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Asus Eee Pads and Slates First Look

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Nutyy 5th January 2011, 12:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave


Transformer, and two cameras: a 1.2meagpixels in the front and a 5megapixel camera on the back. The only storage options listed are either a 16GB or 32GB SSD - there's not the 64GB option of the Transformer, but there is the option of 3G. Its 10.1in screen is again an IPS panel with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 and capacitive touch technology.

Asus claims the price is between $499 and$799 (depending on the options) and it should be available in May, slightly after the [url=2]Transformer.

That whole bunch of text is displayed as a link to the second page. Maybe it should be corrected?:D

Just had to nitpick there.
eddtox 5th January 2011, 12:56 Quote
Massively disappointed about the EP121! The two things that interested me about it were the dock which converted it into a full-fledged laptop and the 8-hour battery life, and it seems they've axed both. It is now just another overpriced slate which will spend most of its time plugged in.

MASSIVE FAIL!
mi1ez 5th January 2011, 12:59 Quote
These all look like vast improvements over any other slate I know of!
DbD 5th January 2011, 13:07 Quote
Slider looks good - both for the ability to sit at an angle and for the keyboard.
[-Stash-] 5th January 2011, 13:35 Quote
I'm really impressed with these. Looks like this is the year I finally ditch the desktop and go with *something* portable. It'll probably be a laptop, but these will really need a good look first. Also, I lied about ditching the desktop, I'll just be adding to it =D
jrs77 5th January 2011, 14:17 Quote
And now anyone should come again and say that the iPad is way to expensive.... :)
M7ck 5th January 2011, 14:22 Quote
The EP121 looks really good but I will reserve judgement until
a) You can actually buy one
b) A full review is done
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 5th January 2011, 14:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
Massively disappointed about the EP121! The two things that interested me about it were the dock which converted it into a full-fledged laptop and the 8-hour battery life, and it seems they've axed both. It is now just another overpriced slate which will spend most of its time plugged in.

MASSIVE FAIL!

I agree, I'm totally upset about the horrible changes made since computex. They also had extra storage in the dock as well. It's like no one wants to make a proper slate that would be really useful.
uz1_l0v3r 5th January 2011, 14:48 Quote
The slider keyboard looks like a ZX Spectrum.
jrs77 5th January 2011, 14:59 Quote
More details to be found on anandtech.com
HandMadeAndroid 5th January 2011, 16:28 Quote
lolz it's an APad
eddtox 5th January 2011, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
lolz it's an APad

Not even. It's rumoured that it will only have about 3-4h battery life :(
kenco_uk 5th January 2011, 18:24 Quote
Asus EEE PC's - good, honest PC's from that place next t'bakery on t'hill.
frontline 5th January 2011, 19:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Asus EEE PC's - good, honest PC's from that place next t'bakery on t'hill.

hehe, must be made in God's Own County :)

Bored of old tech now though, bring on the Sandy Bridge and E350 powered products!
Nexxo 5th January 2011, 19:21 Quote
Call me underwhelmed. Again we see Asus show off the same old non-functional mock-ups it did last year. Shades of the HP Slate, anyone? I thought that over the last 9 months or so they would have been able to produce one working prototype.

Blackberry has, and Motorola has been showing off an extremely slick 7" tablet with Android 3.0 on it, and it kicks ass. Apple needs to worry about competition from that corner, but not Asus. Another underjuiced bloated Windows tablet. Déjà Fail.

One thing though: none of these tablets will underprice the iPad.
Snips 5th January 2011, 20:09 Quote
lol, fanboi alert hey Nexxo "Another underjuiced bloated Windows tablet. Déjà Fail."
dudwasup 5th January 2011, 20:29 Quote
i actualy hope this is an ipad killer it looks pretty cool.
Nexxo 5th January 2011, 20:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
lol, fanboi alert hey Nexxo "Another underjuiced bloated Windows tablet. Déjà Fail."

Yeah, because we all know the HP Slate, Microsoft Courier and the Windows-based tablets of 2003 did so well...
Snips 5th January 2011, 21:04 Quote
My TC1000 worked pretty well until it was stolen. But hey (I was only trying to be lighthearted)
Nexxo 5th January 2011, 21:10 Quote
Sucks. I liked the TC1100, for all its flaws. I have a Motion Computing LE1600 myself, which is pretty much the same thing. Prohibitively expensive gadget though, and the crappy battery life and slow CPU really are a drag. And Windows XP Tablet edition blows chunks. But for my puroses much better than a laptop, and casually scribbling away on OneNote at meetings always got me envious looks.

I want to see a Tablet based on Windows Mobile 7 --that would be more awesome than Captain Kirk lathered in awesome.
Snips 5th January 2011, 22:51 Quote
"Captain Kirk lathered in awesome."

We would never see such awesomeness again!
eddtox 6th January 2011, 00:55 Quote
Guardian makes a good point - what good is a keyboard dock if your tablet is going to run android?
Nexxo 6th January 2011, 10:58 Quote
What? Is there something about Android that cannot make it handle a keyboard? A word processor? A CLI?
eddtox 6th January 2011, 11:17 Quote
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What? Is there something about Android that cannot make it handle a keyboard? A word processor? A CLI?

It's not so much that it can't. It's more that it shouldn't really need it. Not as much as windows does, anyway. They've given the android tabs fancy permanent and semi-permanent keyboards and they've left the windows tab with some crummy bluetooth thing. Not to mention that the dock for the 121 was supposed to hold an extra battery, which will be sorely missed now that they've stuck an i5 processor in there.
Nexxo 6th January 2011, 11:38 Quote
Whether it needs it is more to do with the application that you put the tablet to, than the OS it runs. Windows 7 just has a crappy on-screen keyboard. That's a Windows design problem. It also needs inordinate amounts of horse power. That is a Windows design problem in the context of low-power mobile devices. However to deprive an Android device of a hardware keyboard "because it doesn't need it" is similar shortsightedness as Microsoft can be accused of.
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