Asus PadFone Android Smartphone/Tablet

Asus PadFone Android Smartphone/Tablet Price in Singapore, Features, and Other Details: The PadFone from Asus exists with a unique concept, and at the same time offers a good battery life specially when combined with its accessories. The device was first announced in Taiwan last year and again presented to the market at the Mobile World Congress last February. Although it is not the first device to feature a hybrid system comprising of a tablet and phone, it is nonetheless expected to be the first device of its kind to run with the latest version of Android – version 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition to morphing into a tablet, the device that starts out as a smartphone can be transformed into a laptop computer too. These transformations are made possible through the tablet attachment called the PadFone Station and the keyboard dock called the PadFone Station Dock.

Physically, the Asus PadFone has a sleek and sturdy build with a textured back for easier grip. On the right side of the device are volume controls, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a power button. On the left are microHDMI ports as well as MicroUSB ports that are both used to connect the phone to the PadFone station. Surprisingly enough, Asus made the back cover of the phone removable so that one can see the 1,520 mAh battery beneath. As for the controls, the handset comes with softkeys rather than physical buttons to control Back, Home, and Menu.

The PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock look very similar to the Asus range of Transformer tablet accessories. However, one can’t simply substitute the PadFone docks with the ones used for the Asus Transformers because the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Docks come with proprietary connectors. When the PadFone station is in place, the whole system turns out to be quite heavy and thick, with the device coming down to 1.6 pounds or more. With the PadFone Station Dock, the system now weighs 3.3 pounds, heavier than some netbook that harbors full processing power.

Utility of the keyboard of the Asus PadFone is quite good; however, typing on it can become quite uncomfortable since the travel of the keys allot for several accidental brushing with the tablet specially if the user’s hands are quite big. This can lead to several typing errors and the cursor jumping all over the place, which can be frustrating. On the plus side though, the added touch capability of the tab can be used for heavy typing. Also, since the dock has a limited axis of movement, the user may find the tilt of the screen quite limiting. Virtually, it can only go to as much as 100 degrees, which may not provide the best user experience.

The screen of the Asus PadFone is 4.3 inches in diagonal and features the crisp and well-contrasted Super AMOLED display. Colors are vibrant and the display is very visible even under bright sunlight. When it is in the tablet mode, the resolution comes to WXVGA type with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The front of the device is well covered by Corning Gorilla Glass so that overall the device has quite a modern look, and the screen itself is scratch-resistant.

Performance-wise, the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A (Cortex A15) processor of the Asus PadFone imbues it with the ability to run applications and go through its different menus and categories smoothly. Likewise, the tablet mode comes with little issues. Also, the battery can last as long as one week on a single charge when the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock are both in use.

As for the operating system, the Asus PadFone uses the latest Android version as mentioned, and presents it as much as in its native form as possible although there are also some minor tweaks in the software when the tablet dock is used. However, these are not immediately visible.

Overall, the Asus PadFone seems to have a good outlook especially because of its good battery life. However, the accessories that come with it seems to take the convenience out of the picture. The PadFone and the PadFone Station together costs around $860.

Asus PadFone Android Smartphone/Tablet Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 1,100.00

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