Asus Pad Slider Review reveals the Pad has something other Tablet PCs don’t

To introduce this new tablet device, an Asus Pad Slider review presented in a professional and impartial manner would be the perfect means.

 

Unfortunately, Asus is not a company that leaves a user impartial. You either love their products, or you simply hate them.

The Eee Pad Slider SL101 is just such a device that will split the public opinion in half – some will praise it as the smartest idea and the best further development of the tablet idea ever, some will find a dozen little things that will make them abhor this latest incarnation manufactured by a true industry behemoth.

Is the Eee Pad Slider a wonderful device, or is it just another tablet? Read on and find out for yourself. 

Technical specifications

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While with the Kindle Fire and the announcement that Apple is considering a 7-inch version of the iPad as well the trend seemed to lean towards smaller screens, Asus decided to outfit the Slider with a nice 10.1 inch LED WXGA 1280 x 800 screen, with backlight, scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass and 10 finger multi-touch. The core is again the omnipresent NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2, 1.0 GHz, dual-core processor, since apparent problems pushed back the release of the NVIDIA Kal-El, the Tegra 3 quad-core processor. With the Asus Pad Slider review continuing the technical data overview, the RAM memory is the expected 1 GB, with the internal storage capacity being 16GB or 32GB. The additional storage capacity is extendable with Micro SD cards.

The operating system is the Asus version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb, with upgradeability to 3.2 already announced. The two cameras, 1.2 megapixel for video chats and 5 megapixels in the back, with HD video capabilities, are meeting the current standards, as are all the expected interfaces and network connectivity. The integrated speakers are supposed to sound much better than with other devices, SRS sound with max bass is expected to mesmerize the user, while videos or movies are flickering on the very vivacious display. Despite the top of the line specs, there is nothing significantly new visible within the spec sheet at first glance. 

What makes the Asus Slider stand out?

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You know how there is smartphones that are all touchscreen, but have a QWERTY keyboard built in, which slides out? This is the tablet equivalent of such a device, a tablet with a QWERTY keyboard that slides out. When held in hand, you do not have the feeling that the device is significantly thicker than any other tablet; quite to the contrary, it appears thinner than the Sony Tablet S at the folded part, for instance. It is quite a surprise to see the keyboard popping out, which also puts the tablet into a comfortable upright position, allowing the user to type away, without having to purchase a separate cradle or stand. The downside is that it is quite heavy, weighing in at 2.12 lbs (960g), it takes the prize for the heaviest tablet on the market in this quality/price range.

Asus decided not to waste the additional bulk, so a full sized USB port is provided. This is particularly useful for attaching additional storage, such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive, but also to attach a USB mouse, where, with the keyboard at hand, a true desktop operating mode can be experienced. The keyboard is pretty normal albeit smaller than the common desktop version, with several keys dedicated to typical tablet functions. There are many similarities to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which was somewhat expected, but takes a little bit away from the novelty experience. The part connecting the upright display and the keyboard seems sturdy enough, but as practice goes, this will be the part that goes first. It is unfortunate, but such foldable connecting parts endure a lot of wear and tear and it is quite understandable that, with frequent use, these will give in way before anything else breaks, if otherwise proper usage is presumed. This is probably the reason a one year parts/labor warranty is supplied with this product.

Compared with the competition

In benchmark comparison taken during the Asus Pad Slider review, it delivered quite a good score that kept it right up there with the theSamsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, in some instances, like the 3D, performing slightly better than the notable competition. The Asus Slider display is not as vivid as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but much better than the iPad 2 the Apple Tablet PC. Video capture is even better than the one provided byMotorola Xoom another Android Tablet PC, providing full 30 fps (frames per second) at a 1080p resolution. Just like the new Sony Tablet S, it has the quirky IR port, but also the DLNA connectivity. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are mandatory, as are several sensors and GPS. Generally speaking, this is a top of the line tablet, capable of competing with the best of them. 

Conclusion

To sum up the Asus Pad Slider review, it seems that Asus tried to find another version of the tablet device, which was not as of yet available on the market, which is a tablet with a built-in keyboard that slides out. Adding to this premise a tablet device that can compete with the big boys, you have got another winner in your corner. It has everything you expect from an Android based tablet, with the current top performance hardware and access to millions of applications on the Android Market. Asus added some of their own to the mix, including a one year unlimited Asus cloud storage. 

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