Oldies, but goldies! This applies to Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer and Samsung’s first Tab, two tablets with 10.1inches display. The Asus tablet can be used as a laptop thanks to the keyboard dock and has a better back camera, while the Samsung device is slimmer, lighter and costs more.
Displays and sizes
Being large tablets, with 10.1inches displays, for some people it’s a nightmare to carry them around, because they need carry bags or briefcases, or even backpacks. So, the dimensions of the Eee Pad Transformer are 270x180x13mm and it weights 680grams, while the Galaxy Tab is a little bit smaller, measuring 256.7×175.3×8.6mm and it’s also lighter, weighting 80grams less. Because it’s very slim, the Samsung tablet is very easy to handle.
In terms of displays, both tablets have screens of the same sizes, resolution and pixel density: 1280x800pixels with 149ppi, but the Eee Pad Transformer uses an IPS LCD display which supports 256k colors and viewing angles of 179degrees, while the Galaxy Note has a PLS TFT display with 16M colors. Also, both tablets have their displays protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.
Hardware and OS
The Eee Pad is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, based on a NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 SoC, with 1GB of DDR2, just like the Galaxy Tab, but whose processor is ARM Cortex-A9, with the same clock speed and two cores. Both tablets are using ULP GeForce graphics for fast web browsing and gaming.
Each tablet has more variants of internal storage: the EEE Pad transformer is available in 16/32GB variants, expandable up to 64GB and the Galaxy Tab has 16/32/64GB variants, but they don’t support microSD card slots for expansion.
Both tablets come preloaded with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), but thankfully, they received the 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) version in between. The Asus has its own User Interface named WaveShare and Samsung developed TouchWiz 4.0 UI.
Both of these tablets have cameras on their backs with LED flash, but the Eee Pad Transformer is fitted with a 5MP back shooter with 2592x1944pixels, geo tagging, and video recording capabilities at 720p @30 frames per second in HD; while the Galaxy Tab has a 3.15MP primary camera with 2048x1536pixels and more vibrant pictures. The front cameras on the Eee Pad Transformer and Galaxy Tab are both 2MP.
The EEE Pad Transformer features a 24.4 Wh Li-polymer battery which should deliver 9.5 hours of multimedia usage, while the Galaxy Tab sports a Li-Po 7000 mAh battery with 10 hours of multimedia usage.
Both of the tablets support HSDPA on 3G with a standard SIM card slot, but the Galaxy Tab is available in two variants: 3G or WiFi only and they can be found in most of the regions. The 3G variant of the Eee Pad Transformer is called TF101G and it’s not easily found, but the WiFi variant is sold worldwide. So, both tablets support Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, A-GPS, HDMI, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0. Also, the Asus tablet offers a keyboard dock for those who send lots of emails every day or they need to write documents.
The Eee Pad Transformer can be bought from cnet.com at the price of 175 dollars. The Galaxy Note can be found on amazon.com, but the models are used and in good conditions, costing between 170 and 400 dollars.