HTC has been our favorite company as far as user interface in mobile computing devices is concerned. It has recently released a tablet PC which is known as the HTC Flyer and has the awesome Sense UI too. What’s more awesome is that the tablet also sports a cool digital pen which allows you to write on the display. The ASUS EEE Pad Transformer is another great technological masterpiece which has a keyboard too, into which the detachable display can be docked, making it a netbook cum tablet; or rather the first Android powered netbook, if you wish to put it that way! Today we will compare both the devices and let you know what we feel about them.
The Flyer is an amazing build of aluminum, has a well beveled surface while the EEE Pad has a metallic and rough touch to it. The HTC measures about 195.4 x 122 x 13.2 mm lengthwise, breadthwise and in thickness whereas the EEE Pad Transformer is 271 mm long, 171 mm wide and 13 mm thick. There is a marked difference in the weights of the devices. While the Flyer is pretty light at 420.8g, the EEE Pad tips the scales at 680g. The Flyer, however sports a meager LCD capacitive touchscreen which is 7.0” long compared to the awesome 10.1” LED backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of the EEE Pad Transformer.
HTC Flyer has options of 2G and 3G communication thanks to the quad band of GSM and tri band of HSDPA present in it. However, the Transformer sports no such feature. Consequently, the Flyer enjoys GPRS and EDGE connections whereas the Transformer does not. Wireless exploitation is possible in both the devices as they have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n feature enabled. Bluetooth and microUSB facets are also present in the devices.
Both the tablets sport equally powerful 5MP shooters which are fitted with features such as autofocus, geo-tagging, etc. Video recording is also possible in both the phones. Secondary cameras of 1.3 MP and 1.2 MP resolutions are present in the HTC and the Acer tablets respectively. We simply love the cameras but see no purpose in having such awesome cameras for tablets.
Here, the Flyer falters slightly. We wonder why HTC put in a Gingerbread version of the OS from Google, one that is meant for mobile phones, when it had the option of building the Flyer on a Honeycomb platform that the Transformer conveniently runs on. The processor of the Flyer, however, is a wonderful 1.5GHz one which is faster than the dual core 1GHz CPU of the Transformer that is enhanced by the ULP GeForce GPU.
The Flyer has a fairly decent 400 mAh lithium ion fuel whereas the Transformer sports an all the more powerful 24.4 Wh lithium polymer battery. While docked on to the keyboard, the Transformer derives its power from the keyboard in order to conserve its own power for a time when it is undocked. We are in love with this feature!