ASUS PadFone gels quite nicely in the category of hybrid tablet-laptops, the tablets or laptops that you could have only seen in hi-tech Sci-fiction movie. If you have not heard about this device earlier then I must tell you that ASUS the famous Taiwanese company have made a highly innovative product that can give you the benefit of three devices in one. It can be transformed into a tablet, Smartphone and a notebook. The concept is very unique and interesting, the phone can be docked into the larger tablet and the tablet becomes a larger screen to the Smartphone. Moreover you can also connect the dock (tablet) to an external bundled keyboard to use the device as a notebook.
The ASUS PadFone runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich (ICS) OS. The tons of features that the phone incorporates makes it the best buy in the mid-range Smartphone’s.
The Company has already launched the Phone in Taiwan and is expected to launch in other European countries as well by the end of May 2012. ASUS PadFone will cost around €850, including the Smartphone, tablet, stylus and the keyboard dock. But you also have an option to buy only the Smartphone which would reduce the total cost by €150. The Company has also unleashed its plan to launch an LTE enabled version of ASUS PadFone that is expected to launch by the end of September 2012. Now let’s have a close look at the tablet features.
PadFone design and Looks:
The Smartphone has the dimensions of 128mm x 65.5mm x 9.2mm weighing around 129grams. The tablet (dock) has dimensions of 273mmx177mmx13.55mm weighing 724 grams. There is also a headphone jack and a volume controller on the left hand side of the PadFone Station. If you turn the tablet (dock) upside down you could see a charging port and the keyboard docking port. The PadFone dock also has additional set of connectivity ports and two USB ports along with a data card reader. The phone has a volume control button on the right side. On the left side there is a HDMI port available very near to the USB port on the same side. The design of the PadFone and the PadFone station is based on Zen design. This design is categorised by a series of concentric circles that are easily observable on the back cover of the phone and the PadFone station. This design gives the user a more comfortable grip to prevent against dropping of the phone due to lose grip.
Display and Accessories:
ASUS PadFone has a 4.3″ dHD Super AMOLED touch screen display that has the ability of capacitive multi touch. The screen resolution of the PadFone is 960 x 540. The display is protected with a tough Gorilla Glass covering, which makes the screen scratch proof. The Super AMOLED display enhances the user experience by delivering a very high quality, high definition display even in well lit conditions.
The PadFone dock has a 10.1″ WXGA TFT screen. The screen of PadFone dock is also incorporated with a capacitive multi touch panel. The tablet screen is also covered with tough Gorilla Glass covering.
Another concrete feature of the PadFone is that its saves time while transferring the work done on the Smartphone to the PadFone station. In the transfer there are no data synchronization operations involved and this is the reason that the transfer time is as low as zero. The transfer is done automatically in a very low time because the ASUS PadFone acts as a core ingredient of the PadFone station. This in layman language means that as soon as you insert your PadFone in the PadFone station the screen of the PadFone station automatically displays whatever the phone was showing. No need of sync or restarts required. Same also applies for the transferring work from PadFone station to PadFone.
The second great feature of the device is its stylus. The stylus can perform a dual task, apart from being a regular stylus it also works as a wireless headset. This allows you to receive calls even if your phone is inside the PadFone station. Many times it happens that you keep your phone stylus and forget everything about it, but the new PadFone also has a feature that initiates a beep if it realises that the stylus is not in close vicinity.
ASUS PadFone Processor and Connectivity:
The ASUS PadFone is power packed with QUALCOMM SnapDragon Dual Core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The phone also has an on chip QUALCOMM Adreno 225GPU and 1 GB of RAM dedicated for Graphics processing.
The device also has many sensors like Gravity Sensor, Light Sensor, Motion Sensor, Vibration Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass and a proximity sensor. For internet connectivity the device supports Wi-Fi connectivity and HSPA+ Networks. The PadFone also has USB ports and mini HDMI ports that enable you to share data between devices.
Camera and Storage Capabilities:
ASUS PadFone has an 8 megapixel camera, back-illuminated CMOS sensor with an auto focus feature and an LED flash. The phone can also record video footages in High Definition at 1080p in MPEG format.
The PadFone also has a front facing camera of 0.3 megapixels. PadFone Station has an additional 1.3 megapixel camera.
ASUS have rolled out the phone in many variants like 16GB, 32GB and 64Gb. ASUS also gives an additional space of 32 Gb as Web storage space to its users for a period of three years.
PadFone has a 1520mAh Lithium battery that can give the device a talk time of 940 minutes and a standby time of 370 hours. The PadFone Station has a battery of 6600mAh.
There is yet another interesting feature in the phone that when the PadFone is docked inside the tablet then the talk time can increases by 64 hours.
Of course buying this device is better and cheaper than buying all the three devices separately. The features that the phone incorporates make it a best buy among the other midrange phones.