I must admit that I love these comparison type posts. It puts one device up against another, typically looking at specs and other hard features allowing us as users to look at what matters most to us in a tablet.
Previously, I had written about how I thought that the Kindle Fire wouldn’t dethrone the iPad from tablet dominance but that maybe the Prime would. The Fire seems to be targeting a different set of users (smaller size and a heavy emphasis on multimedia) as compared to the iPad where the Prime seems poised to take it on directly.
Asus Transformer Prime vs iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime and the competing iPad 2 are both leading tablet PCs with similar price points around $500 and similar levels of functionality.
The Apple iPad 2 places an emphasis on app use and internet access, while the Transformer Prime places heavy importance on multitasking and performance. Both tablets have certain features in common, such as front-and-back cameras and multi-touch screen technology.
The Prime features a 10.1 inch multi-touch screen display with WXGA Super IPS pressure-sensitive touch technology. The tablet is small and light, measuring one-third of an inch thin and weighing 1.3 pounds.
Despite its tiny appearance, it packs a fair amount of performance into its small case, utilizing the NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core CPU for high performance with multitasking and high performance media use, including 1080p video output for movie viewing and 1 GB RAM.
The tablet is one of the first to use the latest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. It features front and back cameras with 1.2 and 8.0 megapixels respectively. Additionally, a docking station with a full keyboard can transform the Prime into a mini-PC with 18 hours of battery life. An incredible feature that really separates itself from the iPad in terms of using the tablet for productivity.
The Apple iPad 2 features a 9.7 inch LED backlit multi-touch screen with a 1-gigahertz dual core processor custom designed by Apple for multitasking support. It weighs 1.3 pounds and is 0.3 inch thick, making it portable enough to rival many other tablets on the market.
It features 512 MB RAM for multitasking and media use and features a front and back camera for webcam use and camera use alike. The total battery life is over 11 hours, which decreases slightly when plugged into a dock with a keyboard.
Overall, it is designed as an improvement over the original Apple iPad, and it serves that purpose. For light media use, it provides sufficient processing power and multitasking ability.
For multitasking purposes and processing power, the Prime outperforms the iPad in nearly every way. It nearly doubles the random access memory, with one full gigabyte against the 512 MB offered by the iPad. Additionally, the quad-core processor provides high performance that is nearly never seen in tablet computers.The iPad features only a dual-core processor, which is enough for light app use but not enough for heavy multitasking.
The Prime also has a better display than the iPad, with Super IPS touch-screen technology, Gorilla Glass construction and 1080p video output. Both tablets have similar camera quality, and the iPad is slightly more portable, although the Transformer Prime battery outlasts it by 7 hours.
It will be interesting to see what happens as users get exposed to the Prime. Will it persuade new users to give it a try? Will it provide enough of an appeal to sway existing iPad users? Time will tell.