Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Comparison

The EEE Pad from Asus has been one of the most spoken about tablets in the HoneyComb Tablets section, as it comes with a keyboard dock and packs lots of power in it and the keyboard dock which makes it as functional as a laptop at times too. But Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, also branded as the iPad competitor, packs lots of features and comes with a very slim design.

If you’re considering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 , you might also want to check out Galaxy Tab 10.1v P7100 vs Apple iPad 2 Comparison or Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Comparison or if you like the EEE Pad Transformer, do check out Acer Iconia Tab A500 vs Asus EEE Pad Transformer Comparison .  Also, look at the Best Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablets before making your pick.

In this article we will compare the Asus EEE Pad Transformer with Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, looking at all the features and technical specifications in detail:

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EEE Pad vs Galaxy Tab Comparison

Form Factor:

Both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Eee Pad are similar to every other HoneyComb tablet, ten inch in size and easy to carry, having dimensions of 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm and 271 x 171 x 13 mm respectively.

The Eee Pad weighs considerably less for a 10 inch tablet at 680 g while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is much lighter in weight, at just 560 grams. Both these devices have a 10.1 inch screen, and the EEE Pad comes with a keyboard dock, when docked on to, adds lots of functionality similar to a laptop while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is very slim and easy to handle, thanks to its weightlessness .

 

Winner : Galaxy Tab 10.1

Display:

The display of the EEE Pad Transformer is a regular 10.1 inch, supporting upto 256k colors and a maximum resolution of 1280×800 and on the other side, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a similar screen of 10.1 inches and supports 16M colors.

Both these devices come with a gyro sensor, an accelerometer and multi touch input. The displays of these devices are also scratch resistant, thanks to the Gorilla Glass.

Coming to the resolution and display type , the Eee Pad has a LED-backlit IPS LCD display with the same resolution which Asus claims can support viewing angles of upto 178 degrees while Samsung hasn’t given any more detailed specifications for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 .

Winner :  Asus EEE Pad Transformer

Camera:

Both the tablets come with cameras and the EEE Pad has a 5 megapixel camera with a single LED flash with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab’s camera also has a smaller camera unit, with a 3.2MP camera and a maximum resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. There’s Geo Tagging on both the tablets, thanks to the A-GPS chip on it and Android HoneyComb. Also, HoneyComb’s camera app adds lots of nice features in built for editing and adding effects.

Both the tablets come with auto focus and LED flash, pictures are a bit more vibrant on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 though, due to the color tone of the camera.

Coming to the video recording capabilities, the both the devices record HD video at 720p at 30 frames per second.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Asus EEE Pad Transformer tab have a secondary front facing camera, a 2MP one and is used for video calling by various apps on the Android platform such as Skype, Fring etc.

Winner : Asus EEE Pad Transformer 

Operating System and User Interface:

Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Eee Pad run on the Honeycomb 3.1 operating system. The EEE Pad transformer has the update to the latest version of Android, HoneyComb 3.2. So as soon as your get your tablet, make sure you connect it and update it to Android HoneyComb 3.2 .

Although they run honeycomb 3.1 there is a slight change in the user interface as both of the devices do not run the stock HoneyComb UI and run a custom flavor of their own User Interface over the Android layer. The EEE Pad from Asus runs on its on WaveShare UI while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs TouchWiz 4.0, which is also seen on its high end smartphones like the Galaxy SII .

Applications are aplenty and all apps on Android smartphones will run on tablets too, enlarged. Also, there are a lot of native apps on HoneyComb pre installed in the device and tablet specific apps are only about 200 in the Android Market and you can check out the Best Apps for Honeycomb Tablets and Best Games for HoneyComb Tablets also.

Winner : Galaxy Tab 10.1 

Connectivity:

Both the tablets support HSDPA on 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 on 3G and comes with a standard SIM Card slot, if you are going for the 3G Model. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G is a seperate variant of the Galaxy Tab and is available in almost all the regions where the WiFi only Galaxy Tab is available while the EEE Pad Transformer’s 3G variant is the TF101G and is very rarely available. So if you’re going to get the EEE Pad Transformer, mostly you might be getting the WiFi only model only.

Both the tablets have Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n and both of them have WiFi Hotspot capabalities, thanks to Android HoneyComb which has made it a standard features across all devices right from the most basic Android smartphones.

A-GPS support for location and navigation are also present and both devices have Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity, along with a HDMI port on both the tablet making it a true entertainer on the move. The HDMI port allows you to connect your tablet to a large screen and enjoy your HD Videos you’d shot on your tablet or movies you’d recently transferred onto it.

The EEE Pad Transformer comes with a keyboard dock, which makes typing of long emails/documents very easy, and also enhances productivity on a tablet.

Winner : Asus EEE Pad Transformer

Memory:

The EEE Pad transformer comes with 32GB of internal storage, and has a microSD slot but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung comes with 16, 32 or 64 GB of memory but there’s no slot for further expansion on it.

Winner: Asus EEE Pad Transformer 

Processor and Battery:

The Eee Pad has a 1 GHz Dual-core NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a similar Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have a Tegra 2 T20 chipset with ULP GeForce™ GPU for quick Web browsing and HD Gaming.

The EEE Pad Transformer comes with Li-Ion 24.2Wh Standard battery which gives approximately 9.5 hrs of battery life while the  Galaxy Tab 10.1 also has a 7000mAh battery and both of them can stand continuous browsing and media usage and last for over 10 hours very easily, when used continuously for its multimedia and other features.

Winner : Galaxy Tab 10.1

Conclusion:

The EEE Pad Transformer is one of the most spoken about tablets, thanks to its keyboard dock and usability while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the most user friendly tablet and has good value for money. The Transformer from Asus is priced on the higher side while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is cheaper than the Asus by a small margin.

If you travel a lot and want this tablet to replace your laptop in most of its daily activities, go in for the EEE Pad Transformer as it comes with a keyboard dock while if you use your tablet only for multimedia features and love to browse the internet and watch videos, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is worth the buck as it is a very light and slim tablet.

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