New iPad 3 vs Asus Eee Pad Transformer Infinity

Vs Paul Briden 16:22, 13 Mar 2012

We compare the new iPad to Asus' next-generation Transformer Infinity

Asus is following up its successful Transformer and Transformer Prime tablets with the new Transformer Infinity, but how does it compare to Apple's new iPad?

Apple iPad 3 - 241.2x185.7x9.4mm, 652g
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Infinity - 263x180.8x8.5mm, 586g

Considering Asus managed to put out one of the better looking Android tablets of the year at the end of 2011 with the Transformer Prime, the company has rather sensibly decided not to re-invent the wheel when it comes to the visual design of its successor, the Transformer Infinity.

Put them side-by-side and you might be hard pressed to tell the difference, they both feature the same expensive-looking spun aluminium bodywork in one of two eye-catching colour finishes - Amethyst Grey or Champagne Gold.

The result is a colourful metallic matte expanse which makes a refreshing change from the bog standard black or white glossy shells of other manufacturers' devices.

Apart from this, it's still remarkably thin and light and the keyboard attachment mirrors the tablet's design very closely.

Apple's new iPad is a bit thicker and heavier than both its predecessor and the Transformer Infinity, although with the Infinity tablet and its dock combined it is the heavier and thicker of the two here.

Generally the form factor of the iPad is softer than its Asus rival, which isn't something we're that in favour of. We much prefer the Transformer Infinity's sharper edges.

The iPad 3 is fairly typical of Apple's designs and again you might struggle to spot the difference if you saw one next to an iPad 2. We can't fault Apple's iconic styling as ugly, it's just not to our tastes and it is somewhat generic, in our view.

Winner - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Infinity

At time of writing Apple is sitting at the top of the tablet pile when it comes to display technology having translated its famed Retina screen from the iPhone to the new iPad.

The iPad 3's 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS capacitive multi-touch screen has a resolution of 1536x2048 pixels resulting in the highest tablet pixel density on the market at 264 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

While Asus' new Transformer might not be knocking Apple off its market-leading display podium it's doing a good job of coming within touching distance.

The larger 10.1-inch Super IPS + touchscreen supports 10-finger multi-touch and is made with Corning's new Gorilla Glass 2. The Transformer Infinity sports a 1920x1200pixel resolution giving a still extremely impressive 224ppi.

Apple's iPad has to be the winner here, but make no mistake you'll still get one of the most rewarding displays on the market if you go with the Asus Transformer Infinity instead - it's not far off the iPad's level of clarity but on a larger screen size.

Winner - Apple iPad 3

Apple's iPad 3 has the company's standard three options for internal storage with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants available, each with 1GB of RAM to boost performance. Of course, being an Apple product there's no sign of a micro SD slot, so no memory expansion for you.

Asus' device has the two top-tier options of 32GB or 64GB for its Wi-Fi only model, while the 3G or 4G variants also have 16GB options too. In all cases there's the same 1GB of RAM onboard. The trump card is a micro SD slot allowing you to expand storage of all mdoels by up to an additional 32GB.

We feel the addition of card storage makes the Transformer Infinity the more well-rounded choice here.

Winner - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Infinity

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