- Excellent battery life
- Display offers crisp details and good viewing angles
- Connects to 3G network without tethering
- Good day-to-day performance
- Slight lag when opening and using apps
- Mediocre call quality
- Bad bright light legibility
Not to be confused with the Asus Padfone, the Asus Fonepad offers a hybrid phone and tablet experience. At 7", the device is fairly unwieldy for critics to use as a regular phone without the aid of a headset. Most experts agree that it won't replace a standard smartphone, especially when taking its mediocre call quality into account. Still, a major perk of the Fonepad's phone aspect is its ability to connect to the 3G network without tethering. This gives users the ability to connect online anywhere, even if there is no WiFi available.
As a tablet, the Fonepad didn't wow reviewers. The 7" screen offers a decent resolution of 1280x800 pixels, which equates to 216ppi. According to experts, the display delivers wide viewing angles due to its IPS technology and crisp image details. Unfortunately, Wired says, "The brightness settings don't allow it to get particularly vivid…" and critics mention that the tablet is very difficult to read under bright light situations.
With a 1.2GHz single-core Intel processor and 1GB of RAM, the Fonepad consistently scored low in system benchmark tests. After test driving, however, most critics were surprised by its good day-to-day performance. Of course, they also point out that there are issues with lag and stutter, but nothing bad enough to ruin the overall experience. In addition to the processor and memory, the tablet also comes equipped with 16GB of onboard storage and an expandable microSD slot.
The one area where the Fonepad excels is battery life. When put through battery tests, it lasted 8 hours of intense usage and 20 hours of moderate use. According to Ubergizmo, the battery also charges "crazy-fast," going from 0 to full in less than two hours.
Although this product doesn't offer top-of-the-line features, most experts were happy with the budget tablet. Phone Arena says, "The Fonepad…stands out with being a good-looking, 3G-capable slate…" but they go on to say, "Nevertheless, we would definitely recommend you to consider trying the Nexus 7 tablet…it packs more processing power…at a similar price."
Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)
Affordable and capable
An all in one that is both a proper tablet and a full featured smartphone
I really want to like the Fonepad, and in some respects I do. For the price, this is a very competitive device with fantastic battery life, Jelly Bean and the ability to make calls. Sadly, the internals let it down, and I fear that its low price point price may have led to the decision to use the Intel Z2420. It just doesn't feel nearly as smooth and snappy as the Nexus 7, which is similarly priced and a full year old. It hampers the overall experience, which is otherwise typically good from ASUS.
The biggest issue is the way it's marketed by ASUS, almost more as a phone than a tabl... Full review
The Asus Fonepad packs in so much for so little
The Asus Fonepad will be a brilliant Android tablet for many business and home users. In most areas it matches the Google Nexus 7 and in some key areas – like battery life and expandability – the Fonepad outperforms it. This device’s real ace, however, is its built-in mobile connectivity. Get yourself a cheap data deal, and you have a tablet that can handle email and Internet on the move at a much lower price than the equivalent Nexus 7 3G, Galaxy Note 8.0 or iPad mini. It’s a shame that the mediocre performance levels put a slight dent in the proceedings, but if you... Full review
It offers very fluid performance thanks to its Hyper Threading technology
The Asus Fonepad comes as a really good choice. Unlike other devices it has an Intel processor. Though just a single core processor, it offers very fluid performance thanks to its Hyper Threading technology. We would recommend this product over its rivals for its good battery back up, connectivity options and great display.
It has also a very good user interface. If you are a big gaming enthusiast, then you may not like its overall output. Also, it is a bit slippery in the hands. But the most important point that works in Asus's favour is that none of its competitors (7 inch tablets... Full review
The smartphone that thinks it’s a tablet
Quite good tablet with phone features, audio and display impress
Way too large to be used as a primary phone
While I still maintain that the Fonepad is way too large to be used as a primary phone and wont fit into your pockets very easily, I am a big fan of the 7 inch form factor for tablets.
It’s size makes the Fonepad a lot more portable than 10 inch tablets, and the 3G connectivity allows you to stay connected to the interwebs wherever you go.
But while it’s a perfectly good 7 inch tablet, it’s main competitor is Asus’s own Nexus 7 which boasts almost exactly the same battery life (if not better), a slightly better screen and better performance, for a che... Full review
It does the job of two devices for a budget price
The Fonepad stands out with being a good-looking, 3G-capable slate with a quality screen and enough battery power
Offers everything you need and a little bit more at a competitive price tag
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