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Asus Fonepad Review

Asus Fonepad

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Call quality:

Asus Fonepad Review
As the name suggests, the Asus Fonepad can be used to make phone calls, and you don't even need a headset for that as there's an earpiece built right in. Text messages can be sent and received as well with the device. Unfortunately, the actual call quality is mediocre, especially on the other side of the line where our voice is so crackly and distorted that it can be hard to understand. The earpiece doesn't sound good either, but at least it is loud enough for us to make out what the other party is saying.

Battery life:

Ironically, the Asus Fonepad is rated of providing a whopping 32.5 hours of continuous talk time on a 3G network. That doesn't come as much of a surprise, actually, since it packs a decent 4270mAh battery. The tablet is rated for 9 hours of active use or 31 days in stand-by, which are acceptable figures. One might be able to extend the longevity of the Fonepad by enabling the Smart Saving feature, which turns off some or all of the device's radios whenever they aren't needed. It can also set the brightness level of the screen depending on what the tablet is being used for.


Although it can make calls and send text messages, the Asus Fonepad is clearly not an ideal smartphone replacement, although you can totally use it as one. Just bear in mind that the tablet isn't made to be carried in a pocket, obviously, and its call quality leaves a lot to be desired. The Fonepad, however, stands out with being a good-looking, 3G-capable slate with a quality screen and enough battery power to get you through the day. But most importantly, it can be owned for as low as $250, which is a very reasonable price considering what you get in exchange.

Nevertheless, we would definitely recommend you to consider trying the Nexus 7 tablet as well before taking out your wallet. Sure, it can't make phone calls, but it packs much more processing power than the humble Fonepad even though it comes at a similar price. Or if money isn't an issue, the 3G-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 would be a great alternative to the Asus Fonepad as it is much faster.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.1.2
Build number: JZO54K.VW_epad-V3.2.2-20130521

The Asus Fonepad review unit was kindly provided to us by Tablet.bg.


  • Solid build quality
  • microSD card slot
  • 3G connectivity for cellular data
  • Can make phone calls, send/receive text messages


  • Not powerful enough for serious gaming
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posted on 31 May 2013, 11:15

2. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

these tabs r comman in india ex micromax funbook talk and karbonn tafone milagrow 3g tabletwith calling facility

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:44 1

3. Andre007 (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)

Please Phonearena I've been asking in every article about this tab: Where Can I Find It In The U.S ??!

posted on 31 May 2013, 15:08 1

4. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

Not to bead a dead horse, but I would like to take a second and recognize this as a good, quality review. Recently the BlackBerry Q10 was reviewed, and if you read the comments at the link down below, you can see everyone agree that the phone, while not a mainstream offering, was heavily biased against in the review.


Here, we have another device that isn't exactly mainstream, has a few shortcomings, but the reviewer objectively acknowledges the shortcoming while not sounding like he's wondering why such a thing was even created. He notes the shortcomings while showing how that may impact usage, and without giving any derogatory opinions.

I know everyone is quick to jump on someone when they feel they didn't do a good job reviewing something, but I just wanted to take a second and state this is how reviews should be done.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 08:46

5. cmvrgr (Posts: 34; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)

Why spending so much money for buying a big screen mobile phone when you can buy a
fonepad with 240€ only.

Intel Atom is super fast even for intensive applications. Some reviewers are trying to make potential buyers to feel that some models are underpowered but this is not true for fonepad.
In every day use is fast as a Note 8 or nexus.

GPS app is running like a charm no locks super fast if you consider that it runs on 1280 x 800 pixels. Some applications are playing smoother even from other arm quad core tablets.

I think the dual thread single core intel atom and the optimized andoid for x86 is a super combination for performance.

On compatibility no applications and games that I am using had any problems. Runs fast and smooth.

Ok size is bigger that note II or mega 6.3 but the splendid 7" screen is unreplaceable.

Battery consumption if you compare it with note 8 3g (my brothers) is far better (even 40%) if you use it as a phone and tablet.

I am very happy for spending (1/3 money from my brother for note 8) and getting a so good machine.

Maybe next year that tablet phones will get better specs (grater cameras with flash, processors, screen resolutions etc) then I will consider if I will replace it.

Bravo ASUS.

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Asus Fonepad

Asus Fonepad

OS: Android 4.1
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Display7.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (216 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Intel Atom Z2420, Single core, 1200 MHz, Saltwell processor
Size7.73 x 4.73 x 0.41 inches
(196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm)
11.99 oz  (340 g)

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