The Asus Eee Pad will finally arrive in January next year. Windows-powered 10- and 12-inch tablets from the pioneer of thewill just miss Christmas, while Android versions will hit shops in April 2011.
The first Eee Pads will run Windows. That means you'll be able to use all the features and software -- and Flash video -- that you use on your full-sized computer, but the look and feel won't be as easy on the eyes and the fingers asor , which are designed specifically for smaller screens.
Asus will have spent the last few months coming up with a finger-friendly interface to drape over the top of Windows, as it did with the touch-sensitive desktop.
It's been half a year since Asus unveiled the Apple iPad has conquered the market and attracted a host of competitors. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first serious contender to hit shops, going on sale this very week.Windows-powered tablet PCs. In the meantime, the
Just as Apple has revinvented the market for tablets, Asus was at the forefront of the last wave of portable computers when it introduced thebudget mini-computer back in 2007. Netbooks were so wildly popular we were inundated with them from every manufacturer -- with one glaring exception. While the rest of the industry was churning out teeny-tiny budget netbooks on a nearly daily basis, Apple was quietly scheming an alternative take on the portable computer.
There's no word yet on prices, or a release date for Asus' confusingly namedebook reader thingy.
As the tablet market explodes in 2011, we'll see whether the iPad has sounded the death knell for the netbook. Have you been won over by giant touchscreens or do you still prefer a physical keyboard on your portable computer? Let us know in te comments.