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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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