast, keeping up with games, HD videos, heavy multitasking, and just about anything else I could throw at it.

    Benchmark scores set the TF700T below the HTC One X and the original Transformer Prime even after a few re-tests. The real reason behind this though, is that the Infinity Pad offers up a substantially higher resolution display, at 1920×1200. More pixels, more demand on the SoC. In terms of real world performance though, this tablet is blazing fast, and the extra pixels on the popping Super IPS + display make it one of the best displays on the market.

    Camera 

    The 8MP rear-facing camera has been heavily developed and optimized by Asus. Photos look great, and videos gleam with 1080p HD quality. Check out some test shots I took with the rear and front facing cameras.

     

    Video review

    Here it is folks, the hands-on demo of the Asus TF700T! Remember to leave a comment if you have a question!


    Overview

    If I was in the market for a quality tablet I would strongly consider the TF700T. It has impressive specs, insane build quality, top-notch features, and a price to match. I can say, in confidence, that there really aren’t many tablets that can stand up to the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T. What are your thoughts? Does the Infinity have what it takes to hold the title of  “the best Android tablet on the market?” Drop a comment and let us know! We love feedback!

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    Comments

    • Michael

      What’s the rock bottom price? And why are comments locked on the Final Fantasy article when it has 0 posts?

      • Clayton Ljungberg

        For the 64GB model, the price sits at $500. For this tablet, that is a killer price. I will look into the FF article.

        • knebel22

          Sorry to correct you. The 32gb goes for 500 and the 64gb for 600.

          • Clayton Ljungberg

            whoops! very true. I don’t find myself needing 64Gb, so the $500 price tag would be the one for me.

          • Ricardo Herrera

            sorry to correct you. The 32gb goes for $499 and 64gb $599
            :P

    • Jaonea

      can’t wait for a comparison with the note 10.1 can’t decide which one to buy

      • android guy

        the note is ok i had it and its nothing like the TF700 theres no good games on the note 10.1 and its slowish so i took it back and got the TF700 and im loving it so far

    • iChuck7

      I can’t wait until tablets get 2 gigs of ram.

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        Galaxy Note 10.1 has 2GB of RAM, and Lenovo has another tablet with 2GB of RAM in the pipe. It will become the norm here pretty quick.

    • angelos

      I received mine: 64GB, ordered from tiger direct. It is awsome! Waiting for the docking station now…..:-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve.haas.509 Steve Haas

      Where can we buy one? Even after it’s release on the 16th, they are NOWHERE to be found! In NW. Florida here.

    • Paman

      Can it be used with USB modem.? Or I should wait for LTE version

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        I’m sure it could work with the USB modem, but ask yourself – is that something you’d want to bring along? At COMPUTEX, ASUS told us there is an S4 powered version coming with LTE on board towards the end of August. Nothing confirmed, but I believe it to be coming. Lots of people still want dedicated mobile data for their tablets – how about you?

    • freak

      asus just forgets the prime into existence. the PRIME owners are actually the BETA testers. too bad…

      • Tom

        Agreed. Poor product testing in my opinion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30814337 Brian Rokosz

      32gb plus 32gb micro sd plus 128gb sd storage in the keyboard plus 8gb asus cloud plus dropbox plus google plus gmail….laptop replacement

      • Clayton Ljungberg

        Agreed! At least a netbook replacement.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530582113 Paul Shankland

      so far my 64 Gb Infinity is in theory awesome – but it freezws 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!

      • Riggs

        ^Paul, I totally agree! I bought the 64gb on release day, and had it in hand by Wednesday the 18th. Within 20 minutes I knew there was something bizarro going on with my TF700T. I experienced multiple crashes, hard freezes, and sadly, all-around glitchy behavior. Worst of all was the audio, simply dreadful. I gave the thing another 24 hours of steady use and never experienced what I’d refer to as; stability. I do believe there could have been something wrong with my product, but in comparison to the 67% cheaper Samsung Tab 2 7.0 sitting on my desk, even when not having issues, the Infinity just didn’t perform (IMO) like a $600 tablet should this late into 2012. I promptly contacted the retailer in regards to my experience. They issued a paid return shipping label and I swiftly sent that rock back to the mine. I’ve been waiting for negative reviews on the Transformer Infinity to spawn, yet most consumers and bloggers continue praising the device. I disagree with the praises. Sure, the TF700T is a nice tablet, and running stable should sell in the $350-375 ($450 with keyboard) range for 64GB and not a penny more.

        Disclaimer: I’m a computer systems integration professional and son of a highly respected NASA & military control systems designer. I know microprocessor, semiconductor, and superconductor powered gadgets, ranging from microscopic to epically massive,
        better than most people know their own hands. The TF700T was simply excessively over-rated for nearly a half year approaching its release.

        After years of disgust with slow, (seemingly greedy) manufacturers and blatant disregard for progress I have opted to launch my own startup to produce integrated tablets, and other more radically future-focused devices. For the debut we’ll be launching our own version of a pressure sensitive stylus input tablet running a prototyped octacore apu on a blazing bus, torqued with 8gb ram, 128gb dry on board, a 2.5K 3D ready pop-out display, 32bit/192khz THX DTS Surround on kevlar ribbons with most mainstream I/O’s including USB3, all wrapped in solid Oregon born titanium. And yeah, we’re aiming at affordable: $500 each, with a projected 100M units guaranteed delivery within the first quarter of release. Want in on the IPO? I bet, most people do. Keep your eyes open for a new Louis XIII class domestic electronics corporation. Till then, all else, if you can, keep your hands off sub-par, overpriced & way overhyped gadgets. It’s time for us to regain the technological throne for USA and bring domestic manufacturing back into the lives of Americans, for prosperity’s sake. Prepare yourselves; a change for the better is eminent.

        • Honame

          LOL!

        • Adrian

          The stuff you’re on must be strong.

    • http://www.facebook.com/james.wright.9674 James Wright
    • Rick

      Received my Infinity on 16th Aug, from PortaGadgets, Long time laptop user, this is the best of both worlds, laptop and tablet, Really impressed with its performance, also new to Android, really impressed. Worth the price.

    • http://twitter.com/naveen_navvi Naveen Thallapalli®

      yes asus made a great job..
      transformer pad infinity tf700t is best android tablet in the market

    • Robust

      definitely I bow for this TF700T. just a wish more storage please

    • Benjamin Muller

      Hi,

      When and were will this wonderful machine of yours be available?

      Thanks for replying Benjamin Muller mullerb@skynet.be

    • tiza

      Is it pressure sensitive at all??

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