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Asus Padfone 2 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Quickly glazing over the interface running on the Asus Padfone 2, it's evident that it's mostly sticking to a stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean experience. Of course, the homescreen is livened up with Asus' set of widgets – while the notifications panel gives us access to some of the device's connectivity features. Connecting it to the Padfone Station, though, we're glad to see some additional enhancements to the UI. For starters, it splashes some multi-tasking elements when the triangle shaped on-screen Android button is pressed. Actually, it's similar to the mini apps tray featured in Samsung's TouchWiz UI for tablets, where a select group of mini apps can be overlaid on top of whatever we're doing. Needless to say, it's an appreciated feature, but it would've been nice to see a larger selection. And lastly, the same dynamic display switch feature is in tow with this one as well, which makes for a smooth transition with certain apps when going from the smartphone to the tablet and vice versa – though, not all apps are supported.

The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review

The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2


Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review

Interface of the Padfone Station


Having a sizable amount of real estate with the smartphone's display, typing up messages with its on-screen keyboard is effortless, especially when it's spacious and responsive. However, we're not fans of the on-screen keyboard with the Padfone Station, seeing that the layout is rather cramped – and that it does not register our presses accurately with the space key.

The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review

The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2


Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review

Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station



As for the usual set of core organizer apps, they don't deviate from what we're typically used to seeing. Thankfully, their layouts adapt to whatever we're using – whether it's the smartphone or tablet. And of course, it helps that the dynamic display switch feature makes for a smooth transition.


Processor and Memory:

Seriously, this isn't messing around one bit, as it's packing some firepower under the hood to keep its rivals in check. Specifically, the Padfone 2 is armed with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Simply put it folks, it's a speed demon any way we dissect it. Heck, even graphically intensive live wallpapers are no match for it, since it exhibits the same consistent and smooth performance with everything.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Asus Padfone 2 7446 21197 57
LG Optimus G 7669 9565 60,1
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 15152 58,6

Unfortunately, neither the smartphone or Padfone Station is sporting a useful microSD slot, which means that you'll need to be mindful about using up its 16GB of internal storage.


Internet and Connectivity:

Needless to say, nothing is sweeter than being exposed to some buttery smooth executions with everything related to the web browsing experience. Not only do pages load extremely fast with this speed demon, but thanks to the high resolution display, fluid navigational controls, and instant page rendering, we can't help but praise the all-encompassing experience that the Padfone 2 offers in this specific category.

Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review

Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth



With our review unit, it's an unlocked GSM smartphone that features LTE connectivity on the 800/1800/2600MHz spectrum – while UMTS/HSPA is handled on the 900/2100MHz bands, which is unusable in the States resulting in 2G mode only. Much like its contemporaries, it's outfitted with the usual set of connectivity features that we commonly expect to find – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:17 5

1. mpoznic (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Feb 2013)


awesome phone. :D

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:37

2. Commentator (Posts: 2186; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Hoping the next one revives the missing keyboard dock. I'd still prefer the OG Padfone because of that.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:40 1

3. Diego! (Posts: 483; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Why did just get an 8 when is absolutely wonderful?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:51 9

4. buccob (Posts: 1049; 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?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:31 2

10. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 642; 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:47 1

14. b1acktiger (Posts: 197; 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:52 4

17. buccob (Posts: 1049; 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...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 15:16

18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 642; 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.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 02:31

22. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


I agree with you, this is more like a popularity contest.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:20

5. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


Pixel density:

312 ppi

VEry disappointing

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:25

6. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


As new phones have ~440/1 ppi

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:36 2

8. lallolu (Posts: 212; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


It was released before full HD screens became the norm for the very high-end phones.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:50

9. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


Hm......

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:43 1

12. buccob (Posts: 1049; 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

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:24

16. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


So thats the reason :) .. thanks

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 15:19

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

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:35

7. lallolu (Posts: 212; 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:46

13. buccob (Posts: 1049; 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)

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:06

11. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


An 8?
BS

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:48 1

15. Taters (Posts: 2403; 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

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:51

20. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


FML I want this phone!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 02:25

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.

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Asus Padfone 2

Asus Padfone 2

OS: Android 4.0.4
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) Super IPS+ LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.43 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches
(137.9 x 68.9 x 9 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)

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