ASUS PadFone resulted from the combination of a Smartphone with a tablet. ASUS has combined two highly used gadgets in just one. But the most beautiful feature is that you can talk on the stylus.
ASUS PadFone is a revolutionary gadget that was announced in the fall of 2011 and was officially launched on the market in February 2012. The less pleasing is the fact that the model actually reached stores in the summer, after a significant delay.
Honestly, I was expecting such a gadget. When the iPad entered the market and started a new generation of portable, I remained slightly reserved at the idea that a tablet can replace a laptop or a mini laptop. This proved to be realistic. In the past two years, the market has turned to tablets. Tablets appeared simple, and then with lots of accessories, now there are hybrid gadgets like ASUS with another type of device innovation - ASUS Padfone!
The combination sounds strange, but it is about innovation. ASUS has developed a 3-in-1 product: Smartphone, tablet and even a mini laptop when connected to a docking keyboard.
The Zen Design started by Asus with ZENBOOK now continues with PadFone. Its style with concentric circles found on the rear of the gadget offers a comfortable grip, but with highlights and a elegant style.
And now let's take them apart. The revolutionary brain of the ASUS PadFone is the phone part. I can say that ASUS is doing well on Smartphones. First PadFone enjoy a display of 4.3 inches Super AMOLED qHD resolution (960 x 540) and Corning Gorilla Glass. The Smartphone have the fourth generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processors at 1.5 GHz. Super AMOLED screen along with Adreno 225 GPU provides high quality graphics for games, movies, photos and all other applications.
In the brief stint with the Smartphone, I can say that I was satisfied. Moves well, runs applications, listened to music, talked on the phone for hours and all without your phone to lock or difficulties in functioning. The ASUS PadFone Smartphone can successfully enter the mobile phone market.
But also plays an important role in the PadFone equation. The ASUS PadFone Smartphone can connect to the PadFone Station, and you can enjoy a Multi-Touch Tablet with Capacitive screen of 10.1-inch and 1280 x 800 resolution. Everything is possible through DynamicDisplay technology. So you can continue to use the application running immediately without having to reset the gadget when changing from PadFone on Padfone Station and vice versa.
To be completely clear, PadFone Station is just a bigger screen with a booster battery, no other internal hardware. All information is stored on the ASUS PadFone, ie on the phone and from there you can access the tablet screen.
So far the situation is not quite so spectacular, so ASUS PadFone has come up with an innovation - talking on the stylus. For better accuracy, ASUS has included a stylus in the package. It’s quite small as a pen but easy and practical to use in applications. But when you connect the PadFone to the PadFone Station, you can talk on the stylus. It can connect on the PadFone through a Bluetooth and has included a microphone and headset.
For photo enthusiasts, PadFone does quite well with its 8MP camera (Aperture F2.2, 5-element lens, Auto Focus, LED Flash). Doesn't take very bright pictures, but it's very good for spontaneous things.
As disadvantages we can talk about its thickness and weight. But this always happens with the first generation of any portable. ASUS PadFone 2 is already slim, and the whole package weighs 649 grams.