There’s a hunger in the tablet market for a lower cost device. For many of us already with smartphones and laptops a $500+ price tag for a tablet that has overlapping features of existing devices is a tough impulsive buy. But if we learned anything from the HP TouchPad fire-sale that saw $200 TouchPad’s flying off shelves, it’s that there’s consumer interest in a low cost tablet to justify the purchase.
For overall value under $400, it’s hard to beat the ASUS Eee Transformer (TF101). The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is unique in features and price, a dockable keyword is unlike other tablet leaders and it’s $399 price tag is $100 cheaper than the competing iPad. The Eee Pad runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb with a 10.1″ IPS multi-touch screen 1280×800 resolution screen and an Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC).
Hands on the device feels very solid in hand, not too light, not too heavy. Android 3.2 is a big improvement, it’s very smooth and easy to personalize. True multitasking allows as many apps running in the background as the CPU can handle.
Expect to see a few more “economy” tablets make it to the market in the near future. We’re particularly interested at what Amazon may introduce in November, many features unknown the tablet is rumored to ship with a $250 price point. What’s your price breaking point?