With a fair number of tablets now available that include full phone functionality, one issue facing users from potentially using a single device and occasionally leaving behind their smartphones is the ability to inconspicuously make or answer a call without having to hold a tablet against their head! Up until now, the most common solution has been the use of a Bluetooth or wired headset, although this still required you to take out the tablet to make a call.
With its 7-inch Eee Pad MeMo Android tablet, Asus has come up with a new approach to this problem by bundling its device with a small, chic Bluetooth handset called the MeMic specifically for calls. This would allow you to leave your phone/smartphone at home and keep the MeMo in your bag or jacket pocket until you actually need to use it as a tablet rather than a phone. Keeping up the innovative theme, the MeMic handset itself features a cool translucent LCD screen, can act as a streaming music player with a headphone out, and of course can function as a general tablet remote control with a few other basic capabilities.
I really like how Asus is trying to differentiate its product by attempting to be more innovative in terms of the features and accessories it offers. Keeping in mind that the Eee Pad MeMo is also looking good in the traditional hardware and software stakes with a WSVGA IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 8260 CPU, WiFi, 3G, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it's looking like one of the highlights of the tablet space when it launches in June this year.
Check out the video from Engadget above showing off a non-working sample of the MeMic Bluetooth handset, and an informative hands-on of the Eee Pad MeMo by Chippy below.[Carrypad | Engadget]