yosms, 08 Feb 2013Its an awesome phone I should say. After using it for 6 months, I don't find any problems exce... morecan we use padfone and tablet seprately please let me know i brought these gadget today
The very thought of combining three different platforms and making a device is the key for creating a new potential market. The PadFone has won the innovation award of 2012 at International CES which explains this is definitely a step into innovating a new kind of product.
Now if we are looking at just the smartphone and not a bundled package this could be a deal breaker, but that's not the case the package includes below items.
-Station Dock(Keyboard Dock)
-Stylus Bluetooth Headset
-Wired Headset with In-line microphone
All the devices have their own independent batteries PadFone(1520 mAh), PadFone Station(3300 mAh), Station Dock(3300 mAh) with which a total of upto 17Hrs of usage time could be achieved when all three devices are used together.
And answering the question about ASUS being an unknown company - ASUS is $14.73 Billion dollar company in revenue as per 2011 and it has extensive service network all over the country and that definitely is not possible for a small player.
Review after Four Days Hands-on:
Battery Life: After four days have passed i dint had connect the charger to the phone, this is possible only if you use all the three devices time to time, once the phone to docked into Padfone Station the phone will be charged to 100 percent and the Station Dock will charge both Phone and Padfone Station keeping them charged up all the time. The concept is simple, phone is the key device without which both the devices are obsolete and their mission is to keep the phone alive at all times. I will not say how many hours of talk-time you would get but i assure that you would never be disappointed. There is a small flaw in this concept as if you charge the phone and keep it at 100 percent at all times it might reduce the battery life in long run, but this is a easy fix as the battery for the PadFone is user replaceable.
Looks and Build Quality: The first look of the phone will tell you that the build quality is exceptionally good. The phone comes is a aluminium casing which makes it strong enough to withstand falls. The screen is protected with a corning gorilla glass. The back cover is made out of good quality plastic with a ripple design which not only adds to the design factor but acts for the phone back cover to be fingerprint resistant.
Display and Performance: The display is 4.3 inches Super AMOLED display with great viewing angles and with an outdoor mode which could be used to make someone blind when used in dark.
The AnTuTu Benchmark score is pretty impressive which came out as a surprise to me. It scored a total of 15, 688., Playing head on with Google Nexus 4 and leaving Samsung Galaxy S2 far behind in the list.
Games and HD video playback is flawless both on the phone and PadFone Station, i tested Robocop which has very high end graphics on phone and tablet and the graphics look amazing on both the devices and the game runs seamlessly.
I understand that it is a very long review to read but once you read it, its really hard to resist yourself from clicking on Buynow, so have some patience.(This is warning to stop here for users who could not resist their temptation)
Operating System and Proprietary Apps: The phone ships with ICS 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwitch) and is upgrades to 4.1(Jelly Bean) which is not bad for a phone which was released in 2012.
Asus has done a tremendous job with some innovative apps pre-loaded some of them are so good that, they make you same AWESOME out loud and I am not going to spoil the fun by explaining the features as it is a wonderful to discover it yourself. on the flip-side there are some application which are not that useful of which some could be uninstalled which is good.
Memory and Storage: There is nothing much to talk here but numbers in most of the reviews so i tried to blend it in like other reviews at which i failed.
Internal Storage: 32GB
External Memory: Expandable upto 32GB with micro sd
Asus Cloud Storage: 5GB (Could be upgraded to 50GB or 500GB with paid subscription)
Total storage for phone: 69GB
The list ends here for most of the phones but it does not for this one the Station Dock houses 2XUSB 2.0 ports and a memory card reader. The USB port is compatible with a USB mouse, although i am yet to explore the whole lot of possibilities I am pretty sure that it would support an external hard drive.
The final verdict about the device is, its a great device if you are looking for a new product with multiple uses. All the data could be integrated in one device and could be accessed via different platforms which gives a unique user experience.
Any users of this phone who can comment about
- Lagging of the phone for Office application / general surfing / medium usage games like Temple Run etc.?
- Can I use both tablet and phone together?
- How good is the keyboard?
- Is Android 4.4 kitkat gonna hit this device?
- Is there a real GPS (not A-GPS) in this device?
I have a Asus a66 padfone 32 gb.asus is a good brand but there is a some technical problem.and still work with 4.1.1 please update latest virson of android.in asus a66 there is a notification light but its note working....and some time phone will switch off automatically.so i request to asus team pls solwe this problem.
I am using Asus phone, its good instrument but services in India are pathatic and frustrating
I've had the Asus Padfone for about 2 moths and I have to say that I'm very pleased with it.
It's true that not every app will survive switching between the phone and the station but nevertheless the fact that I can do that - change from a small, handy smartphone device to a full laptop-size devise while retaining all my apps and data and settings. Something hard to obtain with any other device (especially at that prize level!)
It's a pity that one cannot upgrade Android to its newest version (or maybe it is possible, and I simply don't know about it o_O?)
Another great feature is the additional battery in the docking station! When I use it I sometimes get surprised by the fact that at the end of the day I still have a nearly full battery on my phone.
The design of the docking station is what needs working on, though. The volume buttons are in such a possition that I constantly press them when I hold it with both hands and when it is plugged in I need to rotate the screen upside down to be able to use it relatively comfortably. That is more - the lack of ports in the docking station is a scandal! What difficulty was there to make a connection between the ports from the smartphone and some ports in the docking station?
Overall... great concept! very usefull. Some minor mishaps. A MUST HAVE if you want two devices without all the hustle ^_=
Helena, 17 Jun 2013My PadFone has radio and does not have Adobe Flash.Just install Adobe Flash using sideload. APK can be download from official Adobe website.
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PeterNik, 27 May 2013It works with 64Gb microSD cards. you sure ? it doesn't hang or stop workin'?
Bananajoe, 22 Mar 2013You Should learn how to spell if you want people to take your suggestion seriouslyI take him seriously, understands everything he writes, what is this english class?!
Suyid, 21 Mar 2013better dont buy this kinda of cellphone. very2 poor after sales service. This phone have many ... moreYou Should learn how to spell if you want people to take your suggestion seriously
Anonymous, 21 Feb 2013May I ask some question? I wanna buy this gadget, but I'm little doubtfull. Is the docking sam... morebetter dont buy this kinda of cellphone. very2 poor after sales service. This phone have many disadvantages. for your info, this cellphone was 'copy' from Samsung S2. better think!i am really regretful bought this rubish stuff.
zaidirazak, 09 Mar 2013iam sure i will buy this phone if i had extra money hahahahah. Better dont, their ASS very poor. u cant even get new replacement if the phone facing thhe problem although u complaint it more than 4 times,although under warranty.
When the phone is docked into the tablet station, the phone/tablet combination can connect to the internet via the phones cellphone connection.
yosms, 08 Feb 2013Its an awesome phone I should say. After using it for 6 months, I don't find any problems exce... moreMay I ask some question? I wanna buy this gadget, but I'm little doubtfull. Is the docking same or can work as a tablet? Can we connect to the internet without wi-fi? (Like connect the docking with the sim card), and last, can we make a call or message from the docking/tablet? Really, I give my thank.