ASUS PADFONE, Smartphone and Tablet Combination
Asus presents a marriage of two popular android devices, and smartphone. The aim is, if you already have android smartphone, why should buy a tablet only to get a bigger screen. This Asus Padfone is a combination of smartphone (Padfone) and tablet (Padfone Station). On Overseas, this 2 in 1 package sells for $ 840 (about Rp 8 million).
DESIGN & INTERFACE
On the phone (Padfone) attractive design, slim and elegant with a light weight. The front dominated by shiny black screen, while on the back cover its material gray aluminum textured matte that shaggy.
On the connection and buttons, you will be provided the volume button, power button, 3.5 mm audio port, micro USB port and micro HDMI. Fairly complete and enough to meet the needs of multimedia. Just plug according to the needs and done. Connection will be connected seamlessly to variety of devices that compatible.
Its phone screen already Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen technology. Its screen was bright, sharp with brilliant colors. Its resolution also high, 540 x 960, with 4.3-inch screen that quite relief yet still good when hold with one hand.
Armed with Android 4.0.3 OS, Asus has beautifying this Padfone interface. On the main screen there are five pages of homescreen that displays various interesting widget, such as weather information (Asus Weather), inbox email, the currently active application, calendar and wristwatch, and of course various of useful application shortcuts.
In addition, Padfone equipped with interesting applications such as @vibe Fun Center, App Backup (backup applications to external storage), App Locker (protective applications), Blocked List (block number), Mirror, MyNet (DLNA sharing), MyCloud (data storage cloud), Polaris Office and Asus WebStorage (free document storage that large size).
Asus Padfone gives Padfone Station and Docking package, a tablet screen of 10.1 inch, that has special space for smartphone. Just put the smartphone in the back of docking, then docking will turn into tablet that show the contents of its Android smartphone. Only need a few seconds so that the content of smartphone appear in tablet.
Matching with its phone, design tablet which is black and shiny on the front combined with brownish-gray color. If on the phone there is only one speaker (mono), in its tablet there are two speakers (stereo). Tablet also has charger port, 3.5 mm audio jack, and 1.3 MP front camera for video call. Padfone Station (tablet) screen technology of IPS and resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel. For outdoor use, its screen can still be enjoyed well, thanks to the presence of Brightness setting.
Asus also includes stylus shaped Bluetooth Pen that also functions as microphone and earphone. When the phone is placed in Padfone Station and a call comes in, we still able to communicating by talking and listening through stylus that connected via bluetooth. This stylus equipped with volume and microUSB port for charging.
For battery life, its battery capacity that 6600 mAh feels sufficient to perform various activities. One of them, by adding keyboard, then can function as notebook. Although its machine borrowed from the phone, the speed of tablet still swift and smooth without feeling any lag.
Asus Padfone armed with a good music player, either visual appearance and its quality. Complete with 11 equalizer option ready to use and 5 channel equalizer manually. Still too added with bass boost and 3D effect. Via mono speaker in Padfone, sound that floated clear with a soft treble tone, though less loud. Another case when Padfone inserted into Station, sound from tablet that bass is more thanks to the larger size of the speakers.
Through the default headset, bass tones sounded pretty steady, either in Padfone and in Station (tablet). Bass output that rounded and powerful can be enjoyed more powerful via other headset which qualified. As an alternative entertainment, FM radio is clear and fresh appearance, can be heard by plugging the headset.
Resolution 8 MP plus autofocus and flash, Padfone camera capabilities worthy to rely on. In Outside room, photos that record sharp with low noise and natural colors. Autofocus can capture macro objects quickly and accurate, with results of sharp photos.
We can also determine the focus point anywhere in the screen. Simply by touching the part that you want to focus, then press more longer to record the object. Its panorama feature also easy to use for photographing panorama, with the connection result between photos that neat.
Inside the room, without flash too, photo also recorded sharp with brilliant colors. More great again, its noise (freckles) are so minimal. Moreover, if the flash activated then photo quality even better.
The video capable of recording in high resolution up to 1080p, and the results are satisfying. Pictures recorded sharp with low noise with no lag symptom at all. The minus in photos and videos, camera less able to handle the contrast of light that extreme, such as between the sky that very bright with a rather dark trees.
Processor Qualcomm Dual-core 1.5 GHz with GPU Adreno 225, capable of handling all features swiftly. Moving applications (multitasking) feels comfortable in this Padfone. So also when playing heavy games such as 3D type, its appearance still sharp without feeling lag symptom. Its internal memory that large (16 GB), making us free to install applications and any games.
Internet access with HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, and Wi-Fi plus Wi-Fi hotspot. This makes browsing the Internet running smoothly, as well as the performance of its GPS that fast.
The results of benchmark test showing a high total score, which is 6861 (RAM 1208, integer 2271, float-point 1096, 2D 299, 3D 1267, IO 470). Through Quadrant Standard obtained total score of 4982 (CPU 7841, memori 7148, IO 6670, 2D 997, 3D 2254). This exceeds the score of HTC One X, Motorola Atrix, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Nexus, or LG Optimus 2X.
(+) Innovative and good design, sound and camera good, faster performance.
(-) Headset when connected less comfortable, tablet quite heavy and thick
Network : GSM Quadband (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz), HSDPA Dualband (900/2100 Mhz)
Dimension/Weight : 128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm, 129 gram (PadFone), and 273 x 176.9 x 13.55 mm, 724 gram (PadFone Station)
Battery : Li-Ion 1520 mAh (PadFone), dan 6600 mAh (PadFone Station)
PadFone Display : Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inch, 256 ppi, anti scratch Gorilla Glass
PadFone Station Display : IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1280 x 800 pixels, 10.1 inch
OS : Android OS, v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor : Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, GPU Adreno 225
Sensor : Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Memory : Internal 16 GB, 1 GB RAM, microSD up to 32 GB
Photo Camera : 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, panorama
Front Camera : VGA
PadFone Station Front Camera : 1.3 MP
Video Camera : HD video, 1080p, continuous autofocus, video light
Audio Player : MP3/WAV/eAAC+
Video Player : MP4/H.264/H.263
Radio : FM RDS
Wireless Connection : HSDPA 21 Mbps; HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
Cable Connection : microUSB v2.0, jack audio 3.5 mm, microHDMI
Messaging : SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Others : GPS internal and A-GPS, SNS integration, HDMI port, WebStorage, Press Reader, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Play Store, Navigation, ©vibe Fun Center, MyCloud, MyLibrary, MyNet, App Backup, App Locker, Blocked List, Mirror, MyCloud, Polaris Office, Asus WebStorage.
Sales Package : Asus PadFone Handset, PadFone Station (tablet), Battery, data cable, charger, bluetooth stylus, headset, User Manual, Warranty Card