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from Phil Edwards

I am currently writing this review on the ASUS Eee Pad with the handy keyboard attached and ready to go. Well that was the plan, but I cannot get the Eee Pad away from my 4 year old daughter and when she is not using it my Son and my Wife.

As mentioned in the first part of my review the ASUS Eee Pad has gone down very well with the whole family.

Over the Easter Weekend it was used when we were cooking a meal for a family get together – we needed to know how to do a certain part of the recipe, so the Eee Pad was stood next to the oven with a video demonstration showing what we needed to do. It has NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 1 GHz per core and 1 GB of RAM. The 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels proved more than ample with superb quality on the video. The dinner party went off without a hitch.

I have also been using the Eee Pad for blogging. It has proved invaluable for checking emails and social media platforms while I have been writing posts on the PC. It also means I can watch trailers and featurettes as I write about them or check facts and research what I am currently working on.

Having a lot of Blu-Rays I had been wanting to catalogue them for quite a while. With a quick download of the barcode reader app it was a matter of minutes to scan all the film details into the Eee Pad and set up a database.

There is no problem with Youtube and as it is an Android device all Flash videos work well. However, the BBC iPlayer app does not seem to work and, having checked a number of other reviews this seems to be a common problem. Luckily the iPlayer works fine on the Pad’s web browser.

One thing we have noticed is the fact that the TV is not on as much as it used to be. My Daughter keeps playing many of the educational apps and games with the odd stint killing Stupid Zombies while my Son has been using it as eBook and Comic reader.

My Brother has also been impressed with the Eee Pad. He has an IT Business so knows his tech. He is also currently waiting to get hold of an iPad 2. When he had a quick go on the Eee Pad he loved how responsive the touch screen was and how well the hardware was actually built.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is not out in the UK until 1st June but it is available for pre-order. In the US it appears to be selling like hot cakes with it being out of stock in many places.

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  • Andrew

    The Transformer seems so great and the keyboard dock will certainly come in handy… the only problem is you can’t buy it anywhere!

  • Gavin Pheasant

    Looks really good. Definitely want to find an alternative to the IPad. Had a bit too much of Apple’s closed technology

  • Ross Wood

    I’ve always liked Asus, and their brand appears to be going from strength to strengh. This slate looks to be a real winner, and I’m really hoping it can dismount (or come close) Apple’s monopoly of tablets. From what I read here, it certainly has reasonable specs, so here’s hoping it can couple some nifty ideas and interactiveness with its decent hardware.

  • Lili Bartley

    I have pre-ordered one from Amazon, they say it is coming in June, must be a very popular product!

  • photoverb

    It’s a fantastic idea by Asus (nicely written article btw). Although sadly it doesn’t have the apple name to it (nor any other popular mobile phone manufacturer’s name) and in this case they’ll have to start afresh to market the company to non-PC/Laptop users. I think Android will be the big selling point for the tablet along with the keyboard gimmick, and I sincerely hope they can take a chunk out of Apples marketing machine

  • Kate C

    I would love one of this. I’m a committed HTC user and love using Android so this would be perfect. I’m slowly bringing my OH onto Android away from Apple – he’s just got an HTC wildfire on contract. And Eee Pad would be a good next step.

  • V

    This is an excellent review – it’s made me reconsider getting an apple iPad with such positive feedback. Food for choice!

  • Anonymous

    I would love one of these for my family. I feel more and more it would fill all our needs and as a family it would only be overnight it got charged, Good job it has a 16 hour battery life!

  • Desk Monkey

    The barcode reader app sounds really useful! Sounds like this machine is capable of completely taking over from our desktop!