Please feel free to comment and make your own spec sheets or "correct" mine. I have allocated 30 points to Apple at the end to compensate for my bias against them.
“Don’t worry if it doesn’t work right. If everything did, you’d be out of a job.” (Mosher's Law of Software Engineering)
“If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.” (Edsger Dijkstra)
Of course ASUS would win such a contest :P Is a netbook vs tabled as Bear very good pointed If you want to make this even, compare a ASUS tablet with the iPAD (look for EEE Slate series).
Anyways, if you intend to buy one of these, I strongly suggest the iPad. Don't know about the others, but I hate netbooks, they're like laptops who s*ck big time. Want a Windows 7 with Aero? Pretty good performance. Want a HD movie? Well...it turns out to be a slideshow of frames. Want an SQL Server on it? System halt!
My point is, iPad are really cutting edge technology, of course with lot of advantages and disadvantages (see the 0.5 m cable and the need to charge it every day or often) and from what I've handled some by now, I would buy one ...but netbooks? Nah. I don't think those few hundred grams in minus with respect to laptop worth when the lack of performance is so big.
The iPad2 has an ARM processor, the Asus an Intel Atom N570. Those processors have completely different architectures. You cannot compare their speed just by looking at the number of GHz, and the fact that the Asus has more GHz does not say anything about it being better or faster.
The fact that the Intel Atom N570 has a 64-bit instruction set also does not matter at all. It does not mean that it "handles RAM better". Since both devices have less than 4 GB RAM (the limit for 32-bit CPUs), it doesn't matter at all.
Jesper de Jong wrote:The fact that the Intel Atom N570 has a 64-bit instruction set also does not matter at all.
While I agree with everything else you said, I take a slight exception with this. It doesn't matter as far as RAM is concerned, but a 64-bit processor can handle twice as much data in each step - that makes for faster processing for operations that aren't handled by the GPU, and where pieces of data larger than 32 bit are involved. A (not very good, but valid) example would be 64 bit integer and FP numbers. The effect of this might possibly be trumped by other factors, but it is a plus for 64 bit processors.
Tim Moores wrote: A (not very good, but valid) example would be 64 bit integer and FP numbers. The effect of this might possibly be trumped by other factors, but it is a plus for 64 bit processors.
While technically correct, this example is not valid for the typical netbook and/or tablet use case. Folks don't do serious computation on them, they surf the web, send email, and watch movies. The watching movies part could do better on a 64 bit chip, but everyone has the graphic card handle video, not the main CPU.
Additionally, your argument only holds if the memory is 64 bit, and all of the memory channels, controllers and other paths are all 64 bit. Lots of microcontrolers designed for low power usage have narrow paths to memory to save cost and energy.
IMHO, if you want to *use* a tablet, get an iPad. If you want to play around with one, and if you can find one a lot cheaper than the Apple, go for it. But today, all of the competing tablets want to get the same $500 as an Apple iPad, and I don't see the point. At $200, the competition may be attractive.
Daniel Doboseru wrote: but I hate netbooks, they're like laptops who s*ck big time.
Laptops s*ck, I strongly disagree. Notebooks s*cuck, I disagree. I personally feel notebook is better than a tablet, you at least get a keyboard (I know only like 1% people feel this way). I personally like convertible notebooks/laptops but there are not a large variety of models available