Abdul Vahid V (NVONews.Com)
The NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core featured ASUS Transformer Prime has swayed the tablet market in its favor. But can it win the tablet war? If tech specs are taken for evaluation, the iPad 2 simply falls short to the Prime. Yet, the iPad 2 shines in some areas because it is already an established tablet brand and it has Appleâ€™s name that tilts the competition in its favor. Well, we have multitouch gestures, iCloud and similar great features on iPad 2. Anyway, coming to the core, we take the iPad 2 and the Prime for a comparison here. It is simply up to you to decide which one is the best.
Processor: You may have heard that the Prime is the first device to feature NVIDIAâ€™s Tegra 3 quad core processor. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang officially launched its quad-core Tegra 3 CPU at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012. It is the next gen processor technology, which boosts the speed of a device up to five times better than the current dual core chips. Indeed, the Prime has so far taken the maximum advantage of being the first quad core processor tablet. Certainly, the Prime fervor is there only because it has Tegra 3 under the hood.
The iPad 2, which hit stores early 2011, runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor with Apple A5 chipset. At that time, the iPad 2 was a crowd puller with its dual core processor and custom designed A5 chip. But compared with the Tegra 3 powered Prime, iPad is just a loser today. Also, the Apple tablet only mounts a 512MB of RAM, when the Prime comes with a 1GB of RAM. So we can simply conclude that the Prime wins in this category with no fight from iPad. But Apple is getting ready for an intense fight. The Cupertino tech innovator has reportedly started to assemble a successor to the iPad 2. Needless to mention, the potential iPad 3 will stun us all with a quad core processor.
Displays: The Eee Pad Transformer Prime has a classy 10.1-inch display screen. Its LED backlit screen is made of Super IPS technology. The iPad brand has a 9.7-inch display. Both original iPad and iPad 2 have similar displays. So will be the new iPad 3. The iPad 2â€™s screen is an LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology. The screen resolution of iPad and the Prime respectively goes 1024 X 768 pixels and 1280 X 800 pixels. Who is the winner here? It certainly depends on your choice. If you want a large screen the Prime is simply the winner. If you prefer a bit tinier screen, the iPad 2 wins for you.
Operating System: It is actually the factor that puts iPad 2 and the Prime in two shelves. Put it simply, the tablets are respectively with iOS 5 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating systems. But it is here the real war takes place. Winner of the iOS 5 Vs Android 4 ICS battle is also winner of the iPad 2 and the Prime.
Camera: Does a camera on a tablet make much sense? Whatever the answer is, the Prime has the best rear camera. When the Prime features an 8-megapixel rear camera for high quality images and HD videos, the iPad 2 just has a 720p small camera. The Prime again wins when we talk about the video calling camera (front camera), which is doubtlessly a must for a tablet. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera in place of iPad 2â€™s VGA camera.
What do you think of the ultimate winner of the above comparison? You can simply say that it is the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. But how long it can remain a winner? This is the biggest question when we compare the Prime with iPad 2, which is about to get an upgrade, of course, an iPad 3 in some months. Apple will never hesitate to bring out a highly powerful competitor to the Prime and all other upcoming ICS tablets. So let us wait to see what a competition the next iPad 3 will emanate.