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Eee Pad Transformer Named Product Of The Year

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To take the title of Product of the Year, it’s not simply enough to be a great piece of technology. You also need to be innovative, and this year’s winner of the TrustedReviews' Product Of The Year 2011 Award, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, is certainly that.

At its most basic, the Transformer is a 10.1in Android tablet just like dozens of others out there. However it was the availability of the keyboard dock which elevated the Transformer to another level.

Indeed, the Transformer is so versatile that it was nominated by our readers for both the Laptop of the Year and Tablet of the Year categories of the TrustedReviews 2011 Awards – winning both.

The Transformer, which can now be bought with the dock for less than £400, also offers great value and with the dual-core Tegra 2 processor inside, it won't leave you wanting in terms of performance.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

TrustedReviews Editor, Cliff Jones, said: “We felt that the Transformer deserved to win in both categories due to its clever design, build quality, versatility and excellent value. It impressed our judges who had no hesitation in naming it Product Of The Year 2011.”

Our judges felt that the build quality and typing experience of the tablet was unsurpassed and when you consider that with the dock attached you’ll get a huge 14 hours battery life, it leaves most netbooks in its wake.

Our Reviews Editor, Andrew Williams, was truly impressed when he reviewed the device back in May, saying: “The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is what we've been waiting for - a tablet that can truly replace a netbook or ultra-portable laptop. With the keyboard disengaged, it's a slim, fairly light tablet with a great screen and touchscreen. With the dock in-tow, it's a typing demon whose battery will outlast almost any laptop you can find.”

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

While it faced some stiff competition, the Transformer was a clear winner in the end and we can now focus our attention on its successor, the Transformer Prime, which will be arriving in the next couple of months.

Let us know in the comments what you think of our choice. Do you agree? Or is there another product which you felt should have taken the title.

We'll be announcing the full list of winners in a couple of hours so make sure you check back to see the winners and nominees in all 14 categories of the TrustedReviews 2011 Awards.

Gk.pm

November 29, 2011, 5:09 pm

I really don't want to get into an argument over the best tablet and even product of the year. I don't agree with the decision, but it's up to what you're using it for really.

However calling this the best laptop? That's ridiculous.

This is by definition a limited device:

You're not going to find decent productivity apps (spreadsheet, word processing, presentation) covering anything beyond the basics

You won't be able to print without a major hassle (and/or PC always turned on)

Many Office documents will be formatted incorrectly.

It just has Wifi connectivity, no wired Ethernet (good luck even finding a USB dongle that works with it) for when you're in places like hotels.

Decent games beyond the usual tablet fare of Angry Birds el al? Keep dreaming.

None of these limitations (plus others) are addressed.

I like my iPad 2 - which is both more powerful (CPU and graphics wise) than this and has many more apps - but would not consider an "iPad 2 + bluetooth keyboard" a laptop replacement, especially not one worthy of the title of laptop of the year.

I'm afraid the somewhat mild case of Android fanaticism prevalent in this site has finally fully blown into a serious condition. Because of it readers will be misled by this into buying something that doesn't do what they expect. Good job guys.

Guest

November 29, 2011, 7:22 pm

Have to totally agree with the comments about "best laptop". That is truly bizarre decision!

No real issue with it being product (and tablet) of the year. It was nice to see the innovation from Asus on the Transformer. Nearly bought one myself, though in the end I wanted just the tablet functionality so the iPad 2 got my money.

brasseye

November 29, 2011, 7:53 pm

Oh dear, it didn't take long for Jobs' boys to roll up, did it?

Having used both iOS and Android, whilst the former is fine for a mobile phone, it strangles a tablet, reducing it to a plaything. The Transformer feels like a device that can replace a laptop, allowing users to create, not just 'consume' content.

This isn't just hyperbole, I've done just that - taken the Transformer out in the field. It really works too - travel somewhere and the superb screen makes it a great entertainer on the way, whether for watching films, listening to music or playing games, the GPS is handy too. Easy to use, Office-compatible software works a treat in creating documents, which can easy be emailed, uploaded to the web, or transferred to memory cards, USB sticks and hard drives - not so easy on many tablets. Need more storage? Plug in a 32GB micro SD for just £30.

Taking photos? No problem, they can also be uploaded via USB. Surfing the net? Amongst the many Androids apps available are full-blown browsers, rather than a fixed one that only does what the manufacturer thinks you need.

I took a netbook along on that first trip as a backup. Didn't take it out of its case once. If you're not convinced by standalone tablets, or think they're too expensive as a plaything, then this is for you. Perfect? Not quite. The forthcoming Prime may be, however!

Gk.pm

November 29, 2011, 9:54 pm

@brasseye

If there's any "Job's boys" here it's actually... you.

You're saying exactly what Jobs said, that we're in the post-PC era, and that tablets have replaced PCs.

I don't think this is true yet: there's space for both "couch" super-mobile tablets and more desk oriented PCs (which may be a laptop).

No tablet, with or without keyboard, is in a position to become "Laptop of the Year" yet. Unless TR somehow travelled in time well into the future.

Maybe it was something in all those mince pies they were having.

Guest

November 30, 2011, 3:32 am

How the hell does saying a tablet with a keyboard isn't the best laptop of the year make me a "Jobs' boy"??? I don't have an Apple Laptop nor an iPhone. I am a Windows user! (Are you going to call me something else now?) I have an iPad as I wanted a tablet and having spent a couple of hours in Comet playing with a Transformer and an iPad I bought an iPad as it fitted my selected criteria better! So quit with the dumb name calling! Pathetic.

If you actually read my comment you would have seen that I was more than happy for the Transformer to be Product of the Year. I think it is a great product and had I wanted a keyboard attachment or the extra battery life then I may well have bought one.

I don't agree with your assessment of iOS and Android, but I won't call you a name or slag you off for it. You opinion is based on what works for you and that is great and is what opinion is all about.

halo27legend

December 1, 2011, 12:09 am

Yeah, it didn't take long for an apple slobber to pop in here. I have both the iPad 2 and the transformer in my household. However, I do not have the keyboard dock to the transformer. Even with not having that, the transformer is easily the winner for me. The iPad wins in a few areas, but over all the transformer provides a much more enjoyable experience for me with its customization and honeycomb. Not to mention its about half the freakin price. Like I said, the iPad is good, but this apple shizzz is so over rated its really getting sickening.

Guest

December 1, 2011, 9:45 pm

Another black and white option "X is easily better than Y". I can name plenty of people who have a different view to yours. Does that make them right? Of course not. Based on your assessment criteria you think the Transformer is easily better - that's your opinion, not a statement of fact. I obviously have different criteria and scored things differently as I don't agree. Doesn't make me "Apple slobber" - or any other name you want to call me! I just have a different view to you on two specific products! And again, if you read the comments it was the "Transformer is the Best Laptop" that most of the complaints are about! I have no issue with the Transformer being declared a better tablet than the iPad2 overall. I wanted the iPad2 for some specific things and it works brilliantly (I am sure the Transformer would have done so as well - but for me the iPad2 edged it)

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