UK goes wild for Asus Eee Pad Transformer, US launch delayed?

UK goes wild for Asus Eee Pad Transformer, US launch delayed?Asus has issued a press release announcing that its Eee Pad Transformer, which went on sale on April 6, is now completely sold out in the UK.

The press release says: “initial demand for the Eee Pad Transformer has been far beyond our expectations. Please accept our sincere apologies for the difficulties regarding stock availability with our retail partners.”

The Taiwanese manufacturer explains that “additional testing procedures” have delayed shipments, however more units are expected at the end of April or beginning of May.

Asus reiterated its love for the UK, saying: “The UK is the global launch partner and will continue to see the largest volumes of stock globally.” Reading between the lines, that could mean a delay for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer's US launch.

If you’ll permit me to be a selfish bar steward for a moment, it’s about time we got some preferential treatment. Thanks, Asus!

P.S. We'll be featuring the Asus Eee Pad in a review soon.

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robinkristianparker  Apr. 19, 2011 at 12:12

I'd never heard of this thing before I read this article. But now that I have, I want one; way more than I want an iPad. Having used an iPad and been frustrated by the lack of connectivity and Apple's horribly closed OS, the prospect of an Android tablet at a comparable price (but with better specs) is a juicy one :-)

eeebeet  Apr. 19, 2011 at 12:58

Bought one of these in Comet on the day they came out, I was going for a Xoom but they were still not available. Motorola have missed a trick here and I'm glad I got the Asus instead. The Transformer is fantastic, the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system works perfectly and can only get better as time goes by. The connectivity is super and the dual USB support etc comes with the dock/keyboard when it comes out soon. Being able to see files and folders and being able to open, out of the box, Word and Excel files is a real winner for anyone looking for work/play crossover. The user experience is very slick and intuitive. If you don't want to pay over the odds for an iPad and be an Apple 'sheep' then this is probably the tablet for you. The spec is much better than iPad 2 and the opportunities offered by Android are endless. Well done Asus!

Stelph  Apr. 19, 2011 at 13:49

@eeebeet - You talk about Apple "sheep" paying over the odds but as I understand it this tablet is £379 on its own or £429 with the keyboard, correct? IMO that is over the odds for ANY tablet (i.e. more than you can get a good specced laptop for, but with less functionality), obviously I get the argument about Tablets and laptops being different devices, but in that case then getting something like the Advent Vega for £199 would be a much better idea as it also does web surfing/email ect. I am not aiming to cause offence, but it is interesting how different people perceve other peoples decisions, since I would also consider you a "sheep" for buying into the overpriced Honeycomb tablets currently available.

I wonder what their actual sale numbers were, selling out of stock is a great headline but without context its seems just like a PR stunt since they could have only provided 1,000 tablets at launch :-p

m1mike  Apr. 19, 2011 at 14:45

robinkristianparker, that's why ASUS did this - so they could drive demand and a frenzy for the product. I refuse to believe they misjudged demand. This is all a marketing ploy.

I'd never heard of this thing before I read this article. But now that I have, I want one; way more than I want an iPad. Having used an iPad and been frustrated by the lack of connectivity and Apple's horribly closed OS, the prospect of an Android tablet at a comparable price (but with better specs) is a juicy one :-)

eeebeet  Apr. 19, 2011 at 15:18

OK Stelph

I was simply adding my experiences regarding this tablet as I have bought one and find it to be fantastic compared to an iPad. My reference to 'sheep' was simply that Apple products (iPhones,iPads) are, in my experience, bought by non technical people who are happy to pay over the odds for the fact that it's Apple.

The Asus Transformer is the only Honeycomb tablet I've ever seen available in the UK, what are the other sheep buying?

robinkristianparker  Apr. 19, 2011 at 15:27

I prefer to think of Apple users as lemmings ;-) www.t3.com/feature/opinion-apple-users-are-naive-lemmings

Stelph  Apr. 19, 2011 at 15:48

@eeebeet - Dont get me wrong, I wasnt critising the fact that you are putting across your experience with this device as its invaluable to see real users experiences with these devices as well as the professional reviews (as an example, all the professional reviews I have read of the Blackberry Torch slated it, however all my friends and collegues who have one rave about it!), I jus find it funny when people tend to talk about Apple "sheep" and people bying things just because they are apple quite often seem to be people who in exactly the opposite fashion, will NOT buy it if it is apple, even I suspect if the Apple product was cheaper and better in every way :-) seems an odd mentality to maintain :-)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2011 at 15:55

I too smell a bit of apublicity stunt - and in fairness, how else would you get 'heard' in this tech-sector of spin and contortion ;)
I wanna see the exact numbers, cause 'UK in EeePad fever'??? I missed that. Not exactly trending on Twitter as the iPhone or iPad or Nexus did...

eeebeet  Apr. 19, 2011 at 16:10

@Stelph

Fair enough but count me out of your observations. I've bought iPhones but use a HTC Hero and Desire. I've bought an iPad, a Galaxy Tab and now an Asus Transformer. On every count the hardware in my experience is more sophisticated and the Android operating system is simply more powerful and flexible than anything running on an Apple tablet.

eeebeet  Apr. 19, 2011 at 17:44

@JanST

I'd say the way you get noticed in any market is to offer an exciting product, innovative technology and sell it at a competitive price.

Amazon quite likes it too..

http://www.itproportal.com/2011/04/11/asus-eee-pad-transformer-beats-ipad-2-become-amazons-best-selling-tablet/

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