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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. tremerone's Avatar
      tremerone -
      They should have called the "iPad" the "iPaid"......
      you don't just own any old tablet....you own an APPLE iPad....
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      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.


      Not going to EVEN go there!
      Most people only use A/B/G 802.11 it is more than sufficient. 1gb of ram? That is plenty for Win7 Home. You wouldn't be playing Crysis on this thing lol. I have a 500gb hard drive in my laptop of which I only use 37gb. 60 is not much less than the iPad. Plus you have the full OS at your fingertips. That alone is the dead ringer for many many people. Windows 7 is a great OS. There is no knocking it.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      I am not knocking any OS. But, to run full Windows 7, and then expect to run programs designed for that OS (how about MS Office for example, and other "bloatware) would quickly tax the memory and storage of that device.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I understand your point to an extent. I intentionally keep installed programs to a minimum. All of my Media sits on another hard drive for example. MS Office barely uses any memory...6.5k. If you try to replace a desktop/laptop with a tablet you will lose every time. However, the OS opens up way more than a simple Appstore does.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Captain, you understand how things like that work - and you are most likely quite capable of streamlining what you install. And, obviously, a full OS is more powerful than any phone OS. But, I think your options of what to run and install on a tablet with the configuration in that Archos will be quite limited as compared to the options available for the iPad. After all, even though far less powerful than a full OS, the OS in the iPad screams with speed with the apps created for it. Pages for iPad is fantastic, and does all I need in a word processor on a tablet. I wouldn't begin to think about even trying to use Word, unless they built one for the iPad. But, you and I both know that most users of that Archos will try to cram anything and everything onto it. And, they will be sorely disappointed.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      802.11n restricts me to only about 20 - 24Mb
      I need a USB dongle on my laptop to allow me access to my full 50Mb so having 802.11n built in to the iPad is a big plus for me
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      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.
      Not at all! "eee" sounds in spanish as a simple long "e" (as in pet) whereas ipad sounds completely different.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      love how in the first video. after he plays around with it for a second he says, "this is actually really not doing anything." }+/]
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I noticed that too. He's like what the? Oh, it's a demo lol
    1. cky.dude's Avatar
      cky.dude -
      Okay that sounds reasonable..
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      I'm truly amazed and how much praise some of you heap upon Apple's iPad despite (or in spite of) all the problems and shortcomings of the ipad.

      although the Asustek device hasnt been released to the public yet, some of you are already shooting it down and claiming it to be inferior to the ipad.

      who the hell wants an ipad anyway?

      - cant charge it on your PC, you have to have a mac...a newer one
      - syncing issues
      - no USB
      - no camera
      - no firewire
      - no memory card reader
      - no flash
      - weak wifi
      - apps look terrible compared to iphone or ipod touch
      - no GPS for the wifi version
      - no multitasking ?!?!? WTF?
      - e-book incompatibility
      - apple ONLY apps, apple still wont allow anything else on "their" device

      some of the things the ipad lack are due to apples desire to control how users use it. what practical reason is there for a lack of USB port? or why do you have to have a "newer" mac to charge the damn thing? and please, please, why no flash?
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      responses in bold red-

      - cant charge it on your PC, you have to have a mac...a newer one
      it comes with a charger, so no problem. The charging problem with some PC's is because of the PC, not the iPad.

      - syncing issues
      what syncing issues? I sync with no problems at all.

      - no USB
      - no camera
      - no firewire
      true, no usb, camera, or firewire. I wasn't looking for that, nor do I need it on an iPad.

      - no memory card reader
      Actually, the Camera Connector Kit serves very nicely asa memory card reader, as well as a USB jump drive reader.

      - no flash
      no duh

      - weak wifi
      don't know where you got that idea. I have no issues picking up wifi at all.

      - apps look terrible compared to iphone or ipod touch
      you are confused. Apps look fantastic! I think you mean that apps designed for iPhone/iPod look nasty when doubled on the iPad. That would be true. But, don't fault the iPad for that.

      - no GPS for the wifi version
      How in the world could you even use GPS with wifi only? You get lost inside your house or something?

      - no multitasking ?!?!? WTF?
      Actually, you can multitask with Backgrounder installed. But, frankly, the iPad is so fast at switching apps, I rarely need it.

      - e-book incompatibility
      iBooks will read any book in the eBook format. And, there is the Kindle app for anything that Amazon sells. Fact is, the ebook reading capablity of the iPad is far greater than any other ebook reader, most particularly the Kindle itself.

      - apple ONLY apps, apple still wont allow anything else on "their" device
      If you already use an iPhone, then you knew this going into it. No brainer. But, frankly, Spirit allows you to instantly jailbreak, so no issue.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      dude the 12" is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better the that damn iTampond its, i like the way it looks like an laptop its bad a$s and im prettey sure it would run a way better Os then that stupid modified version for the ipad.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      no flash
      For Christ's Sake, stop talking about iDevices with No Flash and move on! Flash is a piece of **** for Mac and iDevices anyway.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      ^iTunes is crap on Windows(the largest demographic of iDevices).