Monday, 15 October 2012

Battle of the Tablets: The New iPad Versus the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

Do you want to sell used iPad and you are stuck deciding whether to buy the new one or Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700? Both tablet starts at $499. So how do you pick between the two, especially since both features high resolution IPS displays and elegant designs. The Apple tablet runs on iOS 5 while the Asus tablet runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Of course, I am not going to compare the two operating systems, but then again, if you want a product that just works, you should go with the iOS. Going back to the comparison of the two tablets, it has always been a trend for people to compare the iPad to other tablet computers. However, the major difference between the TF700 and the iPad is that the former is more of a computer replacement for content consumption and creation, while the other is for quick and easy consumption of movies, music, web browser and e-mail. What are the other differences? Apparently, the TF700 is quick but it sometimes goes slow and needs a reboot, unlike the iPad which, as what many users say, never crashes. This is what usually happens to tablet computers whose hardware manufacturer is different from the OS developer. So, it is often expected that the iPad is better since both OS and hardware are manufactured by Apple.

There are also similarities between the two tablets. One is that they can give you access to cloud storage services. The Asus tablet has a micro HDMI port that mirrors the tablet’s screen. Apple, on the other hand, sells a $39 HDMI adapter. Both tablets also support HDMI 1.4 and HDCP. Apple, meanwhile, has Airplay for wireless streaming via the Apple TV for $99. Asus offers dLNA for free but it uses a file manager interface that might not be easy for new users.

Round 1: Display

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What many tablet users love about the new iPad is its 2048 x 1536 IPS Retina Display technology. It offers great high definition display to its users. On the other hand, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 offers 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+ display. If you ask me, it is a tie, even though the difference between the numbers is obvious. The thing is, both have very wide viewing angles, good color saturation and accuracy and display sharp text. Hand in hand, both can defeat any other tablet in the market.

The Asus tablet wins this round however for the extreme brightness which is very useful outdoors. Super IPS+ mode offers more than 600 nits of brightness so that you can still see the display even under the bright sun.

Round 2: Apps

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It is obvious that the new iPad wins this round because the iTunes App Store has more apps than the Google Play Store for Androids. Apps for Android tablet computers are still lagging far behind, although apps for Android smartphones are catching up. The thing is, the gaming market for Android tablets has improved and despite the fewer number of apps, the selection is composed of topnotch games. However, the best game apps are on the Apple tablet. If you want to have more fun playing with the tablet, I would go with the new iPad.

Round 3: Battery Life

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Both tablets manage to last for about 9 hours of use, so this is a tie. Both also have batteries that are irreplaceable. However, you can extend the Asus tablet’s battery life to 14 hours with the $149 keyboard dock which consists of a battery that charges the tablet.

This round is a tie for both tablets, but the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 wins this round when it is paired with the keyboard dock.


With two rounds won by the Asus tablet, I say you should go for the Infinity tab. So you better sell your old iPad at and this Asus tablet will be within your reach!


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