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Asus PadFone Review

Asus PadFone

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Interface and Functionality:

The PadFone ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a very light Asus skin on top of it. We love vanilla Android for both its performance and looks, but this here overlay is one of the best we've seen and we didn't mind it all – actually, we liked the brilliantly designed simplistic widgets, the brightness controls integrated right in the notification shade and a couple of nice little additions.

The brilliant work on the skin is probably a huge factor in having Android virtually flow very smoothly. The weather and battery widgets as we said integrate so well with the experience, they are a joy, and while you can disable the Asus-ified notification dropdown, you probably wouldn't want to as that's where you have essential controls like the Outdoor mode toggle (pushes the phone brightness for the outdoors). Go into the dialer, and you'd have smart dialling, a simple time-saver that you'd come to love.

The Asus PadFone ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a very light Asus skin on top of it - Asus PadFone Review
The Asus PadFone ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a very light Asus skin on top of it - Asus PadFone Review
The Asus PadFone ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a very light Asus skin on top of it - Asus PadFone Review
The Asus PadFone ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a very light Asus skin on top of it - Asus PadFone Review

For those who have used an Asus device before, the list of included apps will be familiar. For others – it'd seem too much. You have the App Locker, WebStorage, SplashTop Remote (under MyCloud), asus@vibe, MyNet (for DLNA sharing), File Manager, SuperNote, Polaris Office and Garmin StreetPilot. Those apps range from cloud storage to entertainment, productivity and navigation, so we'd definitely take a closer look at some of them.

On-screen keyboard - Asus PadFone Review
On-screen keyboard - Asus PadFone Review


Processor and Memory:

The Asus PadFone comes with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A clocked at 1.5GHz, which is excellent and matches current quad-core devices in performance. The phone also has 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 graphics.

This combination makes for a blazing fast, almost lag-free experience both on the PadFone and in the PadFone Station. We’ve run a few tests to help you get a better grasp of the processing power of the S4 chip powering the device.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Asus PadFone 5017 6327 60,6
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2000 5503 24

The Quadrant score of above 5,000 places the PadFone in the top tier of Android devices, but the Adreno 225 graphical card is more of a mid-range affair scoring well but not great in graphical benchmarks.

When it comes to built-in memory, there are different versions of the PadFone. We had the 16GB one, with nearly 13 gigs of storage available, and there’s also a 32GB version. In either case, the memory is expandable by as much as 32GB more via a microSD card slot.


Internet and Connectivity:

The PadFone runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and nowadays this is a minimum requirement. The Internet browsing experience is a glaring example why you need Android 4.0. Chrome, the browser that Google is using as default in its latest devices, require ICS to run, and on this here device it runs perfectly smoothly, with no trouble zooming in and out, and scrolling around.

Internet browsing - Asus PadFone Review
Internet browsing - Asus PadFone Review

You can connect to the web via either HSPA or Wi-Fi, but the HSPA bands it supports are not compatible with US carriers, so you'd have to rely on the slower 2G speeds or your Wi-Fi network. There is also no 4G LTE version at the moment.

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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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