CNET Prize fight: Microsoft Surface vs Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

imageCNET posted this comparison of the Microsoft Surface vs the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. While the Surface tablet did not do too well in the comparison, it is of note that in the poll on the same page the Surface tablet had a convincing 3:1 lead in the popular vote.

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  • The__Truth__Hurts

    Both are great tablets, no doubt. Each have their pluses & minuses.
    What I would love to see happen to both is this:
    1) 1920x1080p True IPS display (2560x1440p? Heck yes if it doesn’t hurt performance or battery life that much) (11.6 inch please…?)
    2) 2GB memory
    3) 32/64/128GB options
    4) 1.5 Ghz Quad core S4 or 1.7 Ghz dual core Exynos 5 or equivalent, if not more powerful CPU
    5) 8MP rear camera with flash (try to make it the best out there)/1080p front facing
    6) MicroSDXC, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Stylus, etc..
    7) Keyboard dock that is backlit and has trackpad with additional battery and ports.

    Basically, ultrabook “replacement” tablets.

    And then take the hardware and slam it into a phone as well.

    This is a really strange request, but can Google and Microsoft work together and fuse Nexus and Surface together….?

    One device, but you choose it in either Android or Windows?

    Yes, Google and Microsoft NEED to compete against each other. But making a device “together” I think is a really great idea. Why? They need each other. Also, it will make it far better for the OEM’S. For example, if all Asus would need to do is make ONE tablet device that strait out of the box and run two different OSes with just Google/Microsoft needing to slap theirs onto it, it will allow Asus (in this case) to focus on the hardware portion and make it better. And instead of concentrating on 20+ device, they just need to concentrate on 10+ devices.

    If that ever happened, I would have to buy 4 device. 2 phones and 2 tablets. I use both Google and Microsoft heavily and they are “right there” for me. Microsoft is better for some things and Google is for others.

  • J.W Holmes

    I like how they had to add the keyboard in the 5th round to give the Asus the Win!! Also just because they prefer chrome doesnt meanit works better.

  • Lightning

    What about apps on the Transformer being nearly all phone apps, and not actual tablet apps?

  • Vincent Haakmat

    I never used android, so why say that the more “familiar” interface of jelly bean has an advantage?. Also, the desktop mode is criticized for the wrong reason. Desktop mode gives me access to all kinds (400,000) devices that the Asus just can’t match. Also the OS or hardware can’t be faulted for less apps, while it only is available for 2 weeks. If that is your measure, the Windows tablet will never win.

    • Bugbog

      Just what I was was going to comment on. It’s version 4.2, and it’s familiar because?

      With the exception of the apps disparity, what it all boils down to is:

      I’m familiar with all the options and features of Android on the Transformer and will extol it as such, but will mark down the Surface as it’s something that ‘people’ are unfamiliar with?!

      (It’s a case of Raging against the Inertial Meme Machine!)

  • ricardo057816

    meh…if Bryan Thong is reviewing why should I care what that ifanbot does?

  • NGM123

    No mention of how good they are when it comes to, oh you know, work.
    Office on surface and the ability to switch to desktop if required smokes the android, which is more like an itoy. The wash up is, It’s better in their eyes for playing games cause of more apps at this point in time or surfing with chrome,(chrome=yuck.)

    • Smity Smiter

      I don’t think you can switch to desktop on Surface RT, the desktop mode is enabled/works only when you are running Office.

      • Cyb

        You can switch to Desktop on surface RT

      • NegLewis

        And that TILE with “Desktop” on it what’s for?
        It’s for Office Only?

      • jimski27

        And Notepad, and Paint, and Windows Explorer, and Control Panel, and every other built in Windows app or utility, minus third party legacy apps, for an almost full Windows experience.

        • Smity Smiter

          wow, I didn’t know that, thank you!

  • donzebe

    CNET in my opinion is a paid Apple and Google advertising site. They will hardly give good reviews to Microsoft products. Watch the videos they put out comparing other products against iphone and ipad, The iphone and ipads always end up being the winner by a very great margin.

  • ckeledjian

    All the criticism of desktop is lack of vision. Tablets have introduced to us (or reintroduced) full screen apps, which work well in a 10 inch or less screen, but if you plug to an external big screen you’ll want to do more than just full screen. We are in a transitional period and the compromise reached by Windows 8 is better than IOS or Android. First, Modern UI apps are designed to be DPI independent and scale well into big screens, not blurry zooms with huge fonts, but full rearrangements of the layout to make use of a bigger screen. In addition, Modern UI apps include a dockable view mode to allow more than one app to share the screen.
    Second, Office 2013 shows some pointers of how an app can be windowed or full screen metro style at the same time, and I see this model to be used by other apps in the future.
    Third, when you have a big screen and need to work on several applications there is nothing better than the Windows 7 style taskbar; it’s a task launcher, a task switcher and a jumplist at the same time. I don’t see that going away for vertical monitor settings with mouse and keyboard. Maybe in the future our desks will be slanted touchscreens and we can then operate with pressure sensitive touch without having to extend our arms to touch a vertical screen, and then the mouse will be replaced, but until then, mouse still stays, so including a UI designed for mouse is a must in any computer that calls itself ‘a computer’.