I need an Eee Pad, now

July 6th, 2010 in .Blogs .Touch Screen Tech
Mrs Mario
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I recently went to a convention in London. I arrived all ready, or so I thought, to capture information, feed out to twitter and be the biggest geek on the block. I wasn’t. As I walked in the door I was blinded by the glare of garish overhead lights bouncing off a thousand iPad screens.

At first I sidled past them in horror. What on earth had possessed all these humans to run out and buy these things? But when yet another of these devices parked themselves next to me I was forced to examine it more closely.

Yes, it is very big and shiny. I will grant you that. I will also allow for the fact that the swift zipping of content from side to side looks very, very cool. But I still cannot, for the life of me, understand why these are so much better than my smartphone. Sure, the screen is bigger and typing is easier, but that’s where the brilliance of the iPad ends.

However, that is also where the brilliance of the Eee Pad begins. I fell in love with the fact that iPads gave their users quick access to things like twitter, and that they could take notes at high speed. There is something to be said for this but there is no way that I would fork out so much money for just those features alone.

Which is why I need an Eee Pad. It does all of these things and it runs on the operating system that I love (yes, I love Windows 7 and really don’t mind who disagrees) so I don’t have to worry about any learning curve when I get it. I can simply push start and get going. I like that. I don’t have time to read lengthy instructions which, if I don’t pay attention, could mean I kill the device by accidentally holding it on both sides. Oh, wait, sorry, wrong device…

The Eee Pad as an integrated webcam. It was at this conference that I realised what an advantage that could have been. I could have streamed some of the content directly to my blog. I could have included other people in the discussions, and grabbed some neat snapshots of the day too.

The Eee Pad is also cost effective. With two screen sizes available – 10in or 12in – it is going to start at around £275 when it goes on sale early next year. AND it has around 10 hours of battery life. Ten. Hours. Ten. THAT is what I’m talking about!

An average trip from my front door to London, through the meetings, and back again is around that length of time. I do not want to fire up my device on the train and discover that there isn’t enough power to run an ant. I want to be able to carry on working without a care in the world. Or write my memoirs. Or something.

Look, ten hours is great and to top it all off, this device looks delicious. I can already see me sliding it out of my bag to the amazed oooohs and aaaahs of my fellow travellers. Ah, yes. THIS is why I need the Eee Pad to hurry up and get here. Please?

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  • 1stkorean

    Mrs Mario, I am with you 100% on this. That ithingy is all Glitz, and I too love Windows 7, I have it on everything 4 desktops and 2 laptops.

    Excellent article.

  • Narendra

    I love this article! I am a HUGE fan of Windows 7 and finally someone has the courage to speak in favour of it instead of cowering under the glare of the anti widows people. I will buy one the day it comes out