The iPad is all the rage lately. In fact, the latest estimates are that Apple has sold over 2,000,000 iPads worldwide since the launch on April 3rd. So far, there aren’t any true competitors that have proceeded or followed the iPad. HP has scrapped the HP Slate, but might introduce a WebOS machine in the future, and Microsoft has ceased development of the Courier. ASUS, the maker of popular netbook and desktop computers, as announced the Eee Pad line, and they might be the first serious option for people looking for a Tablet Computer other than the iPad.
The Asus Eee Pad EP121TC, and the EP101TC have not made any compromises that are typical with the Tablet Computing concepts. The iPad, for example, runs a modified iPhone OS, and has very limited input and storage options, which has left many users disappointed. Other Linux based tablets such as the JooJoo pad cannot offer any serious support or robust operating system options. The Asus Eee Pad will feature a Windows 7 Embedded Operating System, Intel’s Core 2 Duo CULV processor, stylus input, and a 10 inch or 12 inch capacitive touchscreen. Presumably, the Asus Eee Pad will run the full gamut of Windows 7 software, and be fully usable as a computer.
Hopefully, the Asus Eee Pad does not become a dream like the HP Slate or the Microsoft Courier; the world needs tablet options.
What Makes The Asus Eee Pad Viable?
The iPad is billed as a media consuming device, media player, Ebook, and gaming platform. The Asus Eee Pad will be able to do all of that and more. Because it can use the full software library of Windows 7, you can use Windows Media Player, Firefox, Safari, and even the Kindle App. The internet browsing experience, thanks to the full versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, will be full featured and even customizable via plug-ins and extensions.
The inclusion of a capacitive touch screen and a stylus for input will dramatically increase user options. Of course, there will be a onscreen keyboard, but text recognition via stylus will draw many people in. Additionally, using OneNote or Pen input with Evernote will help make a tablet a viable option for work productivity and enterprise users. An additional boon to enterprise users will be the inclusion of SD storage. The Asus Eee Pad will not rely fully on cloud storage, and it will be fully expandable.
The iPad has been touted to run over 200,000 iPhone and iPad apps, but the software library for the Asus Eee Pad will be equally as vast. Virtually every piece of shareware, freeware, or commercial software currently available for the Windows Operating System will be available. This will include the full versions of Microsoft Office, thousands of games, and most importantly, it will feature full andunrestricted Adobe Flash support.
Tech Specifications and Details
The Asus Eee Pad will feature either a 10 inch or 12 inch screen; the 12 version will be a full 30% larger than the iPad. Battery life is reported to be approximately 10 hours due to the Intel Core 2 Duo CULV processor. The Ultra Low Voltage processor allows for substantial processing power without substantial power drain. For example, the HP Touchsmart TM2 features Intel’s Core 2 Duo CULV and can easily get 9 hours of battery life with a 6-cell battery. Also, the Eee Pad will come with a built-in webcam for video conferencing and taking pictures. Asus is reporting that the 10 inch model, the EP101TC will weigh only 1.5 pounds, and it will be less than a half inch thick. They have not announced full specifications for the 12 inch model, but they should be in the neighborhood.