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Asus iPad 2 Rival Tablet Now Available From £329

The price of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android-based tablet has now reached parity with the Motorola XOOM and other rivals at £329 including delivery.

The product (opens in new tab), which is one of the more popular tablets at Amazon, is similar in specification to most of the other Honeycomb competitors around like the Acer Iconia A500, the Motorola XOOM and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

However, where it manages to buck the trend is that Asus offers, as an optional accessory, a unique keyboard docking station that doubles its battery life, converts it to a decent laptop and adds a few ports to it.

It is also one of the few tablets to come with an IPS touchscreen (10.1-inch, 1280x800 pixels) with the added benefit of being covered with Corning's Gorilla Glass.

The rest of its feature list reads as follows, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, microSD card reader, 16GB onboard storage, Android 3.2 Gingerbread, a five megapixel rear camera, a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, a mini HDMI port and an array of proprietary Asus applications.

At 13mm thick and weighing 680g, the Eee Pad transformer is much heavier than the likes of the iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Désiré Athow
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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.