There is an ongoing battle for world domination in the field of technology, which is especially prominent in the mobile phone and tablet industry. As it's customary in such epic fights, the best of the best are pitted against each other, and we, the spectators, witness how the process of natural selection takes its course (Over dramatic, I know, but essentially true).
In this segment, we will pit one of the best Android tablets currently available, the ASUS Transformer Prime, against the newly released iPad 3. And, the battlefield of choice is gaming! Introducing the ASUS Transformer Prime with Android 4.0 vs the iPad 3, running iOS.
This battle is more a competition of the powerful processors running the two devices, the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor in the Transformer Prime, against the A5X processor in the iPad 3. The carefully selected games are Pinball HD, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, and SHADOWGUN. Each game has been created by the same developers for both the Android and iOS platform, which makes them ideal for showing off the potential of both devices.
So, moving on. Let’s FIGHT!
(All videos are courtesy of the guys at Slashgear who have taken the time to produce them. The setup: Stands for the tablets to keep them still, and a tripod to keep the camera still)
Pinball HD is the highest rated pinball game on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. As it should be, having no competition in this area, at least as far as HD gaming goes.
Both the Transformer Prime and the iPad 3 performed excellently while playing this game. This only serves as a testament to how powerful their respective processors are. The only difference is the Android device took just a tad longer to load the game. The game also seemed to fit the screen of the iPad 3 better, mostly because it is tuned to work with a massive range of display sizes in the Android version. Other than these minor factors, it is very difficult to pick a winner considering the gameplay itself.
Result: Draw (with just the tiniest of leans towards the iPad 3)
Did you notice the Pinball HD “FOR TEGRA” tag on the Android version?
Asphalt 6 is a premier racing game developed by Gameloft for almost every operating system around, including iOS, Android, Bada, WebOS, and Blackberry Playbook. It provides excellent gameplay with a large variety of maps and cars to choose from, never leaving the user bored.
The better graphics on the iPad 3 are easily noticeable, mostly due to the developers ramping up the graphics to suit the Retina-display of the device, for the chance to be the featured app on the Apple App Store. So, it is not an entirely favorable comparison for the Android version, running on the Transformer Prime.
Gameplay is again excellent on both tablets, with very fast response times, giving us another reason to believe that these machines are truly the best of their kind.
Result: iPad 3 (Since it has the latest version of the game with superior graphics, and till developers further optimize the game for Android)
SHADOWGUN, a third person cover shooter, is a hugely popular game on both platforms featuring surprisingly detailed visuals and animation. In this face off, the latest versions for both devices are loaded, SHADOWGUN for iOS and SHADOWGUN THD for the Android version.
This time around, the advantage lies with the Android device, in part, due to the developers again. The developer of SHADOWGUN, Madfinger Games, worked in close collaboration with NVIDIA to provide near optimized gameplay for the Tegra 3 processor – the Android version features added effects, more environment action, and even a few more bad guys.
That being said, gameplay was extremely smooth on both devices. Both had glitches because of the amount of extra pixels on the iPad 3, and the higher detailing for the Android version.
Result: ASUS Transformer Prime (until a graphically enhanced version for iOS is released)
During the announcement of the iPad 3, Apple claimed that the A5X processor would perform four times better than the Tegra 3. It is difficult to draw a conclusion from this incredibly fun but highly unscientific comparison. Both tablets performed admirably and kept up with each other, with the difference lying only in the game development itself. There will be other benchmark and tests that will push these processors to their limits, but mobile gaming isn’t one of them.
The only conclusion that can be confidently drawn here is a WIN for gamers everywhere!