The Slate from T-Mobile is manufactured by LG and is sold under the T-Mobile branding and has good specifications and overall build quality for a very cheap price but 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.
We have also compared the Asus EEE Pad with some other HoneyComb Tablets too. Do check out Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Comparison , Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Motorola XOOM Tablet Comparison and Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Lenovo Ideapad K1 Tablet Comparison and if you’re living in the US and looking at options with the T-Mobile G-Slate, you might also want to read Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs T-Mobile G-Slate 4G Tablet Comparison before making your purchase.
Table of Contents:
- Form Factor Comparison
- Display Comparison
- Camera Comparison
- Operating System and User Interface Comparison
- Connectivity Comparison
- Memory Comparison
- Processor and Battery Comparison
The Asus EEE Pad Transformer is really thin, at 271 x 171 x 13 mm while the T-Mobile Slate 4G is 243 x 149 x 12 mm is more or less the same. The Asus EEE Pad Transformer weights 680 grams, with a weight of 620g on the Slate 4G, making it much lesser in weight compared to the EEE Pad Transformer. Also note that this weight of the EEE Pad is without the keyboard dock and when docked on to it, it becomes much heavier.
The T-Mobile Slate 4G is much lesser in screen size when compared to the Asus EEE Pad as it has a smaller screen size and is thus more portable and easier to carry along. Do look out for your convenience before making the choice between these two tablets.
When it comes to the display, the T-Mobile Slate 4G has a 8.9 inch display which has a maximum resolution of upto 1,280 x 768 while the Asus EEE Pad Transformer has a 10.1 inch screen, which supports upto 256K colors and a maximum screen resolution of 1280×800. The Asus EEE Pad has a proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor and an accelerometer while the T-Mobile Slate 4G has the same sensors on it except the Proximity sensor.
Both the displays are capacitive screens and support multi touch input.
Both the tablets come with cameras and the Asus EEE Pad has a 5 megapixel camera with a single LED flash with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. On the other hand, the T Mobile Slate 4G has two 5 Megapixel cameras on the back. Both the cameras work together, they shoot at 720p in the 3D Mode while when they are used for normal video capture, they record at Full HD at 1080p.
The Asus EEE Pad Transformer does not have an LED flash and autofocus while the T Mobile Slate 4G has one small LED flash near one of its cameras.
T-Mobile’s rebranded Lg G-Slate 4G and Asus EEE Pad have a secondary front facing camera, a 2MP on the G-Slate and a 1.2MP on the EEE Pad Transformer one and is used for video calling and by various apps on the Android platform such as Skype, Fring etc. Also note that the front facing camera on the T Mobile Slate is not center positioned like on all other tablets, and it is awkwardly placed to one corner of the screen.
The Asus EEE Pad Transformer TF101 runs on Honeycomb 3.1 while the T Mobile Slate 4G comes with HoneyComb 3.0. However, the latest version of HoneyComb is 3.2 is already available to the EEE Pad users but no word on availability of 3.2 for Slate 4G yet, so it might or might not be coming soon.
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.
Though they run on the same operating system, there is a slight change in the User Interface. The EEE Pad runs Asus’ Waveshare UI on top of Honeycomb, which adds its own small tweaks and gesture improvements throughout the software while the T-Mobile Slate doesn’t have any UI on top of HoneyComb. There’s stock HoneyComb on the device with no tweaks on the User Interface or the User Experience from LG or T-Mobile.
The Asus EEE Pad Transformer TF101G supports GSM bands on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and HSDPA on 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 on 3G and comes with a standard SIM Card slot, if you are going for the 3G Model. While the T-Mobile Slate 4G supports 4G networks in the USA on the T-Mobile Network and has a SIM Card slot on the top of the tablet.
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 locaion and navigation are also present and both devices have Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity, along with a HDMI port on the EEE Pad and G-Slate 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 or games.
Also, there is a six-pin dock connector on the T-Mobile Slate 4G in the bottom along with MicroUSB and HDMI ports.
The ASUS EEE Pad Transformer comes with 32/64 GB of internal storage, and has a microSD slot which supports upto 32GB while the T-Mobile Slate 4G has 32GB of internal memory and no memory card slot for expansi0n.
The Asus EEE Pad Transformer has a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM while the Slate 4G from LG has a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.
Though both the processors might look similar on the technical side, the EEE Pad has a Tegra 2 T20 chipset with ULP GeForce™ GPU for quick Web browsing and HD Gaming.
The EEE Pad from Asus comes with a 24.4 Wh battery while the T-Mobile Slate 4G also has over 8 hours of battery life, with the exact specifications of the battery not known. Continuous usage and entertainment on the EEE Pad without the keyboard dock gives over 10 hours of battery life.
Winner: Asus EEE Pad
The EEE Pad from Asus is worth the money you would be investing on a tablet, because it comes with a keyboard dock as well. However, the G-Slate is more portable at 8.9 inches and has better ease of use and handling. If you’re the power user who would use a tablet for multiple purposes and document processing, go ahead and get the EEE Pad Transformer though it costs a bit more while the G-Slate from T-Mobile is the best suited for you if you’re a person who commutes a lot and looking for a comfortable and handy tab for quick entertainment, social networking or emailing.