If you're sick of hearing about Apple's iPad, perhaps a dose of Asus' Eee Pad is in order. In a chat with TechRadar, Asus' corporate vice president Eric Chen confirmed the tablet, and even revealed a few details about the device.
Microsoft doesn't have Windows 7 running on ARM right? So will this be running Android or some custom Asus Express Gate OS? This would be interesting to watch, but I think Apple has the jump on a slick user interface that runs on an ARM CPU.
The hype surrounding the iPad's launch would make the average consumer think Apple is the only manufacturer out there. Let's hope a competitor emerges...
I just hope at least one manufacturer looks beyond the google's android/chromeos choices and gives us geeks a properly spec'd machine. RAM is cheap - give us 4GB so we can run real software. Include a mini HDMI connector so we can output to 1080i HD displays. Include a USB port so we can attach a mouse, keyboard, memory stick etc via a hub. i.e. a desktop replacement we can run linux on, yet that we can undock to read Slashdot on the bus via 3G.
I wouldn't buy a netbook because a cramped keyboard and Windows 7 on a crippled Atom platform equals a poor user experience. A tablet with specs above for $US400-500, yes please!
I'm surprised businesses don't get on board with a headless version - these things make for a silent office and consume far less power. a dual-core 1Ghz CPU is plenty fast enough when not shackled to Windows. Plus, nvidia's embedded GPU (Tegra 2) would still spank any integrated Intel graphics.