The Asus Padfone 2
Asus Padfone offers both a tablet and a phone in a single pack. Can it really bring the best of in a single deal? Read the full review to know the answer.
The description of Asus Padfone 2 includes:
- Quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4processor
- Android 4.1operating system
- 32GB internal storage and no expansion slot for external memory
- phone: 137.9mm length; 9 mm width and 9mm thickness, Tablet: 263mm; 180.8mm width and 10.4mm
- Phone: A display of 7-inch and 1280 x 720 pixels display resolution, Tablet: : A display of 10.1 inches and 1280 x 800 pixels display resolution
- Phone weighs 135g, Tablet weighs 514g
- Price of $599
- The design of both the handset and the tablet is quite good.
- The tablet feels a bit bulky in hand.
- The corners are smooth and curvy, which make it very comfortable to hold and use.
- The back of the tablet rubberized which gives it a good grip.
- The physical material of the handset feels durable in hand.
- The thin metal strips along the edges of the handset, which gives it the illusion of tapered.
- There are three buttons beneath the screen for Home, Back and Menu functions.
- The pack comes with a docking device which is very easy to use; you can also receive your calls when the phone docked.
- The tablet cannot do anything on its own, it has no internal hardware.
- It cannot switched on unless the phone slotted in it.
- The tablet uses the handset’s memory, processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, 4G connections and Bluetooth. It does not have anything of its own.
- The handset has a 4.7-inch screen.
- The display resolution of the handset is 1280×720 pixels.
- The colors are very bright and crisp.
- The tablet having a 10.1-inch screen with 1280×800 pixels of display resolution is less impressive as compared to the handset.
- The display resolution of the tablets is almost the same as the phone, which makes it more of a mid-range device instead of a high-end tablet. The drop in resolution is very noticeable across the tablet, so the display quality is mediocre.
- Video viewing and web browsing experience on the tablet is not very good.
- The text clarity is not very good either.
- The phone has a 13-megapixel camera that gives great snapshots.
- Video recording is possible at 1080p.
- The processing with quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor along with 2 GB RAM is buttery smooth.
- The processor flies through most of the tasks without any jerkiness.
Memory & Battery
- The tablet does not have its own memory, it uses the handset’s memory.
- The handset has 32GB of built-in storage of which only 25GB is available to the user.
- One of the letdowns of the devices is that the memory cannot be increased as the there is no slot for external memory; neither in the phone nor the tablet. 25 GB is simply not enough for users who store all their music and videos on their phones and tablets.
- The handset battery will easily get you through a day of full use. The phone battery can also be charged from the tablet.
- Settings can be changed so that the tablet battery is used instead of the phone battery during the docking period.
- The handset runs Android 4.1.
- The features of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS are present.
- The handset is 4G supported.
- Apps and widgets can be managed separately on the phone and tablet.
- All the data that is downloaded and stored in the handset is present on both the phone and the tablet.
- There is a special outdoor brightness mode that increases the brightness when you go out.
Other then the low screen resolution on the tablet and absence of microSD card slot, there is no noticeable fault in Asus Padfone 2. The price is very reasonable for the two in one unit, buying them separately would cost a lot more. Of course, you cannot use the phone and the tablet at the same time which is a disadvantage but there are many awesome things about Asus Padfone 2 which can’t be ignored.
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