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Asus Infinity Pad Transformer TF700 – Better Than the New iPad?

The Asus Transformer Pad TF700T Infinity is one of the first Full HD Android tablets ever announced. The Infinity has a 10.1 inch display and screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Note that Acer is also competing with such specifications with the Iconia Tab A700.

The other specs include an Nvidia Tegra 3 1.6 GHz, 1 GB RAM, storage capacity of 32GB, microSD slot to increase storage, micro-HDMI output 1.4 (3D output to compatible TV), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash on the back, and 2-megapixel webcam on the front.

There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack and 40-pin proprietary port for connecting dock or USB adapter/charger. The tablet is accompanied by a keyboard dock which, in addition to providing physical keys, is equipped with a USB 2.0 port and an SD/SDHC card reader.

On first glance, the Infinity TF700T tablet is almost identical to the Transformer Prime Pad. But if you look closer, you would notice that it is slightly larger, connectors are arranged differently, the Asus logo changed places, and most especially, the back aluminum is completely different.

The changes in the back casing was presumed to be a solution that Asus engineers came up with to solve the GPS and WiFi problems experienced by the Transformer Prime. Concentric circles can be seen on the smooth aluminum coating, and a plastic strip covers the upper part of the unit at about 2 cm wide. This feature is said to give better signal strength for wireless connectivity.

The tablet is easy on the hands and the weight is perfectly distributed. With its keyboard dock, the Infinity automatically adopts the look of a high end netbook, while still being portable and light enough (1.1 kg in total). Note that the keyboard of the Asus Prime, if you already own one, is compatible with the Infinity but the measurements are slightly different for the latter.

The Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T differs from the Prime Pad almost entirely by its screen, which adopts a Full HD 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution against the Prime’s 1280 x 800 pixels. This should significantly improve the user’s reading experience, as was the case between the iPad 2 and the New iPad (3rd generation). The tablet makes use of the Super IPS technology which also increases the viewing angle of the screen.

The high definition display quality really outshines most Android tablets with the same 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. Android icons, web pages, even HD videos or word processor, are displayed well and the legibility of text and image is undeniably a step forward for Android tablets.

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