As you know, we have three ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to hand out. We’ve already given out our 1st pack, we just finished week two. Congratulations goes out to Andrew Kuczkowski who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Andrew voted Zen Pinball THD for best graphics.
Don’t forget we still have one more prize pack to hand out. We will get that one started later today, but please make sure to head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site to get more votes in. They are giving away seven of these same prize packs so by voting there as well, it gives you more opportunities to win one of these awesome prizes. Voting ends on May 31st.
Thanks to everyone for playing and good luck on Week 3!!
We heard a lot of talk about a Google (possibly) Nexus Tablet, but things cooled off. All talk seemed to point towards ASUS manufacturing it with a June release. Well DigiTimes is reporting that 600,000 tablets will be made available in June and ASUS continues to be the manufacturer of choice. Projected sales for 2012 seem to be 2 to 2.5 million units, which seems low if they are going after Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
We know there will be a Google tablet of some sort, but the real question is what’s the name? If you look at the latest Nexus phones, the naming scheme seems to go along with the manufacturer. The Nexus S was made by Samsung and was named after the Galaxy S. Last year the Galaxy Nexus was also made by Samsung and they used “Galaxy” instead of opting for the Nexus S II. In both cases the full name included something related to the manufacturer. Now this tablet is being made by ASUS and we all know they make the Transformer Prime. Granted that’s a 10.1-inch device and this is a 7-inch, but it seems to add up since the “Nexus Prime” name came up last year when we thought that was the name of the now Galaxy Nexus. It’s obvious ASUS and Google were working together back then, but at the time no one knew that ASUS was the chosen one for a tablet. They could opt for the Nexus Transformer as well, but I’m banking on Nexus Prime.
Oh ASUS, how we love you so. Not only are you giving us cutting edge hardware and lightly bloated software, you also give us the ability to unlock your devices so that we can do as we please. Sure it comes at the price of voiding our warranties, but that is a risk and a responsibility us crack-flashers are willing to deal with.
Like they did shortly after the Transformer Prime was released, ASUS today released the Unlock Tool for the Transformer Pad 300 and allows users the ability to unlock the device’s bootlader. Not only does this make a growing population of the Android community happy, it hopefully sets a precedent for other manufacturers to do the same. The process is rather easy and is only a matter of installing a third party app and pressing a couple of buttons. One thing is for certain, though. If you don’t know what you are getting into, it is highly recommended that you educate yourself on the risks of altering your device’s software. This process WILL void your warranty and ASUS actually keeps tabs on the serial numbers that have been unlocked. So if you are the owner of a new Transformer Pad 300 and want to gain full control over your device, hit up the source link below for details on how to unlock your tablet’s bootloader. Kuddos ASUS, kuddos.
If you are anything like us, you are looking forward to the release of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T), the 10.1-inch Android tablet boasting an astounding 1920×1200 (1080p) resolution. It has been said that the device would see a European launch on July 10th and the recent FCC approval would put us right on track for a timely release. Sporting the Tegra 3 chipset, the TF700T that was just approved by the FCC is the Wi-Fi only version, the LTE equipped version is still nowhere to be seen. For those of you that are hoping to get your hands on the cellular version of the device, it looks like you will have to wait a bit longer but we imagine it will also be stopping by the FCC in the near future. Let’s just hope it’s sooner rather than later. We will keep you posted.
If you own an ASUS Transformer TF300, you might want to check for an update since one has taken place over the weekend. It’s software version 126.96.36.199 and it’s still based on Android 4.0.3. This is a minor update that brings stability improvements and some sort of enhancements or bug fixes to the camera and WiFi. Most users are reporting a better and smoother experience.
You’re probably going to have to check for this one manually. Hit the Settings / About Tablet / Software Updates and see if you can grab it. Let us know if you received it and if you’ve noticed any particular improvements or fixes.
If you don’t own a TF300, don’t forget to enter Week 2 of our Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaway for a chance to win the TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker.
We handed out our first of three Transformer Pad Prize Packs earlier today so it’s now time to start week two. We will be giving away the same prize pack which consists of an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. For this week all you have to do is comment below with your favorite TegraZone game in terms of graphics. You have until next Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the winner on Thursday, May 24th and start up the third week as well.
As you know, we have ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to give away. We’re giving away three of them, and we just finished week one. Congratulations goes out to Jason Keilholz who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Jason voted for Shadowgun for best graphics, which I think was an excellent choice.
These prize packs are for the celebration of the one year anniversary of the NVIDIA TegraZone, which now has around 40 games all optimized for the Tegra 2 and/or the Tegra 3 processor. If you haven’t already, please head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site and cast your votes for the best TegraZone games of the year. They are giving away seven, yes that’s seven, of these same prize packs. All you have to do is vote and your automatically entered for a chance to win.
Talk Android still has two more prize packs to hand out so look for our next contest post shortly.
On the coattails of the yet to be released worldwide ASUS Padfone, comes the Padfone 2 (4G). Yes, although the original Padfone hasn’t released, possibly due to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 shortage, somehow we can still get a look at the future and see what ASUS has planned for an encore. The ASUS Padfone 2 is somewhere around the corner. This Padfone is a one-of-a-kind with it’s device-ception (Get it? A device with-in a device with-in a device). I will now apologize for the Inception movie reference. Hit the break for more on this and a couple leaked slided for your enjoyment.
For a device not being available quite yet, the ASUS Padfone has gotten quite a bit of buzz lately. We recently watched as it received it’s first publicly aired unboxing video, then we were shown some real-life battery test results. To continue with the hype, ASUS just released an official demo video of the phone-tablet-dock combo in action, and it’s a video you really don’t want to miss. Not only does the demo touch base on a few features we already know about, ASUS also introduces a really slick accessory I have yet to see. Just as a recap, Padfone features include:
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD phone display
- 10.1-inch tablet display (details yet to be confirmed)
- 8MP rear camera featuring a 5-element f/2.2 lens
- Total of up to 14,000mAh battery with phone, tablet, and dock
- Stylus/Headset accessory
Wait, what was that last one? Yeah, a stylus/headset accessory! I am sure you can use your imagination on this one but what’s cooler that a stylus that doubles as a headset? After all, you do need some way to answer phone calls when your phone is stuck inside your tablet! Up until now I have always wondered how that issue would be addressed and according to the demo video ASUS has these things all figured out. Now if they could just get the whole U.S. release thing figured out.
Jump past the break to see this awesome piece of tech in action, but don’t mind the second half of the video. It seems that ASUS can put together some awesome hardware but could use a little help in the marketing division. After you watch the video be sure to leave us a comment on what you think about the new accessory.
Back at MWC this year Asus debuted its PadFone tablet/phone combination with much fanfare. In April pre-orders were available in Taiwan with hopes that the U.S. would soon be able to do the same. Well sadly as is with most technologies the device was delayed with the S4 processor shortage being the possible culprit as to why. Well in a “leaked” video on Asus’ YouTube that has now been taken down Asus went as far as to boast about the PadFone’s battery life. According to the video the phone itself will see 16 hours of use where the the tablet mode and laptop modes should see 63 and 102 hours respectively. According to the folks at engadget though, Asus said that this is in regards to 2G talk time.
Asus was awesome enough though in sharing some of the more realistic battery life figures they’ve found in a lab setting. When the device was set at half brightness it came up with the following results: