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So a while back I got an ipad1 for free from a family member who was buying the iPad2. I had planned to get a droid tablet but who would turn down a free ipad? Say what you want about the ipad but it did completely change how I use my computers internet etc. I do basically all browsing on the tablet now and only use my PC for gaming or important paperwork etc.

After a while though I found a number of flaws with the ipad and with the release of honeycomb I decided to get the EEEPad Transformer mainly because I could later buy the keyboard dock and use it as a netbook if I wanted.

So here is how they compare:

Looks/ fit and finish:
I have got to say the Ipad wins here. The Asus is quite obviously made of plastic, they made did a good job making it nice plastic with a nice copper color and textured back but it is still plastic. The Apple feels a bit more solid and more expensive and oddly enough is still lighter.

Screen:
The transformer has a higher resolution than the apple both use IPS screens. The Transformer has a different aspect ratio and is much wider. Both screen shapes have their pros and cons.

OS and Apps:
I am really liking Android a lot. It has so many more options and ways to configure things. iOS now seems very very limited. The downside with all this freedom is that it is a bit harder to learn to use everything. The apple is so simple a kid could pick it up and figure it out in a few minutes. For me though the learning curve is worth it but I see why people may be intimidated by it. Ironically the whole theme engine is actually looks a lot nicer than Apple's who pride themselves on making things pretty.

The app market is very nice and has seemingly greater variety (both appropriate and inappropriate). I found many of the apps I paid for on my iPad were free on android. The only problem is there seems to be less tablet specific apps right now. The only app I had on my iPad that is not available on droid is the Wired Magazine app.

Hardware:
This tough to compare since the Transformer is more inline with the newer Ipad2 in terms of processor. I will say though that it is very fast and compares to what I have seen with my short testing of the iPad2.

Camera:
I didn't have a camera on the Ipad1 but I have used one on an Ipad2. The rear is a 5 MP camera but the problem is it takes pictures so slowly that it is really hard to use and the picture quality is a bit poor. The front camera is there and can take pictures but it does not yet work with apps like skype.

Battery:
Battery life is ok, the ipad definitely lasted longer, but I can get a full days use out of the transformer so it's fine. Screen brightness and menu animations can be adjusted to increase battery life and the keyboard dock adds another 8 hours (have not tested).


Overall:
iPad wins in terms of fit and finish, battery life and availability of tablet specific apps. Transformer wins in everything else and the tablet app issue is only going to improve. The battery dock also makes it a very attractive option for someone who needs a netbook but wants a tablet.
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I completely agree. I have an iPad and Tab 10.1. However, I'll add this. The tab 10.1 has better battery thn my iPad, but the iPad can idle longer.
    
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I would only consider ipad1 or ipad 2 at this point, I went though three Asus transformers because they all had build issue here and there. Two of them got backlight bleeding and one with a not working volume control button. If you really want an Asus transformer, try to buy them local so you can easily exchange them. I heard the Asus transformer with 60K serial number fixed most the screen issue but I personally would stick with apple for now. Lots of oriental games don't come in android too such as Final Fantasy series.
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