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iPad 3 or Transformer Prime?

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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So The-New-iPad (iPad 3) is here, and we’re all very impressed with Apple’s new found ability of letting us down. Does this poor release offer the chance for Android tablets to knock the iPad off it’s podium? Maybe! Lets compare them in excruciating detail.

The ASUS Transformer Prime, released late last year, is considered the market leader of Android tablets. So we’ll compare it against the iPad

Spec Apple iPad 3 Asus Transformer Prime
Size 185.7 mm (w) 241.2 mm (h) by 9.4 mm (d) 263 mm (w) 180.8 mm (h) 8.3 mm (d)
Max Storage 64GB (external on premium option) 64GB
Screen Type Retina LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+
Resolution 2048 x 1536 px (264 ppi) 1280 x 800 px (149 ppi)
CPU Dual-core Apple A5X NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU
Camera
  • Front: 2 megapixel
  • Back: 5 megapixel
  • Front: 1.2 MP
  • Back: 8 MP
Battery 10 hours 12 hours
Ports
  • Dock
  • Audio jack
  • Micro-SIM card (premium option only)
  • Dock
  • Audio jack
  • Micro HDMI
  • Micro SD Card

Apple have clearly responded the Transformer’s screen which was better (if only marginally) than the iPad 2. The camera  is a massive improvement from 0.7 MP. However we still don’t have a flash, something the Transformer enjoys.

The CPU of the iPad is one of the main reasons so many have decided not to buy the iPad 3. However, iOS has always been very smooth on the iPad. The Transformer on the other hand has a superior CPU but up until the release of Ice Cream Sandwich Android has made the tablet sluggish.

Since the two tablets are so similar I think if you’re choosing between them it’s better to look at the OS, which offer completely different things. iOS is refined, stable and beautiful, yet restrictive and un-customizable. Android is ugly and pretty stable, yet completely customizable.

Personally, I prefer freedom, but I’m seriously considering the iPad anyway.

Posted 11th Mar 2012
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Comments

  • Fnen

    Apple doesnt have Retina yet !! its not 100% gamut ! so it is just a very high resolution screen.

  • wx

    Where is the excruciating detail part? Is this even a review? Tell people to choose by the OS alone? This is ridiculous at best.

  • wx

    Retina is not a screen type, it’s just an advertising name, ipad has a regular ips display

    • I agree with you completely. I think it was left to the reader to choose.