Reported by: Robert Klien
Lately, ASUS has been introducing tablets with tempting choices for varied groups of consumers.
There is ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 Series and newly announced Google Nexus 7, which is manufactured by ASUS as well. Both the tablets are unique in almost every aspects.
In fact ASUS Transformer Pad TF700T is considered to be the best of the tablets when compared to previous ASUS tablets. The previous Tranformer Prime brand has become a huge hit in markets across the world. Although the company has established its brand robustly by receiving rave reviews from tech blogosphere, it still lacks in marketing ad campaigns like Apple, which spends millions of dollars to market their products.
ASUS Transformer Pad 700 series 64 GB version is priced at $599 which is $100 less than the 64 GB Apple iPad. And the 32 GB version Transformer Pad is priced at $499 whereas iPad offers 16 GB version for $499. Moreover, ASUS Transformer Pad retains many of the styling features of its predecessor and plans to redeem itself from WiFi and GPS issues that plagued the previous Prime version with a plastic bar across the top. The apps launch quickly and it features one of the best rear cameras compared to other Android tablets. With a detachable keyboard dock for $149, the tablet can easily give consumers the experience of a laptop computer.
In fact, the LTE version carries dual-core support and other version which support 3G and Wi-Fi version will sport quad-core processor. With 1920 x 1200 pixels, Transfomer Pad remains to be the closest to Apple iPad’s 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution in the market today. Also ASUS claims that the tablet gives 8.5 hours with the standalone battery and about 13 hours with the keyboard dock attached to it.
The new tablet has a lot of competition waiting out there from Microsoft Surface, ASUS Google Nexus 7, Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire 2. And there is Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the smartphone-tablet hybrid expected to steal the show from others as well.
However, Google Nexus 7 makes an interesting competitor with its high tech features along with cheaper price tag of $199. The tablet which was announced at Google’s I/O Developer Conference is quite an eye catcher. There is quad-core processor and Beam NFC technology embedded in it.
Here is a comparsion between these two tablets.
There is 10-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels Super IPS+ LCD, capacitive touchscreen found in Transformer Pad 700 compared to Google Nexus 7 which packs 7-inch 800 x 1280 pixels LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. Both the devices has Corning Gorilla Glass support.
With 263 x 180.8 x 8.5 mm dimension Transformer Pad is quite big but is thinner than Google Nexus 7 which has a dimension of 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm.
Google’s tablet with 1 GB RAM and 8 or 16 GB storage options does stand alone as Transformer Pad features 32 or 64 GB storage options with 1 GB RAM support. Also there is microSD support up to 32 GB in Transformer Pad whereas Nexus 7 doesn’t feature card slot.
The 8-megapixel primary camera and 2-megapixel secondary camera makes the device a must have tablet. Meanwhile Nexus 7 features only 1.2-megapixel camera with 720p playback.
When Google Nexus 7 launches, it will have Android Jelly Bean OS whereas Transformer Pad will initially feature Ice Cream Sandwich and could be upgraded to Jelly Bean later.
Both the devices feature quad-core processor, but Transformer Pad’s CPU clocks at 1.6 GHz whereas Nexus 7′s clocks at 1.3 GHz speed. There is a dual-core Transformer Pad version heading to US with LTE as the quad-core processor is not yet compatible with LTE network. And the dual-core tablet clocks at 1.5 GHz speed.
Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T attracts consumers with its high end specs and bigger storage options. But Google plays it safe with cheaper price tag with equally attractive specifications.
It was predicted that the tablet will launch in the US in July 16, however at this point there is no exact launch date so the release date might vary depending on when shipments arrives. However, there are indications that it will be launched anytime in coming weeks. Meanwhile social networks are reporting that some are receiving their Nexus 7 already, while others are hearing nothing. Any consumers who placed order by July 11 will find that their tablet will be shipped this week while those who pre-order after July 11 can expect the tablet to ship by next week with overnight shipping.