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ASUS Slider (SL101) Android Tablet Review

ASUS Slider (SL101) Android Tablet Review

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The ASUS Slider Android Tablet (SL101)

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The Slider is a 10.1" tablet and features a 1280×800 LED backlit screen with multi-touch scratch resistant surface (Gorilla Glass). As with the Transformer this is an IPS panel which should guarantee accurate colour and good viewing angles up to 178 degrees.

At the top of the screen we find a 1.2MP camera for use with video calling applications with the main image capture device, a 5.0MP camera, found on the back. Elsewhere on the back which is a rubberised soft touch white surface we find five non-slip feet. There is also a metallic band which runs along the bottom, adding a feel of quality.

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Normally at this stage in a tablet review we would look at the connectivity of the device however there is clearly another key feature which needs addressing first, the Slider’s ability to transform. By lifting the top of the device away from the bottom half our display tilts, clicking in place against the flat base to reveal a compact QWERTY keyboard.

As well as the standard letters and numbers which we would expect from a keyboard ASUS have managed to fit in the usual caps, shift, return, backspace etc buttons as well as secondary functions , for example using the arrow keys for page up and page down. Android specific search, back and home buttons are also present.

By flipping the system on its side when open we can also see down into the back of the unit where there is a silver stand offering support for the screen with the ASUS brand name in the centre.

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Looking to the sides of the Slider we find that the right edge is the location for a 3.5mm headphone/mic connector as well as a full size USB port. Over on the left edge we have the power, volume and reset buttons as well as a micro SD card slot which is compatible with cards up to 32GB. Also worth noting is that a small mic hole is also present on this edge.

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At the back/top edge of the slider we find the charge/data connector alongside a mini HDMI port. It is also possible to see the area where we pull the two sections apart to slide the screen back.

In terms of dimensions the Slider is 273×180.3×17.3mm weighing 960g and is shown above in a comparison of thickness against the Sony Tablet S.

Inside we have a dual core Tegra 2 CPU (more details on that later) and this is connected to 1GB of memory and 16/32GB of storage. ASUS include Wireless-N, Bluetooth 2.1 and other sensors are G, Light, Gyro, compass and GPS.

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