Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the sequel to the Eee Pad Transformer, and like the original, the Prime is a real contender for the best Android tablet. They are both 10-inch tablets that double as notebook computers because they can be attached to sold separately docks that include physical keyboards, trackpads and extra battery life. The Eee Pad Transformer won Stuff Magazine's gadget of the year award in 2011, and at $400 for the 16 gigabyte version, it's still a great buy. It features a five megapixel rear-facing camera, 1280x800p screen resolution, above average battery life and mini HDMI and microSD card slots. It's a bit thicker than the iPad and a bit heavier, but it's made of plastic, so some users may think it feels a bit creaky in the hand. Furthermore, although there has been no announcement from Google, Eee Pad Transformer could get the Android 4.0 update early in 2012.

What the Transformer Prime brings to the table is a much thinner build weighing nearly 100 grams less than its predecessor. It aslo has an eight megapixel rear-facing camera, 32 gigabytes of storage (64GB version also available), excellent battery life and is the first tablet to run a quad-core processor at the heart of the machine.

For gamers, this is the tablet for you because the NVIDIA chip is great for graphics, but will make everything on the Prime run faster than any other device. All that for $500. Additionally, Prime includes Gorilla Glass on the display to protect from scratching, a full gigabyte of memory and it will definitily get the Android 4.0 update soon. The release date is set for Dec. 19., so if you hurry, you should be able to get one in time for Christmas. Tell us in the comments if you think Prime is the best Android tablet yet.  

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