ASUS Transformer Prime vs Amazon Kindle Fire: comparison


    ASUS Transformer Prime and Amazon Kindle Fire are hogging the limelight right now. Here is a short comparison of the two

    Two great tablets have been introduced in the market in the last two months and both have made histories of their own. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime clocked the largest number of pre orders for any Android tablet, while Kindle Fire is being sold like a hotcake in the market. Both are great and serve respective market segments. Though many people may suggest that it is pointless comparing a topnotch tablet like Transformer Prime from ASUS with a bare minimum tablet Kindle Fire from Amazon, but both make interesting comparison on many aspects.

    While Amazon’s Kindle Fire is selling in millions due to obvious reasons, it is cheap and comes with very useful applications, Prime Transformer is being taken as the best tablet in the market right now. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is designed to be the ultimate consumer choice for tablet. Aside from being extremely thin and light it is extremely powerful. It is the first tablet to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor and provides the best user-experience with Ice Cream Sandwic.”

    Both the tablets are attracting people’s attention. Amazon has said that it has shipped around four million units of Kindle Fire tablets so far. But the only advantage Kindle Fire has over ASUS Transformer Prime is its attractive price. Amazon sells its Android tablet for just $199. ASUS on the other hand has priced its Transformer Prime from $499 to $599. Kindle Fire is nothing in tech specs and capabilities when compared with Prime. It is a state-of-the-art tablet with advanced capabilities for eReading, web surfing, film watching, photo capturing and video editing and so on. On the other hand, Kindle Fire is just a multimedia eReader from Amazon. It just supports music and video, but with no cameras for photoshoot and video calling. Some people may say that camera is rarely used by tablet owners, but with the sort of camera that is coming with Transformer Prime, its usage is going to move upwards in the coming days.

    The tablet from ASUS is getting great reviews from all over the world. Anand Lal Shimpi, the editor of Anandtech says, “The Prime is everything the original Eee Pad Transformer was missing. It’s thinner than an iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab and built out of aluminum and glass. Other than minor details like the buttons and connectors, your hands never touch plastic when using the Transformer Prime. Even those plastic buttons look and feel great. The tablet is just beautiful. It echoes the design language of ASUS’ Zenbook, but without the disappointment in the panel department. ASUS’ latest tablet actually has the best display of any tablet we’ve reviewed, including those made by Apple and Samsung”.

    When talking of display, Amazon’s tablet comes with 7-inch multi-touch display with display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels while Eee Pad Transformer Prime comes with a 10.1-inch LED backlit Super IPS+ display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Everyone is unanimous that Transformer Prime has the best display of all the tablets produced so far.

    When talking of processor Amazon has put a rather very powerful processor in the 7 inch tablet. Kindle Fire comes with ARM-based dual core OMAP processor. For a small tablet, this dual core processor gives wonderful result. On the other hand Eee Pad Transformer comes with the best processor for any tablet. It comes with NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor. Its processor will perform several times better than the current dual core processors.

    When it comes to internal memory, Kindle Fire may disappoint many. It comes with just 8GB of internal memory and this may be its biggest drawbacks. Nonetheless it comes with free Amazon Cloud Drive support for unlimited cloud storage. ASUS’ Transformer Prime on the other hand comes with huge internal storage. It has two internal storage options, 32GB and 64GB. In addition, the device supports a microSD slot that can carry external memory up to 32GB.

    Kindle Fire and ASUS Transformer Prime serve two different sets of users. Kindle serve those people who want to go for the bare minimum at the most affordable price and ASUS aims to serve those who want best product available in the market.

    Kindle Fire Technical Details

    Display: 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
    Size: 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
    Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
    On-device Storage:    8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
    Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
    Battery Life:    Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.
    Charge Time    Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
    Wi-Fi Connectivity    Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or enterprise networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
    USB Port    USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)

    ASUS Transformer Prime Technical Details
    Metallic spun finish design that’s only 8.3mm slim and 586g light
    NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU for excellent multitasking, 1080P Full HD video playback and 3D games
    Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) OS with Adobe Flash support and over 500,000 downloadable applications on the Android  Market
    Full QWERTY keyboard with touchpad and USB port, while also extending the battery to 18 hours when combined with the mobile dock
    Ultra-wide 178⁰ viewing angle and ultra bright Super IPS+ panel protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
    MicroSD Card Reader, Micro HDMI port and 8G life time ASUS Webstorage space for easy sharing & expandability
    8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment


    1. What a strange comparison – these 2 devices both look fantastic, but serve very different demographics. If you’re going to compare, why not the Kindle Fire Vs Nook Tablet or Galaxy Tab 7, perhaps Transformer Prime Vs Galaxy Tab 10.1 or iPad 2

    2. Chalk and cheese. Don’t get me wrong they are both two great products but they should’nt be compared

    3. I had a hard time getting through the article – poor grammar and even poorer sentence structure made me think it was written by a grade school kid….who flunked writing.

    4. Since I got my kindle fire I have:
      -installed N64, Super Nintendo, Nintendo emulators ect
      -installed Chainfire3D video driver (so games think I have a Tegra)
      -installed all the latest Tegra games (Galaxy On Fire 2, Samurai II ect)
      -wifi tethered it to my phone
      -gps tethered with TetherGPS
      -Full wireless navigation with Google Maps Navigation
      -can access all my home music over 3g with Audiogalaxy
      -Remote windows access with Logmein
      -Insanely fast, full desktop web browsing experience with DolphinHD
      -Fully flash capable with flash “on demand”
      -can transfer wireless to and from computer with SwiFTP
      -can watch TV over 3G with Slingbox

      Android devs will continue to program for the lowest common denominator which is why quad core makes no sense right now. No applications take advantage of it. Now tell me, what can the fire not do that Ipad or prime can?

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