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Our Eee Pad Adventure Pt. 1

Jo – Cent Magazine

Officially I’m a kid in a candy store. We have luckily got an Asus Eee Pad Transformer to play with, and I can tell you now it’s just what I want and just what we all need at the office.  We go to so many events and up till now have used either camera and or phones to record the events as well as plain old note book and pen. Now however, we have something that works as an all-rounder.

OK So what is it?

Quite simply it’s a tablet with an added docking keyboard.  This means it goes from being a tablet to an ultra slim, ultra portable laptop. Two parts that become one.

This for us means going to events with the Eee Pad Transformer makes our lives a lot lighter! However we were waiting for just the right moment to truly test it out. Well that came yesterday when I went to London’s new design fair Clerkenwell Design Week It was just the right opportunity to really get to grips with the camera and film facilities the Eee Pad Transformer has to offer.  We promise to fill you in on all the other functions the more we go out and use it, but for now yesterday was all about filming.

The event was spread within walking distance over a mile or so, in several locations, some quite rickety cold and damp, so running around in high heels with a rather luxury product did  make me somewhat nervous, however it was safe in its carry case so no need for me to fret there and also light enough not to notice it being un my handbag. I was walking around the event filming short movies as well as still images and literally every pit stop I made at each design station, the exhibitors (all cool product and furniture designers)  were not interested in talking with me about their products on show but in finding out about the Eee Pad Transformer. I found myself giving tutorials to people, letting some have a go and others I was showing them what I had filmed. Watch me try out Lulu Guinness’ Be A Pin Up installation.

The touch screen technology looks slick and the interface is easy, its logical which is really important for me as I’m not a computer natural.  Using the camera function was so easy. Once past the locked screen you go straight to the apps and once in there is into the camera function. Slide your finger to choose either film or still.

The stills camera has some lovely options, zoom in and out,  colour effects like sepia and mono for black and white images, as well as daylight and florescent setting to name but a few.  There are also picture quality and size options. This means really high quality output.  For us  now not ever having to carry heavy camera equipment with us or live with bad quality images from events recorded on mobile phones.

The moving image functions are similar with the lighting setting being the same as well as the colour effects.  It also has Video setting with the added option of a YouTube setting, very clever in my opinion and a time lapse setting too. Lastly once you have filmed or photographer images they go straight to your gallery which is situated on the home page, easy!  Also because the interface is so good there is an instinctive level of use with this, so that emailing films and images is straight forward.  This meant we didn’t have to spend time and energy working out how to get these up on the site for you to enjoy.

Ok well there will be lots more to tell you and we will bring the Eee Pad Transformer out with us to many kinds of events and this way we can try out all the functions and let you know.

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