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June 2, 2010 6:07:09 PM

Looks VERY nice. and actually like a useful tablet/pad.. what's the difference?
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June 2, 2010 6:09:20 PM

Well, the title has it right, missed that the first time around...
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June 2, 2010 6:10:24 PM

It would seem it should say the prices are 499 and 399 respectively since the 121 has the better specs.
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June 2, 2010 6:24:26 PM

Looks yummy!
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June 2, 2010 6:29:28 PM

One thing I don't understand with any of these touch screen systems, whether its an all in one like the HP with the touch screen, this device or the ipad and that is the finger prints on the screen.

To me this is a deal breaker for any of them, it is simply something I do not like as a personal preference. Imagine watching a movie on an ipad and having to filter through the greasy smeared finger prints all over the thing.

I know there are wipes and other implements that clean these screens but there is always a scenario that never fails when such a thing is unavailable and you have to just live with is.

I guess it isn't so much of a concern with the portables as I "hope" the manufacturers who make them account for this (but who knows if they really do?) but in regards to the all in one home PC's that use this configuration that could be a concern.

and lets face it people walk around with some dreadful things attached to their fingers.
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June 2, 2010 6:32:40 PM

Is that a TN screen?
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June 2, 2010 6:34:01 PM

for only $100 less, the specs on the 101 sux. I'd never consider it for anything more than $250. The 121 is over-priced too. Seems to me it would fit better around $400. Neither of these will be on my wish list.

I'm not an apple fan, but the ipads are closer to worth their cost (mostly due to the apple tax)
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June 2, 2010 6:48:20 PM

Upgradable ram,ssd and built-in hdmi output? I'm in.
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June 2, 2010 6:54:07 PM

I think I will be owning the EP121.
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June 2, 2010 6:56:45 PM

I like what I read, but again I am not sure that I need one. The specs are certainly more impressive than the iPad. Unfortunately, the pricing seems to have been influenced by Apple's pricing model. My final concern is that besides surfing while waiting for a train, or at the airport, I don't really have need for a tablet computer. Tablet computers have been in the market for years, and it is only now that people have discovered how much they need them....
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June 2, 2010 7:09:03 PM

what about battery? can you take it out and replace it? can u run it plugged in without one if so if your not far away from outlet :p 
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June 2, 2010 7:16:07 PM

Add one IR/Bluetooth remote and now you have a fancy HTPC.

This would look good with Boxee...
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June 2, 2010 7:46:29 PM

i think im gonna be picking one of these puppies up!
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June 2, 2010 7:55:25 PM

I think its a little expensive for what you get especially for the one that costs 399. I mean no hdmi out. .3mp webcam, 512mb ram. Those are worse specs than an average netbook in the 300 range. I can buy an asus laptop with a t4400 4g of ram and a bigger screen for 450.
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June 2, 2010 8:12:03 PM

Oh, I was fooled, looks like big bezels are still all the rage
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June 2, 2010 8:23:20 PM

Finally something worthy for 500 bucks:
- 32gigs SSD,2 gigs of RAM,1.3 Mp camera, 802.11b/g/n on the go,HDMI, real Os-Win7.But hey... For more 100$ u can buy the the cheapest Crapple iToy.
The cheap version EP101TC will do the end of a promotional gadget, i don't think someone will buy it.
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June 2, 2010 8:35:35 PM

The camera is a Joke to say the least and useing SSD VS. Ram is silly. I assume it is still plaqued with
short Battery life as stated in it's begining stages, i think they said a max of 4 HRS battery life. After further review this tablet should be re-named to Asus FFF Tablet.
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June 2, 2010 9:07:26 PM

So Apple releases an overly minimalistic iPad and Asus counters by developing an over the top tablet? Neither of these companies are doing it right but at least the iPad will last 8+ hours under normal use. I know the iPad sucks but from the looks of this product it will suck just the same as the iPad except for a whole different set of reasons.

Awesome.
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June 2, 2010 9:22:53 PM

del35I like what I read, but again I am not sure that I need one. The specs are certainly more impressive than the iPad. Unfortunately, the pricing seems to have been influenced by Apple's pricing model. My final concern is that besides surfing while waiting for a train, or at the airport, I don't really have need for a tablet computer. Tablet computers have been in the market for years, and it is only now that people have discovered how much they need them.....

Well yeah, but Apple can at least make a responsive device, if anything. The problem with tablets is that unless you get the touch input just right, it's going to end up being a pain in the ass, and it will have you reaching for your laptop in no time.
I am no Apple fan. Far from it, but they do have some good ideas, and HP saw that too, so they scrapped their Win7 slate. These devices are far too underpowered to take a full featured OS and, in the end, they don't even need to because most users are not going to fully replace their computers with it.
I am trully looking forward to the Android/Chrome/PalmOS powered tablets and then can we start comparing them to the iPad. [/citation]
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June 2, 2010 9:44:45 PM

the ipad just came out and it's already starting to look like crap
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June 2, 2010 10:09:31 PM

boogalooelectricOne thing I don't understand with any of these touch screen systems, .....and lets face it people walk around with some dreadful things attached to their fingers.


true for the finger prints.. but it won't be as dirty as the dollor bills in our wallet or our keyboard... and if you really worry about the cleaning... there is something called crystal film/protection film. You can always replace it for a new one as often as you like.

However, I just don't know how am I going to do anything productive on win7 without a keyboard and a mouse... let alone missing the right click on my mouse... though I maybe able to do hand writing w/ my fingers... but writing w/ my fingers?..... hmmm that sounds kind of funny to me.
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June 2, 2010 11:16:05 PM

change the name and its a done deal.
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June 2, 2010 11:16:38 PM

Next year? Tooooooooo long to wait.
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June 3, 2010 1:15:31 AM

The EP121 sounds really nice on paper. I really hope to be able to find one in a brick and mortar store so I can play with one someday.

I'm not sure why anyone would complain too much about a 1.3 MP camera. Why would you really need anything bigger? It's mainly for use as a webcam for video conferencing. Wouldn't you feel silly holding up a 12" tablet to take a picture of something? I know I would. That's better left for my 5 MP phone, or my 22 MP D-SLR. My 2 MP logitech web cam with a "Carl Zeiss" lense is major overkill. Who cares what I look like, I want everyone else to have a better camera so I can see them.
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June 3, 2010 1:22:10 AM

apoqWell yeah, but Apple can at least make a responsive device, if anything. The problem with tablets is that unless you get the touch input just right, it's going to end up being a pain in the ass, and it will have you reaching for your laptop in no time.


Apple's touch implementation is really top notch on all of their devices.

I bought my HTC T8282 right after playing with an iphone because HTC's implementation is also very good. I prefered freedom on my device. I use my phone as my tethered modem all the time, incurring no additional charges than my basic AT&T $20/mo data plan.

I agree with you about not expecting much for a refined experience on this ASUS device. I've yet to find any touch phone that is as responsive as Apple or HTC's implementations, which they have constantly refined over several generations.
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June 3, 2010 2:02:17 AM

pretty cool, remove the Windows tax and put Android or similar on it and it would be a good deal. 7 makes it a no go for me. Acer will come out with a nice Android model soon.
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June 3, 2010 6:29:17 AM

LOVE the looks. Although personally I would prefer if the back didn't have that applish look. A glossy chrome or matte black would've done nicely too.
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June 3, 2010 7:28:25 AM

EP121 is spot on.
Even a 32gb will be fine, my home PC has a 60Gb SSD and only 25Gb is used and I have lots of prgrams installed.
This will probably only have a few installed and still have room for 2 complete seasons of TV and thousands of MP3s and photos.
However, an SD card reader would be nice.
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June 3, 2010 12:41:30 PM

Asus plans to start selling two Eee Pad models, the 12" EP121 and 10" EP101TC—by the "first quarter of next year". The estimated price will be $399 and $499 respectively,

I think you got those switched in the actual article....
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June 3, 2010 2:36:42 PM

Of coarse the iPad has better battery life. Without the need to play Flash video and do meaningful computing tasks you save big on power... lol!
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June 3, 2010 2:44:11 PM

Two important things not mentioned weight + battery life....
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June 3, 2010 11:24:11 PM

I love how as soon as a tablet is announced that ISNT from Apple everyone here jumps on saying "oooh I want one," when 2 months ago they couldn't bash Apple fast enough.

A tablet is a tablet, no matter who makes it. If you don't have a use for an iPad what makes you think an Asus one would be any more useful?
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June 4, 2010 6:58:57 AM

miicahI love how as soon as a tablet is announced that ISNT from Apple everyone here jumps on saying "oooh I want one," when 2 months ago they couldn't bash Apple fast enough.A tablet is a tablet, no matter who makes it. If you don't have a use for an iPad what makes you think an Asus one would be any more useful?

That is the stupidest statement I have ever heard, that's like saying:-
"A car is a car, no matter who makes it"
Well, let's see a Tesla Roadster used to tow a caravan, or a Hummer used for drift racing.

It isn't the form factor that's the problem with Apple, it's the closed mind mentality and limits on functionality. A Windows tablet will allow people to do everything a PC does.
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June 5, 2010 6:25:25 PM

If you are considering a table, first get a smart-phone like the Android ones. You'll soon discover you don't really need a 8 or 10" screen to read articles, text-message or watch videos.

If I had the money, I would just get a EVO 4G. I have a G1, which has like a 3.5" screen, and at first I thought it was not enough. But, now I find myself doing all kinds of content access with it, and the UI is nice enough that the screen size is never a problem.

Not to mention that you'll get it money's worth in use, since it will be with you everywhere. Try logging it around a tablet every-where: to the supermarket, the electronic store, to clubs, The beach, etc. Most people would just leave the device behind to because it is inconvenient or to protect it from damage. Not the case with a smart phone.

Of course, if you have the money to have both, go ahead. But if you have "constrained budget" for electronics, start with an smart phone (Android) phone before you get a tablet.
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