Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Asus FonePad: A smartphone that thinks it is a Tab [Review]

Well if you want to buy a smartphone - but you happen to lay your hands on something real big, what do you call that gadget: a smartphone or a tablet, a phablet or simply a FonePad?

If you are thinking of Asus FonePad, then you have hit the right smartphone that is tablet too.

This huge smartphone has a Gorilla Glass screen with a 1280 x 800 IPS LCD and 216dpi pixel density. That’s the same density as the Nexus 7 and a slightly higher than the iPad Mini.

The FonePad has a single-core and hyper-threading Intel Atom Z2420 chip clocked at 1.2GHz, a rather old PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and a 4270mAh battery. With 16GB of storage, USB On-The-Go and a Micro SD slot, finding room for files isn’t a problem.

The FonePad only supports 3G but data speeds of 21Mbps down and 5.76Mbps up are catered for, which should be sufficient for most folk. Beyond that you get single-band (2.4GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 but no NFC.

However, its 7-inch screen does not seem to match the absolute clarity of similar resolution panels measuring 4.6 or 5 inches between the corners, let alone the latest 1920 x 1080 mobile displays, but I reckon it’s more than adequate for most users and uses.

It has a price tag of £180 unlocked - that’s £60 less than the LG-made Nexus 4 and £70 less than a PAYG Sony Xperia SP. An unlocked 3G Nexus 7 will set you back £240, but out of the box it has no support for voice calling and there’s no ear speaker.

Read more about it at: The Register

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