When we first saw ASUS' Eee Pad Slider at CES, we very nearly dismissed it at once. It was thick, tablets with physical keyboards showed no sign of gaining popularity, and Honeycomb had yet to come out of the woodwork. Besides, ASUS' own cheaper, slimmer Transformer had already caught our hearts. Our confidence was not raised by the long period of silence that followed - in fact, the only Slider-related posts we've written since January are an unofficial hands-on by a Romanian blog and the announcement of the slate's pricing.
ASUS started pushing an update to the Eee Pad Transformer this morning that brings some minor bug fixes, app updates, improved translations, a new feature called "Supernote," and, most notably, Android 3.2.1 to the tablet/laptop hybrid device.
Among the bug fixes and improvements, you should notice a better experience while using the stock browser with Flash content and fewer force closes, as well as better Wi-Fi stability.
The update is rolling out now, you can see if it's available on your device by heading into the Settings > About tablet > Software update menu.
Since its debut at CES, ASUS' Eee Pad Slider has been a hotly anticipated device, blurring the line between tablets, netbooks, and webtops. After months of waiting, it seems the Slider is almost upon us - Engadget reported today that based on the information received at an event in New York, ASUS' latest entry into the tablet market will be available by the end of this month.
The Slider's 16GB model will be coming in at $475, with a 32GB model available for $575.
An unexpected update started rolling out to the ASUS Transformer earlier today that brings the build number up to 220.127.116.11. Even more unexpectedly, this update reportedly includes Netflix support without requiring root. Of course, the official Netflix app in the Market doesn't yet support the Transformer, but you can grab the latest version here.
There is also a firmware update available for the dock, bringing the version up to EP101-0213.
If you have the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and keyboard dock, there's a chance that you've noticed the dock's built-in battery draining quicker than it should. This is a problem quite a few users are experiencing, and a member of the Transformer Forums by the name of ASUSFAN001 set out to get an answer to the issue directly from ASUS itself.
As it turns out, ASUS is completely aware of the issue and will discuss it openly with customers.
Last week, I traded my Google I/O Chromebook for an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer/keyboard dock combo and started exploring the fascinating laptop/tablet hybrid. Overall, my impressions so far are more positive than I thought they would be, and I'll most likely end up selling the 3G XOOM that has none of the features the Transformer with the dock have to offer. The only problem with the Transformer that I've experienced is a relatively poor battery life compared to both the XOOM and the Tab 10.1, which I can't explain yet...
If you are anything like me and you own the keyboard dock for the Asus Transformer, then you probably keep it attached the majority of the time. The dock gives you quick access to the home, search, and menu shortcut keys, but what about the recent apps button? Unfortunately, a hardware button was not included. Although it is not much work to just tap the on-screen button since it is just a few inches away, it can still be annoying.
When a device is first released, the rooting process can be a tedious and cumbersome one. This is especially true with the new breed of Honeycomb tablets, but thanks to the relentless and brilliant Android modding community, the rooting process of every device becomes significantly more simple given a long enough timeline. The latest example of this is the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, which is on the receiving end of a new one-click root solution.
ASUS just announced via its official Twitter account that the Eee Pad Transformer would be receiving the latest iteration of Honeycomb -- Android 3.2 -- on July 28th (tomorrow). The newest version of Honeycomb will bring bug fixes and a few new features to the tablet-netbook-hybrid, including the new "app zoom" feature that makes phone-specific apps scale more appropriately on the larger, 1280x800 display.
Look, they even made a nifty little image.
In the world of Android tablets, there seems to be an ongoing battle between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer for ultimate tablet supremacy. Both are absolutely outstanding tablets, but you're looking to buy the latter, then you should click over to the eBay Daily Deal site where you can grab the 32GB version of this tablet for $440 with free shipping.
The Transformer packs the specs of all the top-of-the-line Android tablets on the market today:
- 10.1 inch 1280*800 LCD display
- 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 32GB on-board storage
- Android 3.1 (possibly Android 3.2 since the update started rolling out today)
And let's not forget about the most lustworthy feature of this tablet: the keyboard dock.