Asus Unveils Interesting iPad Alternatives

Asus Unveils Interesting iPad Alternatives

Range Govindan
Jun 2, 2010

Tablets are here to stay, there's no doubt about this. Love them or hate them, with over two million iPads sold in two months, the iPad has changed the computer world. Why get a netbook when you could easily get an iPad or tablet instead? Amidst this glee for tablets, Asus has unveiled two iPad alternatives.

Asus unveiled these two new devices at the Computex technology show that's currently happening in Taipei. They are the Eee Pad and the Eee Tablet. The Eee Tablet is a grayscale e-reader and digital notebook. It comes with a stylus, has 64 different shades of gray, a resolution of 1024×768, and a screen sensitivity of 2450 dpi. It can be used to read e-books, capture writing thanks to the stylus, store drawings, and handwritten notes. The screen isn't e-ink but an LCD, whose response time is pretty quick. E-ink displays tend to be slower. You can only use the stylus on the screen, not your fingers.

The Eee Pad is a new tablet computer, kind of like the iPad. It comes in either 10 or 12-inch models with touch sensitive displays. It can dock with a keyboard. The 10-inch model weighs 1.48 lbs and is ½ an inch thick. It runs on Windows 7, has an integrated webcam, and at least one USB port. The Eee Pad is supposed to have a 10-hour battery life, and cost between $479 and $510. The devices will be available in the fall.

This is an interesting development. It was apparent that other manufacturers would release their own tablets, after the iPad was available. It just makes us wonder how it would compare to an iPad. Will it be as easy to use? We'll find out in the fall.

[via various, images via Asus, Eee Tablet image via Engadget]

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