The Eee Pad Memo may be the baby of Asus’s new tablet family, but it’s still no slouch. It’s got a 1.2-GHz processor, capacitive touch screen, can be paired with a Bluetooth headset to use as a phone, and will run Android 3.0 when its released in June. We managed to film the Memo up close and personal at Asus’s press suite, and we were impressed with the crispness of both its display and the touch-based Painter app. We also liked that the Eee Pad Memo’s stylus had a malleable, rubber tip. Asus tells us that was necessary to help the touch screen better register the pressure of the pen’s touch, an important tool for the Painter app.
Longer and skinnier than the same-size Galaxy Tab, the Memo feels a little off balance when you use it in landscape mode . That’s because one end of the device has a slight chin. Other than that small caveat, the Memo looked like a potentially strong entrant to the tablet race. Check out our brief hands-on to see a few glimpses of its Android UI (skinned with proprietary software called MyWave) and to catch some playing around in the Painter app.