Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Transformer Prime

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  1. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    For straight tablet experience, ie web browsing, movies, reading, games, etc, which would you choose? Does anyone have firsthand experience with both tablets?

    I have a Prime and love it, especially when compared to the previous generation of Android tablets (Tegra 2s), but I'm wondering if it's worth trading up to the Note 10.1.

    Any thoughts?

  2. The Note 10.1 has much better speed and performance if that helps.

    The Samsung Note 10.1 outperforms the Asus Transformer Prime in most CPU and GPU benchmarking tests.
  3. Here's the evidence:

  4. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    It doesn't look like you're comparing the Prime, TF201. It's better than the TF300.
  5. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    I'll answer my own question and hopefully this will save someone a little research in the future. I picked up a used, rooted Galaxy Note 10.1 running Jellybean last night. I'm not going to delve into the software comparisons yet because I've only played with the Note for a few hours. But I'd like to give my first impressions.

    The Asus, with the aluminum backing just feels so much more solid than the plastic Note. I've read/heard in the past that Asus has some quality-control issues, but my TF201 feels rock solid and I haven't had any problems with build. As well, the Asus feels noticeably thinner in the hands (when it's only fractionally thinner by design). So I would give the Asus better marks for initial feel of the device.

    But, the overall design of the Note 10.1 is more appealing. The front facing speakers of the Note blow the Asus out of the water. The speakers add some charm to the face of Note instead of the plain black bezel of the TF201. And the screen on the Note is brighter, more vibrant, and text looks much better. So I would give the Note a higher score in overall design.

    As far as the software goes, the installed Rom on the Note was a little glitchy, so it's not a fair comparison. The Note runs 4.0.4 out of the box, but Jellybean is coming soon. The Asus, on the other hand, is running Jellybean direct from Asus and I've had no problems whatsoever. But since both were on JB, I'll give you my first impressions.

    I really didn't notice either tablet beating the other in my everyday use tests, ie Maps, Browsing, Swiping, Opening/Closing Apps, etc. The one thing that was annoying was that I couldn't load Adobe Flash onto the Note, but I have it on the TF201. I know this is because JB isn't compatible and Adobe has stopped supporting it, but I couldn't even sideload it. Strange. I didn't spend enough time on it, so don't take this as 100%, but it could be a problem for someone that must have Flash.

    But other than the Flash player issues, neither tablet noticeably beat out the other. It's a really pleasant experience on either tablet and I don't think you'd be disappointed owning either.

    This is just a first impressions summary, so take this with a grain of salt. Good luck to all!
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  6. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Thanks for your thoughts!
    I have a Prime and while I like it, I guess I'm just not a fan of the 10" tablet style (love my N7).
    We used to have a GTab 10.1, and while it was rooted, it was slow as molasses on HC. TouchWiz really didn't help it a whole lot. I believe it is lighter than the Prime. While aluminum is "fancy", it's a big reason why the radios in the Prime have problems. Even the iPad, while aluminum, has a black plastic band where the radios are for better connectivity.
    I've only played with a Note 10.1 momentarily and the experience certainly felt better than the original. But, personally, if someone was looking at both, I'd recommend an N10 over the two. Just my .02. :)
  7. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    I hear you about the N10...but damn, that thing is ugly looking...
  8. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Haven't seen one in person but in pics it looks almost identical to the Note 10.1.
    Agree it's not the most beautiful tablet out there especially with all the bezel.

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