Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. android_hitman (Posts: 569; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
you took the words right out of my mouth...
8. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
With the Dock itself it can even worth even better than iThing 3
17. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
I approve, blows the Ipad 2 out of the water without breaking a sweat!.
28. bigdawg23 (Posts: 268; 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.
4. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; 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
9. c.hack (Posts: 477; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Yet another iPad killer. Just like the Xoom was. Riiiiight.
26. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
well apparently your the only one that disagrees.
29. bigdawg23 (Posts: 268; 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.
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.
5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; 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.
6. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; 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.
7. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 113; 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!
10. c.hack (Posts: 477; 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.
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.
11. peekb24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
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 !!!
33. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; 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.
12. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 253; Member since: 24 May 2011)
The prime is the 1st tablet ive seen which blows the ipad 2 away in every department..! hola...
13. Zayuh24 (Posts: 147; 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.
14. f1r3z0r (Posts: 72; 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
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
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.
48. JunitoNH (Posts: 646; 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.
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?
16. peekb24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Fair ??? A brand new tablet and os vs a yr old one ... hmmm and it still isn't better than it !!!
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."
18. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
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!
20. theoak (Posts: 311; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
All these tablets end up in "book" type case anyway ... so the sides and back do not really matter to anyway.
36. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)
Not when you have a keyboard dock to store it with :)
19. peekb24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Think of the Prime like its a Hyundai and the iPad 2 is a Honda while the prime has every feature in the world but the Honda is simply proven !!! Who wants to be caught driving around in a Hyundai ... honestly
22. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
At least the iPad is an Honda, but without the wheels and the engine :D
25. SleepingOz (Posts: 2008; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Nah, the ipad 2 is only the 2nd gen of the 9"ipod touch!
51. halfcarat (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
@peekb24... stupid comparison! I DRIVE a Hyundai and I love it over the Honda! Had Honda in the past as well.. Stick to the topic. Cars and computers don't mix!
30. peekb24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Have yely ou guy checked the blue book on Hondas lately resale value is outta this world !!!
31. TechFan2012 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
two powerful tablets. leaving these two, there are so many out there. oh boy, it's hard to pick out. which one? or better say, why a tablet?http://www.tabletvstablet.com/
32. kadalil (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Tut iphonearena would try to be bias for the obvious once again.........asus rules
34. robocopvn (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)
TFT prime with FLASH, live wallpaper, widget, customization etc ... outperformed the Ipad2 with nothing to do excepts simple icons moving left-right.
The winner is obviously TFT prime !
35. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)
Haha, I have a hard time having my transformer prime (in the keyboard dock), lasting under 2 days. Usually it runs out of juice after 2 and a half days, which can be annoying cause it's in the middle of the day. I guess I'll have to use it harder. Oh, and it's been in performance mode most of the time. Definitely better than the Ipad 2.
37. Luik0 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
I own both and although the Prime is a much more powerful device, it has a huge disadvantage in terms of daily usage : the wifi reception is below average making it as useful as a paperweight in various situations when the reception is not optimal. This is unacceptable for me and probably for many other users.
38. csolo (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)
All things being equal android tablets lack in the app department. There are just to many apps that are not available on the android platform to make it a viable option. I have been a member of both communities for a while. Apples Eco system is untouchable! Again, there are so many games, music creations apps, photo video and utilities available on the ipad that are not available on the android platform that it makes for an unfair comparison! Developers still do not want to write tablet applications for android and the gap seems to be growing not shrinking! If I am going to pay $500 plus for a tablet give me the one with the most software selection. Rooting an android tablet, while interesting, will not allow it to run more software. Flash, customization, personalization is just not enough to compensate for the software disparity!
Software sells hardware. Thats a hard lesson apple learned from its mac vs PC wars. Google seems to be clue less when it comes to this.................
49. mithought (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
iOS is better than Android? Do you mean because iOS has better widgets? oh wait, no widgets. Then you must mean cloud tech- nope, Android offers that too. I can also create and edit movies in 1080p from my Prime as well as edit music, and guess what - those are all NATIVE features. Oh i got it, you must be referring to how much easier it is to manage and play .avi, .mkv or an array of other types of video- oh, wait... nope, iOS cant do that either.
People argue that iOS is better because its more simple and to the point - well guess what, idiots, you can make Android as simple as you want it. And besides if i drive a bicycle and you drive a car, is my bike better because it is more simple and people dont really need anything better? Are we really wanting to bottleneck technology because some people dont get it? with the release of ICS the "more apps for ipad than android tablets" is all but GONE as we are seeing more and more compatible apps being rolled out daily.
the iOS is merely an app launcher whereas Android delivers more of a desktop feel. I can seamlessly VPN into my work network, run spiceworks (you know, one of those apps that arent offered on Android devices), and solve problems for my company. Another route would be to remote control my desktop and have a super computer all pressed into my compact Prime that I can type on and use as a laptop (who wants to bet that keyboard dock will be the next thing Apple rips from the Android community? #pulldownnotifications).
39. frydaexiii (Posts: 1132; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I hate how PhoneArena sounds so reluctant to give the win to the Transformer Prime...But doesn't matter, it still won...
40. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
I have a friend who owns both, and he loves them equally. Once again, it really comes down to which OS you prefer. Somehow everyone seems to miss that on this site EVERY time.
43. AndresJ (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Like Asus design more, if i had to choose one definitely i would choose Asus
44. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Finally the Ipad2 have been taken down to the ground where it belongs.
45. theoak (Posts: 311; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
The iPad2 is a year plus old.
Not much to brag about really.
46. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
it really is considering how much the ipad2 is still selling.
52. moaita (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)
Thanks for good info