Asus Padfone - a versatile platform or just good engineering exercise?

Asus Padfone - a versatile platform or just good engineering exercise?
Now that we've spent some hands-on time with the Asus Padfone phone/tablet/netbook/notepad concept in its actual reincarnation, we were wondering how do you feel about it from a user's perspective.

The Padfone coming in April is a thin and powerful Android handset with a 4.3" Super AMOLED display, frame-crunching 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset, 8MP BSI camera and a great sense of humor. 

It uses some contortionist skills to slide and latch quickly into a 10.1" screen shell, becoming a tablet, which gets slammed into a keyboard dock with built-in additional battery to become a touchscreen netbook, all the while you can use a stylus for doodling like on a notepad, or receive calls with. The ultimate modern-day Matroska doll indeed.

This whole schizophrenic getup is of a very sturdy build quality and a looker to boot, but how practical is it? We have given suitable and unsuitable usage scenarios that came to our mind while fondling the Padfone at MWC, but now we want to hear your opinion. 

So what do you think - is the Asus Padfone the best thing after homemade jam or a multiple personalities disorder waiting to happen? 

Checkmark one in the poll and opine in the comments below.

Asus Padfone - a versatile platform or just good engineering exercise?

Love it, this 4-in-1 concept is very practical, plus it looks like something from The Jetsons!
36.29%
Nice one, but it depends on pricing, I need to pay less than for separate devices
50%
Nah, it's cumbersome, I already own a smartphone/tablet/netbook
9.46%
Thanks, but I have enough crazies at home
4.25%

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  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1520 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I really like this but if it is above 599$ sorry. lol

2. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

To me this would be a perfect device. I'm looking to replace my phone and I'd love to have a tablet. The Transformer Prime would be my first choice, but I don't want to pay that much for a non-3G capable mobile device. If the padfone + padstation costs less than a comparable smartphone + 3G capable tablet I won't even consider before rushing to the first available vendor. I think it's probably less of a hassle to dock/undock padfone/station than it is to carry two completely different devices that you need to sync with each other and either pay for two different 3G-connections or swap SIM-cards between those two. And if I can get a proper keyboard attached to the same device I can leave my laptop at home most of the time.

3. Jamus

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

What carrier will the phone be on?

4. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

"Nice one, but it depends on pricing, I need to pay less than for separate devices."

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

same here, otherwise its not convenient at all

6. isssak

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I really wouldn't be willing to fork out much for that, nothing over 500 dollars really, and it just doesn't seem very practical. Separate devices is much better suited to me. The concept seemed really great when it came out, but it's taken forever to come out, and I can almost guarantee that getting your hands on one, specifically here in Australia, wouldn't be easy....

7. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Would you get a hi-end smartphone and a 10" tablet with $500? I'd hazard a guess that you'd have to pay more to get those. Of course if you think that you would need to use your tablet and phone both at the same time for different tasks ...

8. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i dont think there is something that you can do on your tablet at the sametime while you're busy on yo table, cos you can answer your call while you surf the net of this device, all in all its a perfect device for ppl who wants to use one sim for their tablet and mobile, without the need of a wi-fi connection. Im not a huge fan of Asus but this is the solution and i bet you more manufacturers are going to go this way, i dont know about Apple, but who knows Samsung might release galaxt s3 that can dock into the tablet chasis and the S pen can answer the fone call, with the keyboard dock

9. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yes, this can replace my netbook and at the same time i don't have to tether my phone again (and drain its battery), but still have phone functionality.. but i am waiting for the price to be announced first..

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