iPad 2 vs Asus Eee Pad Transformer: Battle Of The Battery

With the official release of Apple’s iPad 2 underway in the UK, many customers have been left with mixed feelings. For those of you who tried to order from 1 am GMT this morning, you may have experienced problems with either an error message or trying to pay for your device, and to add insult to injury, the iPad 2 could be delayed for up to 4 weeks. But putting the negativity to one side for the moment, its fair to say that the tablet has wowed a huge following and its not just the avid Apple fan, but newcomers as well.

So on closer inspection the iPad 2 includes a lighter and thinner design, FaceTime and PhotoBooth, A5 dual-core processor, additional Smart Cover, colors of white and black, iOS 4.3, front and rear cameras and so on. But its the battery life that we wanted to touch on with a good 10 hours continuous use or 1 month on standby which one would assume cannot be matched by anyone else. This is where the Asus Eee Pad Transformer comes into play.

With no solid release date and only a rumored price of $565 to go on, we do know as BGR reported, it will be running on the very popular Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the 10.1-inch device with 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen, will also include NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor, 5MP on rear and 1.3MP on front, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and 3G connectivity which can be an alternative. But its the juice life that this nifty tablet can offer that’s grabbed our attention. On its own the battery life is good for a little less than the iPad 2 with 9.5 hours but with the keyboard dock in place, this then changes to a further 6.5 hours giving a total of 16 hours.

As slashgear stated, in their opinion this little touch would have been beneficial to the Acer Iconia W500 which we coincidentally reported on earlier today.

What are your thoughts on the new Asus Eee Pad Transformer? Is this a real iPad 2 contender?

  • Honeycomb_FTW

    This is the "perfect" tablet/netbook form factor imo. I would actually like a 12" one like the Windows tablet they just released. . . but with Android Honeycomb.

    There are several advantages to this form factor.
    1. No covers needed–easy dock = clamshell for easy transportation and storage.
    2. Dock doubles battery life for long trips.
    3. Dock includes keyboard and MOUSE — Apple does not allow a mouse to work with any of their iOS devices. This is important for document editing, spreadsheets, illustrator applications, etc.
    4. Extra ports! Full 2.0 USB with host control, not to mention HDMI & SD expansion 😉
    5. Replaces a netbook and still gives you the enjoyment of a tablet.

    For me this is the type of device that I want–a multi-functional device that replaces multiple items.

    • http://www.droidapp.co.uk Tony

      Couldn't have put it better myself.

      My only problem with this device is that apparently it is to be releases in the UK (where I live) tomorrow (30th March). It is nowhere to be seen, no pre-order, nothing…. I don't think it will happen.

      Pricing in the UK looks very good (rumoured) tablet only £379 – £399 — with dock £479. Making it cheaper to buy this WITH the dock than buying Xoom.

      Also tempted with the Acer Iconia A500, but think the ASUS with dock will be my device.

  • jonny

    actually its £429 with dock! so well cheaper than the Xoom or Tab 10.1v

  • Bryan

    The only issue the tab has is that it runs on android… The app market for android for business is not as robust as apples app market. I tried the android tab and found it very limiting…

    • Alt.G33k

      Good thing for you then, the Transformer comes with Polaris Office and you can remote into your PC at work and home with it. Business/Productivity problem solved.

  • dan

    I’ll tell you what. “IF” the battery life gets anywhere near the claimed 16hrs this is a no brainer for me. I’ve been looking for a device that would enable me to ditch multiple devices, and leave it to Asus to perhaps fill this void. The HTC flyer had my attention due to its scribe technology, but as it stands n-trig is bringing scribe tech to all Android honeycomb devices. The dock is a beautiful solution for when serious data entry is required. In summary;

    $400-500 dollar price tag

    Excellent battery life

    Tablet like functionality

    Network like utility

    Ability to make use of a digitizer

    = my money going to Asus without hesitation.