Asus, one name you would associate with concepts, risk taker, innovation and many more. They have really made it this time by their new launch PadFone. It gives you a full-fledged functionality of a phone tablet and a laptop. Now you don’t have to buy different gadgets for your different needs, Asus PadFone has it all. It has an Android phone, a tablet like docking station and furthers a keyboard dock to convert it into a laptop.
Design and BuildThe PadFone itself is unique and cool in its own way. The Gorilla glass, sleek aluminium body it quite much resembles an iPhone. Just 9.2mm in width, it’s quite light for your pocket having a weight of 129 g. It has all the basic utilities like, a big 4.3 inch display, a volume rocker at the perfect place, a micro USB port, Micro HDMI and three contacts of docking station.
The build and finish of the PadFone are really impressive and same goes for the accessories that accompany it.
InterfaceIt is bundled with Android 4.0.3with Super AMOLED screen .The picture quality and videos look very crisp and clear. The notification bar is customized by ASUS and gives a handy scrolling bar instead. Asus has customized and improved some of UI options and will transform completely into tablet mode as soon as the phone is docked.
The shortcuts and widgets give a different picture in tablet mode when compared to phone. . The PadFone is powered by a Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 SoC running at 1.5GHz. This dual-core CPU is based on the new 28nm ‘Krait’ architecture and features the Adreno 225 for graphics. This is a powerful chip and it reflects in the benchmarks. Linpack returned a single threaded score of 100MFLOPS while in the multi-threaded score returned 180MFLOPS. AnTuTu also gave us a high score of 6941pts, which is very good.
You can easily switch from phone mode to tablet mode without any restarting application. This happens only in one condition that ‘Dynamic Display switch List’ is enabled. You can easily choose your app to be listed in Dynamic display Switch category for example the Browser does the switch very beautifully. Asus also gives you the flexibility of using its own keyboard, which is not too bad, or the stock ICS keyboard. Most OEMs force you to use their keyboard alone, so it's nice when you have a choice.
MediaYou can sort your songs by Recent, Albums, Artists, Songs, Playlists or Genre. With fresh look of media player even get audio enhancements by default and a support of FLAC files. Undoubtedly the volume is very good.
ConnectivityThe PadFone is a quad-band GSM device, but supports only two bands for 3G: 900 and 1200. It still does 21Mbps down and 5.76Mbps up.
CameraThe 8MP LED flash is pretty good and evenly illuminates a dark area. Panorama mode works very well too. Pictures look even better outdoors in natural light. Touch to focus is present as well along with touch to capture, face detection etc. The PadFone only has a VGA front camera, whereas the station packs in a 1.3MP cam.
Verdict and Price in IndiaThe Asus PadFone retails for Rs. 65,000 and as part of the package, you get the phone, the station, the keyboard and the stylus headset. This makes it the most expensive smart phone in India with all the added innovation and creativity.
|Screen Type||Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Screen Size||4.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||540 x 960 pixels|
|Number of Colours||16M|
|Processor||Qualcomm 8260A Dual-core|
|Internal Memory||32GB EMMC, 1GB LPDDR2|
|Sensor Resolution||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels|
|Front facing camera||0.3MP|
|Bluetooth Features||Yes, with A2DP|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|2G||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|EGPRS or EDGE||Yes|
|WiFi||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Dimensions||128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm|
|Media Player||Music formats: MP3/WAV/eAAC+|
- Video formats: MP4/H.264/H.263
|Alert Tone||Vibration, MP3|
|Talk Time with Standard Battery (Minutes)||WCDMA: Up to 510 / GSM: Up to 650|
|Standby Time with Standard Battery (Hours)||WCDMA: Up to 440 / GSM: Up to 373|
After Sales Service
|Warranty Period||1 Year|