Originally Posted by island hermit
What does your Asus Slider do/offer that the iPad 2 does not?
Well like I mentioned before the OS is more traditional like OSX or Windows. The home page is much more customizable, I can put icons on top of each other making a apps folder. Lots of widgets to display just about anything, plus custom widget makers. I can uninstall any app by simply dragging it to the trash can. I can completely theme the Desktop, icons and all.
Multitasking is much better on the Asus, I'm always running a torrent client, music stream, web server in the background not to mention about 10 - 20 apps at any giving time and it still runs like a champ. Doing this on my iPad will bring it to it's knees. The live task viewer is a must, to close a app all I have to do is right click over the app in the live view or swipe my finger to the left.
There is a real filemanager that can access every directory and file on the internal drive. You can mount network drives and external drives via the command line or filemanager without any additional apps. Out of the box I was able to mount my storage appliance in under 1 minute without having to download or buy any additional apps. Out of the box I can connect to my company's VPN and mount it as a directory. Apps can save it's data where I ever I choose, for instance I prefer to save my movies and music to the miniSD drive and my office data to the cloud.
The CLI or command line is NIX so I can use commands like, cp, mv, rm, awk, ps, ssh ect. There is support for many scripting languages like Python, Ruby, PHP and soon Pearl. Which means I could write a script that logins into a server grabs an entire directory, use RAR, GZIP, ZIP, TAR to compress it and download it to a local directory. Then explode the directory, put some files in one directory and some into others and I can do all of this with a crontab.
Media codecs, I can play just about anything I want out of the box. I still use DIVX to convert my DVD's and Blueray Disks to files. I can stream any media to my TV, cell phone or tablet wireless with DLNA, very, very cool. There is no Airplay but I do have a very cool Creative Labs speaker with subwoofer that connects via bluetooth.
I got one year free for Asus Webstorage, it's unlimited online storage with cloud software. I have uploaded my entire DVD collection, over 600 GB. I can watch them directly online, the interface converts the DIVX files to Flash on the fly. Now that is amazingly cool or I can stream the movie to my media player. It also has a online Word Processor to edit your Office files, it's very close to Microsoft's online offering. I can also backup my internal drive. There's many other features like online eBook reader and virtual desktop support where I can manipulate my tablet online. So far Apples iCloud offering doesn't come close to what Asus offers but Apples iCoud is new and that will change.
I run X11 to display my Linux desktop on my tablet. Yes you can do this with the iPad but with Android I can save the remote apps data to my local machine and not to just one folder either, anywhere. This is the same with Citrix.
I can back up the entire tablet and turn the backup into a rom, so if anything ever goes wrong with the machine all I have to do is get a replacement and flash the rom to the new machine and I will have an exact copy. I can even create backup times to run in the background.
Hardware wise the iPad is much thinner and lighter but the Asus Slider does have a keyboard, a full size USB and miniSD. I thinks that's the biggest fail with Apples iPad, no miniSD, if Apple is seriously about iBooks they better include one in the new iPad3. These books take up a lot of room. I also have a dual boot system running Android OS 4.0 and Ubuntu 11.10 on my Asus, how cool is that.. The Asus is also more stable, I have a app crash at least 5 times a week on my iPad, more if I'm doing serious audio editing. I've only had two in the last two months with my Asus. I think this has a lot to do with memory, 512mb vs 1gb.
There are many more things but you get the point. I love my iPad because of the looks and it's apps. The music creation apps are awesome and I have invested way to much money in accessories for those music apps that I will rock a iPad for a long time. I just hope that the iPad OS get's a little more powerful for it's next revision.