Battery Life & Performance

The Eee Pad has an integrated 24.4Wh battery as well as an optional external 24.4Wh battery courtesy of the Transformer dock. The tablet by itself has battery life similar to that of the Motorola Xoom, and shorter than the iPad 2. With the dock however we measured a 64% increase in battery life in our general use test. With over 15.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, a docked Eee Pad is pretty impressive.

General Usage—Web Browsing, Email & Music Playback

ASUS tells us we aren't seeing a near doubling of battery life with the dock in use because of inefficiencies in the current firmware—something that could improve with the May firmware update.

Video playback battery life is identical to the Xoom. Remember NVIDIA's Tegra 2 doesn't completely accelerate the H.264 decode pipeline, so there's some software offloading that unfortunately keeps the Cortex A9s awake during our video decode test. As a result the Eee Pad and Xoom post lower-than-iPad results here.

Video Playback—H.264 720p Base Profile (No B-Frames)

With a 1GHz Tegra 2 under the hood, the Eee Pad performs just like a Xoom:

2011 Page Load Test—Average

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9.1

Rightware BrowserMark

WiFi Performance

The Camera The Honeycomb Update & Software Preload
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  • Elrondolio - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    None of these shots are exactly close... even something as exotic as the Noktor 50 f/0.95 (in practice, a somewhat pedestrian lens up to f/2 or so) can focus in far closer than the shots, around 2". Its certainly possible these were taken north of f/2, but the bokeh on them is very nice (north of 7 blades, I'd expect). Reply
  • whiteonline - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    I don't know. Looks like a bit of post processing effects. Look at the last photo with the power cable; the focus is a horizonal line, not radial. And very sharply changes between in and out of focus. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    as he has mentioned having Nikon SLRs in the past, I checked the minimum focus distance for 50 and 85mm lenses available for Nikon at B&H. The 50s are all in the 45-50cm range, and the 85s are 85-100cm.

    Yes I would expect the lens does was designed for nice bokeh (curved aperture blades, etc)
    Reply
  • MrCromulent - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    I guess 720p and 1080p playback via HDMI won't be a problem anymore for Honeycomb tablets, will it? Reply
  • IronPalm - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    I ordered this tablet just see how well I can use flash based dashboards on it, I then saw a Xoom and was wondering if I should cancel my order.

    Compared to what I've read recently this review was done well, a refreshing change, as others have said a great review.

    Now the only thing i'm wondering is how the user experience compares to an ipad (e.g. the touch sensitivity etc). I noticed there was a bit of lag on the Xoom, but I haven't noticed that playing with display ipad's in tech stores.

    I hope this isn't a repeat of an earlier episode in my life...I wanted an iPhone, but didn't really want one, so I got one for my wife. After playing with it (to update software of course) I was impressed by the touch screen. My resistive WM 6.5 didn't cut after that. I dropped it by accident around the time when the HTC HD2 came out with it's capacitive touch screen, great I though, just what I'd been looking for. Unfortunately not all capacitive touch screens are equal.
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  • kmmatney - Friday, April 22, 2011 - link

    The iPad does have flash, to some degree:

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/10/ipad-gets-flash...

    don't know if a flash-based apps would work, though
    Reply
  • Wanderer200 - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    Very nice extended review, thumbs up!

    but i was wondering about one thing:
    "The price point alone is enough to make the Eee Pad the Honeycomb tablet to get assuming you don't need integrated GPS"

    Because on the Asus website the specs say is does have GPS and in other review i saw google maps in action... so i assume is does have GPS?

    I also read about the firmware upgrade wich is downloadable right now, it fixxes some of the issues you encountered with the transformer (like the camera green screen) did you try to upgrade your firmware?
    Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    I've corrected the review - GPS hardware is present in the Eee Pad Transformer, although some apps require that you are actively connected via WiFi in order to use GPS.

    I updated the firmware on our review sample, however there are apparently one or two more revisions left before systems go on sale next week. I should have updated software soon.

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • jbh129 - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    At this point, there is no legitimate reason to buy a tablet that is not an iPad. Reply
  • eddman - Thursday, April 21, 2011 - link

    Steve, is that you? Reply

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