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Asus PadFone review

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7/10
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The Asus PadFone currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

A smartphone that transforms into a tablet that transforms into a laptop. That’s probably the best way to describe the Asus PadFone. It’s a handheld device like no other, at least at the moment, and it’s one of the few Android-based products available on the market that you could say is really fueled by innovation. So is it as interesting in real life as it is on paper?

As a smartphone, the PadFone is a high-end contender. Its main features include a 4.3-inch qHD screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, up to 64GB of storage, and 1GB of onboard RAM. Its battery, which has a capacity of 1,520mAh, can provide up to 8 hours of 3G talk time per charge. It also has Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi n, USB connectivity and support for HSDPA data. And all of these fit nicely inside a case that has a mere 9mm thick profile.

Once you plug it into its proprietary tablet dock, it becomes a non-smartphone. It effectively transforms into a tablet, just like the popular Transformer tablets from Asus itself. What it gets from the tablet dock is more screen, more connectivity options, and more battery life.

It's interesting because it’s essentially three products in one. Is it worth buying? Maybe. Is it worth buying at such a price? That’s something you probably have to decide for yourself.

Need to Know: Asus PadFone

1. Easily transforms from smartphone mode to tablet mode to laptop mode in just a few seconds. (The Good)

2. High-end smartphone features like a large touchscreen display and plenty of internal storage. (The Good)

3. Older version of the Android software. (The Bad)

4. Quite expensive. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile88

It doesn't matter if you plan to use the PadFone as a phone, a tablet for playing game or doing work because it'll serve you well in all three areas.In terms of performance, the dual-core processor handled Android 4.0 smoothly without hitches. It is also great for watching movies and playing most ga...

- Chong Jinn Xiung, Mobile88
PhoneArena

Despite what Asus achieved with the PadFone, this attempt alone is worth applause - it creates a category of its own.

- Victor H., PhoneArena
Tech Advisor

Thre Asus Padfone is a nice idea and one that in time could work, but right now there are just too many things that do not operatate smoothly enough for it to be considered a success. ASUS clearly hasn't found an efficient way to combine both smartphone and tablet modes seamlessly, a critical issue...

- Ross Catanzarit, Tech Advisor


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Common Questions


Asus released the PadFone on June 11, 2012.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Asus PadFone user manual here.


Asus backs up the PadFone with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The Asus PadFone's screen size is 4.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1520mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1520 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 15.5 days standby time, 940 minutes, 156 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Asus PadFone Specs

Overview
Release date June 11, 2012
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.42 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1520 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 156 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 940 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 15.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.8 x 6.5 x 0.9 cm (5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 129 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Panorama, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Play Store, MyLibrary, Polaris Office, MyCloud, App Locker, SuperNote)
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Mobile88

Unique design and great battery life

from Mobile88

It doesn't matter if you plan to use the PadFone as a phone, a tablet for playing game or doing work because it'll serve you well in all three areas.

In terms of performance, the dual-core processor handled Android 4.0 smoothly without hitches. It is also great for watching movies and playing most games....

More

It doesn't matter if you plan to use the PadFone as a phone, a tablet for playing game or doing work because it'll serve you well in all three areas.

In terms of performance, the dual-core processor handled Android 4.0 smoothly without hitches. It is also great for watching movies and playing most games.

There's also an advantage to using a hybrid device like the PadFone - you can use your phone line's 3G connection to always stay connected whether you are using it as a smartphone or tablet.

The aim of the PadFone is to reduce the number of devices you have to carry but it doesn't quite accomplish this because it's still a little cumbersome to lug around the Station and Dock which are bulky. Also, its 8-megapixel camera isn't quite impressive.

Still, the Asus PadFone is an interesting hybrid device that performs very well on all three fronts.

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PhoneArena

Brilliantly designed, but hardware-wise neither the screen, nor the processor really justify its high price

from PhoneArena

The Asus PadFone is the first attempt to bring to life an exciting idea. The idea of having just one device powering your computing needs. And we love that notion. Despite what Asus achieved with the PadFone, this attempt alone is worth applause - it creates a category of its own.

But with this in mind, we should note that the PadFone is not a concept - it is an absolutely real device now, sold for real money. And while we expected the PadFone approach to bring the price of a device like the Station and the whole combination down a lot, it costs a lot of money....

More

The Asus PadFone is the first attempt to bring to life an exciting idea. The idea of having just one device powering your computing needs. And we love that notion. Despite what Asus achieved with the PadFone, this attempt alone is worth applause - it creates a category of its own.

But with this in mind, we should note that the PadFone is not a concept - it is an absolutely real device now, sold for real money. And while we expected the PadFone approach to bring the price of a device like the Station and the whole combination down a lot, it costs a lot of money.

The phone is brilliantly designed, but hardware-wise neither the screen, nor the processor really justify its high price. If you want to experiment with the PadFone, you’d definitely have fun, but right now it seems that it makes sense to get a separate phone and a tablet, at least until a future generation PadFone arrives – hopefully thinner and cheaper.

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Tech Advisor

An Android phone that docks into a tablet

from Tech Advisor

Thre Asus Padfone is a nice idea and one that in time could work, but right now there are just too many things that do not operatate smoothly enough for it to be considered a success. ASUS clearly hasn't found an efficient way to combine both smartphone and tablet modes seamlessly, a critical iss...More

Thre Asus Padfone is a nice idea and one that in time could work, but right now there are just too many things that do not operatate smoothly enough for it to be considered a success. ASUS clearly hasn't found an efficient way to combine both smartphone and tablet modes seamlessly, a critical issue and one that almost defeats the purpose of the Padfone concept entirely. However, we live in hope of developments that make the UK release better, and we'll update this review when that happens.

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