Summary: The basics At long last, the Asus PadFone 2 is here. The transforming phone/tablet is on sale in the UK, months after its big reveal last year - and it’s got strong competition, from Android phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to full-on Apple iPads. Can a slate with a pop out smartphone stand on its own in 2013? And does it stand a chance with an asking price of £600? We find out.
Pros: Here’s how it works: all the software and processing power is in the phone, which behaves like a normal Android 4.1 smartphone. Slot it into the accompanying tablet though, and all your apps and websites pop open on a larger 10.1-inch display - you can then send text messages and even take calls through the speakerphone. Better yet, the tablet has an extra battery inside it for all day use. Now, the first PadFone had some problems - not least how fiddly it was to pop ...
Cons: The Asus PadFone 2 is well executed, but it still lacks a few tech specs to match its rivals. The phone lacks the svelte beauty of rivals like the HTC One, the tablet display’s 1280x800 resolution looks a bit grainy next to a super sharp iPad 4 or Google Nexus 10, and it doesn’t run the latest Android 4.2 out of the box - though to Asus’ credit it’s been very swift with updates in the past. The bigger problem however is simply the concept: if you don’t fancy lugging a...
Conclusion: The Padfone 2 is an interesting concept that does undeniably have some attractions. Chief of these is the ability for companies to save money offering their employees a work business phone and tablet while only paying for one data plan.
Pros: Reasonable screen, decent performance, decent camera in regular light, excellent battery life, ability to run tablet and smartphone off one data plan.
Cons: Tablet section build quality isn't great, camera can't handle low light, tablet section display is disappointing., The face you'll pull squinting to read the tablet's screen.
Summary: The Padfone 2 is an interesting attempt by Asus to create an all in one tablet and smartphone convertible. However, the initial promise is let down by a number of niggling flaws that make its £600 price tag feel a little steep.
Pros: Phone has reasonable screen, decent performance, decent camera in regular light, excellent battery life, ability to run tablet and smartphone off one data plan
Cons: Tablet section build quality not great, camera can't handle low light, tablet section's display is disappointing