Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Hands-on with Asus Padfone 2

padfone-hero-1.jpg
padfone-hero-3.jpg
padfone-hero-2.jpg

The evolution of the smart device has taken an intriguing turn with the Asus Padfone 2, partnering a phone and tablet dock in a Lego-like union.

The phone portion of the Padfone 2 is an impressively specy Android, with a nippy quad-core processor and 13-megapixel camera. The 4.7inch screen is brilliantly bright, throwing out vivid colours and sharp text. Bouncing around websites and videos is a joy – outshining the likes of the iPhone 5. The styling isn’t remarkable: a comfy blend of metal rim, glass front and textured plastic, lacking the polish of many HTCs and Samsungs.

The party trick of the Padfone 2 is an innovative solution to the quandary of switching between your portable devices: Say you’ve returned home from work and want to swap your pocket-sized screen for a sofa-friendly tablet. The Padfone 2’s smartphone slides into a docking slot on the back of its accompanying tablet, immediately switching whatever you were doing on your phone to the larger screen. Now you have 5.4 more inches to watch that hilarious YouTube video of a bird avoiding a GP2 car.

In contrast to the impressive screen of the Padfone 2 phone, the 10.1inch tablet is a touch disappointing: a lower resolution is noticeable when browsing text-heavy screens, while dark colours and blacks are dull by comparison. Anyone used to the retina display of an iPad will likely be disappointed.

Another drawback of the Padfone 2’s inventive docking system is that, owing to a lack of internal trickery of its own, the tablet is a lifeless black screen until you slot in the brains of phone. Once docked, the tablet performs as speedily as its mobile counterpart, with apps and video ticking along nicely, and touch sensitivity brilliantly responsive.

If you're the type that lets your smartphone slide down the back of the sofa when you reach for your tablet, the experience offered by the Padfone 2 is ideal. For £599 (sim free), you bag yourself a great Android phone and a perfectly respectable tablet – a tempting deal for those looking for multiple devices (an iPhone 5 and iPad would set you back the best part of £1,000). Asus have delivered an unique, impressive package, well worth considering.

Related

jawhero.jpg

Jambox by Jawbone

herocurve.jpg

Exec tech

UE-Boom-black.jpg

Hands-on with the UE Boom

Comments

More

We might be about to get smartphones that charge fully in five minutes

An Israeli start-up claims it's going to go into production next year

by Tom Mendelsohn
15 May 2017

5 of the best fidget toys on the market right now

Tackle your knuckle cracking head on

by Matt Tate
10 May 2017

Some Italians have created a phone cover that also makes espresso

No, we don't know why either

by Tom Mendelsohn
08 May 2017

New app will rebalance the London rental market in favour of landlords

Finally, the capital's hard-up property owners will get their due with Rentberry

by Tom Mendelsohn
26 Apr 2017

This knife-toting robot playing stabby hand will make you nervous

I for one welcome our new robot overlords

by Tom Mendelsohn
25 Apr 2017

Now you can turn your iPhone into a retro mac

For the man who has everything

by Tom Mendelsohn
21 Apr 2017

The best turntables of 2017

How the tables have turned

by David Cornish
20 Apr 2017

The Tamagotchi is back

Great news for fans of neglecting responsibilities and watching tiny creatures literally shit themselves to death!

by Emily Reynolds
11 Apr 2017

Self-healing smartphone screens could exist by 2020

Could it be curtains for shady smartphone repair stalls across Britain?

by Tom Mendelsohn
05 Apr 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is being released in less than a month

This is the Korean giant's first major new release since all that embarrassment with exploding Galaxy Note S7s...

by Tom Mendelsohn
29 Mar 2017