Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Asus Eee Pad: The main attraction at Computex 2010

The 30th Computex Taipei has started from today. It is the largest computer trade show in Asia and the second largest in the world. On the eve of the show, on May 31, 2010, famous Taiwanese PC maker, Asus, unveiled its highly anticipated tablet computer, the Asus Eee Pad. Like Apple iPad, the Eee Pad is a device that can be used to read e-books, multimedia, compact PC and Internet device.

Asus Eee Pad is available in the two variations- EP101TC and EP121TC. The EP101TC has a 10inch screen and weighs 675 gm and 12.1 mm thick. The EP121TC has a 12 inch screen. The Apple iPad has a 9.7 inch screen which means the Asus Eee Pad will have better visual.

The Asus Eee Pad sports an Intel CULV Core 2 Duo processor which is more powerful compared to Apple iPad’s 1GHz Apple A4 chip.

Asus Eee Pad has ten-hour battery back up.

The Asus Eee Pad will come with a virtual keyboard and special docking station with a keyboard so that users can easily input text. It will also have a stylus and a front facing camera.

Asus Eee Pad will have Wi-Fi. There is also an HDMI, USB, memory card slot
which looks like a 3G SIM module. The Apple iPad does not have any USB which many users do not like.

The Asus Eee Pad will support Adobe Flash which the Apple iPad does not support that means you can browse many of your favorite websites on the Asus Eee Pad.
The Asus Eee Pad uses Windows 7 as its operating system. The Asus Eee Pad 121 has a different version of Windows 7 known as the Embedded Compact edition.

This is a major draw back for Asus Eee Pad because Windows 7 is mainly designed to operate in desktop computers. Though it has codes to support multi-touch devices but it is a multi-tasking software which does not work well in a small sized low powered machine. It would have been better if Asus had followed Apple’s footsteps and created a dedicated OS for the device. Instead of tailoring its Mac OS, Apple developed another OS for the Apple iPhone.

Asus is going to launch Eee Pad in 2011 EP101TC and EP121TC in 2011. The Asus EP 101 TC would cost $399 and EP121 would cost $499. This is far better than Apple iPad because the entry level 16GB iPad WiFi only model costs $499 and WiFi+3G would cost $629.

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