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Asus Transformer Prime vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

With both tablets from Asus and Samsung being released to the public days apart and with a difference in the suggested retail price at only Php5, it’s hard not to compare the two. So, if you have a spare Php33,000 lying around, would you go for the Asus Transformer Prime or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7?

If we look at the photo below, the difference is very noticeable — the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has cellular functions while the Transformer Prime boasts of a mobile dock.

To be clear though, the two tablets cater to a different target market. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is thin, light and portable while the Transformer Prime is large, a bit heavy and still a bit bulky when attached to the dock.

So let’s look closely at the chart below and see where they differ.


Where the Galaxy Tab 7.7 excelled is the Super AMOLED Plus display, the pixel density and cellular functions.

The Transformer Prime definitely scored on the CPU, GPU, storage, camera, video recording, battery life and with Android 4.0 ICS. We can’t also ignore the Super IPS+ display of the tablet (remember the iPhone 4S also uses an IPS-LCD).

Both are really good devices but in the end, it’s a matter of perspective and taste.

So, let’s just put this to a vote, shall we? If you have Php33,000 to spend, where will your money go?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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39 Responses

  1. IC DeaDPiPoL says:

    Either Asus for the battery life & storage or Huawei Mediapad for the price

  2. Tony says:

    Another vote for the Asus TF Prime. It has more the 2x the CPU. Plus, you immediately gain access to THD games like Soulcraft THD. (Say what you will about tablets, but I still do not consider them as productivity devices. They are merely for entertainment IMO.)

  3. slabster says:

    transformer prime…i have S2 already, no need for cellular function
    but i’m still deciding between ipad2 and xformer prime

  4. Remoquin says:

    Samsung! Super Amoled display, Simple tv out plus 2.0 MP front cam. That is a big difference for me.

  5. Mat says:

    Hi Tony!

    On topic, I opted for the 7.7. I compared both and the specs of the Prime really didnt matter with casual use. It might with games, but I just couldnt get over the kitchen stove feel and look. I was really looking forward to buying the Prime, however, the look and feel of the 7.7 got me. TW is still bad with HC, but maybe it will change when ICS comes out for it.

    In a nutshell, I’m a proud owner of the 7.7, but I cant blame anyone for buying the Prime. If only the aesthetics were as good as the pictures, I couldve gone the other way.

  6. alainL says:

    I regretted buying the original Galaxy Tab. A tablet with celphone capabilities made sense at that time. I was wrong.
    I swapped it with the Original Transformer and I was happy. Now that I swapped that out for the Transformer Prime, I’m sure I’d be twice as happy!

  7. EM Espinoza says:

    Mine has already gone to Transformer Prime!!

    Yes, yes. The deciding factor for me really – and painfully so – was the screen. I have a GS2 and I’m loving the Super AMOLED Plus to no end. But it’s the absence of Gorilla Glass that was, ultimately, the deal breaker for me.

    That, and the fact that it’s 7.67″ vs 10.1″ worth of viewing acreage.

    UNSOLICITED TIP: I was heavily researching both products especially by the time the news broke that both products arrived the Philippines almost at the same time. Widget City sells the 7.7 at 28000php, while, sadly, it will not carry the Transformer Prime.

  8. benchmark says:

    I’d go for Asus, for it’s compact plus speed, also include the keyboard dock, making it a netbook style device, I’d go for it.

  9. DavidZ says:

    Why not compare Asus Prime with Galaxy Tab 10′ instead? Aren’t they closer to one another?

  10. whatif says:

    TF prime on this one. same prize but with extra keyboard dock and battery.

  11. afpg says:

    for me, it’s the PRIME.

  12. John says:

    I go for the Eee Pad Prime,

    The SUPER AMOLED Plus screen wasn’t “breathtaking” as they advertised cause it wasn’t bright as compared to the prime.

  13. Honestly, Transformer’s laptop-style design is a plus – pero functionality-wise, can it function ba as a netbook/or laptop too? (correct me if im wrong ha,I have no idea with tablets kasi. :D) If decide for a laptop-form factor with laptop functions then i’ll go for a 33k laptop na lang :D

    Mejo OT yung kinomment ko ata haha. To answer Yuga’s question, I think i’ll waste my 33k for a Transformer Prime; battery life plang, panalo na :D

  14. Ariver says:

    Bought a Prime last Saturday. Excellent piece of machinery!

  15. jonski22 says:

    @yuga: they are not the same form factor, how can you make a comparison? you compare 10.1″ vs 10.1″, i think the TAB has a 10.1″ variant.

  16. Morpheus says:

    Tablets are considered one of the “toys”, and not a productivity solution. surprisingly, the prime is the best in just being the “toy” and has productivity advantage.

  17. it'sonlylester says:

    Samsung g7.7 is a bit stupid and ATP is not a phone. I’ll keep the 33k or maybe just buy the Samsung Note instead.

  18. Jay Castillo says:

    My vote goes to the Asus Prime. I love that it has a keyboard, which can make me “productive” and update my blog with it (yes, I can also blog with a tablet with the onscreen keyboard but it’s a bit hard to get used to), and the 18 hours total battery life is awesome!

  19. mark escueta says:

    I will go for Prime. Now, who wants to buy my original transformer?:-)

  20. jortz says:

    It is obvious that Prime kills. But one thing I realized whenever I hold a samsung unit with Super Amoled is that it’s really delicious to look at! I luv my NOTE!

  21. vhangell says:

    I’d say Transformer Prime, with its specs, it could outlast the 7.7 without the need to upgrade. the processor requirements of new apps and OS will surely survive the next generation.

  22. oldmanjenkins says:

    i already have a mobile phone…i’ll go with the more versatile prime (tablet / netbook)

  23. lito says:

    I go for the Galaxy Note, small and handy compare to the 2, to compare to my iphone 4.

  24. ty says:

    ASUS transformer Prime… FTW!!

  25. Je says:

    Asus TP…FTW!

  26. ces says:

    You forgot the dimensions-comparison sir.

  27. dulfo says:

    I will go for the Asus Transformer Prime!

  28. Jordan says:

    Asus Transformer Prime for me because of its Quad Core Processor :)

  29. RedSimba says:

    I want the transformer.
    Can MSword or alike program be installed on android devices?

  30. 33k huh? Hmmm…. that Transformer Prime is looking mighty inviting. Ok lang kahit wala na yung mobile function. That keyboard dock will make up for it :D

  31. andre says:

    if i have 33k i will go for i phone or ipad or save ko nalang muna kasi may parating that will beat all of those…????!!!!

  32. Andres says:

    I like transformer

  33. celestia says:

    I’d go for the Asus. To think, it’s like having a tablet & a netbook at the same time. The dock can be conveniently removed, so it can be easily an option for the user. Plus with the NVIDIA, it can be an instant for games.

  34. Jerome San Juan says:

    may wifi issues ba talaga ung prime????

  35. AnonPinas says:

    Kung may internal modem lang ang lahat ng netbook sa pinas gaya ng ibang bansa, bumili na ako ng transformer.. buset na mga operators yan

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