Microsoft Surface RT  vs Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.8 Out of 10
The solid build, kickstand, the associated rage of keyboards and big screen make it adept for both work and play, and it's the closest device we've seen to a true hybrid.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2013)
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Released August, 2012

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
8 Out of 10
while the keyboard dock weighs 1.2 lbs.; but I don't find the combo to be top heavy (the weights are very close).
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs Transformer Prime

Performance

Processing power and speed

BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime 

TabletRocket recommends the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs Eee Pad Transformer Prime

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface RT

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More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Slightly bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Much faster USB 572 MB/s vs 57 MB/s (USB 2.0) More than 10x faster USB; connect a high-speed external hard drive or other high-speed device
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.33 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Rear-angle view of Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

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Much faster web browser 2,488 vs 1,751 More than 40% better BrowserMark score
Longer battery life 10.25 hour vs 8 hour Around 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Lighter 598 g vs 903 g Around 35% lighter
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (microSDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 2 MP 4x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much thinner 8.5 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 35% thinner
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly sharper screen 224 ppi vs 147 ppi More than 50% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1200 vs 1366 x 768 Around 2.2x higher resolution
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Smaller 263 x 180.8 x 8.5 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm More than 35% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs Eee Pad Transformer Prime 

8.0
9.0
Ice Cream Sandwich brings UI improvements and is a good step forward for Android, though it's not as cosmetically different from Honeycomb as it is from Gingerbread for Android phones.
Eee Pad Transformer Prime

7.0
7.5
While the Prime's IPS screen was immediately clear and sharp when first we powered it on, it was the screen transitions that really impressed us.
Eee Pad Transformer Prime

8.5
8.8
While the XOOM's picture also has a tendency to look washed out and under-saturated, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer raises the bar with bright, vivid colors and good contrast levels, though the screen doesn't feel quite as responsive as the one on Apple's tab and loves finger-prints.
Eee Pad Transformer Prime

6.0
9.0
The 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm tablet is wider than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, although the screen, at 1280 x 800p resolution and 10.1 inches, is the same size.
Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
Eee Pad Transformer Prime 
Size 10.6" 10.1"
Technology OLED Super LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1920 x 1200
PPI 147 ppi 224 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0
Supports 3G No No

processor

Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.33 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Surface RT  vs
Eee Pad Transformer Prime 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
microSDXC
microSD
microSDHC
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 2 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 8 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI 1 Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 903 g 598 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 263 x 180.8 x 8.5 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 8.5 mm
Battery life 8 hour 10.25 hour
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