Face-Off: XPS 10 vs iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen, 2012) vs Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T vs iPad Mini (2012)

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Dell XPS 10
Overview - Full review
Apple iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen, 2012)
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Overall Scene
Dell XPS 10
Apple iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen, 2012)
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
Apple iPad Mini (2012)
Score
3/5
5/5
4/5
4/5
Handling
Speed
Image Quality
Video
User Score
4/5 (13)
3/5 (25)
5/5 (4)
Specifications
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Windows RT
OS version tested
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 . ' - ' . 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores 4
GPU NA
RAM
Screen 10.1 inches IPS Capacitive
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Internal storage / SDHC slot / External storage 32 GB / NC /
Battery life 10 hrs
Battery capacity
Dimensions/Weight 177.3 x 274.7 x 9.2 mm / 635 g
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / 3G / 4G (LTE) yes / yes / no / no
Ports USB micro-USB, 2 x USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, 3.5 mm jack, proprietary dock connector, microSD
NFC no
Specifications
Operating system (OS) iOS
OS version tested iOS 6
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) A6X . ' - ' .
No. of CPU cores 4
GPU
RAM
Screen 9.7 inches IPS Capacitive
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
Internal storage / SDHC slot / External storage 16 GB / no / NA
Battery life 10 hrs
Battery capacity
Dimensions/Weight 185.7 x 241.2 x 9.4 mm / NC
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / 3G / 4G (LTE) yes / yes / no / no
Ports Proprietary 3.5 mm jack
NFC no
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) . ' - ' .
No. of CPU cores
GPU
RAM
Screen 10.1 inches IPS Capacitive
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Internal storage / SDHC slot / External storage 32 GB / yes / NC
Battery life 14 hrs
Battery capacity
Dimensions/Weight 180.8 x 263 x 19.6 mm / 1105 g
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / 3G / 4G (LTE) yes / yes / no /
Ports Proprietary micro-HDMI, microSD, 3.5 mm headphones jack
NFC NC
Specifications
Operating system (OS) iOS
OS version tested 6
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) A5 . ' - ' . 1 GHz
No. of CPU cores 2
GPU
RAM
Screen 7.9 inches IPS Capacitive
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels
Internal storage / SDHC slot / External storage 16 GB / no /
Battery life 10 hrs
Battery capacity
Dimensions/Weight 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm / 308 g
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / 3G / 4G (LTE) yes / yes / no / no
Ports Proprietary
NFC no
Conclusion
Dell took few risks with this sober design. The XPS 10 suffers from the shortcomings of its OS (Windows RT), as well as spots of technological shakiness and optimisation flaws. On the positive side, it has a great keyboard, lots of connectivity and good battery life.
The iPad 4 is an update that definitively confirms Apple's tablet range as one of the very best there are. It has set things straight after an iPad 3 that was very good but wasn't quite a home run in terms of processing power and longevity. The iPad 4 is quite simply the most powerful tablet on the market right now, and perhaps for the months to come, with the largest and most varied selection of apps to enjoy.
Android finally is catching up with the visual comfort of the iPad's Retina display. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T combines the power of the Tegra 3 processor with Asus' trademark high-end finish to deliver a versatile product with a top-quality Full HD screen. It's a bit of a shame Asus hasn't upgraded the battery to counteract the power-hungry screen, but battery life is still pretty good for mixed use.
With its remarkably high-quality finish, speedy operation and fresh, sleek design, the iPad Mini has plenty of reasons to succeed. Plus, although it may not seem as practical to handle as certain competitors at first glance, in the end, Apple's Mini tablet has been wisely thought out. However, the iPad Mini is slightly let down by its screen, especially compared with what's on offer in the cheaper Google/Asus and Amazon tablets. Anyone with an iPad 3 can certainly live without an iPad Mini—or can at least wait for an iPad Mini with Retina display. Anyone else who's tempted by this pint-sized iPad will have to make do with a screen that takes Apple's display technology back a step from the iPad 3 the firm outed at the beginning of the year.
Pros

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Versatile

+

Excellent physical keyboard

+

Battery life

+

Lots of connectivity

+

Satisfactory webcam

+

Overall finish

+

Retina display

+

Small text is easy to read

+

iOS 6 has tons of features

+

Battery life

+

Lots of apps

+

A6X processor

+

Full HD display: sharp, crisp with text and videos

+

Decent colour accuracy

+

Fast, responsive OS / Tegra 3 processor performance in games

+

Battery life is still pretty good, in spite of the extra power required by the screen

+

Good camera / Stable Wi-Fi signal

+

The power of an iPad 2 in a more easily portable device

+

Battery life / Good sleep mode

+

Great design, first-rate finish

+

Responsiveness / Feature-rich iOS 6 interface with over 700,000 apps

+

Grip/handling greatly improved by intelligent multitouch pressure-point recognition (so you can rest your thumb on the edge of the screen)

Cons

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Creaky body/design

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Lags & bugs when navigating

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Windows RT has its limits

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Proprietary port for charging and data transfers

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Weight with keyboard attached

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Speaker location

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Heat levels

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Main camera is mediocre

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Non-expandable memory

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Proprietary port / Closed "world" that may turn some off

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Maps still behind the competition

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Will the tiny Lightning connector be sturdy enough for docking stations?

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The Prime keyboard dock isn't a 100% perfect fit

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Audio quality could be better / No media player

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Super IPS+ mode drains battery life

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Proprietary port for charging and connections

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Battery life with heavyweight games

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Screen def isn't exactly high-end

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Onscreen readability isn't on par with the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD

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Proprietary connector

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Internal memory can't be expanded