Asus Padfone 2 Review
Last fall, we had the chance to check out the specialized device in the Asus Padfone, which introduced us to a whole new gadget category worth applausing. We're already seeing its successor in the aptly named Asus Padfone 2. Naturally, it's blessed with the usual set of hardware upgrades we'd expect to find, but in the world of always-evolving tech, does it stand a chance at attracting consumers to its uncanny dual-form functionality?
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Product Safety and Warranty Guide
Independently as a phone, the Asus Padfone 2 doesn't deviate much in terms of design over its predecessor, and in fact, the only noticeable new thing is its larger size in footprint – to accommodate the bigger screen. Utilizing a wedged tapered design similar to what's used by its Zenbook Prime ultrabooks, it gives the handset a very distinct look over other highly respected smartphones. Sure, its spun plastic casing might not be regarded as premium, but regardless of that, it contributes in making the handset deceptively lightweight. Obviously, it's not often we see Asus making smartphones, but we're so darn impressed with what they have here.
Despite it being a mostly stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean device, Asus opts to give the handset the usual trio of capacitive Android buttons beneath its display. On the opposite end, we naturally find its earpiece, light & proximity sensors, and front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera.
You can compare the Asus Padfone 2 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
13-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features an LED flash and 1080p video recording. In close proximity to it too, is the handset's speakerphone grill. And lastly, since it's donning a closed design, there's no access to its internal battery – nor do we find a microSD card slot.
Continuing to amaze us, this is sporting one heck of a sharp looking display that really gets our attention from the onset. With its sizable 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 Super IPS+ display, it no doubt produces the same level of detail we're accustomed to seeing nowadays on rival high-end devices, which is attributed to its pixel density of 312 ppi. At the same time, however, its Super IPS+ display is extraordinary vivid with its warm colors, modest viewing angles, strong brightness output, and high contrast – all of which combine to offer superior outdoor visibility. Frankly, we're mesmerized by it!
Padfone Station and Docking:
If you are not familiar with the Padfone concept, it consists of a smartphone that docks into a tablet “station” – the station features its own internal battery and display, but is not a fully featured tablet – it doesn't work without the phone, which provides the processor, memory, etc.
This time around, Asus decided to change how the smartphone is docked into the Padfone Station. Easier than before, the handset is simply requires being slid into the slot in the rear of the Padfone Station, where it makes the connection.
Specs-wise, there isn't anything too extraordinary, seeing that it features a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Display. Indeed, it's not the most detailed thing out there, but nevertheless, it's sufficient enough to accept and use. Looking at the design, we're somewhat irked by its choice of using a soft touch matte finish – mainly because it doesn't quite contrast well with the spun plastic rear casing of the smartphone.
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2. Commentator (Posts: 1874; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Hoping the next one revives the missing keyboard dock. I'd still prefer the OG Padfone because of that.
3. Diego! (Posts: 392; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Why did just get an 8 when is absolutely wonderful?
4. buccob (Posts: 731; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Phonearena missed some very important features...
The PadFone 2 has MHL capabilities through the phone, and USB on the go via the Tablet Station.
The Camera is able to record video: 720p @ 60 frames per seconds, or 480p @ 90 fps!!
There are 3 available options for the PadFone, the 16 GB, 32 and 64GB and they did not mention it...
Your rating process sucks!...
This should be around 8.5...
Xperia Z should be at least a 9
Why dont you criticize the iPhone for being over price?
10. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 538; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I agree, IMO the iPhone is far more overpriced than this in my country this costs 799 euro 32gb unlocked with the Station and the iPhone costs 949€ for the 16 gig version unlocked. This is on one of the biggest retail stores of my country.
14. b1acktiger (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Coz iPhone gives you the value for money ? An apple product which is notoriously known for higher pricing will never be in over priced list. if some other manufacturer asks to pay for their innovation, thats a "over priced" phone. and yeah, Apple's non removable and no expandable features will never be a minus point for them.
17. buccob (Posts: 731; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yeah I guess thats their logic... Anyway, Asus is known for having quality+budget friendly devices... But at the same time they have expensive offerings...
The rating should be something standard and consistent at least among reviewers in the same web site.
So if you are pointing out that a phone does no have microSD slot... then point it out in all of other phones in the same category...
I really like this site for news and info... but I hate their phone reviews... very biased towards whats "popular" and not meant to be a deep insight review on a piece of technology.
GSMarena is best at reviewing... though they do not score phones... I guess they know better...
18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 538; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Words of wisdom my friend! When it comes to reviews no website beats GSMArena or Anandtech, they know what they are doing and they at least know what features the phones have, unlike iPhonearena.
22. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
I agree with you, this is more like a popularity contest.
8. lallolu (Posts: 171; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
It was released before full HD screens became the norm for the very high-end phones.
12. buccob (Posts: 731; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Correct, it was release last year, but PA is a bit late to review it... although in their defense, Asus never released an American version, which is why I bought the Xperia Acro S and I am waiting for the Z
19. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
geez dude...if 312 is not enough for you....check your eyes quickly
you're a victim of marketing and 1080p magic
7. lallolu (Posts: 171; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
It is too expensive and I don't care one bit about the pad. I think it is better to buy a phone and a tab separately so it they are 2 devices which 2 people can use simultaneously instead of having to combine the phone with the pad everytime one needs the pad. Maybe thee phone price would have been lower then. I really like the phone though.
13. buccob (Posts: 731; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Well, I think the Pads idea is awesome... since if you get 2 phones and just 1 tablet accessory, both you and your partner, sibling, or whatever can use it without bothering with others account, apps, information, files...
And this way you are expending less than having 2 phones + 1 tablet... (kinda)
15. Taters (Posts: 1768; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Now the Xperia Z fans can't complain. This got a lower score despite being superior in a lot of ways. Same with the Oppo Find 5, it got an 8 only too. 8.5 for the Xperia Z is a great score.
People also need to realize that their are different reviewers with different tastes. Lol
21. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
the only con you put is "very expensive" yet the score is just 8? it has the same specs as the optimus G but this phone has more features than Optims G and this one got an 8? because its expensive? or bcoz its Asus? I dont get it.