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The new iPad vs the Asus Transformer Prime, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and Motorola Xoom 2

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BigRedAndy | 19:02 - 17 April 2012
FYI The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1's specs haven't been confirmed yet, so it's possible they'll upgrade the screen to come closer to the iPad, and maybe even hold it back until they can into the quad-core Exynos. Or they could just not get caught up in the specs war and heavily promote the S-Pen, which is the main differentiator between the Note and other slates (they're not tablets, they'll never be tablets, so stop calling them tablets).
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juliocezarmari@gmail.com | 14:37 - 25 March 2012
Axe 99, grow up. 15 hours of battery life and a good app library has made me replace my laptop with the iPad. Sure, you do not need one, as most basement dwelling nerds do not stray far from a power source, but I travel much and give training all over the country, the iPad has made my life and job easier.

As for the comparisons, the article forget the most importat things. The Operating system & Apps.

Android is like Linux, its pretty much a great free system, but you've got less than 10% of good programs than Windows has. Which would be the iOS, heck, in gaming, music, office work and presentation tools, I gave up on Android, because like Linux, its not worth giving up thousands of great programs just to be "free".

With devs having to use 40+ emulators just to test a single Android app due to fragmentation, and has rampant piracy. Any app available on both platforms sells 90% more on iOS, and costs less to develop and test. Which is why most devs develop only for iOS.

As for the operating system, Android for tablets is a mess. The iPad 2 outperforms the Transformer in every Engadget test, because the Transformer has to deal with a slow fragmented operating system that has to be "free.
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praveena | 18:33 - 20 March 2012
Thankyou for this your blog it is very information fufillingand this post is amazing..

New iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Motorola Xoom 2 vs Transformer Pad Infinity
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Axe99 | 08:26 - 19 March 2012
@microeye

Glad to hear it's great for that kind of stuff on the go (which is what its strengths would be) - but if those are its strengths, beyond the quality of the screen, all the extra bells and whistles on the new iPad seem a bit over the top. I think tablets are great portable net surfers (and movie viewers), and not bad for a narrow range of games (or compromised touch-only controls for a broader range, and if the iPad is all you have on the go, then it's better than nothing). I just can't see (again, beyond the display - I think better displays on these things are clearly important) what the extra power is about, in the iPad or competitors. It's pretty much impossible to match the speed of a proper keyboard with a touch-alternative, it's gaming controls are similarly nerfed, and you don't need all that grunt for watching movies and surfing the net. Seems like Apple (and Asus, and so on) could have cut the specs back, kept the cost lower and still provided an equivalent service for what most users would use it for.

@ Yellowking - the 'integrated Apple experience' is a matter of taste - I've had experience with Apples on and off since the Apple 2E, and generally found their experience overly limiting and finickity. Not terrible, but not worth the mark-up you pay for it.
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Promiceus | 22:32 - 18 March 2012
Regarding article. I do not get those gHz wars, not from journalists and press at least. 1.4 gHz is a winner over 1? Really? Why then in many tests SAMSUNG android flagmans (do not remember was it Galaxy Note or Nexus or whatever) with 1,3 gHz are faster that 800 mHz iPhone 4 (it's actual clock) like only 5-7%, OK 10%? Aren't those 500mHz something like a 62% iPhone wise and 61% Samasung wise? Why not 60% faster? The same goes for iPhone 4S. The gigaherz a lower, but when some android takes it over - percentage looks strange...

May be you should also tell that most of those android tablets cannot handle their own interface smoothly (let alone any tasks), their actual performance of virtual machine code leaves one to dream of better things and andriod store is full of crap, malware, stupid additions to your system setup and that pretty much does it. Oh yes, they give you freedom! You can move and copy files. Android-compatible floppy drive anybody?;)
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Promiceus | 22:23 - 18 March 2012
Second time I've took iPad instead of my laptop on a trip. Yes, sometimes some urgent call can make you wish laptop was there, but it didn't happen both times. And then, the call can be so urgent that laptop will fail: you'll simply be off net for example. If something goes bad - it goes bad all the ways...

Anyway. What I was about to say, I didn't use iPad as a consumption device. In fact, there's no better thing for drawings. If you'll be talking of drawing a nice park, sitting on a bench with laptop and vacom - you're either idiot or a lier.

Then again, size. iPad (tablet) is way more pleasant then 99% of laptops when you sit in a car. No wait, it's better then 100% of laptops! This goes almost the same about planes. Nothing comes close in size and ... roll... battery life!

There are 1000 and 1 ways of actually having more fun, be more flexible, carry less, have smaller bags, do things in better ways, do things impossible anywhere else, blah-blah-blah....
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YellowKing | 18:21 - 17 March 2012
I've been working with PCs as a career for 15 years and was building them as a hobby for years before that. I've never been an Apple fanboy or cared about showing off a status symbol. I scoffed at the iPad when it was released, thinking it was just another stupid overprice Apple product that nobody would have any use for. Then my company ended up giving me one so I'd know how to support them when employees started buying them.

It wasn't long before I found myself using it every day. To take notes, to remote into the office, to read e-books, to surf the web, and to play games. It became indispensable because of its simplicity. I'm a hardware geek - I build custom PCs, I know the ins and outs of technical specs.You know what? With the iPad I don't really care if an Asus tablet has a faster processor or a SIM slot. They can't provide the integrated Apple experience, and that is what makes the iPad a best-seller. Not status symbol, not a Steve Jobs cult brainwashing, not some vast conspiracy. It's a brilliantly designed product that just works really well whether you are technologically clueless or have years of experience.
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microeye | 15:03 - 17 March 2012
@Axe99,
Nobody *needs* a tablet, but if you've got the $500 to spare, it can be pretty handy. I travel a lot, and my tab is great for watching movies in tiny economy seats that I can't even open my laptop in, especially when the guy in front of me reclines his seat.

I also use it in front of the tv to surf, check IMDB when watching movies, and check scores
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davidpk42 | 07:32 - 17 March 2012
Their seems to be a built in snobbery when you talk about apple products. they are well designed, but if you buy one, you have apple dictating what you can and can't do. I want freedom to choose and what I can and can't do with my tablet. Also the difference between tablets and ipads are very small. google are catching apple with applications. Most people who buy ipads buy them as a fashion statement. hopefully people will see apple for what they are.
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Appledestroyer | 18:29 - 16 March 2012
Most buyers of the new ipad will never make full use of the specifications on board. Simply because most of those buyers are not clued up enough in the technology dept. Most will buy as a status symbol.. Look at me with my new ipad that you don't have..What will those buyers do with the quad core processors available to them. Most users will end up reading the news and check emails and read books on it.. You don't need a quad core processor to do any of those things.. Any buyers in Europe won't get access to a quality 4G network anyway for some time to come.. So they can't benefit from superfast download
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The0neand0nly35 | 01:21 - 16 March 2012
Flash Player?
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antiflag1980 | 00:57 - 16 March 2012
I would just like to point out it's a fair camera comparison when talking pictures Megapixel wise, but video being saved at 1080p is the same for all of the tablets megapixel wise 1080p = 1920x1080 = 2073600 pixels = 2MP.
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Axe99 | 22:05 - 15 March 2012
PS - don't get me wrong, I think it's great that people can get so much entertainment/joy out of them - it just seems to be a joy driven more by status-symbol ownership than a rational calculation of how best to get a particular job done. Again, beyond the very dedicated netsurfing crowd.
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Axe99 | 22:03 - 15 March 2012
I may be living in the past, but I still don't see the point of a tablet, beyond for being a very expensive option for surfing the net on the go. For portable gaming, either a dedicated handheld or a laptop will give you a far better result at a cheaper price (dedicated handheld) or a far, far better result albeit at a similar or greater price (laptop).

For listening to music, there's 1000 different, cheaper and just as effective devices that do the job.

For watching movies on the go it's good, _but_ how hard is it to find something with a screen already about the place? Answer: Not hard unless you're in a small village in a developing country, which is unlikely to be somewhere you're lugging a tablet around in the first place!

Seems to me that tablets are for dedicated mobile netsurfers, or are the ultimate yuppie status symbol. The lack of control options renders them substandard for gaming even if you stuff in processing power the equivalent of dual-SLI 570s with an i7 processor, and the specs are overkill for pretty much anything else unless people are planning to calculate the physics of sending something into orbit on the way to and from work. They are pretty though. Ooooooh, purdy :).
 
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