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Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

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Interface and Functionality:

Drooling over hardware is one thing, but the biggest differentiator that consumers will need to deal with, is choosing which respective platform experience is most optimum to their needs. As we’ve clearly pointed out countless times, people will like the iPad’s iOS experience for its simplicity and intuitiveness. However, it sacrifices itself in the personalization department, though, it’s the one area that the Asus Transformer Prime excels in. Unlike some of its Android brethren, the Asus Transformer Prime stands out partly because it flaunts the most up-to-date experience with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. So yes, it ultimately boils down to simplicity versus personalization.

The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

The same old interface - iOS 5.1


The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS


Thanks to their generous sized displays, there are few problems trying to use the on-screen keyboards of each tablet. Not only are they extremely spacious with their layouts, but they’re accompanied with enough responsiveness to keep up with our feverish rate of input.

The calendar of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The calendar of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The calendar of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The calendar of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

The calendar of the new iPad


On-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
On-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
On-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
On-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

On-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime


At their core, the interface of their respective email applications may look different, but they’re very similar as they utilize familiar 2-panel layouts that are practical to work with. However, if you’re into the whole Gmail thing, there’s no question that the Asus Transformer Prime is the hands-down choice as it features all of the wonderful aspects of Google’s email service on a desktop, but in tablet form obviously.

Email on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Email on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Email on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

Email on the new iPad


Email on the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Email on the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Email on the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Email on the Asus Transformer Prime - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

Email on the Asus Transformer Prime



Processor and Memory:

When we hear the term cutting-edge, these two juggernauts easily come to mind, as they show off their processing power to no end. Honestly, it isn’t necessary to even know what’s running the behind the scenes – that’s because they’re the two most responsive tablets we’ve seen so far. Thanks to the Apple A5x SoC, which consists of a 1GH dual-core CPU and a quad-core GPU, there is nothing that the new iPad can’t handle. Everything, and we mean everything, is accompanied with tight controls and responses. With the Transformer Prime’s quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, it’s also lightning quick with its movements, however, our keen eyes notice that the iPad’s movement is just a hairline faster. But to tell you the truth, it’s most prevalent with things like pinch zooming in the gallery or browser. Seriously, these are unanimously the two fastest tablets on the market right now.

As we know, the iPad is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities – with no way of expanding its storage. However, you can pick up the Transformer Prime with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be increased thanks to its microSD card slot.


Internet and Connectivity:

Strictly using Wi-Fi, both devices are able to quickly and properly render complex web pages like ours with little issues. Beyond that, we absolutely adore the wonderful  web browsing experience we’re able to get out of the two tablets. Of course, they’re extremely fast with navigational controls, but again, we’re able to meticulously notice the more fluid movements with the iPad. Indeed that’s nice and all, but the Transformer Prime has the benefit of having Adobe Flash support. We can dissect each to no end, but ultimately, we’re satisfied with their performance.

Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

Web browsing on the new iPad


The web browsing experience on the Asus Transformer Prime  - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The web browsing experience on the Asus Transformer Prime  - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The web browsing experience on the Asus Transformer Prime  - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
The web browsing experience on the Asus Transformer Prime  - Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime

The web browsing experience on the Asus Transformer Prime


Currently, the Asus Transformer Prime is available in Wi-Fi form only – whereas, the new iPad can be purchased donning Wi-Fi only or 4G LTE connectivity. Aside from that, the two both feature aGPS, but the Prime packs Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, while the iPad has Bluetooth 4.0.

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posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:12 9

1. aar0983 (Posts: 51; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


Well for everyone calling out this fight here it is. Surprise anyone?
All that waiting for a tie? Lol it's not that resolutionary that it cant beat an older tablet.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:29 7

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 22016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well if u don't like their results, then pic up both, and do your own comparison. They compared them both, and gave their honest opinion,while coming to their conclusion. Some people just can't b content.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 02:49 4

60. godspeed (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


They should have compared 3D-Gaming. I would rly like to know which one performs better? 4 core GPU of iPad or 12core GPU of the Primer.
They always do their tests on a base level, which is unsatisfying.

And obv. I don't want to buy both, that's why I am following sites like this. That comment was just stupid....

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:33 14

5. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Agreed,it a fair judgement from phonearena,although as you do say the transformer is out about 4 months at this stage so it would will be very interesting to see how phonearena calls it when the more modern 1080p version of the transformer prime gets released soon.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:49 3

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 22016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Andro whatup. I think the prime is sweet my boy has one, and it definitely has its advantages, if u need them. Like the keyboard which is cool. I like the iPads LTE though for on the go, plus I'm deeply vested in ios so I chose it. U can't go wrong either way though.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:56 10

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You know this was probably the best comparison ever by PhoneArena.com. I felt that John V. was VERY fair and 100% accurate in EVERYTHING he mentioned for both the Asus Transformer Prime & the new iPad. It was very refreshing & completely unbiased. These indeed are the 2 beasts of the tablet world, equal because each offers something the other doesn't. Good job PhoneArena.com this is why I always come to you for my daily mobile tech news!

As for me, I will always choose customization over control, meaning that I love that I can root my Asus Transformer Prime, & overclock that beast to a MASSIVE 1.7GHz. (Quad-core) At that level there is nothing out there that is faster. I know that kills the new iPad's 1.0GHz A5X. (Dual-core) My Asus Transformer Prime is a lot smoother, faster & more powerful because of root. That is why the Asus Transformer Prime in my book is the better device.

Pound for pound taking everything into consideration the Asus Transformer Prime offers more than the new iPad, take the ability to easily root to get INCREDEBLE functionality/performance as well as BETTER battery life, the added functionality of the keyboard dock, & the great price of $499.99 for a 32GB machine as opposed to $499.99 for the 16GB new iPad. The Asus Transformer Prime just wins hands down.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:31 3

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 22016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The iPad also has a keyboard dock. In fact several, and yes they are third party,but it has them. Rooting is cool, if that's ur thing, but u can jailbreak the iPad, and overclock too. The only things u can't do with the iPad is make the screen bigger, or add two cores to the processor as those are hardware things. Software wise u can jailbreak, and do it all. Not everyone wants to do that though, bcuz u do run the risk of bricking the device.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:49 1

28. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


not only that you run the risk of making your phone extremely insecure, jailbreaking isnt great nor easy.

Yes you can get third party keypads at a high price but the prime comes with one and its a bloody good one that doubles your battery life.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:52 4

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes but jailbreaking the new iPad voids your warranty & it's very hard, I know because I made an AT&T iPhone 4 work on T-Mobile. When I root the Asus Transformer Prime, I can unroot the machine & make it look 100% STOCK, thus not voiding the warranty.

That is the beauty of Android as opposed to Apple. Also all Apple keyboards are aftermarket. The Asus Transformer Prime's keyboard dock is made just for it, with the same quality materials & ADDS an extra battery more USB docks & EXTRA functionality.

About bricking your device, yes there is some RISK, but to achieve this you need to do something out of the blue. To root is a simple as following steps. If you can follow a cook book to cook a recipe, or you can use GPS navigation, or you can follow directions like if you were on a sports team, then you can root. It's REALLY as simple as A, B, C!

People that run into problems are the people who don't follow directions or do something that is clearly wrong. I have rooted the Samsung Epic 4G, the HTC Evo 3D, Samsung Galaxy Nexus & The Asus Transformer Prime. NEVER, ever did I brick a phone/tablet, because I followed directions to the T.

It's REALLY that SIMPLE!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:27 2

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 22016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How do u like ur prime with the root?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:14 1

50. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Man it's simply the world’s most powerful mobile tablet. The Asus Transformer Prime kicks a$$ STOCK but with a simple root you can magnify that tenfold.

To think that there really isn't any ROMS out there in quantity for it YET! I am waiting for Codename Android 1.5.5 to hit the Prime. (Just around the corner.) That ROM will single handedly put to shame the developers at Asus. The Prime overclocked to 1.6/1.7GHz is like giving speed to a cheetah. (No I don't condone DRUG use.) lol

To put it to you in a phrase:

It's an utter joy and pleasure to use a rooted Asus Transformer Prime!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:19 4

34. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks man!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:08

49. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Thanks to you, too, John! This is one fair comparison unlike many that are biased to either side.. love it.. i hope to see more like this in PA!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 13:12 1

53. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


@SuperAndroidEvo: I agree about John V being accurate, excepting the "reality warping resolution" description (page 1, first paragraph under Display) of the new ipad's display. If it were a 24K screen, yeah, that might warp my perceptions a bit, but in and of itself, it's simply an evolution of screen technology. It was a bit too hyperbolic. Other than that, good review. My money would go towards the prime, and the money I'd save on apps and fussy add-ons like the smart cover would go towards the keyboard dock

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 13:54 2

56. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1045; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


i agree SuperAndroidEvo!! I like the reviews that this guy gives and this one is no comparison!!! Although I dont like Apple, you gotta give them credit for creating the original iPad. I will say that they have to step their game up because Android is coming up fast.

you cant go wrong with either one! both have their flaws, but are better than the others and Id go with the Prime because of the personalization and the fact that everything doesnt go thru iTunes like the new iPad does

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:35

6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


like what they said, depends on your personality. If you want iOS the simple controlled one, or the complicated advanced android. lol

imagine iPad 3 running android 4, it may be more laggier than the Galaxy Tab, and if you put iOS on a prime, it may be blazing fast.

but in truth you can't do that, so ur stuck with those. Choose your side lol

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:31 10

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I think phonearena forgot to mention the dock of the prime, a usb port, the battery life and full sd card slot - and that for $500, one has 32Gb while the other has 16gb.

I don't wanna be a biased fanboy since I own the Prime, but whatever you say future commenters, that is what I will believe in. :>

i think the iPad 3 is great but I don't want iOS, and I needed a keyboard for college and documents.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:39 2

8. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Forgetting the dock and all its enhancement to the prime was an oversight from PA admittingly

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:46 3

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 22016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I like how unbiased your comment was, instead of taking shots at apple u simply went with the choice of the prime, while acknowledging the iPads worth. My best friend has the prime, and I love it.., I think it's sweet,but I choose the iPad 3, cuz of my vast iTunes, and app store library, not becuz it's better. In reality neither is better other than to the people they suit best. Good comment.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:47 3

15. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


- I have an A500 droidblet with a USB port - never gets used.
- SD card slot - useless since the naming convention for external SD is not standardized most of the programs I use cannot access it
- Dock? Seriously? You want credit for a $150 external battery with a very poor keyboard. You can get an external battery for the iPad for much less.

Forgot to mention that the standby life is much much better on iPad. android drains rapidly in stnadby. 2 Days for a droidblet, at least a week standby life for an iPad.

That means in the real world where you use a tablet 1 or 2 hours a day, a droidblet will last 1-2 days and an iPad will last a week+. I have used both for almost a year and constantly having to charge my A500 is a PITA.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:01 9

19. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


seriously? you apple fanboys are blind. I kept my mind open. Yes your all so godly iPad is good, the upgrade is great, but you guys, calling android and other technology stupid crap, are stupid. might as well buy a brain for $500 rather than that iPad 3.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:37 3

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 22016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I think we fanboys call android stupid in the heat of battle with u android guys. Truth b told I'm an iOS guy, but I also love,and own android (skyrocket gs2). Android is an awesome platform, but not without it's issues, iOS is an awesome platform, but not without it's issues. The end result is that we the consumer win with our choice of what we want to spend our money on. Do u agree?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:18 3

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What are you talking about? "You want credit for a $150 external battery with a very poor keyboard. You can get an external battery for the iPad for much less."

Umm NO. The keyboard is 100% fabulous. If you have never used it then you should never talk about it. I can out type anyone because of that keyboard. Also the track pad on it is VERY intuitive. I really have no clue on how you can EVEN say that.

You refer to your Acer Iconia Tab A500 as a "droidblet" because that tablet sucks. It will be WAY better once ICS hits your tablet. The Asus Transformer Prime has ICS 4.0.3 NOW which is made for multiple-core devices & the battery life is phenomenal under HEAVY usage & even BETTER on standby so again an emphatic NO!

To make a comment about something that you clearly don't own is very ludicrous. You could not be more wrong. The Asus Transformer Prime is the world’s best Android tablet period & as John V. said it's EQUAL to the new iPad! To think that the Asus Transformer Prime is actually a 2011 model not a brand new 2012 as is the new iPad. That should resound loudly in your head. It other words the Asus Transformer Prime is just a insanely well built piece of technology, clearly on par with TODAY’s best & on par to what will be coming out.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:25 4

36. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Absolutely agree. They both have their charms to deliver a phenomenal experience. For starters, I'm grateful that the Asus Transformer Prime is one of the few to excel in the speed department.....like it doesn't show the lag/choppiness normally found with other Honeycomb tablets.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:02 1

48. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You don't even know how much better the Asus Transformer Prime is when it's rooted. I am salivating for the opportunity to install Codename Android to the Prime. (It’s coming very soon!) A rooted device compared to a stock device is like day and night. If you were impressed with the stock Asus Transformer Prime wait until you get a rooted Prime in your hands John V. You will go bonkers! lol

Codename Android 1.5.5 is the best ROM for a rooted Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It was even featured on PC World Magazine on February 20th! (Check the web-site) It's based on ICS 4.0.3. The stock kernel that comes with the ROM has the ability to set the governor to interactiveX & it can be overclocked to 1.35GHz. That means (to anyone who doesn’t know) that the phone has the ability to go into a deep sleep (when the screen powers off) & while in deep sleep it will actually shut down one of the cores. Plus the kernel comes undervolted so the Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets GREAT battery life compared to stock. It’s day and night. I can get 1 day 4 hours of battery life with 2 hours of screen time. That is a lite day for me. On a super heavy day, I can get 16 to 18 hours with a whopping 4 and a half hours of screen time. This is with my screen at 40%, 24/7 plus always on 4G. I have the screen shots to prove it. Not to mention how NOTICEABLY faster & smoother the OS is because of the ROM/Kernel. Codename Android 1.5.5 is just the REAL DEAL.

The Android community is stellar in what they can achieve once Google releases the code to public. Now Imagine what I said but apply it to the Asus Transformer Prime but with an overclock from 1.4 to 1.7 GHz. (Quad-core people!) It definitely has me stoked. An Android device always offers more than stock. I am a FIRM believer that the true potential of an Android device is realized through the root community. That is why Android is just a pleasure & the cream of the crop when it comes to OS's. The level of talent that is out there in the Android root community is scary good!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:30

68. trollhunter (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


troll.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:58 2

18. bucky (Posts: 2683; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


accessories are something the ipad would smash any android in. I still dont understand why android doesnt have any officially supported ones.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 13:28

54. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I just pick up Philips android sound dock for my desk at work. I am pretty impressed with the performance for the price ($69.99). However, I am will you... the micro usb port is very versatile... What is stopping others?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:17

33. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


You can get a keyboard dock for the iPad which, while admittedly inferior (no sd slot, no battery, etc.) still makes it competitive and it's half the price. Since both docks are separate purchases, I'd say that makes that feature of the prime a wash.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:22 4

35. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Here's the thing. First, there's no arguing that the keyboard dock enhances the Asus Transformer Prime, but that's an additional $150 investment over the $500 you're paying for the Prime itself. I didn't want to bring the dock into the equation because it's all about the tablets.

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