The tablet computer market came to life last year with the introduction of the Apple iPad. In its first year, the iPad sold a whopping 15 million units, more than any tablet computer sold before 2010. Apple then released the iPad 2, which is another hugely popular device to this day.
The iPad was able to surpass virtually every other tablet computing experience before, and it doesn't go too far to say that it created a market that didn't even exist. The combination of iOS on a bigger screen and the dynamism inherited from the iPhone helped explain the massive tablet sales. Fast forward to the present, everyone wants to join and most of them use the Android operating system.
But why have Android-based tablets caught on so slowly in comparison? One reason for this is that Android was not designed for tablets. Google has worked hard to design and polish the tablet version of Android called Honeycomb, which saw the light of day last February when Motorola launched the Xoom. Since then, a good number of devices with honeycomb technology have hit the market, including Samsung Galaxy tablets and of course the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
The Eee Pad Transformer goes beyond what most tablets can by being a honeycomb-based netbook at the same time. Based on this premise and an attractive price since launch, it quickly became one of the most attractive Android tablets around. The 16GB version costs $ 385, which is ~ $ 100 cheaper than the iPad 2.
The Eee Pad's TF101 docking station with keyboard and built-in battery costs an additional $ 120, so the total cost of a complete Eee Pad Transformer netbook is closer to around $ 500. In view of the additional usability of the docking station, it still offers an excellent price-performance ratio. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1-inch screen and is powered by Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2-1 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, as is typical for today's honeycomb tablets.
When you're ready to look beyond the widespread iPad, let's check out Android Honeycomb (currently in version 3.2) along with one of the most popular and respected tablets under its roof. Continue reading.