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Asus Padfone 2 Review

Asus Padfone 2

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Interface and Functionality:

Quickly glazing over the interface running on the Asus Padfone 2, it's evident that it's mostly sticking to a stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean experience. Of course, the homescreen is livened up with Asus' set of widgets – while the notifications panel gives us access to some of the device's connectivity features. Connecting it to the Padfone Station, though, we're glad to see some additional enhancements to the UI. For starters, it splashes some multi-tasking elements when the triangle shaped on-screen Android button is pressed. Actually, it's similar to the mini apps tray featured in Samsung's TouchWiz UI for tablets, where a select group of mini apps can be overlaid on top of whatever we're doing. Needless to say, it's an appreciated feature, but it would've been nice to see a larger selection. And lastly, the same dynamic display switch feature is in tow with this one as well, which makes for a smooth transition with certain apps when going from the smartphone to the tablet and vice versa – though, not all apps are supported.

The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The user interface of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review

Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Interface of the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review

Having a sizable amount of real estate with the smartphone's display, typing up messages with its on-screen keyboard is effortless, especially when it's spacious and responsive. However, we're not fans of the on-screen keyboard with the Padfone Station, seeing that the layout is rather cramped – and that it does not register our presses accurately with the space key.

The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review
The Onscreen keyboard of the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus Padfone 2 Review

Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Keyboard when docked on the Padfone Station - Asus Padfone 2 Review


As for the usual set of core organizer apps, they don't deviate from what we're typically used to seeing. Thankfully, their layouts adapt to whatever we're using – whether it's the smartphone or tablet. And of course, it helps that the dynamic display switch feature makes for a smooth transition.


Processor and Memory:

Seriously, this isn't messing around one bit, as it's packing some firepower under the hood to keep its rivals in check. Specifically, the Padfone 2 is armed with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Simply put it folks, it's a speed demon any way we dissect it. Heck, even graphically intensive live wallpapers are no match for it, since it exhibits the same consistent and smooth performance with everything.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Asus Padfone 2 7446 21197 57
LG Optimus G 7669 9565 60,1
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 15152 58,6

Unfortunately, neither the smartphone or Padfone Station is sporting a useful microSD slot, which means that you'll need to be mindful about using up its 16GB of internal storage.


Internet and Connectivity:

Needless to say, nothing is sweeter than being exposed to some buttery smooth executions with everything related to the web browsing experience. Not only do pages load extremely fast with this speed demon, but thanks to the high resolution display, fluid navigational controls, and instant page rendering, we can't help but praise the all-encompassing experience that the Padfone 2 offers in this specific category.

Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review
Browsing the web on the Asus Padfone 2 is buttery smooth - Asus Padfone 2 Review


With our review unit, it's an unlocked GSM smartphone that features LTE connectivity on the 800/1800/2600MHz spectrum – while UMTS/HSPA is handled on the 900/2100MHz bands, which is unusable in the States resulting in 2G mode only. Much like its contemporaries, it's outfitted with the usual set of connectivity features that we commonly expect to find – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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Asus Padfone 2

Asus Padfone 2

OS: Android 4.4 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) Super IPS+ LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2 GB 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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