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Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

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Interface and Functionality:

Yet again, we’re faced with the age old question of which is better, iOS or Android? Knowing that the iPad 2’s experience has barely changed since our last comparison, it’s safe to say it’s ultimately going to come down which one you feel more comfortable using.  On one side of the ring, you have the simplistic and straightforward approach of iOS 5.0.1 on the iPad 2, which has been further refined from previous versions with its multi-touch gestures, revamped notifications system, and multi-tasking aspects. Still, if there’s one thing that’s lacking on the iPad 2, it has to undeniably be its lack of personalization. Well folks, that’s not much of a problem with the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich experience on the Transformer Prime. Not only does it sport a clean interface, but it also boasts all of the quality elements that we find with Android as a whole – such as deep personalization. To reiterate things, it’s difficult to say which offers the better experience, seeing they come at it with different approaches.

iOS on the Apple iPad 2 - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
iOS on the Apple iPad 2 - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
iOS on the Apple iPad 2 - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

iOS on the Apple iPad 2


The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

The Asus Transformer Prime runs Android 4.0.3 ICS



With the slight size advantage going to the Asus Transformer Prime, we actually didn’t find it any better for inputting text, as the two provide a good amount of responsiveness and accuracy when speed typing away.

The on-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The on-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The on-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The on-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

The on-screen keyboards of the Asus Transformer Prime


The keyboard layout of the Apple iPad 2 - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The keyboard layout of the Apple iPad 2 - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

The keyboard layout of the Apple iPad 2



At their core, the interface of their respective email applications may look different, but they’re very similar as they utilize a familiar 2-panel layout that’s practical to work with. However, if you’re into the whole Gmail thing, there’s no question that the 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.

The e-mail app on the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The e-mail app on the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The e-mail app on the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The e-mail app on the Asus Transformer Prime - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

The e-mail app on the Asus Transformer Prime


e-mail on the iPad 2 - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

e-mail on the iPad 2



Processor and Memory:

Crazy to believe it, but the Asus Transformer Prime is probably the only Android tablet we’ve seen in recent memory to match the performance of the iPad 2 with various operations. Of course, it helps more than ever when it’s packing an earth shattering quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, versus the iPad 2’s year old dual-core Apple A5 CPU. Naturally, it’s pretty cool seeing both tablets running equally to one another with tasks like pinch zooming, navigating across the homescreen, or kinetic scrolling, but it’s transparently obvious that the Asus Prime Transformer is dealing with more processor intensive things due to its higher resolution display, dynamic looking widgets, and live wallpapers. So yeah, these two are undoubtedly swift with their performance!

Here’s the thing with storage. The sole model of the Transformer Prime is equipped with only 32GB of memory for $500, while the iPad 2 comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Though, it’s the 16GB model that’s priced at $500, whereas the 32GB sells for $600.


Internet and Connectivity:

As we’ve pointed out blatantly already, both tablets are absolutely lightning fast with their operations, thanks to their processors of course. Meaning, the web browsing performance of the two tablets are unsurprisingly similar – filled with buttery smooth pinch zooming and scrolling. However, when you take into account that the Transformer Prime offers that desktop-like experience thanks to its support for Adobe Flash, it’s seemingly the device to go with if you’re into web browsing a lot. Otherwise, the experience is one hundred percent the same when you factor that out.

The Asus Transformer Prime 
represents what a flawless web browsing experience should be like - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime 
represents what a flawless web browsing experience should be like - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime 
represents what a flawless web browsing experience should be like - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
The Asus Transformer Prime 
represents what a flawless web browsing experience should be like - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

The Asus Transformer Prime represents what a flawless web browsing experience should be like


Apple iPad 2's Safari browser - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2's Safari browser - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2's Safari browser - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2's Safari browser - Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2's Safari browser



Right now, the Transformer Prime is only available in Wi-Fi form, and as we know, the iPad 2 is available in a variety of flavors ranging from Wi-Fi and cellular enabled ones (AT&T & Verizon). Aside from that, they share other connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and Wi-Fi.

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posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:39 30

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


not even worth the comparison..

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:49 18

2. android_hitman (unregistered)


you took the words right out of my mouth...

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:54 1

3. siva239 (Posts: 8; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


i dont think so

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:08 15

8. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


With the Dock itself it can even worth even better than iThing 3

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 09:30 18

17. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


I approve, blows the Ipad 2 out of the water without breaking a sweat!.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 12:15 5

28. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Couldn't agree more.

This would be like comparing the Blackberry Torch 9850 against Samsung Galaxy S2. Single core vs Dual. In this case its Dual vs Quad.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:00 16

4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


finally apple has been taken down :D well in my mind they were a long time ago by samsung, htc,motorola, hell even lg, but apparently in phonearenas mind they just now beat apple

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:12 3

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


Yet another iPad killer. Just like the Xoom was. Riiiiight.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 11:26 3

26. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


well apparently your the only one that disagrees.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 12:16 4

29. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Yep taken down by a Quad Core. Lets see if the iPad 3 has a quad core and then rerun it.

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 13:38 1

47. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


If they do have a quad core I bet it won't be faster than 1.5.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:01 16

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Isnt it obvious which one is better? The transformer prime will still be better than the ipad 5. Lol but phonearena is too scared to say it.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:06 5

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


apple claims all their gadgets tablets and phones are innovative but if you ask me only the OG iphone was innovative because it was new and everything but since then the os has only had incremental improvements. hell if you buy one off contract its between $700-$900. all it is, is a ipod touch with a cellular radio.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:07 2

7. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


" Of course, it helps more than ever when it’s packing an earth shattering quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, versus the iPad 2’s year old dual-core Apple A5 CPU."

I find this line a bit disturbing!

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:15

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


I know all the fandroids don't want to hear anything pro iOS since this is a 99% droid fanboy site, but...

Nice hardware. Too bad the OS is unstable and the few tablet apps there are are lame. Another "iPad killer" that will be discounted to $299 in a few months because its not selling.

Face it. There's only the iPad at the $500 price point and the Fire at $200.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 10:34 10

21. TechDroid (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)


Can you show me an Asus Transformer Prime that has crashed, to prove that the OS is unstable?

I agree that it won't sell like an iPad, but that is because of the brand and the status of the iPad 2, rather than how good it actually is.

I am very glad I don't live in your world where you can only choose between two tablets, namely the iPad and the Kindle Fire.

I can conclude, that you, my good sir, are another idiotic Apple fanboy.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 10:52 3

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)


GFYM stupid troll!

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:18 2

11. peekb24 (unregistered)


I wouldn't be so quick to say which one is better because I owned a Prime and sold it due to it being inconsistant most of the time with the browser crashes wifi lack of app optimizations and gps issues when on the other hand the iPad 2 keep in mind a whole year older just simply works in every aspect and no I'm no APPLE FAN BOY but ppl spend hundreds of dollars on these devices and they don't work consistantly and my eyes that doesn't put you ahead of the game yea Android has wonderful ideas that blow you away and then it seems Apple just doesn't utilize enuff innovation sumtimes its jus crazy I could go all day ... In my eyes Android still has some work to do !!!

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 18:40 4

33. chadrick0814 (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


So android 4.0 wa released on January 11th for the transformer prime. In te time since then, you've had multiple OS crashes and sold your transformer prime. Even if this story was believable (and it's not), you are still 1 person with an individual problem. Some devices don't function properly. Your case is not representative of all transformee primes. Just as you as an individual had a problem with your device, there are plenty of "open box" Ipad 2s being sold at best buy at a discounted price.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:19 12

12. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


The prime is the 1st tablet ive seen which blows the ipad 2 away in every department..! hola...

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 08:08

13. Zayuh24 (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I found this to be a fair comparison. American consumers have the mindset that "if it ain't apple, it ain't worth it" and I completely disagree. Apple's marketing in the US is supreme by far, and less known companies like Asus, Acer, etc. have to make ways to sell their superior products. A price cut of $50 would be nice, but for now, we just need less pro-Apple sites and more unbiased reviewers to help level the playing field.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 08:36 3

14. f1r3z0r (Posts: 92; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


No reason for do this comparison because Ipad 2 first is Apple, second is Old, and third ASUS is much better than Ipad

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 11:22

41. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Your logic and grammar are astounding.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 08:51 6

15. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


this review is the historic point for android tablets.. only blind apple fans can't see the following:
1.)IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT THE IPAD HAS FACED CLEAR DEFEAT.
2.)what was preventing this for happening earlier, were: a) teething and maturing problems for android on tablets
b) technology wasn't advanced enough to give fluid experience on a platform that wasn't as strict and close as IOS

and now, for the first time, both of those factors are history.
the game has changed

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 11:24 1

42. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I don't know if i'd say the game has changed. Asus may have figured out the tablet game and beaten Apple, but the other companies have yet to. Until that happens and multiple Android-based tablets are capable of outperforming the iPad, then Apple will continue to reign supreme. I love competition.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 14:29

48. JunitoNH (Posts: 1897; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Only, and only in the mind of a fool has Apple's iPad has experienced defeat. See, you guys don't get it, and neither those the average tech company CEO. Simply put, the average person DON'T care about specs. They just want a device, which looks appealing to the eyes, and when they toggle the power button, just works, and IT do the things the end user wants to accomplish. As an example, before the proliferation of pc and windows. Do you remember the stupid questions (especially if you worked in retail) people use to ask? If I buy this computer is the internet in it? If I reinstall the windows thingy, do I lose my email account? I can go on and on, but for what. Apple has captured the simplicity, and users experience like no other tech company, it's their strength and advantage, and their stock reflect this.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:59 1

50. mithought (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


What are you saying here? One is better because... its worse? Are you saying that when you press the power button on the Prime it doesnt turn on? because - actually i dont need to explain this one, i hope.

What are these simpletons trying to accomplish that the Prime cant do? Internet, check. Email, check. Music player, check. Anything else that the iPad can do, check. Now because the Android can do more (widgets being the first thing that comes to mind) you consider it inferior?

you, my friend, are an idiot. lets just shut down technology because not everyone gets it, right?

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 09:20

16. peekb24 (unregistered)


Fair ??? A brand new tablet and os vs a yr old one ... hmmm and it still isn't better than it !!!

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 10:37 5

23. TechDroid (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)


Did you not read the article?

It clearly says that the Transformer Prime is the better tablet:

"Indeed, Asus has the advantage of being a newer tablet, rather than being a year old model like the iPad 2, but when you take everything that it offers into consideration, it’s astoundingly evident that it’s the superior one."

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 09:46 2

18. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


JOHN V.

Why is it so hard for u to jus say that the display is better thn the IPAD 2?
jus into the first paragraph, it looks like, took you a while to write that the display on PRIME is better!
there is no abundance of PROPRIETARY ports! I have stated numerous times, we do not wanna hear your personal INPUT into the comparison! such as,

" However, we do notice that the metallic spun finish of the Transformer Prime appears to retain dirt and debris a little more than the iPad 2 – though, a quick rub down with a piece of cloth reverts it to its usual shiny appearance."

that is an opinion, it would not apply to me as a problem!

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