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Asus Fonepad Review

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Asus Fonepad Review
Note: The Asus Fonepad model being reviewed is equipped with 16GB of storage and only a front-facing camera. In some markets, Asus is offering a Fonepad model with a 3.2MP main camera in addition to the front-facing cam, but with only 8GB of on-board storage.

Introduction:

Is it a phone or is it a tablet? Well, it is a little bit of both, actually. Here we have the Asus Fonepad – a 7-inch Android slate with 3G connectivity and an earpiece allowing it to make phone calls. It is a peculiar device, to say the least, yet that doesn't mean it costs an arm and a leg. In fact, the Asus Fonepad is priced at only about $250, which is a reasonable figure considering what you get in exchange. Read on to learn more about it!

Box and contents - Asus Fonepad Review
Box and contents - Asus Fonepad Review

Box and contents

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • User guide and warranty information



Design:

“Tablets” and “metal” are two words that we rarely get to use in the same sentence. After all, premium materials are rarely used in the construction of such devices, especially when they are marketed at a price point that low. The Asus Fonepad, however, is an exception as it sports a beautiful back plate with metallic finish, which gives it a solid, premium feel. The only placticky bit on the back is the slide-off cover, behind which reside the slots for microSD and micro SIM cards and the cellular antenna.

The Asus Fonepad sports a beautiful back plate with metallic finish, which gives it a solid, premium feel - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad sports a beautiful back plate with metallic finish, which gives it a solid, premium feel - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad sports a beautiful back plate with metallic finish, which gives it a solid, premium feel - Asus Fonepad Review

The Asus Fonepad sports a beautiful back plate with metallic finish, which gives it a solid, premium feel


Asus Fonepad Review
Asus Fonepad Review
Asus Fonepad Review

While it isn't the lightest tablet of this size, at 340 grams, the Asus Fonepad isn't that heavy either. In fact, the device is comfortable to hold thanks to its ergonomic shape, balanced weight, and grippy surface. Grasping it as if we were to hold a smartphone, on the other hand, gets our wrist tired quickly, so we'd recommend holding the Fonepad from the bottom, with four fingers supporting the weight of the tablet and thumb resting on the bezel. Speaking of the bezel surrounding the screen, it is reasonably slim, although if one isn't careful, the presence of the user's thumb might accidentally register as a tap on the touchscreen.

The sides of the Asus Fonepad - Asus Fonepad Review
The sides of the Asus Fonepad - Asus Fonepad Review
The sides of the Asus Fonepad - Asus Fonepad Review
The sides of the Asus Fonepad - Asus Fonepad Review

The sides of the Asus Fonepad


Asus has chosen to go with virtual buttons for navigation through the Android interface, so no capacitive keys are seen on the tablet's front side. There are just the earpiece, the front-facing cam, and the light sensor situated at the unit's upper side. The power and volume keys are located on the left side of the Asus Fonepad and provide excellent tactile feedback.

Back - Asus Fonepad Review
Asus Fonepad Review
Card slots - Asus Fonepad Review

Back

 

Card slots



Display:

Asus has equipped the Fonepad with a good-looking IPS LCD touchscreen. Its specs aren't anything out of this world, but 7-inch tablets have yet to go further in terms of display quality. The panel offers wide viewing angles and resolution of 800 by 1280 pixels, which makes it perfectly suitable for common every-day scenarios, ranging from looking at photos and videos to surfing the web.

The color representation of the display is on the neutral side and we like it that way. However, users who are more into punchy colors can use the pre-loaded ASUS Splendid app, which allows fine-tuning of the screen's color saturation and balance.

Using the Asus Fonepad outdoors is definitely possible. When looked at from the right angle, the tablet's display is readable so you can still navigate through your contacts, shoot emails, or browse web pages. To make the display even easier to see outdoors we recommend turning on the “Outdoor Mode”, which boosts the brightness even further than the manual settings would allow.


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posted on 31 May 2013, 11:15

2. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


these tabs r comman in india ex micromax funbook talk and karbonn tafone milagrow 3g tabletwith calling facility

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:44 1

3. Andre007 (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Please Phonearena I've been asking in every article about this tab: Where Can I Find It In The U.S ??!

posted on 31 May 2013, 15:08 1

4. TritonForceX (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Not to bead a dead horse, but I would like to take a second and recognize this as a good, quality review. Recently the BlackBerry Q10 was reviewed, and if you read the comments at the link down below, you can see everyone agree that the phone, while not a mainstream offering, was heavily biased against in the review.

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/BlackBerry-Q10-Review_id3314/comments?post=31469#post_31469

Here, we have another device that isn't exactly mainstream, has a few shortcomings, but the reviewer objectively acknowledges the shortcoming while not sounding like he's wondering why such a thing was even created. He notes the shortcomings while showing how that may impact usage, and without giving any derogatory opinions.

I know everyone is quick to jump on someone when they feel they didn't do a good job reviewing something, but I just wanted to take a second and state this is how reviews should be done.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 08:46

5. cmvrgr (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Why spending so much money for buying a big screen mobile phone when you can buy a
fonepad with 240€ only.

Intel Atom is super fast even for intensive applications. Some reviewers are trying to make potential buyers to feel that some models are underpowered but this is not true for fonepad.
In every day use is fast as a Note 8 or nexus.

GPS app is running like a charm no locks super fast if you consider that it runs on 1280 x 800 pixels. Some applications are playing smoother even from other arm quad core tablets.

I think the dual thread single core intel atom and the optimized andoid for x86 is a super combination for performance.

On compatibility no applications and games that I am using had any problems. Runs fast and smooth.

Ok size is bigger that note II or mega 6.3 but the splendid 7" screen is unreplaceable.

Battery consumption if you compare it with note 8 3g (my brothers) is far better (even 40%) if you use it as a phone and tablet.

I am very happy for spending (1/3 money from my brother for note 8) and getting a so good machine.

Maybe next year that tablet phones will get better specs (grater cameras with flash, processors, screen resolutions etc) then I will consider if I will replace it.

Bravo ASUS.

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Asus Fonepad

Asus Fonepad

OS: Android 4.1
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Display7.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (216 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Intel Atom Z2420, Single core, 1200 MHz, Saltwell processor
1024 MB RAM
Size7.73 x 4.73 x 0.41 inches
(196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm)
11.99 oz  (340 g)

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