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Comparison - New iPad vs Asus Transformer 300

April 14, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

14 April 2012 – The new iPad (iPad 3) is inviting all competitors, and this week's challenger is the Asus Transformer 300 which is designed as an affordable alternative compared to its bigger brother the Transformer Prime.

Contrary to the Prime though, the Transformer 300 comes with a 4G LTE version and so does the iPad 3. However, expect only HSPA speeds as global LTE coverage remains spotty. Both tablets share a slate design, and share a few other similarities such as the same 1GB RAM, support for WiFi and Bluetooth. But there are plenty of differences, and to start off the Transformer 300 has a 10.1-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution compared to 2048 x 1568 pixels on the Retina Display.

Design-wise, the Transformer 300 is slightly thicker at 9.9mm vs the 9.4mm iPad 3. And while the iPad 3 looks similar to a magazine, the 300 has a thinner, elongated chassis. The Transformer 300 is also lighter at 635 grams compared to the 652 grams iPad 3.

There is a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor on the Transformer 300 while the iPad 3 has an A5x dual-core processor with a quad-core graphics chip. As for internal storage, the 300 has 16GB internal memory with a microSD card slot, while the iPad 3 has three models 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Asus’ Transformer 300 comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Meanwhile, the iPad 3 comes loaded with iOS 5.1, which supports dictation, iMessages and Twitter integration.

As for battery life, Apple has claimed 10 hours’ worth of operational time for the iPad 3. Meanwhile, the 300 also reports up to 10 hours of battery life, and is reportedly capable of 15 hours once it is docked with the keyboard attachment.

While the iPad has a 5-megapixel camera called iSight with an f/2.4 aperture, the Transformer 300 has an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture. They are both capable of recording 1080p video, but the iPad 3 has video stabilisation that will help when you are recording movies on the move. Meanwhile, on the front, the iPad 3 has a VGA camera, but the 300 has a 1.2-megapixel camera.

The rumoured pricing for the WiFi-only Asus Transformer 300 is priced at 399 Euros, which is estimated to be priced at RM 1600. Using the iPad 2 as reference, we expect the 16GB WiFi iPad 3 to be RM 1499. That gives it a price difference of RM101 or six percent between the two tablets. Rumoured pricing for the keyboard attachment hovers around 149 Euros (estimated RM600).

The Asus Transformer 300 would be a prudent buy if you are opting for an Android tablet that has a slant for productivity, especially with when coupled with the optional physical keyboard. However, you do have to pay extra for the keyboard, making the iPad 3 the cheaper option. And with the iPad 3’s excellent display, Apple’s tablet should make a good e-book reader.

New iPad (iPad 3)

4G LTE + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 9.7-inch screen (Retina Display), A5X processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 16/32/64GB internal storage

Apple just made the new iPad (iPad 3) official and it comes with a Retina Display that goes up to 2048 x 1536 with a pixel density of 264ppi. In addition to the display, the iPad 3 will come with an A5x dual-core processor which in turn provides four times the performance boost in terms of graphics. The iPad 3 comes with 4G LTE support too. Oh and there is 4G LTE support too, with Apple claiming 4G speeds of up to 73Mbps.

Apple threw in a 5-megapixel illuminated sensor on the back which they christened iSight, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip. There is also 1080p video recording too with video stabilisation.

The iPad 3 is priced at $499 for the 16GB version, while the 32GB is priced at $599 and the 64GB is priced at $699. With 4G models starting at $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.

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Asus Transformer 300

4G LTE + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 10.1-inch screen, Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 16GB internal storage + microSD, optional keyboard dock

At Mobile World Congress 2012, Asus has just announced the Transformer Pad 300, a lower-end device in the stable. The 300 is essentially the original Transformer, save for a few differences - the choice of colour, a slightly downgraded display and optional LTE.

It will however feature a Tegra 3 chip, 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras, HDMI and a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS display. The 300 also comes with 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD). Despite being marketed as  a lower-end device, Asus will include the essentials, it ships with Ice-cream Sandwich and promises up to 10 hours of battery life. No confirmation of availability or pricing, so expect further announcements down the line.

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