Asus followed up their criminally under-hyped Eee Pad Transformer with the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and it's primed to knock the Galaxy Tab 10.1 out of the top iPad contender spot. Galaxy Tab 10.1 brought us the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system back in June. Even then it was challenged by the Eee Pad Transformer, except nobody ever heard of Asus, and Samsung is a name brand. Now comes the Transformer's sequel, and this one is a monster because it also runs Honeycomb and has the added benefit of including a first-of-its-kind processor that makes it the fastest tablet out there.

Most new devices now tout their dual-core processor builds, and they are fast. But, the Transformer Prime is the first quad-core device to launch. Besides sounding cool, it means faster speeds, smoother graphics and even better battery life. So, both the Galaxy Tab and Eee Pad are 10-inch screen tablets that run the Android system, have 16 gigabytes of on board storage and cost $500. One case where Galaxy Tab beats the Eee Pad pertains to the as yet unreleased Android 4.0 update. That system will be debuting on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, built by Samsung. Android 4.0 will power Android smartphones and tablets from now on, so Samsung products may get updated before Asus products. That means Eee Pad owners might have to wait a couple months for the update to roll out.

Besides that, the Transformer outdoes the Galaxy Tab in many other categories. It's got better screen resolution, better battery life, it's thinner and it has one of the best cameras on any tablet computer including the iPad. It's even got a microSD card reader that Galaxy Tab lacks. Furthermore, a sold separately keyboard and trackpad dock can be mounted to the tablet and the device becomes a touchscreen notebook computer. Asus Eee Pad wins this shootout. Tell us in the comments if you've ever used an Asus product before and what you thought of it.  

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