ASUS Pad Fone 2 Review

asus-padfone-2ASUS Pad Fone 2 is the second generation Pad Fone by ASUS. The smart phone fits in back of a tablet to power it up. The old version was not a big hit as it was heavy and the phone slot made the tablet a bit hard to use.

The Pad Fone 2 is powered by 1.5 GHZ Quad Core Snapdragon S4 Pro ApQ8064 SoC, which is based on Krait Architecture and Adreno 230 graphics with 2 GB Ram. The Pad Fone 2 only comes with either 32 GB storage or 64 GB storage and there is no micro SD support, but ASUS is officering 50 GB Cloud space for two years.

The display on the phone is 4.7 inches Super IPS+ LCD. The display is really bright and has perfect white balance, the viewing angels are impressive. Blow the screen are the buttons which only show up when the phone is turned on. Above the screen you will find a 1.3 megapixel video call camera.

On the left is the volume rocker and the power button, on the top is the 3.5mm headphones jack and a micro SIM slot. The micro USB and micro HDMI are combined into a 13 pin MHL socket and it at the bottom of the phone. The Pad Fone 2 comes with a 13 pin USB connector cable. On the back side you will find the 13 megapixel camera and the speaker. The speaker is larger and louder compared to other smart phones.

The Pad Fone Station (tablet) has a 10.1 inches IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolutions and it weight 514g, which is 30 percent less than the old version.  Even with the Pad Fone 2 inserted into the tablet, it weighs less than the new iPad, which is a big improvement.

On the front of the Pad Fone Station you will find a 1 megapixel webcam. On the left is the volume rocker and the power button. The speakers on the tablet are also larger and louder compared to other tablets and have a nice sound output.

Both the tablet and phone have almost sock version of Ice Cream Sandwich. The few customizations in the interface are the thumbnail view of the home screen, the Pad Only tab, ASUA Quick Setting and ASUS customized setting. The ASUA Quick Setting is the same as it was on the old version.

Like most tablets ASUS has added a bundle of apps like App Locker, App Backup, Mirror, File Manager, My Desktop, My Net, My Library, Watch Calendar, Polaris Officer 4.0, Super Note and Web Storage.  Most of the widgets are the same as the old version like the Task Manager, Battery Indicator, the Pad Fone Station Assistant and ASUS Weather widget.

ASUS had added a few new apps to the smart phone as well, like Instant Dictionary, My Bit Cast and ASUS Studio. ASUS has also improved the Gallery, as it now lets you view videos and phones by time, location, album tags and folders.

The 13 megapixel camera on ASUS Pad Fone 2 is fast with zero shutter lag. The image output is good and detailed. The camera can shoot 100 continuous shoot with 16 fps at 13 megapixel resolution. You can also take snap shots while recording videos.

The battery on Pad Fone 2 will run for almost eight hours with nonstop video playback. The Pad Fone Station combined with the Pad Fone 2, the battery will run for a little over nine hours with nonstop video playback while having Wi-Fi enabled.  It takes about three hours to change the Pad Fone 2 and about two hours to charge the Pad Fone Station.

To sum it all up, the ASUS Pad Fone 2 is a nice improvement compared to the old version. The processor is fast and powerful. The camera has top notch performance but the best thing is that the Pad Fone 2 combined with the Pad Fone Station is lighter than most tablets in the market, which makes it easy to carry and use.