Apple iPad 3 vs Asus Transformer Prime
Tablets aren’t known to possess great cameras, but with these, it’s transparent that their makers intended to give them the very best. And rightfully so, they both deliver exciting shots that are worth printing out. In almost every instance, they produce the same good-looking details, especially with outdoor scenery and macro shots, but the iPad’s 5-megapixel iSight camera shows its prowess over its rival in low lighting situations. Specifically, it wins us over with its correct exposure and natural color reproduction. Well, the Transformer Prime is still tolerable with low lighting situations, but it has a noticeable greenish hue with its colors – then again, it has the benefit of an LED flash to counteract its deficiencies.
Apple iPad 3
Asus Transformer Prime
Apple iPad 3
Asus Transformer Prime
Apple iPad 3
Asus Transformer Prime
Apple iPad 3 Sample Video:
Asus Transformer Prime Sample Video:
Not a shocker with this one people, because yet again, the stock Android music player proves to be more visually appealing to the eyes over the static and conventional looking one in use with the iPad. Presentation aside, our ears are content with the audio being pumped out by their respective speakers. Blasting out some robust tones, we’re also glad to find no evidence of strain or distortion when placing them at their highest volume settings.
There’s no arguing that people will drool over their gorgeous looking displays, but unless you have videos higher than 1080p resolution, there’s not much of a difference with the video watching experience. Sharp, colorful, and smooth, they don’t flinch even once while playing our test videos.
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.
2. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; 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.
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....
5. andro. (Posts: 1997; 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.
12. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; 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.
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; 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.
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; 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.
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.
30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; 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!
37. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
How do u like ur prime with the root?
50. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; 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!
49. bayusuputra (Posts: 961; 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!
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
56. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1028; 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
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
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.
8. andro. (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Forgetting the dock and all its enhancement to the prime was an oversight from PA admittingly
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; 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.
15. c.hack (Posts: 603; 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.
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.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; 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?
23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; 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.
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.
48. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; 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!
18. bucky (Posts: 2419; 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.
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?
33. greyhulk (Posts: 154; 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.
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.
40. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly,and they both have keyboard docks that u have to pay for.
63. barondebxl (Posts: 128; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Ok but what about the wifi issues? I mean MANY users have reported that the prime has AWEFUL wifi reception and that is to me a major issue.
66. mavisiyah (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I don't know any keyboard docks for iPad that functions anything close to the transformer's own keyboard seems to with the tablet itself and if there is anything close for iPad I would appreciate details because I didn't see any keyboard docks for the iPad in my country, Turkey (I actually didn't search specifically for them since this is news to me and I didn't come across any while I looked up a lot to do with iPad2 a while ago)
so, either I must have somehow missed them completely or they aren't sold here in stores
I should check out if there is any decent ones in the U.S. since I rather buy the original apple products from there if I can (get someone I know to pick it up for me while they're there and bring it over for me, since I don't plan to come over there anytime soon) because they're a lot more pricey here... many other brands are also pricey, a little to a lot, apple being quite a lot...
by the way, I'm a mac user so I was quite interested in iPad and nothing else seemed to be better (although more affordable) until the transformer prime which I found seriously impressive and android seems quite useful to me as long as the brand version doesn't spoil it
4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
everyone has their own opinion on which would win, in my opinion the prime wins because i love android but there are others who would go for the new ipad because of ios.
7. frydaexiii (Posts: 1425; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
When Android down right beats iDevice = Tie, "They're both good in their own way"
When iDevice beats Android (Thru PA's weird judgement or VS a old model) = iDevice Wins
Oh well, can't say I wasn't expecting that verdict...
13. biophone (Posts: 1909; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Relly a compared the transformer to the old ipad a couple weeks ago. The transformer won.
9. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)
Actually Apple has a huge benefit that they control their OS,Phone,Tablets and App store.....Google can't control them as they doesn't make phones or tablets...And Google doesn't approve applications so sometimes they contain malware and virus....As Apple approves the apps,they are always rich in quality and they can develop according to their device....Hope Google starts to make their own products,until then i'm with Apple...:)
29. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
someone obviously hasnt heard of google bouncer.
11. ajac09 (Posts: 1480; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
its only a tie because apple-arena is biased towards apple products and didnt want to enrage either side.
14. Bigbluetundra (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I did like that person photo bombing the parking lot pic! I was trying to see if the detail was good enought to read the license plate frame on the Hyandai.I could read the plate ZAC 45C, but not the frame.
20. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
Is it always cloud at phonearena? Outdoor pics need some sun!!
21. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
and once again you cant please people at all...
its funny that you guys adore an "open" system but are so "closed" minded when it comes to something like this... why do yall need PA to tell yall the iPad is better or the Prime is better?
Go out and buy what YOU think is the best... GEEZ!!!
57. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Good point lol... People act like if they diss your device you'll go out, and purchase the one they like. For crying out loud I wish I would go out, and waste my time, and money doing that. I have an iPad 3, and will be keeping it till the next one comes out. I have tons of apps,games,pics,videos,and other files on it. I'm deeply vested in ios so why on earth should I leave it. Who leaves chase bank for B of A, cuz some one who likes B of A disses chase? When u said GEEZ, u couldn't have said it any better... By the way im about to throw my new iPad in the trash, and go get a prime,then trash it when some one says something else is better lmao!!!
22. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
Fair, and accurate review, John V. Even if John recommended the Asus, it would not adversely affect the new iPad (or iPad 2, for that matter) in terms of sales.
At the end of the day, people are going to choose what they DESIRE to use - sure, they will take into account various reviews, and some in store hands - on time with the device, but ultimately, they will choose what they desire to use.
39. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
At this point, the iPad has an established brand, so no matter what, it's going to sell.
26. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
The micro doto of the rear speakers are exactly equal... Look at minute 2:52.. Maybe Apple is going to sue Asus for a patent.. LOL
My preference is the prime, but the Ipad have a wonderful display.
27. JDCohen722 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 May 2011)
Im sorry but this review is arguably quite biased. The 3rd Gen iPad has a better camera? Really? They are identical camera's, literally identical; both are the exact same Camera used in the iPhone 4S, although the Transformer Prime keeps the camera the exact same at 8MP, the iPad downscales the resolution to 5MP. They are the exact same camera just the Prime has a higher Megapixel count! Even if Megapixels don't always count when comparing 2 different cams, when comparing the same they do! Even with Apples special iSight improvements, the Prime's cam is still better! And thats talking from experience between looking at each next to each other! Secondly, you stated the iPad 3 is a hairline faster, but stated it was only in gallery and browser, firstly BOTH APPS ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT ON EACH PLATFORM!!! The Gallery App and Browser on iOS could be highly different than the ones on Android so thats not a fair comparison! If you really want to compare their speeds use apps that are the same on both softwares, e.g. a game like World Of Goo's loading times, or opening an app thats identical on each OS!! But PhoneArena is TOO BAISED to test that, because they know the Prime's 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor will easily beat the A5X 1GHz Dual Core Processor in any fair comparison! And I love how they merely mention the Prime has a "Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor", and say nothing about its 1.3GHz Clock Speed or 12-Core Graphics but they detail the iPad 3's 1GHz Dual Core Processor and Quad Core Graphics, merely because they knew that in theory the Tegra 3 sounds a lot faster. And lastly they only said both tablets were the best at the end because they knew if they said the iPad 3 was better people would've seen how biased iPhoneArena.com really is.
42. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I disagree. I'm not sure if you have both tablets in your possession right now and snapped the same shots with each, but if you do, you'll find the same results that I experienced. Details are identical, but the iPad handles lower lighting better, though, as I've mentioned, the Prime has an LED flash for compensation.
46. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Good point John. I agree, and in the video it pretty obvious as to which is better at photo, and video. Apple
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
And u said all that to say what? How bout this... If u don't like John V's comparison, go spend $1,080 for both devices, and do your own comparison. Post it on YouTube,or your own website if u have one, and pick your own winner.
31. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I have both and found the transformer prime faster.
58. darkkjedii (Posts: 19094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Great, but do u think speed alone is gonna make someone buy one over the other? People buy what suits their business,personal, and social lives. They also buy what they trust, and enjoy using the most. I think u should definitely roll with your prime, it's a heck of a device... I'm rolling with my iPad 3. it's what suits me best.
32. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
People need to remember that the New is pushing 3 million pixels versus the Prime's 1 million. The fact that the New can keep up with the Prime is noteworthy.
(Same thing when the New is paired up against the iPad 2.)
One "could" say ... I get the same frame rates on the Prime versus the New. So the New "sucks". Again ... the New is pushing 3 times the pixels.
I am going to get dinged for this ... but for me ... what is the main interface of any tablet ... the screen. You will spend more time looking at the thing ... than pushing any button ... swiping ... etc. With these two tablets being so dang close in every other feature ... for me ... I would drop the money on the New because of the screen.
38. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
So what happened now, smartypants? Why are all the Handroid fans so quiet? You did not like the previous comparison with the Samsung and wanted the Hasus? Well, here it is. Smoked like the previous yellow brand. Choppy browsing, average battery, average display, not commenting the OS. Now what? Any other reason? :)
51. bayusuputra (Posts: 961; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
LOL.. did John ever mentioned that it was smoked? and what's with that Yellow Brand? trying to be racist?
Cmon, more than 50% who commented here either have android device, or an android fan, and the difference is, we give credits when it is due..
yes, we admit that the iPad has crisper screen and a faster GPU..
what's wrong with you?
44. elite monkey (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
pretty sure tegra 3 has 12-core gpu? why not mention that?
45. sorcio46 (Posts: 434; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
A good review John, but:
-What about continue autofocus available in Asus Prime and not in iPad 3 video recording?
-No game testing?
-What about faster speed in loading pages with Prime rather than iPad 3?