On My Radar: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Looking at some YouTube tech videos last night, I came across several for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. I totally dismissed this when word of it first came out.

I don’t any longer.

At $399 for a 16GB WiFi-only version, this is likely the first Android tablet that will have impressive sales. If I had $399 right now and it was available, I’d buy it (although I likely need the $499 32Gb version, so I’d buy that).

If you’ve ignored this too, take a look at the two videos after the break to get a quick introduction.

Unlike some other Asus videos, these weren’t made by drug-addicted psychotics. They’re straightforward and actually informative.

The one question I have is this: Does it have a built-in screensnap capability like the Samsung Galaxy Tab? It would be very disappointing if it didn’t, given the thought Asus has put into it.

I’ll be looking at more videos today, maybe the answer will be in those.

Update: One video mentions a screensnap button on the keyboard dock. I hope that’s not the only way to snap the screen.

Update 2: Aha! Here we go. I found this in the Engadget Gallery of the Transformer UI:


Click = big.

Update 3: Hmmmm…. after posting, I wondered about that term: “key.” Does it also apply to press-and-hold of the Recent Apps icon? I have to think so because there are a few screensnaps in that Engadget Gallery that were clearly done without the keyboard being used.

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7 responses to “On My Radar: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

  1. I won’t say I want it.

    What I’ll say is: I NEED it.

  2. Overall, based on past experience, I’d reserve judgement until you have the thing in your hands. The keyboard dock does look pretty handy, although at first I thought the thing was a notebook!

  3. Ruth Turner

    I’ve read lot of reviews and watched a number of videos about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and it looks and sounds amazing.
    A lot of places have described it as on the same level as the iPad2, some have said its better.
    Unless anything else is released between now and August I will be purchasing the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

    • mikecane

      The Transformer is very nice, according to what I’ve seen and read too, and the price is very good. I wonder what Asus is announcing soon that’s been floating around. Asus, like HTC, won’t just put out stuff for the sake of stuff. They need it to be different and better.

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