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Detailed Padfone owner review

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author awarded score: 95/100
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This is a review written by a Padfone owner in The Netherlands.

The Asus Padfone, when I'm writing this review, it's still not available in Europ, and I'm probably also the only person in The Netherlands who owns one, but I've been able to import one via Taiwan.

Features:
I think it's clear what the Padfone is about, it's a phone, tablet and a laptop/netbook i one packagen.
My previous phone was a Samsung Galaxy S II, so I know what I'm talking about when I say that this phone is another strong player in the high end phone market .
This device has an 1.5 GHz dual core processor and a dedicated graphics card and 1GB RAM. 1080p video will be played back without any problems on the 4.3" screen.
Inside the phone you can add a Mini-SIM card (This pink card is a Mini-SIM card: http://img.schattorie.nl/viewer.php?file=86614696682955861509.jpg) and a Micro-SD card.

When the phone is inserted into the tablet ( Padfone Station) you immediately forget that you are using a phone. The interface changes to suite the larger 10.1" screen, and the same 1080p video keeps playing without any issues as if nothing changed

If the Padfone is inside the Padfone Station, you can compare it to the EeePad Transformer (TF101), and I have to say that the Padfone runs a lot smoother compared to the first generation Transformer.
Multitasking, even during a call, is no problem for this device.



A nice fact about the Padfone Station is that it has a nice and broad sound. The single is located on the right side of the docking part (The holes on the other side are NOT used for a second speaker).

The keyboard ( Station Dock) makes the whole package compleet, nice key feedback, special Android keys, two full sized USB ports and a full sized SD cardreader.
I don't really use the touchpad, because you have a touchscreen, but the touchpad works fine as far as I can judgs.

Calling with the phone, because we all know how we use a phone to call... On the other hand, calling with the phone while it's inside the Padfone Station? But Asus wouldn't be Asus if they didn't find a stylish solution for this. If the phone is docked in the Padfone Station, and a call arrives, a message will pop-up in the l lower right coerner of the screen. Now you can choose to answer the call using the speaker, to take the phone out of the docking station or… to take your stylus and accept the call using it as a headset ( Stylus Headset). It may look a little wierd, but it works greatt. The sound quality is very good.
The stylus does also have a vibration feature,

Working on the tablet during a call is no problem:


Wireless connectivity
The first thing you want to know is that the Padfone Station has it's own antennas to make the signals stronger when the phone is docked.
I haven't had any issues using wifi or mobile networking connections.
I don't have a very fast subscription, it only allows me to download with 3.6mbps (the Padfone allows a speed of up to 21mbps), but I'm very happy with the connection state. Even in locations where other phones have issues with the mobile network, the Padfone keeps running without any problems.

Battery life
3 batteries, one in the phone, one in the Station, and another in the keyboard. This combination makes it possible for me (and I use the device a lot) to use the device without having to use power saving options. I always use it on full brightness, keep it on whenever I walk away from it, and on the end of the day, I still have enough juice left.

Usage ease
Personally I really like the feel of the "devices" when I use them. But I can emagine that some people don't like the weight, compared to all the other high-end tablets on the market, the Padfone Station with the phone inside it is a little bit heavy. It's also a little bit thicker, expecially the part where the phone is docked.
But what really surprised me, is that when you hold the tablet in portrait mode, it still is very nice to hold it (since one side is thin, and the other part is thicker).
The phone on it's own is very light and thin, comparing it to the Galaxy S II, there is not that much differenc in weight and thickness. When you combine all 3 (phone + station + keyboard) it is noticably heavier than a regular netbook, for me personally that's no big deal, but it could be for some people I guess.

Outside usage is also a little bit better compared to the TF101.
When you have both tablets on 100% brighness, the Padfone is darker compared to the TF101.But, the Padfone has a special button on the left side of the brightness bar, it makes the screen a lot brighter (brigher than he TF101), and it makes outside usage a lot better. You probably don't see very well on the photos, but it is a noticable difference. The story above applys to both, the phone itself, and the Padfone Station.

Design and build quality
The phone itself is very nicely finished, but it dos feel a little bit liek a toy if you are used to a Samsung Galay S II, but it after using it for about 2 days, you won't feel that way anymore. The Station (with and without the keyboard) is also very nicely finished, and everything is very robust.
A very important part is that the part where the phone is docked is also very well finished. It is not possible to move the phone 1mm if it's docked, so you can throw the station with the phone docked in the air, and let it turn in the air a couple times, it won't move (but I wouldn't recommend trying it XD).



Stability and reliability
I think it's to early to judge this part, At the moment I write this review, the device is about 1,5 months rarely on the market. But I have to say that it is pretty stable.There are some little bugs, but these can all be solved with software updates (and I'm saying this as a IT Manager/Software Engeneer). When I turned the phone on for the first time, the first message I got was a system update.

This image demonstrates one of the little bugs, when the phone is docked, and in standby, this erro may occur some times:









Pricing
In my case the price is worth it, since I use it every single day for college and work, but I don't expect any of my classmates to buy one. because the price is pretty high.

A short video:


Marc Schattorie
Comments
Detailed Padfone owner review dtorga 11 Sep : 02:15 Reply to this
Comments: 2

Registered: 11 Sep : 01:48
hi mate, which LW are u using? its awesome:)

Location: prague
dtorga


Re: Detailed Padfone owner review SparkyRih 11 Sep : 20:13 Reply to this
Comments: 75

Registered: 17 Jun : 14:09
I'm sorry, what do you mean by LW?

Location: Roermond
Padfone (A66, Full set, 32GB, Taiwan/CHT) owner since: 14-06-2012 (cracked phones glass on 24-02-2014, repaired 26-03-14)
Padfone Infinity (A80, Titanium Gray Sample Unit, 32GB, International/WW) owner since: 14-06-2013 (Back to Asus since 05-07-13)
New Padfone Infinity (A86, Titanium Black, 32GB, Taiwan/CHT) + TransKeyboard owner since 03-03-14, hard bricked itself on 24-12-15, replaced with new NPFI 32GB on 17-01-16, this one (soft)bricked itself on 31-01-17, received new one on 15-02-2017, died within an hour due to partition issues.
Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL, Sand Gold, 32GB, International/WW) since: 20-02-2017

Detailed Padfone owner review ahmed_911_98 18 Sep : 21:59 Reply to this
Comments: 1

Registered: 09 Sep : 21:04
ok my review for the padfone,
i have the padfone for some time now (Taiwan version)
it has some good futures, but i will say what i am missing
1- the alarm clock does not have the ascending alarm which is very handy and useful , i tried the alarm clock extreme but after the new update the alarm sound is not coming only vibrates
2- screen resolution for the phone is ok but for the pad it needs to become higher
3- the battery for the phone needs at least to be 2100 mah
4- during docking i don't want to charge the phone except when it goes to 20% or 15 % which i can't control ( this is to make the life of the battery longer) so i have to wait for the phone to drain till 15% then dock it and even if i used the power pack mode it will not charge to 100%
5- if i made a short cut or i organized my folders on the phone if i docked the phone i still have to do it again in the pad mode which is really upsetting me.
6-not being able to create folders in the app screen makes all my stuff mixed i need to make some folders ( if i have 10 or 15 games i loose couple of minutes searching for it
7- no dedicated video player, all in gallery which i don't like
8-phone tones has to be louder
9-receiving wifi signal in tablet mode is less powerfull than in phone mode
10-some applications just open by them self like google + or youtube and much more
11-some applications are not compatible with the phone in google play it says device not supported
12-lots of apps still not supports dynamic display
13- i can't disable the chinese language and i get the dialing pad with english and chinese characters i need only english or the langauge that i add to the phone
14- no split keyboard in the tablet mode which makes it hard to hold and type, some apps are there but when i go to phone i can't see the full keyboard.
15- can't control the notifications and the background apps, some time i get ( for example the viper) i get the viper in the notification area but i don't get the yahoo messanger.
16- i can't control when the message comes to the phone notification, meaning that if i am using the viper i will not notify me that i have a new message , or it will keep notifing with vibration in the tablet mode and i can't control this.
17- it will be very nice if in the tablet mode the stylus is able to vibrate when you get a message or a sms from an app or from the phone not only when you get a phone call
this what i found in 21 days of using, i hope asus rectify all that then the perfect phone will be the padfone
hope asus will hear that and put in consideration



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