Asus Eee Pad Slider Review
Considering that the Asus Eee Pad Slider has been on the market for some time now, it doesn’t surprise us to see it donning the stock Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb experience out of the box. As much as we’ve been spoiled by Ice Cream Sandwich of late, we’re insightfully forgiving seeing that it’s not a drastic departure from what we’ve been witnessing, but nonetheless, it’s surely confirmed to hit the tablet at some point in the future.
Similar to other Honeycomb flavored tablets, it features the customary depth of personalization with its useful widgets and snazzy looking live wallpapers. Aside from the Asus specific widgets, such as the clock and weather ones, there is absolutely nothing new with this over its contemporaries.
Above all, we undoubtedly prefer using its physical keyboard to type up long messages, but as an alternative, we have two on-screen options – these include the stock Honeycomb and Asus keyboard. Between the two, we prefer using the stock one basically for its spacious layout, whereas the Asus one is cramped with its squished buttons. Exhibiting a tasteful response as we click away, it doesn’t have any issues trying to keep up with our feverish rate.
Not surprisingly, the Gmail and standard email apps are appropriately laid out to take advantage of the spacious confines available with the tablet – so organizing emails is a pleasure to handle. Moreover, setup is a breeze seeing it simply requires our email address and password for automatic completion.
Processor and Memory:
Fitting in with the usual crew, the tablet indirectly positions itself with other first-generation Honeycomb stuffed tablets thanks primarily to its 1.2GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Coupled with 1GB of RAM, its performance doesn’t deviate as it exhibits all of the laurels and qualms we’ve come to find – such as its smooth operation when navigating its homescreen with static wallpapers. Concurrently, its displays some levels of choppiness when activating live wallpapers. Thankfully, it’s not a major distraction , and as a whole, we’re content with its performance.
Marketed as offering 16GB of internal storage, it actually turns out to be 12.63GB out of the box, but lucky for all of us, its microSD card slot is willing and ready to accept cards up to 32GB in size.
Internet and Connectivity:
Continuing to provide a stellar web browsing experience, the Slider, just like its close relatives, is able to present us with that casual performance that we’ve come to enjoy on so many levels. Aside from swiftly loading and rendering complex sites like ours, it doesn’t flinch that much in the wake of Flash content on screen. Exhibiting mostly responsive navigational controls, the only miniscule thing worth pointing out is some bouts of choppiness that we see – though, it doesn’t occur all that much. Again, we’re not surprised to see the tablet performing handsomely in this category.
So far, we’ve yet to find any cellular enabled tablets from the Asus camp, and right on the mark, we continue to say the same thing since the Slider is only available in Wi-Fi form. Along for the ride, it features the same set of connectivity items we’re accustomed to seeing – like aGPS and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.
1. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
Hmmm nice try. Maybe the next gen will be slimmer
2. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Error report in pictures: in comparison with the other tablets that is not the TF201 Prime but the old TF101
3. AndresJ (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
If i want a keyboard tablet i would rather use a laptop, the hole point of tablet is it slimness.
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Drop the price 150 dollars and maybe but just spend the extra to get the prime.