Asus Eee Pad Slider Honeycomb Tablet Review

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It seemed, just a couple of years back, that almost every week was topped off by the introduction of a new netbook. Remember those things? We haven't seen much in the way of new netbook technology lately, but we have seen plenty of tablets. The iPad started a modern-day revitalization of the slate PC market, and while Apple has dominated the market, rival companies have been pushing out tablet after tablet in an effort to grab their piece of the pie. One thing we've noticed is the great variety in form factors. Whereas the iPad basically just comes in two flavors, those content with Android can have their pick when it comes to design.



There's the standard, flat slate (like the Galaxy Tab 10.1), slates with docking stations, and now, a slate with a built-in, slide-out keyboard. That's right, a keyboard that's built right in, no Bluetooth or accessory cases necessary. Asus' Eee Pad Slider was actually introduced as a concept product back at CES, nearly three seasons ago. That's an eternity in computing years, but it takes time to get a radical design like this just right. The Slider is no doubt the cousin to the Transformer, but the difference here is the tight integration with the keyboard. We'll dive into the usability in the pages to come; for now, let's have a look at the specifications.
 
Asus Eee Pad Slider
Specifications & Features
Display:  10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) IPS LCD
10 finger multi-touch support
Scratch resistant Gorilla Glass

CPU:
  1GHz NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2

Memory: 
   1GB

Storage:
  16GB/32GB

Wireless Data Network:
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n2.4GHz

Bluetooth V2.1+EDR

Camera:
1.2MP Pixel Front Camera, 5MP Pixel Rear Camera


Audio:
Stereo Speakers, Built-in Microphone

Interfaces:

1 x Open Media Connector
3.5mm Headphone Jack

Battery:
8 hours; 25Wh Li-Polymer Battery

Sensors:
G-Sensor
Light Sensor
Gyroscope
E-Compass
GPS

Multi-Task Support :
Yes
Flash Support :
Yes

Software :

- Android 3.2
- Asus Launcher
- MyLibrary / MyNet
- Music Beta
- Google Maps
- Android Market
- Gmail
- Polaris Office
- Kindle Books
- Zinio Magazine

Price
: $479 (16GB) / $579 (32GB)
  

Dimensions:
273 x 180.3 x 17.3~18.3mm

Weight:
960g/2.11lbs.


Is a slate with a built-in keyboard right for your needs? Is it compact enough to consider over a netbook? Is Android 3.2 able to take on iOS? We hope to answer those questions and more as we explore every angle of the Eee Pad Slider.

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I like having the option of a mouse, touch or trackpad (like on my Transformer). When typing a document, I typically turn the trackpad off since my big, dumb, meathooks end up accidentally hitting the trackpad, but I love the trackpad for browsing. I would agree that reaching up to touch the screen was an adjustment, but it was a quick adjustment. I do it almost without thinking now, and I don't think it costs me much, if any, time over using the trackpad.

Sure, a keyboard might defeat the purpose of a tablet, but having a tablet with the features of a netbook is a great option, IMO.

I'm not sure I'd purchase this over the Transformer though. I like the ability to detach the keyboard entirely. Add the fact that the Tranformer's keyboard adds 5-7 hours of battery life, and I'm left wondering about the need for the slider.

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I like the slider simply because its the first and only tablet of its kind.

ASUS have a rather cool app on their FB page which guesses your dream destination (and reccomends the slider as a travel companion, obviously).

http://www.facebook.com/ASUS?sk=app_285068464836940

The travel aspect is another reason I like the slider. It's not supposed to be compared directly to an ipad or any other tablet. serious travellers will love something like this.

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I think you're right Arthur it's much more of a travelling desktop really, as tablet computers aren't really computers at all!!

Loved the facebook app btw. I got Scotland, which is just right for me!

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great competiton!!! i got australia as my dream destination

fingers crossed on winning the Eee pad!

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