Now, this post is only the first from a long series that will come here on the site in the next couple of days. And since I just got the tablet, you can find below an unboxing video and some first look impressions, plus a quick comparison to the other popular tablets on the market, in terms of size and width, like the iPad 2, the Iconia tab A500 and the Asus EEE Pad Transformer.
Before checking out the clip though, I do have to add a couple of details for those of you that might not be familiar with the EEE Pad Slider: it is an Android Honeycomb powered tablet with a 10.1 inch IPS display and a Tegra 2 platform inside, so pretty much on par with most other Android tablets out there right now.
However, you’ll notice that it is bulkier and heavier, as it comes with an integrated sliding keyboard. In fact, that’s the first tablet to use such a mechanism and it’s similar to what we saw earlier on Nokia smart phones (like the older N97 and the new E7). This does add a lot of functionality to the tablet and I’ll bet many of you will love the form factor, but I for one kind of enjoy more the Transformer and the fact that you don’t have to carry the keyboard around all of the time.
Anyway, here’s the clip below:
And here are some of my first impressions. First, the things I liked:
- this tablet looks staggering. It’s incredibly solid built and nicely design, and materials used feel good;
- the sliding mechanism is sturdy and will probably deal well with time; also, it acts like a stand;
- the IPS display is bright and crisp, plus offers great colors and viewing angles (it’s in fact the same screen as the one on the Transformer);
- comes with Android 3.1 so feels quite snappy in everyday use;
- you get mini HDMI, micro SD card slot and full-size USB 2.0 port included;
- you get a chiclet keyboard
And some things I didn’t quite like:
- the sliding mechanism acts like a stand, as I said, however you can’t adjust the viewing angle in any other way than the default one, which is fine when using the tablet on a desk, but not that great during everyday use, when for instance trying to play on the tablet while in bed or when trying to watch a clip. Having an IPS panel does help, as viewing angles are good, but still it can be a bit frustrating;
- there’s no trackpoint or optical-pad included, thus you won’t be able to utilize the tablet without touching the screen unless you connect a mouse (luckily, there’s USB for that);
- the keyboard has a lot of flex and keys are a bit small; plus, i feel like the space between them is too wide for accurate and fast typing, but I’ll get back on that after using the tablet for a while;
- there’s a physical reset button on the left side of the tablet (I mistook it for a button for Wi-Fi in the clip above). Can’t really understand why they had something like that on a tablet (perhaps that’s Asus’s way of acknowledging that Android is still buggy :P), but luckily it’s a bit deepened into the frame so can’t be pressed accidentally. Still, this does remind me of Windows 98…
That’s pretty much all for now. Like I said, the Slider will stay on my desk for a couple of days only and I’ll post more articles and videos about it in the next days.
If you guys have any questions or just want me to test any particular thing on the tablet, just let me know in the comments below. For now, I’ll just leave you with another short presentation clip.
And some photos: