For those of us that need a little more then a giant IPhone without a camera the new Asus Eee Pad seems to be a step in the right direction for mobile computer users.
Asus has been working towards a one piece tablet for some time now after introducing a number of small desktop computers great for people with space restrictions they also released a convertible tablet style net book type laptop that allows for its screen to be rotated an flipped over the keyboard to simulate a tablet computer.
Now it seems they are ready to release a single piece tablet computer similar in style to the Apple iPad but running Windows 7. The choice of operating system will be important for 90% of customers but linux fans don’t think you can hack yourself a boot because its running embedded win7 meaning its on a chip not a drive. There are however ways to boot different os’s inside win7 but results may not be worth it at this time.
Instead of using a weaker Atom processor Asus is going for a low power two core processor. This should be enough to allow for running multiple applications at the same time and processing the downloads you can get from a variety of sources not just ITunes.
Like any new product expect the first few runs to have some bugs but at least you will be able to get the full experience of computing and not be limited by what apple dictates.
So far we have not seen a release date but you can probably expect late 2010 early 2011.