ASUS Transformer Prime May be the Real iPad Killer
At the All Things Digital:AsiaD event in Hong Kong this week, the same event that Google announced Android 4.0 ICS and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, ASUS' Jonney Shih gave us more to love. He came on stage with a metal briefcase, as though it were filled with a few million dollars, to speak with Walt Mossberg from AllThingsD.
Jonney brought out the new ASUS Transformer Prime Android tablet that was teased online in a video by ASUS just the day before (you can see the teaser video below). The next generation Transformer will have a 10inch touchscreen display, mini-HDMI port and a 14.5 hour battery span. The tablet will also have an SD Card slot and keyboard Dock which will also have 2 USB ports. These specs are pretty much the same as the first Transformer tablet.
The new ASUS Transformer Prime Android tablet will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, whether that's right out of the box, or by an available update immediately after. To make things even better however, it's going to be the first tablet on the market to have the next generation NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor built in, making this tablet scream performance ahead of any other tablet on the market, including the Apple iPad 2. The Transformer Prime tablet itself will only be 8.3mm thick, where the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick. Lastly, for what we've been shown, is that the tablet has a slick new design which is similar to the new ASUS Zenbook laptop, with shiny metal backing and curved bezel surrounding. Wow, that's a lot of upgrades! Oh, I almost forgot, it'll be priced about the same as the current ASUS Transformer in stores now.
The ASUS Transformer Prime is definitely making me inner geek heart beat faster every time I look at it. I had an ASUS Transformer, and after about 20 days, I traded it in for an iPad 2. Not because I'm a fanboy or anything (hey,I still have an Android phone, and love it!), but rather because the touchscreen on the iPad 2 is much more responsive and precise than ANY tablet on the market, including the Transformer. I know, I tested them all. I truly loved the Transformer for having the added USB ports, keyboard, battery life, SD Card slot, and mini-HDMI port, but I didn't like that Android apps designed for tablets are still far too few in numbers versus the iPad. Not a problem for ASUS necessarily, but enough for me to leave it and grab an iPad 2. The iPad 2 costs more, but with technology and electronics, I often find that you get what you pay for, and in this case, the iPad 2 is a better tablet for the reasons stated above.Continued on the next page