Every and any 10-inch tablet released in the last few months or that is up for release in the following weeks or months is bound to be compared to the tablet that is right now the market leader. We are talking of course about the iPad 2, the second generation Apple tablet computer. It is now Eee Pad Slider’s turn to be compared with the iPad, a comparison that we present to you in the following post.
Design and display
There are two main differences between these two tablets in terms of design. First of all, the Slider comes with a rather unique slide-out keyboard, which makes it extra functional, but also heavier than the iPad 2 and second of all, the iPad 2 comes in either black or white, while the Slider will be available in a black-on-grey color scheme or a white-on-grey one.
In terms of weight and dimensions, the iPad 2 is much thinner, lighter and smaller, but as we have already mentioned, Asus’s new tablet comes with extra functionality given by the slide-out keyboard.
As far as the display is concerned, the Slider wins, with the help of the 10.1-inch screen with 1280x800 pixels resolution. In contrast, the iPad 2 offers a 9.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of only 1024x768 pixels.
Performance, storage and software
Technically speaking, the Slider is again slightly superior to the iPad 2, even though the processors are quite similar. The Slider comes with 1 GB of RAM, while the iPad 2 features only 512 MB of RAM memory.
Also, Asus’s new tablet has a 5 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, while the iPad 2 only comes with a 0.7 MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera. In terms of storage devices, the two tablets offer mainly the same options, the Slider coming in 16 GB and 32 GB variants, with expandable storage, while the iPad 2 comes with 16,32, but also with 64 GB of internal storage memory. There is also the operating system matter, an aspect very hard to judge, considering that the Asus tablet is powered by the Android 3.1, while the iPad 2 comes with its own iOS 4.3.
Connectivity and pricing
Both devices are compatible with Bluetooth and WiFi, so there isn’t much to set them apart in this area. However, the Slider offers integrated miniHDMI and a full size USB slot, while the iPad lack these.
However, when it comes to pricing, the iPad 2 appears more advantageous, being available for prices between 499 and 699 dollars. The Slider is not yet available, but it is speculated to cost between 500 and 800 dollars.
In terms of portability, the iPad 2 is the clear winner of this comparison. The Apple tablet also wins when it comes to the price, while the performance level is pretty much the same. The Slider, on the other hand, offers high functionality and, if you are looking for that in a tablet, this is the device for you.