The New iPad vs. Transformer Pad Infinity
Time goes by very fast when you are in the world of technology. It was just a few months ago when we presented a comparison of the top two tablets, Apple’s iPad 2 and ASUS Transformer Prime. Although these two are still topping in sales charts, a new set of tablets are already looking to compete for the title as the king of slates. Two of them are the improved versions of the mentioned products. Which high-end tablet is for you? Find out as we compare The New iPad versus Transformer Pad Infinity.
The new A5X processor inside The New iPad, according to Apple, is four times better than NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3, which is the one inside the Transformer Pad Infinity, in terms of graphic performance. Apple did not back the claim with benchmark tests but luckily someone did using Geekbench. The results are shown below:
Geekbench Test Results
The New iPad 759
Transformer Pad Infinity 1944
What this means is that the quad-core Tegra 3’s performance is better than The New iPad. (A separate benchmark test confirms that The New iPad’s Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is better than that found on the Transformer Pad). However, you will only notice the difference when handling heavy apps such as games that feature high quality graphics. If you are an ordinary tablet user, you wouldn’t mind these results. It is safe to say that both these tablets have smooth and fast operations.
The Transformer Pad Infinity is thinner than The New iPad. It also is lighter but with a larger display. Design wise, both look good and don’t feel cheap as both tablets have metal exteriors. If you are particular with colors, you have champagne and amethyst themes to choose from with the Transformer Pad while The New iPad comes with the same black and white color schemes. The Transformer Pad also comes with a dock that could extend the tablet’s life to 18 hours.
Color quality and viewing angles are about the same for both tablets except that images look crispier on The New iPad while the LED-backlit on the Transformer Pad makes its screen a bit brighter. The crispness is because of the improved resolution of Apple tablet’s display which is widely known as a “retina” screen. That resolution is at 2048 x 1536 pixels while the Transformer Pad’s is at 1920 x 1200 pixels.
Operating System and Apps
Both tablets feature the latest version of iOS and Android; iOS 5.1 for The New iPad and Ice Cream Sandwich for the Transformer Pad Infinity. Each of these mobile operating systems has their own unique flavor. I say that ICS looks slightly better than iOS although the latter is easier to use. When it comes to apps, you have plenty to choose from for both tablets. There are a lot of free ones on the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) while there are more good but pricy ones on the Apple App Store.
You can select between 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB for both tablets. However, the 16 GB model for the Transformer Pad Infinity is LTE only. This means the 16 GB version is not your cheapest version. The base model for the Infinity is 32 GB which has a price tag of $499, the same as the 16 GB base model of The New iPad. There is no external storage slot for The New iPad while a microSD slot is included with the Infinity.
The Transformer Pad Infinity has better cameras than The New iPad although the latter has greatly improved in this area as compared to its predecessor. With the Infinity, you have an 8 MP rear shooter with flash and 1080p video support and another 2 MP at the front. The New iPad features a 5 MP rear camera which can also capture 1080p videos although it does not have a flash bulb. The front camera remains at VGA quality.
As mentioned, there is an LTE version of the Transformer Pad Infinity but with an internal storage of 16 GB only. Also take note that the processor in this version is no longer Tegra 3 but a lesser dual-core one from Qualcomm. The New iPad meanwhile boasts of their “world-ready” connectivity options which include support for 4G LTE. “World-ready” means it can connect to 4G networks besides those from Verizon and AT&T.
Summary of Specs
The New iPad Transformer Pad Infinity
Processor, RAM Dual Core 1 GHz Apple A5X, 1 GB Quad Core 1.6 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1 GB
Dimensions, Weight 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.37 inches, 652 g 10.4 x 7.1 x 0.29 inches, 586 g
Operating System Apple iOS 5.1 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
IPS Retina Display
2048 x 1536 pixels
1920 x 1200 pixels
Camera 5 MP rear, VGA front, 1080p video 8 MP rear, 2 MP front, HD video
Storage 16 GB/32 GB/64 GB 16 GB/32 GB/64 GB with microSD up to 32 GB
Connectivity "World-Ready" 3G,
Verdict – The New iPad vs. Transformer Pad Infinity
There is no doubt that these tablets are currently two of the best. Processor power is higher on the Transformer Pad Infinity although The New iPad has a better GPU. In terms of display, The New iPad wins hands-down. The Infinity is lighter and thinner although you will hardly notice its difference with Apple’s tablet. You have more internal storage to work with for the Infinity at the same price as The New iPad possibly giving you more room to store those HQ pics taken with its 8 MP camera.
ASUS has exceeded all expectations with the Transformer Pad Infinity. Meanwhile, Apple brought a tablet which is not really far superior to its predecessor. Choosing between tablets is really a matter of preference. But if you ask me which one is the game changer, I say it is the Transformer Pad Infinity.