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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 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

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

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

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 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


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

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

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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