The more i use, the weaker i feel the padfone station really is:
1. OTG keyboard/mouse does not automatically wake the tablet. (Need to press the power button, then the keyboard/mouse get detected.. when it off, you have to repeat the actions again.)
2. Light Sensors on the tablet / phone (auto brightness) does not work, when you have full brightness setup.
3. Cannot connect to PC in tablet mode.
4. Bluetooth is weak and useless, you cannot connect both BT mouse and BT audio headset at the same time, the music or mouse pointer get jerky.
So basically this is what ASUS tell you how to use this device:
- Use the phone only.
- Do not connect any BT / OTG keyboards/mouse/audio. or try to use this device+tablet like a desktop.
In other words, the padfone infinity station is a piece of junk. You get better performance if you dich the station, and connect your padfone directly to a normal monitor via OTG hdmi. Oh yea.. no BT connection.. you will be disappointed.
Long it lasted but now the Padfone infinity in the 64GB version at Amazon is available in Italy. This is the version with the tablet. The price is of € 981 below the MSRP. There are certainly some waiting for the availability, since Amazon has a good warranty (my last two Asus products are broke down within the warranty period and were replaced by Amazon without any problems) and by the dispatch from Italy are also incurred no customs fees.
Since it probably will not appear in Germany so is import from Italy probably the quickest and safest way.
if you miss the padfone, padfone 2, does not have a tablet and are ready to spend premium on a tablet.
get this , you will love it to the very last bit.
Alot of people did not know this is running jellybean 4.1.2 instead of 4.2
The tablet mode shows a 4.2 interface to trick you, but its not 4.2. It does not have widget in lockscreen, multi user support etc etc.
Update the details GSMARENA!
when I brought the original padfone, I do not have a tablet and would like to use one to surf the net. got all the accessories for a fraction of the pad station cost(today).
it is a nice device and I proceed to purchase the padfone 2 at similar price but without the keyboard dock and Bluetooth headset.
not going to buy another tablet, furthermore the price of the pad station is way over the board, with not too much of improvement.
one pro thing about this is the ability to use google ime for Chinese and English input. this is useful as some android fone tied the input to their in house input method. which has limited vocab for Chinese characters.
I brought this one 3 days back, the input keyboard automatically giving some values when ever typing. Its only one problem which i face other items are really good. High end phone & TAB is too good.
The error is with only phone in tab its working fine.
I already raised a ticket to fix the issue to ASUS. Hope this will solve soon.
just bought it . it feel so good . first time to try padfone and the station.
cant ask for more. as iam using 2 device with one tablet . dont have to carry so many things right now.
Very good !!!
nick, 22 Jun 2013i brought padfone and padfone 2. frankly i think its getting too expensive. still think the or... moreYes very true, the station is lousy.
The only upgrade is the screen to 1080p only.
The dock station lacks the following and not justify for the cost:
1. NO Expansion slots (sdcards / usb/ keyboards / pen)
2. NO Smart cover ( magnetic on off screen / proximity sensor ) - light sensor not working well.
3. NO wavecom pen as to competitors.
And because of it.. the phone suffers along with it. They MUST release another docking station worth while for this phone.
i brought padfone and padfone 2. frankly i think its getting too expensive. still think the original padfone is more functional. the station cost so much more this time. yet it does not comes with additional sd slot.worse of all it does not comes with stereo speaker. i would not invest in a docking station with that price which could almost get me a decent notebook.
Pongfoot, 17 Jun 2013As this device has no Card slot and no USB port on either the phone or the dock, this device, ... moreIn fact, each one has a USB port.
The phone's port is used to connect to the station, but in this case, one port remains...
Moreover, it supports USB Host.
And last, SD to microUSB adapters do exist. ;)
Pongfoot, 17 Jun 2013As this device has no Card slot and no USB port on either the phone or the dock, this device, ... moreIt just lacks a sdcard slot, without the station dock, its similar in all ways to htc one, only bigger and longer battery.
It has otg/usb, you can connect to pc/mac fine directly via usb.
The only weird thing is the docking station.. when docked you cannot connect to pc as it treat it as charging only. So basically the station is like a "pc" in itself.. but you can still connect otg keyboards /bluetooth / harddisk.
As this device has no Card slot and no USB port on either the phone or the dock, this device, as a tablet, is bordering on useless. I'm sure you can load movies and music on to the phones limited onboard storage somehow, but if you don't have access to wi-fi, 3g or a lap/desktop computer to download from, how do you add/copy anything to/from this device. At least with the first padfone you could switch micro SD cards in the phone or use a USB device or SD card with the Padfone Station Dock (can we just call it "the keyboard"?).
Even the bottom end tablets have USB slots.
The beauty of the Padfone WAS it's flexibility. The Padfone 2 and Infinity are just very expensive novelties. It's like having a car with the worlds lowest drag co-efficient because it has no doors or windows... technically brilliant but not much use.
actually i muddled it up. it was die hard with a vengeance "no he said 'hey zeus'. my name is zeus." in Men In Tights it was "i said 'hey Blinkin', not Abe Lincoln".
the name Asus reminds me of a line in a movie. i think it was robin hood : men in tights. it kinda goes " i didn't say asus, i said 'hey zeus' "
Anonymous, 03 Jun 2013Asus should concentrate and release different dock stations for this phone, 1. laptop dock... moreyah ummm ok... dude, seriously?!? google this phone. the first result will be the ASUS website. go into this then scroll down to csmera, performance, design, etc. and read up on the features. like for instance, this phone can be connected to any hd tv or monitor via microusb to hdmi using the mobile displayport interface. also i'm pretty sure you can use the phones camera while docked onto the station. plus you can use the touchscreen on the station as you would with a notebook. one last thing having a 7 inch station for this phone rather than just having a notebook phone would pretty much defeat the purpose of the 2 in 1 design. they spent a few years on this, the team at ASUS would have considered all factors and this is a basic yet very effective and convenient (especially compared to a laptop) design. ASUS is a really good electronics brand, and they work real hard to be so good but they can't please everyone with everything.
LloydS, 09 Jun 2013This isn't going to be in the usShame.. This is a good phone..
Anders, 03 Jun 2013I got my 64GB Padfone Infinity + Station from Taiwan a month ago (it's cheaper there!). It's u... moreJust wanted to let u know that the camera is not restricted to 5.5 MP in the station. turn it by 90 degress( Landscape to potrait or vice versa), u will get 13 MP