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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

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


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 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


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

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

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


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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