New iPad vs. ASUS Transformer Infinity (Android) vs. BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0

New iPad vs. ASUS Transformer Infinity (Android) vs. BlackBerry Playbook 2.0

Apple announced the new iPad at their event today, but how does it compare to the recently announced Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich-packing ASUS Transformer Infinity, and the just updated PlayBerry PlayBook 2.0?

Pretty damn well, actually. The display is best in class, as we expected, and the LTE 4G networking puts it on par with Android tablets. The cameras, especially the still VGA (?!) front facing cameras, don't win the megapixel war, but we'll have to see how well they shoot in the real world. ASUS provides more in the way of ports, of course, with micro-SD and micro-HDMI. The PlayBook is compact enough to cary in a jacket pocket.

Still, if the bar is set at simplicity and pure technology, the new iPad clears it  - with room to spare. Android still wins on flexibility, and a more desktop-like user experience. PlayBook is both small and inexpensive.

We will certainly being pitting the new iPad against the competition in a much more comprehensive manner once we get our hands on one...stay tuned.

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Rene Ritchie

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New iPad vs. ASUS Transformer Infinity (Android) vs. BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0


The New iPad had Built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery as stated in Apple page.
Not 25 Watt like iPad2

Epiclyepic, you are indeed, someone who doesn't understand marketing... sell the sizzle, not the steak.

In adddition to the accelerometer, the Playbook also has a light sensor, compass, 6 axis gyro, and a bluetooth 4.0 chipset.

The playbook is still dominating but we now have a competitor... The new iPad! Bring on the reviews/comparisons

It would have been polite to get the Playbook specs right, and compare an available Android tablet. But that doesn't keep the choir in tune does it.

Your data on the Infinity is somewhat inaccurate. The screen is a super IPS+ (not IPS, the difference here is in contrast ratio and brightness), the infinity comes in two different iterations, 3G/4G LTE - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (2 x Krait) / WiFi only - 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 (4 x Cortex A9). Obviously, the qualcomm chip has an integrated LTE chip. The battery on the infinity is also 25wh (the optional dock adds an additional 6 hours -- 22whr I think for a total of 18 hrs). The GPS is not merely aGPS since it includes the Qualcomm MSM8960 gpsOne chip. Even the original prime included a full gps chip. I am pretty sure the ipad has full gps support as well (the first ipad did), but perhaps they have switched to aGPS with LTE units. Finally, the recording on the infinity is 1920x1080 pixels , 30frame/sec. It would not make much sense to have that 8mp camera and not have 1080p recording.
See for more a full breakdown of the LTE edition so you can write an accurate and informed comparison.

How come you don't even mention front camera specs which is Apple's whole Facetime argument. BTW the Playbook is 3MB and 108OP 30fps FRONT camera. Why did you leave out the back camera on the PLaybook also being 30fps 1080p yet you include it in the others?

For Asus Transformer Infinity 700: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 for 3g/4g model is going to be blazing fast! Who cares if apple 3rd gen iPad has a stunning screen display, thats like the only good thing it has. Other than that Asus TI running on Android 4.0 ICS is so flexible when it comes to getting serious work done not like Apple that is strict and doesn't allow you to do certain things you can do on the Asus. @ apple fanboys if you can afford to spend a whole bunch of money on apple products I recommend you to go get an affordable 600 Asus Transformer Prime infinity when it comes out and just check out what you can do with it!

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Hello, I'm trying to update the firmware, but I can't get this thing to go into SD update mode so I must be doing something wrong. It's a T1031 how long do I hold the paperclip in the reset? a quick tap or holding it until something happen?2 As soon as I pull the paperclip out the reset hole the "CRUZ" logo appears before I can hold down the Volume+ button is that normal?3 if above is normal how long do I hold down the vol+ button?4 Should the SD card be in or out of the tablet?

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