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  • Asustek Introduces the Eee Pad



    It may resemble the iPad from a distance, but upon closer inspection you will learn that this tablet computer isn't an Apple product at all. In fact, it's an "alternative" to Apple's revolutionary iPad - at least that's what Netbook PC pioneer Asustek is claiming today. On Monday, while millions of Americans are enjoying their iPads on the Memorial Day holiday - Asustek wants to give the iPad a memorial service itself by burying Apple's tablet with its new offering dubbed the Eee Pad (available in two versions, 12" and 10" models with a variety of differences between them).

    The tablet PC in question will run on Intel Corp or ARM Holdings chips and use Microsoft's Windows OS, reveals Asustek chairman Jonney Shih before the product "kick off" and official reveal at the Computex fair, a huge global PC exhibit. "The Eee Pad can display Adobe flash for the full web experience, has a USB port and a camera," Shih boasted. "We looked at how we could best address the needs of users from all walks of life, and I believe this is the product."

    If you're wondering how much this bad boy will cost or when it will be available, your guess is as good as mine. Asustek, unfortunately, gave little confirmation as to when the Eee Pad would reach customers or at least be propped up for pre-orders. Although Asustek has previously hyped products and paraded them around at fairs ultimately without ever releasing them, it appears that the Eee Pad is destined to hit the marketplace and duke it out with the iPad. More evidence to support its eventual releases comes in the form of Asustek's ongoing work with both Intel and Microsoft to develop and launch its own app store for the Eee Pad.

    Edward Yen, an analyst at UBS, tells Reuters: "It's all about the platform if Asustek really wants to do well in this field. I'm sure the hardware is fine, but the biggest question now is how it's going to attract enough users to create the critical mass needed for an app store."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Asustek Introduces the Eee Pad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 75 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      If it's an Eee I am sure it is going to be fairly inexpensive. That is what their Eee line was made for in the first place. This is actually pretty exciting!

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Just so you know...ASUS has a family of EEE products. It makes sense to call it the EEEpad.
      Of course Captain, but the average poster here is an ignorant Apple fanboy. Didn't you know that?

      Someone else using the word "pad" in their product line? Preposterous!! Maybe we should not allow the use of the words mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc. either!?!
    1. erawsd's Avatar
      erawsd -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      If it's an Eee I am sure it is going to be fairly inexpensive. That is what their Eee line was made for in the first place. This is actually pretty exciting!



      Of course Captain, but the average poster here is an ignorant Apple fanboy. Didn't you know that?

      Someone else using the word "pad" in their product line? Preposterous!! Maybe we should not allow the use of the words mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc. either!?!
      Well, its not quite the same thing. Its not like this is a category of device called "pads", in the same way that we have keyboards and mice. It'd be like if Apple released a game console and called it the ibox or the istation -- its clearly a play on whats popular.

      I think its a petty thing to do. It may associate you with whats popular, but it also gives the impression that its a cheap knockoff.
    1. frozenra1n's Avatar
      frozenra1n -
      to good to be true.
    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      If I were them, I'd "leak" a video of it running the iPhone OS like an iPad. Obviously they couldn't officially sell that because of copyright laws. It clearly has the hardware some of us, who haven't rushed to the Apple stores to buy an iPad, are looking for.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by erawsd View Post
      Well, its not quite the same thing. Its not like this is a category of device called "pads", in the same way that we have keyboards and mice. It'd be like if Apple released a game console and called it the ibox or the istation -- its clearly a play on whats popular.

      I think its a petty thing to do. It may associate you with whats popular, but it also gives the impression that its a cheap knockoff.
      It sort of is my friend. What would you call it? It isn't a notebook. It isn't a netbook. It isn't a tablet (we already have something very different called the tablet pc). What exactly is it then? They called the iPhone a PHONE for god's sake. Did we jump down Apple's throats for daring to call the thing a phone? Of course not (and I am not implying we should have). Apple made a product different from other computer-type products and deemed it a Pad. So nobody should be allowed to call anything like it a pad?
    1. erawsd's Avatar
      erawsd -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      It sort of is my friend. What would you call it? It isn't a notebook. It isn't a netbook. It isn't a tablet (we already have something very different called the tablet pc). What exactly is it then? They called the iPhone a PHONE for god's sake. Did we jump down Apple's throats for daring to call the thing a phone? Of course not (and I am not implying we should have). Apple made a product different from other computer-type products and deemed it a Pad. So nobody should be allowed to call anything like it a pad?
      Its a slate-tablet, which is pretty much what everyone, everywhere has called it since it was announced -- because thats what it is.

      Asus can call it whatever they want, but that doesn't mean we should sit around and pretend the name isn't an attempt to grab some cheap attention. Apple definitely would have gotten heat if they had slapped an "i" in front of whatever blackberry's biggest line of phone was at the time.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by erawsd View Post
      Its a slate-tablet, which is pretty much what everyone, everywhere has called it since it was announced -- because thats what it is.

      Asus can call it whatever they want, but that doesn't mean we should sit around and pretend the name isn't an attempt to grab some cheap attention. Apple definitely would have gotten heat if they had slapped an "i" in front of whatever blackberry's biggest line of phone was at the time.
      To some degree I agree with you. That said, iBold would have sounded pretty stupid to begin with and not really talk about the product itself (referring to the blackberry naming comment). Slate is really something that fans called these products, there was never really an official name, unless you count what Microsoft had in the works. If Asus called it the Eee slate, a different group of people would be pointing fingers saying they are taking advantage of a product that MS ended up not releasing at all. Frankly you cannot win over every crowd. Is it an attempt to get some free press? Perhaps. Is it as big a deal as idiots on this forum are making it? Not really..
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherpunk View Post
      The name is a borderline ripoff; I'm fairly certain that "eeePad" is phonetically identical to iPad in spanish and several other languages.

      So, Asus hasn't been releasing EEE PC's for the last 3 years...

      People seam to think that Apple was the ONLY company kicking around the tablet idea for the last 5 years.
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      i don't hate it.......
    1. erawsd's Avatar
      erawsd -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      To some degree I agree with you. That said, iBold would have sounded pretty stupid to begin with and not really talk about the product itself (referring to the blackberry naming comment). Slate is really something that fans called these products, there was never really an official name, unless you count what Microsoft had in the works. If Asus called it the Eee slate, a different group of people would be pointing fingers saying they are taking advantage of a product that MS ended up not releasing at all. Frankly you cannot win over every crowd. Is it an attempt to get some free press? Perhaps. Is it as big a deal as idiots on this forum are making it? Not really..
      Does eeePad sound much better? :P

      Slates have been around for awhile now. HP/MS simply gave the device a very blunt name, kinda like the "iPhone". Its not just the fans that are describing these things as slates/tablets, the press and the companies themselves are even using that language. I haven't heard anyone talking about their brand new line of "pad computers".

      You're right, its not a big deal. I'm not a fan of it, it just gives me the impression that its a chap knockoff like that iPed thing released in China.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Just like all the iPod clones - better specs on paper - just not as good.
      While it looks quite slick it doesn't have the App store and I have a feeling it will always just be a cheap copy.
    1. cky.dude's Avatar
      cky.dude -
      This might sound dumb to you guys but what do you actually need iPad or any other slate devices like that for? I mean you guys brag about how many iDevices you have but what do you need them for? I mean if you have Macbook, why would you need iPad too? Explain this to me please. Well unless your answer is: I need to look cool at Starbucks...
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      That actually doesn't look half bad, can't wait to see the full product
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      ^ If you don't know, you don't need one.
      If I get one I will probably get a WiFi only one and never take it out of the house, looking cool isn't my priority, functionality is. It would replace my laptop, freeing it up for my wife so we can get rid of her ageing laptop.
      I'm sure other people have different reasons but just because you can't see a use for the iPad does not mean others can't.

      [Edit]I'm a slow typist - my response was in reply too cky.dude not Method2001 who beet me too it.[/Edit]
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by Method2001 View Post
      That actually doesn't look half bad, can't wait to see the full product
      I was thinking this too, but I'm going to wait until I see Sony's offering. Asus is very good company but I still feel like their devices look/feel cheapish. If the fit and finish holds up then this thing will be a winner, though.
    1. H3x.'s Avatar
      H3x. -
      @cypher , it fits inline with their eee series.

      back to topic,

      Id normally go apple, phones yes, music players yes, i even went apple for my macbook pro.

      But if I was after a tablet,the iPad doesnt offer everything for example tis eee pad offers. a PC OS will always be better then a phone OS
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by H3x. View Post
      <snip>
      But if I was after a tablet,the iPad doesnt offer everything for example tis eee pad offers. a PC OS will always be better then a phone OS
      The windows vs mac debate has gone on for years. But your statement that "a PC OS will always be better than a phone OS" is a totally different discussion. No question that either windows or mac os are more powerful than any phone OS, it is not true that either would be better than a phone OS for a tablet device. There are reasons that Apple chose the phone OS for the iPad. Not the least of which is how you interact with the system. Touching the screen with your finger is far different than interacting with a mouse. I believe that actual use of either Windows or OSX would quickly become very frustrating on any tablet.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      The windows vs mac debate has gone on for years. But your statement that "a PC OS will always be better than a phone OS" is a totally different discussion. No question that either windows or mac os are more powerful than any phone OS, it is not true that either would be better than a phone OS for a tablet device. There are reasons that Apple chose the phone OS for the iPad. Not the least of which is how you interact with the system. Touching the screen with your finger is far different than interacting with a mouse. I believe that actual use of either Windows or OSX would quickly become very frustrating on any tablet.
      What if it was a touchscreen, ran Windows 7, AND had a built in mouse with full funtionality, and is in the same price range as the iPad? Like this one ARCHOS
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Touching the screen with your finger is far different than interacting with a mouse.
      The same goes for women.....
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      What if it was a touchscreen, ran Windows 7, AND had a built in mouse with full funtionality, and is in the same price range as the iPad? Like this one ARCHOS
      1 gb memory? 60 gb HD? Advertised 5 hour battery life? WiFi is b/g but no N? No thanks. Plus, I have done Windows - since the days of 3.0. I am done buying anything Windows.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      The same goes for women.....
      Not going to EVEN go there!