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Asus Padfone 2 Review

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Call Quality:

Asus Padfone 2 Review
Calling quality is pleasant overall, as there aren't too many distractions with it. Relying on the earpiece, we really need to jam it next to our ear to actually hear its tones properly. Voices on our end tend to be crackly at the loudest setting – and that includes both the speakerphone and earpiece. Luckily, there's no issue on the other end of the line.

During our time using the handset, we didn't experience seeing the handset's signal strength fluctuating erratically – nor did it drop any phone calls. In fact, signal strength stayed at a steady -79 dBm in high coverage areas.


Battery:

Hiding away a 2,140 mAh battery inside of its body, we can't complain too much about its longevity, especially when its rated 16 hours of 3G talk time is ballooned all the way to 36 hours of 3G talk time when the battery capacity of the Padfone Station is thrown into the mix. In our testing, where we used it with Wi-Fi connectivity at home and EDGE speeds elsewhere, we're able to get 2 days of normal usage on a full charge, which consisted of mostly surfing the web and text messaging. Of course, you can expect the results to be less if it's used with LTE primarily. Still, it's worth noting that we're able to get 4 days of juice with mixed usage between the handset and Padfone Station.


Conclusion:

As an independent smartphone, the Asus Padfone 2 is one impressive device that can tangle with some of the greats out there, seeing that it has that wonderful balance between raw performance and impressive hardware. Crazy to believe it, but the handset is one of the lightest smartphones in its class! Beyond that, we're glad that Asus decided to go with a different route in how the smartphone is docked with the Padfone Station. Simply put it, the entire thing makes more sense – plus, it's seamless and quick with very few complications.

However, when this is sporting an average price point of $800 contract-free for both devices, it'll surely raise a few brows in the process. Typically, it's a hard tally to cough up, but when we think about it more, some will surely dish out the dough to experience something very different. Still, purchasing the Padfone 2 means that you'll need to be invested in the two devices for the long run – especially considering that the next version of this device won't accommodate the older hardware. Generally speaking, it's neat that there's dual-functionality with the Padfone 2, but as an all-in-one solution, you might also want to think about some of the other phablets out there – such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II that might appease your itch.

Author's note: the currently available (unlocked) version of the phone is Europe-friendly only. In the States, it will work without 3G/4G connectivity.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.1.1
Build Number: JRO03L
Kernel Version: 3.4.0


Asus Padfone 2 Video Review:

Pros

  • Impressively lightweight smartphone
  • Wickedly fast performance
  • Unique dual-form functionality
  • Sharp looking Super IPS+ display

Cons

  • Very expensive
PhoneArena rating:
8
User rating:
9.5 2 Reviews
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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: 2494; 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: 508; 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: 1557; 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: 914; 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: 210; 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: 1557; 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: 914; 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: 248; 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: 1557; 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: 248; 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: 1557; 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: 3595; 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 4.4 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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