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Asus iPad 2 Rival Now Available From £361

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer can be purchased using a special code until the 13th of April for only £361 including free delivery, an £18 cashback on the suggested retail price.

The tablet is available at Comet with the price slashed by five per cent using the code 5OFF.

It does compare very well with the 16GB iPad 2 tablet Wi-Fi only, its most direct competitor. It has a built in GPS, is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC running at 1GHz, has 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels IPS capacitive touchscreen display with Gorilla's toughened glass.

Other features include HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front facing one, a microSD card reader, a battery that can power the tablet for up to eight hours and Android Honeycomb.

The bundle which includes the keyboard docking station can also be purchased from Comet for just over £407. The accessory can provide with an additional eight hours battery life as well as two USB ports, making it a great alternative to the iPad 2 as well as a normal netbook.

It compares very well to the Motorola XOOM and the Acer Iconia A500 as well, two other tablets that run on Honeycomb and which will launch over the next few days.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.