Can’t decide between smartphone and tablet? Maybe the Asus PadFone will ignite your excitement. Take a look at the short review of it from cnet.
The good: Extremely snappy performance; fantastic battery life (with the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock); sleek handset design.
The bad: Bulky; connecting and disconnecting the PadFone can be a chore; the large touchpad may interfere with your typing.
As a standalone deivce, the PadFone isn’t at all bad to look at. The bottom of the phone has a sloping ridge, that meets with a subtle metal banding that goes around the outside. The back of the phone features an expanse of grey plastic that’s been given a rather smart circular textured effect.
The screen is a 4.3-inch AMOLED affair with a resolution of 540×960 pixels. That’s not as high definition as some new blowers like the Sony Xperia S or the LG Optimus 4X HD, both of which sport 720p screens, but it’s still a pretty good amount and when you’re just booting up the Facebook app, you’re not going to notice the difference. It’s reportedly bright and vivid too, so your movies and pictures should look delightful.
Around the back you’ll find an 8-megapixel camera that Asus reckons will be better than the snapper on the iPhone 4S. That’s certainly a bold claim — the pics you can get from the 4S can be stunning, especially with the built in HDR function switched on.
The PadFone Station is what puts the Pad in PadFone. The 10.1-inch tablet looks a lot like a Transformer Pad, from the 16:9 aspect ratio to the shades of gray and black that form its hard plastic body. The 1.6-pound device isn’t nearly as high-end or well-made as the other Transformers, though: its design is incredibly simple, without many of the stylish touches of Asus’ other tablets. It’s also really thick, at 13.5mm, and its body has bumps and ridges that keep it from every lying flat on a surface — it’ll always wobble a bit when you press or tap on it.
The PadFone Station is totally, completely powered by the PadFone. All your files, apps, even your Wi-Fi or data connection is provided by the phone, which is a pretty great idea: you won’t need to pay for a second data plan, or worry about clunky tethering solutions. There’s a door that opens at the top of the tablet’s back, with three ports that let you connect the PadFone. Connection is easy and usually only takes a second or two to switch over, though a handful of times it didn’t seem to take — it showed an endlessly spinning loading wheel, and I had to disconnect and re-dock the device to get it to work.
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon
CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU: Adreno 225
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser: HTML5, Adobe Flash
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support
Java: Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Predictive text input (Swype)
Plus, it is easy to enjoy movies on Asus Padfone, if the source file is MP4 file format. But how about playing MKV, FLV, etc rather than MP4? In the case, you may have to render to a third-party program Asus PadFone Video Converter, which can effortlessly convert almost any video file format to MPEG-4 or H.264 for Asus PadFone. DVD to Asus PadFone Converter make it possible for you to watch DVD movies on the move with PadFone.