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Asus Fonepad Review

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With Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded, the Asus Fonepad is not too far behind on the software side, although it would have been nicer to see it ship with 4.2 instead. Jelly Bean's newer flavor gets not only lock screen widgets, but several tablet-specific improvements as well, including multi-user support and a redesigned UI. When (or if) the Asus Fonepad will get updated to Android 4.2 isn't known as of this writing.

In the Fonepad's case, Asus has added a whole lot of UI modifications of its own, and while they are anything but unique, we find the tweaks worthy of being called useful. The first thing we notice is the camera app and Google Now can be launched straight from the lock screen. Then there's the notification bar where we see toggle switches for the Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth radio and so on, along with a slider adjusting the screen's brightness. Apps like Calendar, Gallery, Contacts, the dialer and the messaging app have been loaded in their stock form.

The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded - Asus Fonepad Review
The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded - Asus Fonepad Review

The Asus Fonepad comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-loaded


Asus is expanding the Fonepad's productivity feature set further with a set of small applications called Floating Apps. They can be launched in their own small window hovering above the UI. These include a web browser, calculator, stopwatch, calendar, dictionary, email client, and more. New floating apps can be added from the selection of widgets. In fact, a widget loaded onto the tablet can be made to run as a Floating app. Speaking of widgets, Asus has loaded a few nice ones onto the Fonepad, including a weather and clock combo, a task manager, a battery widget and one that keeps count of unread email.

The on-screen keyboard is large, spacious and comfortable for typing even lengthy emails. However, it lagged on several occasions during our testing, so responsiveness might be an issue with certain apps.

On-screen keyboard - Asus Fonepad Review
On-screen keyboard - Asus Fonepad Review

On-screen keyboard



Processor and memory:

And so we've come to the part where we discuss what appears to be the tablet's weakest link. The Asus Fonepad is powered by a single-core Intel Atom Z2420 processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.2GHz, backed up by 1GB of RAM. At a glance, this may not seem like a whole lot of processing power, but in reality, the UI on the Asus Fonepad runs smoothly enough most of the time. Simpler tasks are executed swiftly and performance issues aren't really that common.

Still, anyone who has ever used a high-end tablet, or even a Google Nexus 7, would notice that the Asus Fonepad isn't all that fast. We'd recommend avoiding live wallpapers and loading too many widgets on its home screens as these may take a heavy toll on the tablet's performance. If you're into gaming, keep in mind that only casual games run smoothly. Not that demanding titles with 3D graphics are playable, but the presence of fancy special effects causes a noticeable drop in frame rate.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Asus Fonepad 2830 9174 1323 / 12fps Fail / 456
Google Nexus 7 3599


Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 6747



Note: In some markets, the Asus Fonepad is available with a faster, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor.

The Asus Fonepad model that we're reviewing comes with 16GB of on-board storage with the option to expand that space further with a microSD card. When all the space occupied by system files is taken out of the equation, the user is left with about 11.7GB of space to work with. That's okay for storing apps, books, and photos, but those who intend on carrying movies or lots of music on their Fonepad will need to get a microSD card.


Web browser and connectivity:

The stock Android web browser renders both light and heavy web pages quickly. Navigation and zooming work smoothly, so overall, we have no complaints about its performance. In addition, the sufficient resolution of the screen and the support for multiple tabs enhance the browsing experience further. We tried how Chrome would work on the tablet, just because, but we didn't find it as responsive, so sticking to the stock browser would be a better choice.

The web browser of Asus Fonepad - Asus Fonepad Review
The web browser of Asus Fonepad - Asus Fonepad Review

The web browser of Asus Fonepad


With the Asus Fonepad, connecting to the internet is done either over Wi-Fi b/g/n, or via its built-in, 21mbps 3G radio. Bluetooth and GPS are in stock as well, so one can pair their wireless headphones to the device, or use it for in-car navigation. NFC and FM radio, on the other hand, are missing.

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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: 57; 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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