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Tablet showdown: new iPad vs. Transformer Prime

We put Apple's new iPad up against the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Which is the better tablet? Apple's new iPad, or the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime?

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime review
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Specifications

Feature Apple iPad ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Verdict
Display size 9.7in 10.1in Transformer Prime
Display technology LED backlit IPS Super IPS+ LCD Draw
Display resolution 2048x1536 pixels 1280x800 pixels New iPad
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Front camera VGA 1.2 megapixels Transformer Prime
Rear camera 5 megapixels, no flash, autofocus, geotagging, HDR, face detection 8 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging Transformer Prime
Video recording Yes, 1080p @30fps Yes, 1080p @30fps Draw
GPS Yes (4G models only) Yes, with A-GPS Transformer Prime
Internal memory 16GB, 32GB or 64GB 32GB or 64GB Draw
Expandable memory None microSD (full sized SD on dock) Transformer Prime
Thickness 9.4mm 8.3mm Transformer Prime
Weight 652g 586g Transformer Prime
Processor Apple A5X dual-core (1GHz) NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core (1.3GHz) Transformer Prime
RAM 1GB 1GB Draw
Australian 3G networks 850, 900, 2100 (Wi-Fi + 4G models) Wi-Fi only New iPad
HDMI-out No (Yes with optional digital AV adapter) Yes, micro HDMI Transformer Prime
USB port No Yes, on keyboard dock Transformer Prime
Quoted battery life Up to 10 hours Up to 12 hours (18 with dock) Transformer Prime
Removable battery No No Draw
Adobe Flash support No Yes Transformer Prime

Screen

The key feature of the new iPad is its "retina" display. The resolution of 2048x1536 is double that of the original iPad and significantly higher than most Android tablets, including the Transformer Prime. This gives it a pixel per inch (ppi) of 263, a significant increase over the 132ppi of the iPad 2, and the 149ppi of the Transformer Prime.

The Transformer Prime's Super IPS screen certainly isn't a bad display, in fact, its a very good one. The screen is bright, crisp and clear and feels smooth to swipe. It also has very impressive viewing angles. At full brightness we found it significantly brighter than most other Android tablets on the market.

Verdict: The new iPad has by far and away the best display on any mobile device on the market. Text is crisp and clear with no visible aberrations, even when zoomed right in. Photos and videos look bright and vivid but not over-saturated like many other mobile displays. The iPad's screen is so sharp that it constantly highlights the low quality of many images on the Internet. After using the new iPad, switching to another display makes text and images look blurry and low quality by comparison. It's a clear winner in this battle.

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1 Comment

Maximillian Mitchell

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Like the Review, I own the ASUS Transformer Prime, and also previously owned an iPad 2; to add to this I have used an iPad 3 extensively at work. To be honest, while getting used to the Android OS is a bit of a challenge at first, the usability of the Transformer prime is just so much better; one of the best investments I have made for the device is a Micro HDMI cable. With no file system to speak of the iPad 3 fails to satisfy a lot of my day to day requirements, such as Torrenting, which is easy to do on the Transformer Prime. Transferring files to the Transformer Prime is also far simpler with the access to a USB port, I can simply copy and paste all my movies, music and files that i want onto my Transformer Prime. Storage is also solved for me - After a quick visit to eBay and $70 later I have doubled my 64GB Tablet to 128GB with the addition of a micro SD and a standard SD card. So for me, unless you're fixed onto Apple's App store, or just love the iOS I would buy the Transformer Prime no doubt.

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