- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
It tries to be two things at once, but only does one thing really well.
- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine
While not a perfect union, the modular Asus PadFone X offers a compelling smartphone and tablet combo for the price of a typical smartphone alone.
Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)
It certainly has everything it takes to match the expectations
The Asus PadFone X is one of the best-rounded high-end propositions available in the Android realm at the moment. It skillfully blends a powerful chipset, a good display, and a capable camera into a solidly built package, thus offering a mighty good alternative to the established players on the US market.
The device surely is a welcome sight on the busy smartphone field in the United States by offering a combination of talents which none of its direct competitors can exactly match. Having a PadFone device offered by a major carrier such as AT&T ends years of anticipation and... Full review
You get a phone and a tablet dock, and they both perform admirably
Promises seamless switching between phone and tablet modes
If I've seemed unduly harsh on the Padfone X, it's because I still think there's a place in the world for a hybrid like this. Sadly, despite years of tinkering with the same formula, ASUS couldn't completely stick the landing this time around. For all the gripes I've leveled at this thing, though, I've had to mentally repeat one sentence like a mantra throughout my weeks of testing: all of this is just $200 with a contract. For the same price as a single, shiny top-tier handset, you could nab yourself a very respectable smartphone and a tablet that (while flawed) still works. I'd wager ther... Full review
Two devices for the price of one, with some compromises
Asus is offering a pretty compelling package for the average user who doesn't want to spend hundreds on a dedicated tablet they might just leave sitting around gathering dust. For the price of a smartphone, you get an accessory that gives you a tablet experience.
The phone is not a marvel of design like many modern smartphones, but it has the right internals and it does a fine job performing everday tasks. The nice thing about this combo is no separate data plan is needed and the same data always appears in phone and tablet modes.
I would like to see the next generatio... Full review
Performs well as a phone thanks to its nice, bright screen, good camera
A productivity road warrior
Function perfectly well on its own
The central question posed by the PadFone's existence is can a single device serve as both a smartphone and a tablet. The answer is yes, but not without compromises.
You can quite easily carry around the PadFone's handset by itself and be happy with the product in your pocket. The phone has decent build quality, a good screen, reasonable network performance, and excellent battery life. The UI is intuitive and should be familiar to anyone with knowledge of Android. The messaging tools function well, and the media powers are sold enough. It's a pity that call quality is so iffy.
An intriguing device at an aggressive price
The PadFone X is an intriguing device that packs a smartphone and tablet into a single, affordable package. On their own, the two devices are good, but not great. The handset's battery life is relatively short, while the slate is on the heavy side with a distractingly large bezel. Together, though, they make the PadFone X a fairly impressive hybrid at an aggressive price.
If you're searching only for a new smartphone, we would suggest picking up either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, as both offer better overall performance and endurance. But if you're in the market for a sm... Full review
A smartphone-tablet hybrid better in concept than execution
A beginner’s flagship with a tablet in the box
The PadFone X isn’t the world’s most attractive smartphone … or tablet. It’s cumbersome, it’s bulky, and whether it offers enough convenience to overcome these setbacks is an open question. In today’s cloud-oriented mobile world, the average person could easily approximate the PadFone’s convenience with a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 10 using Android’s built in handovers, or an iPad and an iPhone using Continuity.
But not for the same price. For $199, we consider ourselves lucky to get earbuds thrown in when buying a flagship smartphone. Th... Full review
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