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ASUS Fonepad: Fine fone-tablet hybrid

ASUS Fonepad: Fine fone-tablet hybrid



7-inch 1280 x 800px IPS panel


Android 4.1.2


1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460


32GB internal, 1GB RAM, microSD


3MP rear, 1.2MP front


Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0


196.6 x 120.1 x 10.4mm, 340g




The Asus Fonepad is a pretty impressive package in a finely crafted device. If you’re in the market for a 7-inch slate with phone functionalities, this one is worth checking out.

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Now that quad-core mobile devices are fast becoming the norm, I admit I was a bit skeptical upon learning that the Asus Fonepad sports a single-core 1.6GHz Atom processor. But I soon learned that “single core” no longer equates to poor performance.

Android Jelly Bean’s on-screen navigation keys mean the face of the Fonepad is devoid of physical buttons. On the thick black bezel are the chrome-painted earpiece grill and camera lens. Call quality is excellent on both ends.

The power button and volume rocker are on the left side of the device. They can be a bit tricky to press since the edge of the Fonepad is tapered. There are only two ports on this tablet: the 3.5mm headphone jack and the microUSB port.

The IPS-LCD panel is bright and has good color reproduction. However, the reflective glass means it’s a bit hard to use the Fonepad under direct sunlight.

As expected, the single-core processor is not in the same league as quad-core processors, but surprisingly, it feels much faster than some other dual-core devices. There are no lags when scrolling and flicking between screens or even switching between apps.

The 3MP camera’s performance is lackluster, resulting in dull, noisy, unfocused images. The video recording functionality isn’t great either. The rear cover has a smooth, metallic finish and houses a down-firing speaker that sounds surprisingly loud. The micro-SIM and microSD card slots are hidden under a removable cover on the back plate’s top part.

This device packs a 4270mAh lithium-polymer battery, which means it can last about 1.5 days with normal use. You can even extend the runtime by turning on the power-saving mode.

Review by Katrina Rivere-Diga

First published in Speed September 2013

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