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Asus Transformer Prime Tablet Review

The newest Asus tablet provides some very impressive performance for its price point.

March 01, 2012
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Apple iPad 2

Device & Specs

From a hardware standpoint, the iPad 2 is laughably ill-equipped to compete with the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201, which has double the processor cores, more than double the RAM, comparable hard drive space, but a smaller profile, all the while having a slightly larger Super IPS+ screen. All that being said, the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 is almost a year newer than the iPad 2, and it stands to reason that the iPad 3 will probably match up at least a little bit better.

Screen

Though both of the screens are relatively the same from a physical standpoint, the Super IPS+ display of the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 is brighter, has a super-wide viewing angle, and fares slightly better in the outdoors. Keeping the backlight cranked has severe consequences for the battery, but there are always tradeoffs, right?

Battery

Well, we wouldn't list a comparison among heavyweights if the matchup was entirely one-sided, as the iPad 2 trounces the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 in terms of battery life reading eBooks, the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 struggles on max settings, but that can be remedied by turning down settings, which are still better even at 2/3rds brightness.

eReader

Because both tablets have access to the same applications more or less, and have extremely similar form factors, reading eBooks on either will be almost indistinguishable from the other. The biggest difference here is battery life, by which the Asus Transformer Prime TF-201 can only compete with the iPad 2 if its settings are turned down a bit.

Internet

Even though the concept of buying small applications on an online marketplace is similar across Android and iOS systems, the Android Market and the Apple App Store are quite different animals. For starters, Google's version of the application storefront is more open to the more "gray area" applications like torrenting, hacking bluetooth, and other functions, while Apple's store is closed-off, more tightly-controlled and a lot more unified. There are benefits and drawbacks to both, so you'll have to weigh your options for yourself.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  12. Motorola Xyboard Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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