Asus Transformer Prime vs Apple iPad 2

It wasn’t until the arrival of the iPad that the Tablet market began to gain steam amongst consumers. Even now, Apple’s pride in joy in the iPad 2 continues to make great strides in the tablet landscape as it’s seemingly is the benchmark that all other tablets try to live up to. Not one to back down from a good fight, we’ve seen very recently that Asus has managed to enthrall our interests thanks to its amazing Transformer Prime, but it’s going to be interesting to see how it stacks up against the iPad 2. Without further delay, let’s find out which of these two power packed tablets will come away in proclaiming itself the one tablet to rule them all.


Hardly able to contain our adulation towards these two tablets by simply looking at them from afar, our hands absolutely fall in love with the two as they exhibit the qualities of a premium device with their minimalistic designs. Honestly, it’s hard to say which one is the better looking, for the simple reasoning that they’re similar with their premium choice materials, skinny streamlined construction (the Prime is a hairline thinner), lightweight feel, and sturdiness to instill us with confidence that they’ll last a lifetime. 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.

There’s no arguing with this one, but the iPad 2’s volume rocker and dedicated power button are light years better in feel and response over the Transformer Prime. Meanwhile, even though we despise proprietary ports with any device, we’ve come to live with the fact that they’re abundant on tablets – with these two showing us the transparent realization. However, the iPad 2 can output video with the aid of an optional digital AV adapter – whereas the Transformer Prime has a separate microHDMI port.


Visually, we’re absolutely stunned by the amazing displays found on both tablets, seeing that they’re able to reel in our eyes with their good detail and balanced color reproduction. With the 9.7” XGA (1023 x 768) IPS LCD display of the iPad 2, it’s still a sight for sore eyes as it maintains all of the elements that make a great display usable – such as its spot-on colors, wide viewing angles, and high-contrast. However, the Transformer Prime is able to inch its way past it thanks to the 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) Super IPS+ display it’s packing for the ride. Specifically, it offers superior viewing angles and brightness output, while maintaining the same natural colors found on the iPad 2 – though, it’s a tiny bit warmer. On top of that, setting the Transformer Prime to “Super IPS+” mode kicks up its brightness even further to make it more visible outdoors versus the iPad 2 under the gaze of the sun. In all seriousness, the Transformer Prime merely comes to the table showcasing the better display.



1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

not even worth the comparison..

2. android_hitman unregistered

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

3. siva239

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

i dont think so

8. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

17. pooked

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

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

28. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

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

26. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

well apparently your the only one that disagrees.

29. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: Oct 11, 2011

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 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: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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: Jun 14, 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.

24. SleepingOz unregistered

GFYM stupid troll!

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 !!!

33. chadrick0814 unregistered

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: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

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

13. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 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: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

41. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Your logic and grammar are astounding.

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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: Dec 20, 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: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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: Feb 17, 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 unregistered

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: Jun 14, 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: Feb 26, 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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