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ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC
ASUS and Google Android are making sweet, sweet tablet love

In with the new, and out with the old, ASUS says.  The company is ditching Windows in at least one of its upcoming EeePC tablets and switching to the increasingly attractive Android OS from Google.

ASUS is preparing two tablets for launch -- a 10" display, 675g (1.5 lb) chassis model and a larger 12.1" display variant.  Both devices were demoed at Computex 2010.

The larger tablet used a full install of Windows 7 Home Premium -- that much remains unchanged, as of now.  The smaller tablet, though, was first shown off with a Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, which now appears to have been ditched in favor of Android.

The 10" Eee Pad 101TC is reportedly currently running Android 2.2 "Froyo", but will ship with "Gingerbread", also known as Android 3.0.  Android 3.0 is expected to land during the holiday season.  ASUS may even opt to wait till CES 2011 to announced the final production plans, according to some rumors.

For ASUS the upcoming tablet series is critical.  The company, which launched the netbook craze, has seen the torch stolen by Apple, as the market cools to netbooks and heats up to tablets.  Apple itself has been vocal in predicting the demise of the netbook movement.  However, if ASUS can craft a more functional, cheaper alternative to the iPad, it could well return to glory.

ASUS is not the only key player opting with Android over Windows -- Dell also is using Android for its tablets.  Meanwhile HP's tablets are expected to run on webOS from its recent acquisition Palm.  That means that the 12.1" Eee Pad EP121 may be an endangered species -- the only high-profile upcoming Windows tablet from a major manufacturer.  Despite that, Microsoft insists that it hasn't given up on tablets.

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RE: Bummer.
By Smilin on 7/20/2010 11:23:17 AM , Rating: 2
Why? You don't exactly know what all it has to offer vs Windows yet.

I can make some educated guesses. In addition to the usual email, surfing and whatnot there are a few specific tasks that come to mind.

One is Microsoft OneNote. I want a "kitchen counter" kind of device I can do quick edits to my notebook that's shared across every device I touch.

The other is RDP. Perhaps android will have a decent RDP client but I KNOW windows does.

I've also got a few Steam games in mind for the device and I've not heard of steam supporting android yet.

Really though it's kind of a hard question to answer just because Windows has so much going for it that it's hard to know where to start.

I've got no objection to Android but I'll honestly say I don't know what it really gets me. So fair question: Why Android?

RE: Bummer.
By Quadrillity on 7/20/2010 11:31:42 AM , Rating: 2
So fair question: Why Android?

Because Droid does. :D

RE: Bummer.
By Smilin on 7/20/2010 1:36:48 PM , Rating: 1
Does what?

RE: Bummer.
By dayanth on 7/20/2010 9:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Gets you Lance Lance Henriksen to be the computer's voice on your phone. Just whatever you do,don't get the app that tells you how to play that knife game between your fingers...

RE: Bummer.
By dark matter on 7/20/2010 1:13:33 PM , Rating: 2
Blame Microsoft for not realising Office on Droid, not droid for not having Office....

This is a perfect example of why Microsoft SHOULD have been broken into the OS and the Applications division back in 2000.

RE: Bummer.
By Smilin on 7/20/2010 1:26:03 PM , Rating: 1
Ok I'll do that /eyeroll.

RE: Bummer.
By inighthawki on 7/20/2010 6:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody's blaming Droid for not having Office, the OP was just stating that one of the two solutions did fit their need, and one did not. Why the hate just for saying that Windows suited their needs, but Android did not?

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