Conclusion: Here’s the deal. If you yearn to minimize what you carry along on a daily basis, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is the perfect solution as it already incorporates a physical keyboard – even if it’s on the cramped side.
Pros: Incorporates a keyboard, Good battery life
Cons: Extremely bulky and heavy, Subpar camera, Inconvenient positioning of its speakers
Excerpt: Over the last two years computer makers have flooded the market with tablets. The best of these devices tend to be thinner and lighter than laptops, offer better battery life, and always-on features including the ability to receive incoming email or instant messages even when the display is off.
Summary: Swiss pocketknife. Just like the pocketknife can conjure up a nail file, saw and Allen key, the Slider can transform itself into a kind of all-in-one tablet with a real keyboard. More work efficiency under Android?
Pros: Keyboard always at hand, Standby can be disabled, Screenshot key, Wide viewing angles (IPS), Good contrast, Video out, Full-size USB port, Long battery life, Short battery charge time (2-3h), Stable hinge, non-slip bottom, Timeout can finally be disabled, the Slider is permanently on. The folding...
Cons: High weight, Unusual keyboard, Why is there no 3G version of the Slider?
Conclusion: On paper, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider makes sense. All the instant-on flexibility of a tablet, with the convenience of a keyboard. Problem is, the biggest competition comes from under ASUS' own roof, in the shape of the Eee Pad Transformer.
Conclusion: For the users who are happy living in the consumption-only world of today's tablets, the Eee Pad Slider is not for you. It's bulkier than the Galaxy Tab and has significantly worse battery life than the iPad 2.
Excerpt: Of all the Honeycomb tablet manufacturers, Asus has been one of, if not the most successful. In May and April, the company sold 500,000 Eee Pad Transformers, with another 300,000 in June. So, why Asus and not Lenovo, Toshiba, Motorola, or one of the other many tablet makers?
Pros: Bright, high-quality IPS display, Sliding mechanism is rigid, Innovative form factor with keyboard, Keyboard is well laid out
Cons: Thick and heavy, Keyboard is overly plasticy, Very thick screen bezel, Angle of the screen can’t be adjusted beyond 45 degrees in keyboard mode
Excerpt: Asus’ other tablet, the Eee PC Slider SL101 , will officially launch on Friday, September 30. We had a couple of weeks with it along with the Transformer. See our full review of the Asus Eee PC Slider SL101 after the break.
Conclusion: One thing is certain with this model – it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for a tablet for casual use around the house for web browsing, game playing and a bit of entertainment, then a slimmer tablet might be more appropriate.