Asus Padfone 2 Review
Certainly, its 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with an f2.4 lens might seem beefy amongst other things, but when it comes down to it, the results are nothing more than average at best. Well, we can vouch that it can capture some pleasant shots outdoors – assuming that lighting is sufficient. However, the distracting elements include its poor handling of dynamic range and its prone to blurring in lower lighting situations due to its slower capture rate. Then again, the LED flash seems potent enough to cast enough lighting.
Camera samples shot with the Asus Padfone 2 Fullscreen
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Camera samples shot with the Asus Padfone 2
In addition, its 1080p video recording quality is nearly identical to its still capture quality, as there aren't enough compelling details to propel it over its highly esteemed rivals. When panning quickly, it also exhibits some recognizable artifacting elements, though, it's not as prominent unless we're looking very closely at it. However, the absolute most distracting part about its quality, is simply the slow capture rate of the camera, which at 23 frames per second, makes it appear noticeably choppy.
Asus Padfone 2 Sample Video:
Well, there's nothing to say about the music player on the Padfone 2, since it's the same old Google Play Music app used by many devices. Using the default equalizer setting, the audio quality sounds a tiny bit strained at the loudest volume setting, but then again, selecting the appropriate equalizer settings enhances the quality for the better.
Seeing that we've raved about the display earlier on, it doesn't surprise us that the Asus Padfone 2 handles high-definition videos effortlessly – even better when the display is sharp and vibrant! Strangely though, it's lacking DivX support out of the box, which is weird considering it supports other video codecs such as H.264, MPEG-4, and Xvid.
2. Commentator (Posts: 2083; 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: 448; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Why did just get an 8 when is absolutely wonderful?
4. buccob (Posts: 964; 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: 593; 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: 185; 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: 964; 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: 593; 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: 202; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
It was released before full HD screens became the norm for the very high-end phones.
12. buccob (Posts: 964; 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: 202; 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: 964; 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: 2094; 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.