There are many Android tablets on the market today, what sets the ASUS Eee Pad Slider SL101 apart is the built-in keyboard. And here is our review.
- NVIDIA® Tegra 2 1.0GHz dual-core CPU for excellent multitasking & HD video playback
- Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb OS(3.2 upgradable) with Adobe® Flash® support
- Full QWERTY keyboard and built-in USB port. Preloaded Polaris Office for mobile productivity
- Ultra-wide 178⁰ viewing angle IPS panel protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass.
- USB port, MicroSD Card Reader, and one year unlimited ASUS WebStorage for easy sharing & expandability
- Supreme SRS Sound with max bass response
Who are ASUS?
From their website:
ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market.
Operating System : Android 3.1
Display : 10.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen, 10 finger multi-touch support
Scratch resistant glass
CPU : NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
Memory : 1GB
Storage : 16GB/32GB, Unlimited ASUS Web Storage
Wireless Data Network : WLAN 802.11 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz , Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
Camera : 1.2 M Pixel Front Camera, 5 M Pixel Rear Camera
Audio : High Quality Speaker, Supreme SRS Sound, High Quality Mic
Interface : 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Mini HDMI, 1 x Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-In), 1 x Card Reader : Micro SD
Sensor: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass, GPS
Application : Multi-Task Support : Yes, Flash Support : Yes,
– ASUS Launcher
– File manager
– Kindle books
– Zinio Magazine
– Polaris Office
– ASUS sync
Battery : 8 hours; 25Wh Li-Polymer Battery
Colour : Brown, White
Dimensions : 273 x 180.3 x 17.3 mm
Weight : 960 g
What’s in the Box?
Along with the Slider is a USB charger, power plug, docking connector to USB cable, user manual and warranty card.
A Closer Look
Using the Slider
This is what you see the first time you use the Slider:
As with any other Android tablet, there are lots of settings and options to choose from and change:
ASUS have also promised updates to Android, although at the time of writing this review there were on updates available.
There are quite a few application that come pre-installed for you to use:
And you can change the look of the screens to suit your personal preferences:
And of course Angry Birds:
And the Android Market:
There is even a camera app. Here is the image of the app:
And here is the picture the app took:
Using various free apps you can download from the Android Market, we ran some performance tests.
The Slider was quite heavy, although it is a tablet with a keyboard bolted on (in simple terms). It’s not so heavy that you wouldn’t take it around with you, but it’s not something you will forget you are carrying.
Camera wise, the picture was OK, nothing amazing, but then to be honest, given the position of the camera it is not likely to be something you are going to walk around with and hold up in order to take a picture.
Using the on-screen keyboard is fine, but where the Slider really comes into it’s own is using the built-in keyboard. The keyboard “slides” out and can then be used.
The screen locks firmly into place so that you can safely use it, however it only locks into place in landscape, so if you want to use it in portrait with they keyboard you can’t. Also you cannot change the viewing angle, but for most people this should be ok.
Using the keyboard takes a little getting used to as it feels a little bit cramped, but you do get used to it pretty quickly. I really liked being able to use a proper keyboard on a tablet rather than the on-screen one. For short amounts of typing it’s fine, but for anything longer it’s a pain, so nice one ASUS!
The bezel is quite frankly huge – I’m not sure if its a design thing but I would have preferred it to have been smaller! not that it makes a difference to the use, its more a look thing!
The screen is very clear and sharp, and watching movies on it was a pleasure. It’s worth having the keyboard out when watching movies as it makes for a better experience.
There were plenty of apps on the Slider that could be used and it is very easy to just install more from the Android Market.
There are a number of ports on the Slider, including USB and mini HDMI, and both are very useful additions.
Plugging in a USB drive into the Slider for extra storage was simple and very useful.
The battery life was pretty impressive, giving me between 6 and 7 hours depending on what I was doing at the time. ASUS claim up to 8 hours so I was pretty happy here.
The performance of the Slider was also very good. Watching HD movies didn’t cause any stuttering or issues and playing games was also fine.
This is only my second Android tablet review, the first being the Lenovo K1, which I liked. I have to say I am gaining some respect for Android.
Price wise, the 16GB Slider retails for around £399.95 and the 32GB for around £499.95, although as usual spend some time looking around for the best deal possible, especially now that the shops have their New Years Sales on!
Overall we gave the Slider 4/5. It’s a nice device, and they inclusion of a keyboard makes it easier to use. If you are not interested in the keyboard then this may not be your first choice.Learn more from the ASUS website