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Asus PadFone Review

Asus PadFone

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Asus PadFone Review
Introduction:

Asus PadFone Review
The Asus PadFone is a pretty unique device – it's a combination of a phone and a tablet chassis, powered by that phone. The idea is that you already have huge processing power in your handset, so why need to buy another device with similar specs when you can use the phone's hardware and only get a bigger screen? This should also translate into saving a few dollars since you don't have to pay twice for things such as the processor.

As good as the idea sounds on paper, though, the PadFone is the first gadget of this kind, so the big question is whether Asus managed to wrap an interesting idea into a similarly well finished product? The answer is not that clear – with tablets slimming down in both bulk and price, the PadFone has to answer to some serious engineering challenges to succeed.


Design:

First, the Asus PadFone itself. It surprises with very elegant, sleek forms, finished in Asus's zenbook design language. That means a very eye-catchy rippled back plastic cover that is also very grippy and practical, and also pleasant to touch.

The Asus PadFone surprises with very elegant, sleek forms, finished in Asus's zenbook design language - Asus PadFone Review
The Asus PadFone surprises with very elegant, sleek forms, finished in Asus's zenbook design language - Asus PadFone Review
The Asus PadFone surprises with very elegant, sleek forms, finished in Asus's zenbook design language - Asus PadFone Review

The Asus PadFone surprises with very elegant, sleek forms, finished in Asus's zenbook design language


Asus PadFone Review

You can compare the Asus PadFone with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

On the sides, a matte aluminum frame in a teardrop shape encircles the device and holds its volume up and down buttons, as well as the lock key. Those keys are also aluminum with just the right amount of travel – you don't need to press too hard or light, the engineering of the phone itself is excellent.

micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports (left) - Asus PadFone Review
Volume rocker (right) - Asus PadFone Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - Asus PadFone Review
Bottom edge - Asus PadFone Review

micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports (left)

Volume rocker (right)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Bottom edge


The Asus PadFone also feels very light at 4.6 ounces, and relatively thin at 0.4 inches (9.4mm). We should also note that it uses the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on-screen buttons, so the front is completely clean of physical or capacitive keys.

Front - Asus PadFone Review
Front-facing camera - Asus PadFone Review
Android keys - Asus PadFone Review

Front

Front-facing camera

Android keys


We also appreciate Asus' decision to include separate micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports on the left. Having a micro-HDMI port makes it extremely easy to hook up the phone to an HD TV, and cables are easy to find.

Back - Asus PadFone Review
Rear camera - Asus PadFone Review
Back cover removed - Asus PadFone Review

Back

Rear camera

Back cover removed



Display:

Asus PadFone Review
The 4.3-inch 540x960-pixel Super AMOLED screen might not be up to the size game as most high-end Android devices nowadays rely on bigger screens. We wouldn't necessarily hold this against it, but we should caution you that those on-screen buttons take up a noticeable chunk of those 4.3 inches, so you're left with even less space after all.

When it comes to the details, Super AMOLED means a PenTile screen and this in turn translates into less subpixels, and the qHD resolution while not bad certainly seems a bit behind the times. If we don't pick the nits too much though, you'd be happy with the vibrant colors and deep blacks on the display. Asus has handily included an “outdoor mode” that boosts the screen brightness, and makes it much easier to use the screen outdoors even on a sunny day.

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Asus PadFone

Asus PadFone

OS: Android 4.0.3
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.04 x 2.57 x 0.36 inches
(128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 10.83 hours talk time

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