Asus Padfone 2 - More Than Just A Gimmick

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An Android smartphone that doubles as a tablet

Asus has a tradition of making devices that transform from one gadget into another, the latest of which is the Padfone 2. This 4.7in Android smartphone comes with a tablet, which can’t work without the phone. The phone slides into a slot in the back of the tablet, bringing it to life. The idea is that you have just one device with one set of apps and files instead of juggling two.

Asus Padfone 2

Asus Padfone 2


Because the Padfone 2 morphs from a compact smartphone into a large-screened tablet, there’s no need for the screen to be 4.7in, which is big enough to be awkward for people with small hands to use. A more sensible size would be 4in.

It has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, so onscreen text is sharp. The screen is fairly bright, but it can still be a struggle to see outside in sunlight, although this problem afflicts many other smartphones too.

Games and other demanding apps ran smoothly thanks to the powerful 1.5GHz quad core processor. The phone has plenty of space for storing apps as well as your own files because it has 32GB of built-in storage. There’s no micro SD card slot so you can’t add more storage, but 32GB should be enough.

Compared with other Android phones, the Padfone 2 isn’t a looker, but it’s certainly sturdy. A silver band runs around the edge while the concentric circles etched into the back panel give it an easy-to-hold ribbed texture. The plastic design creaks a little under pressure, though.

the Padfone 2 isn’t a looker, but it’s certainly sturdy

The Padfone 2 isn’t a looker, but it’s certainly sturdy

When we took photos using the rear-facing five-megapixel camera in broad daylight, the colors looked accurate. But a surprising amount of noise meant some finer details were lost. This problem was especially noticeable in low light where photos were too blurry and smeared to use.

Call quality on the Vodafone 3G network in the West End of London was mediocre. Calls were muffled and too quiet using the built-in earpiece, while callers on the other end said we sounded too loud and our voices were distorted. But the background bustle of a construction site was reduced to a just audible hiss. If you’re willing to pay for EE’s pricey contracts, the Padfone 2 supports fast 4G LTE mobile broadband speeds.

Asus has included a handy app for blocking calls from specific numbers. It won’t help with many nuisance calls from companies that hide their numbers, but we found it useful for temporarily barring calls from friends and family when at work, while letting through more important calls from colleagues.

One oddity of the device is its non-standard USB port. You have to use Asus’s special cable, but the non-standard connector is necessary to provide the power to charge the smartphone and tablet simultaneously.

Use Asus’s widgets to change the special phone-related settings

Use Asus’s widgets to change the special phone-related settings


Of course, what sets the Padfone 2 apart from other smartphones is the included tablet, or the Padfone Station as Asus calls it. Slide the phone into the slot on the tablet’s back and the phone vibrates to confirm a successful connection. Without the phone, the tablet is a useless shell - the phone provides its processor, rear camera’s USB port and wireless connections.

Of course, what sets the Padfone 2 apart from other smartphones is the included tablet

Of course, what sets the Padfone 2 apart from other smartphones is the included tablet

The combined weight of the device is 650g, which is similar to other 10in tablets. The tablet has a smooth, soft-touch rear that’s unlikely to slip out of your hands. The build quality feels disappointingly cheap though, flexing under pressure far more than we would like. Although there’s a noticeable bulge where the phone slots in place, the tablet as a whole doesn’t feel ungainly or unevenly weighted when you hold it.

The interface and apps don’t feel quite as smooth in tablet mode as they do in phone mode, but the difference isn’t huge. Battery life is long in either mode. On its own, the phone lasted just under 11 hours when playing continuous video. The tablet has an extra battery of its own, adding an extra eight-and-a-half hours of video playback time.

Asus hasn’t made too many changes to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean interface, either in phone or tablet mode, so it works much like any other modern Android device. Most of the changes have been made to accommodate the combined phone-tablet features of the Padfone 2. A widget on the home screen shows the charge of the two batteries, while another lets you choose how to answer calls when the phone is docked with the tablet - either by removing the phone, or by using the speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset.

The Android interface and apps switch fairly well from phone to tablet and vice versa, but it’s not quite as smooth as it could be. Unless they’ve been specially tailored for the Padfone 2, almost all apps will shut down when docking and undocking the phone. If you’re in the middle of a task that involves lots of apps, reopening them all can be a nuisance. Some settings, such as folders for organizing apps on the home screen, differ between phone and tablet.

The biggest disappointment with the tablet is its low- resolution screen. Although the 1280x800 pixel resolution roughly matches that of the phone, onscreen text is nowhere near as crisp as it is on rival tablets such as the iPad 4 and Nexus 10, whose screens have far higher resolutions.

It’s a shame the Padfone 2 isn’t as versatile as the original Padfone, which also came with a keyboard dock and a stylus that doubled as a handset for answering calls. Asus has already announced the Padfone 2’s successor, the Infinity, which will have a 1080p resolution on both the phone and tablet screen. There’s little point in holding out for it, though, as Asus has yet to confirm if the Padfone Infinity will be available in the UK.

Despite these drawbacks the Asus Padfone 2 is still a clever combination of tablet and smartphone. It’s no more expensive than buying a separate tablet and smartphone and it’s a good alternative to huge smartphones which, at 5in or even bigger, approach the size of some tablets.

Despite these drawbacks the Asus Padfone 2 is still a clever combination of tablet and smartphone.

Despite these drawbacks the Asus Padfone 2 is still a clever combination of tablet and smartphone.

The device is especially attractive if you want mobile internet access on a smartphone and tablet, but don’t want to have two separate 3G contracts or fiddle around with tethering.

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A clever device that effectively combines a smartphone and tablet, but it’s not as slick as it could be

Ratings: 4/5

Key points

·         Smartphone with clever tablet dock

·         Smartphone-tablet integration a little rough

·         Not as versatile as original Padfone

·         Good battery life

·         Creaky build quality

·         Large phone

·         Low resolution tablet screen

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Alternative - Google Nexus 10

Google Nexus 10

Google Nexus 10

·         Price: $479

·         One of the best 10in Android tablets yet

·         Ratings: 5/5

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