Comparison shopping gets especially ambiguous when you’re weighing two models from the same manufacturer on the scale. In the case of the EEE Pad Transformer and the EEE Pad Slider, the hardware and other performance-related features are so similar that you would probably find it a little hard to decide which to blow your budget on. Here then is a breakdown to help you make a better distinction between these two Android tablets from Asus.
Chipset and storage – Both the Transformer and Slider run on Tegra 2, come with 32 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM.
Connectivity and ports – Though they still can’t connect via 3G, these two tablets have Wireless N, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of ports, both have a mini HDMI and a microSD card slot. The Transformer however sports two additional USB 2.0 ports on its optional dock.
Sensors – The two EEE Pads also have the same set; they both come with E-compass, Accelerometer, G-Sensor, Gyroscope and light sensor.
Display and video – The Transformer comes with a 10.1-inch multi-touch display with 1280 x 800 resolution and IPS panel. The Slider has the same but only with a wider bezel. In terms of video capacity, both tablets have 5 megapixels cameras at the back and front-facing 1.3 MP cameras.
Platform and applications – Both tablets come with HoneyComb and are thus offered with the same packaged software, such as MyCloud, MyNet, Polaris Office as well as the standard HoneyComb apps.
Battery life – The Transformer can work for an average of 8 hours without being connected to the docking station. On the other hand, the average battery life of the EEE Pad Slider is half an hour shorter.
Cost – The 16 GB version of the Transformer has a $400 price tag. An additional hundred dollars will get you the 32 GB build. The optional docking station costs $150. The Slider is still coming in September and the word is that the 32GB units will be sold at $550 apiece.
So far the two tablets are practically twins in terms of the usual features Android users prefer to focus on. But when it comes to form, that’s where you finally understand the product differentiation Asus was going for. Their names actually provide the clue.
The Transformer is a slice tablet that has an optional docking station for plugging in keyboards, trackpads, and other peripherals. This add-on does not increase the device’s bulk or weight since the pair will look like a netbook when connected. On the other hand, the Slider is a hybrid tablet with a keyboard hidden just beneath the screen, which can be unfolded when needed. This makes the Slider slightly thicker and heavier, with dimensions of 10.75 x 7.09 x 0.70 inches and a weight of 1.95 lbs.
Asking questions like “Which is faster?” or “Which is more powerful?” is going to be unnecessary if you ever find yourself in a position where you have to choose between the two Android tablets. Your primary basis will have to be context of usage and portability needs. If you prefer to have and carry around everything in one package then you’ll want the Slider. For a little mix-and-match versatility with peripherals, then the Transformer is your go-to tablet.