Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime vs Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Vs Tony Crammond 01:01, 28 Dec 2011

We compare Asus' brand spanking new Eee Pad Transformer Prime with the company's Transformer TF101 to see if the upgrade is worth making!

Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime is currently the most powerful tablet around. The device has state of the art architecture, a sleek, modern design and more bells and whistles than Santa's Sleigh, but is it worth going to the trouble of picking one up if you already have the company's previous release, the Transformer?

Indeed, is it worth forking out the extra money for the Transformer Prime rather than picking up a TF101 in the sales? Let's see!

Display

Asus' original Eee Pad Transformer boasts a 10.1-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen that operates at a resolution of 1280 x 800 and has a pixel density of 149PPI.

The screen performs excellently, with lively colours, pleasing viewing angles and also benefits from scratch resistant glass; which is a huge boon for the those that plan on carting the device around with them all day long.

The super Eee Pad Transformer Prime features a Super IPS+ LCD touchscreen that operates at the same resolution as its stable-mate and also offers the self-same pixel density. The Transformer Prime also benefits from Gorilla Glass.

In terms of performance the Super IPS+ display of the Transformer Prime just edges out that of the TF101, with slightly more vivid colours, deeper blacks and a brighter, snappier feel.

It isn't much of an upgrade though when price is factored into the equation

Winner - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Camera

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime boasts an excellent 8-megapixel primary camera which offers autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging, as well as 1080P video capture.

In addition to the great primary camera Asus has also fitted the tablet with a 1.2-megapixel secondary which is just the ticket for video calling.

The Eee Pad Transformer's 5-megapixel camera isn't up to the job of challenging the Prime. The tablet offers geo-tagging, autofocus and 720P video capture to boost the usefulness of its primary shooter but none of the features is really up to the task, with stills emerging grainy and captured video pixelising and shuddering at every opportunity.

One saving grace is that the TF101 shares the same front-facing camera as its big brother, which allows for nice quality video calling.

Winner - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Form & Design

Asus Eee Pad Transformer - 271 x 171 x 13 mm, 680g
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm, 586g

Both devices benefit from pleasing, modern design and attention to detail, with Asus choosing to emulate other market leading tablets in the design stakes.

Neither tablet is overly heavy either, and they are both comfortable tablets to use, even for an extended length of time. The Transformer Prime is exceedingly thin though, which gives the device a real advantage over virtually any other tablet on the market, including its brother.

Another benefit of choosing the Transformer Prime is that it offers up to two and a half hours more battery life on a charge (12 hours over 9.5), and with a mobile device that is a virtue well worth noting.

Winner - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

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