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Asus EEEPad Transformer Vs Acer Iconia A500 : Tablet Fight!

We compare the Asus EEEPad Transformer, also known as the TF101 to the Acer Iconia A500, both of which have been announced earlier this year and should go on sale in the second quarter of the month.

Both tablets share a number of features, so much so that they might be twins, coming out from the same manufacturing lines; they both have the Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip at their hearts, clocked at 1GHz with 1GB RAM, Android Honeycomb, a 10.1-inch WSVGA capacitive display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a rear 5-megapixel camera, a microSD card reader and a mini HDMI port.

The Acer Iconia A500 tablet packs twice the onboard storage (32GB vs 16GB), a USB 2.0 and a microUSB 2.0 port, a higher resolution front facing camera and an International Travelers Warranty.

On the other side, it is slightly thicker & heavier but more importantly, costs £70 more than the Asus EEEPad Transformer while missing the Gorilla toughened glass and Asus's free one year unlimited access to its Asus Webstorage service online.

The EEEPad transformer also comes with a keyboard/docking station that costs a mere £50 extra and provide with extra battery juice, two USB ports and a SD card reader.

Oddly enough, the Acer Iconia W500, the Windows alter ego of the A500, does come with a keyboard accessory not unlike the EEEPad Transformer's but Acer has somehow decided that it was not worthy enough of the A500.

All in all, the EEEPad wins this round because it offers more flexibility (with the keyboard) and is significantly cheaper.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.