TAIWANESE FIRM Asus arguably offers the best Android tablet on the market in the Transformer Prime.
Despite the Ipad 2 nearing the ripe old age of one, the IOS tablet has seen off numerous challengers and still dominates the market in terms of sales. Here we take the best that Apple has to offer and see how it stacks up against the lead candidate from the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet army.
Design and portability
Apple has long been able to differentiate itself from competitors by offering sleek products, but other tablet makers such as Asus have caught up in this area. Both devices look stunning - the Ipad 2 is available with a pure white or jet black bezel and metallic back, whereas the Transformer Prime has deep black edges and a polished aluminium frame.
The Ipad 2 measures 241x186x8.8mm, similar in size to the Transformer Prime at 263x181x8.3 mm. Apple's device is shorter, but wider and a tad thicker than the Asus tablet. With a weight of 601g, the WiFi only Ipad 2 is also 15g heavier than the Prime at 586g. However, these differences are fairly negligible.
When the Transformer Prime is attached to its keyboard dock, the weight increases to 1.1kg, which is in-line with most 11in netbooks and ultrabooks. Of course, with the Transformer Prime you can simply detach the tablet whenever you want.
Winner - Draw. Both exhibit stunning design and are equally portable.
The Transformer Prime comes with a 10.1in Super IPS+ display that has 1280x800 resolution and a pixel density of 149 pixels-per-inch (PPI). The picture quality is excellent and there is an outdoor mode that increases brightness to make the display easier to view in sunlight.
In comparison, the Ipad 2 has a slightly smaller 9.7in LED-backlit widescreen display that uses IPS technology. The resolution of 1024x768 and 132 PPI might not be as high as that of the Asus tablet, but still yields impressive results.
Both displays are excellent for reading content and displaying multimedia. However, there is a slight yellowish tinge to the Transformer Prime when a white background is displayed, something that is not apparent on the Ipad 2. However, we did prefer multimedia playback on the Android tablet.
Winner - Transformer Prime. The Android tablet just shades the Ipad due to its bigger screen and better brightness.