In bed with my Pad

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In bed with my Pad

Jessica – artistinthesouthoffrance.blogspot.com

It has now been about three weeks since I received my Asus Eee Pad and keyboard, so our relationship is getting into a more normal routine, and I am more familiar with the software.

In my first post I wrote about my first impressions from an aesthetic /object point of view. I would like to say that after some time in the company of my pad, I still feel I would like to have had colour options. I would also like to make the comment that the ON/OFF button needs to be pressed in for much longer than feels normal to turn the pad on. I still press it once or twice before pressing it in for about 3 seconds to turn on, (which feels like it should be turning it off, compared with other computers I have owned.) The Asus screen then takes a while to come on, so I often mistakenly think I haven’t correctly turned the pad on.

I have now got into a routine with the pad. For me it has become a primary leisure-time occupation… and I think it is at its best adapted for leisure. I am totally hooked on internet surfing for research, shopping, reading the news…all of which I can now do in the comfort of my bed with my first cup of tea in the morning, or with my last hot beverage of the night. I have a huge pile of cushions, two cats, my mug strategically poised and the pad sits comfortably against my lap. For reading purposes I find the weight and edge-finishing of the pad get uncomfortable after a while if held in the hand. Nothing beats an old lightweight paperback book for this. But propped against my legs, I can surf with ease and enjoyment on the internet…and as I said in my last post, now that I have adapted to the pad’s keyboard, and changed it for the standard ‘querty’…I am typing and writing emails etc with speed and agility. I haven’t used the supplementary keyboard for days and I haven’t missed it.

My new Eee Pad

My new Eee Pad

Another small negative comment would be that I generally use the pad so that its greatest length is vertical. This means that the on/off button, speakers etc are muffled in the bed linen or my clothes. This definitely affects sound and it means that sometimes I inadvertently press the buttons on the sides of the pad. I use it this way for emailing ease, and find that the shape is also better adapted this way for news site scrolling. The quality of the screen and the touch sensitivity are excellent…and I am getting pretty nimble with this, so scrolling and flicking through sites is a pleasure.

The pad stands near my bed on a pretty permanent basis now, and hasn’t had to be recharged for a while. Battery length seems to be about what was stated on the packaging. I have been really busy with work recently, so my pad has been most in use before and after office hours. Soon though I hope to be going on some short road trips for research, when I am looking forward to being able to take the pad with me in the special protective cover supplied with it. Until recently I only had access to a desk top, and I am delighting in the possibility of being mobile. Next time maybe I will be able to write from the pool side or the beach… but for now I can only complain that my late nights recently, have been due to my new addiction of emailing and newspaper reading in bed with my pad!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.voooo Andrew Vo

    Looks pretty interesting

  • http://twitter.com/cloudsmesh Vishal

    Nice.

  • Anonymous

    On my Tab (7″) the screen rotates to the direction you’re holding it. If the Transformer does that as well, you should have other ways of holding it while watching, one of which should clear the speakers?

  • http://twitter.com/spizmo91 Spizmo

    My laptop is getting seriously slow and it takes an age to turn on…this sounds a lot better than what I have atm!!  Great for bed times too :) Laptops are too big and clunky (it’s really old!!)

  • Anonymous

    I could so use one of these! Means I could catch up on work in between picking kids up from various things as well as make the most of train journeys.

  • CHRISTINE BRAY

    I have enjoyed this review and because you mentioned using the pad in bed I was intrigued. My laptop is very cumbersome and I find it difficult to use on my lap or in bed. I have recently retired due to ill health, and would so enjoy the lighter smaller transforming laptop to ipad.

    When I saw there was a competition too I thought count me in would love to win.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveInsane Steve Fontamillas

    I feel that I would really like one of these. I’ve been searching for the best tablet option, and to make sure that it’s running Android, and this seems to be my best option. 

  • http://twitter.com/SteveInsane Steve Fontamillas

    I feel that I would really like one of these. I’ve been searching for the best tablet option, and to make sure that it’s running Android, and this seems to be my best option. 

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like the ideal solution for somebody who’s bedridden for a long period of time, much more productive that sitting and watching daytime TV.

  • Anonymous

    I love the fact that it,s followed the iPad with the Tablet form, but has then improved upon it with it,s versatility

  • http://twitter.com/BandWFilms Rosa Bosch

    If you can do all this from bed I’m sold. If only the pad could make cappuccinos too then I’d never have to get up.

    Rosa Bosch