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The Asus Eee Pad MeMo is a smaller tablet, that’s in the seven inch form factor along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Like the Galaxy Tab though, we can’t quite imagine what the Asus Eee Pad MeMo is for, despite it having a phone function. Click through for a full gallery and short video demo.

The Asus Eee Pad MeMo runs Android (Froyo in the video and this version, but it will be running Android Honeycomb by the time it makes it to market). The touchscreen is capacitive, but there’s also a stylus too. This raised some eyebrows at launch, possibly because there hasn’t ever been a truly successful device that’s had a stylus.

The software isn’t final, but we were impressed with the painting app, which with the stylus means that the Asus Eee Pad MeMo can react to pressure, adjusting your brushstroke accordingly. A spokesperson for Asus said that the stylus was also added because the web is not built for touchscreens, which is a valid point – the stylus means it’s easier to browse on the smaller screen.

We also discovered that the Asus Eee Pad MeMo has phone functions, and it will be shipping with a small “Nokia sized” add-on for making phone calls. There wasn’t a hardware version we could take a look at, but this sounds a bit clunky to us. Asus weren’t sure on whether the phone device would be sold separately or shipped in the box, but it puts the Asus Eee Pad MeMo firmly in a category with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The UK will be one of the first to get the Asus Eee Pad MeMo, arriving in March this year.

Here’s a short demo of the Asus Eee Pad MeMo in action:

Out March | £320-£450 | Asus

What do you think? Is this a device that doesn’t know what it’s purpose is, or is it a decent alternative to the Galaxy Tab?

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