Conclusion: Compared the original Padfone, the Padfone 2 is far more usable, prettier, significantly more powerful and more affordable device. Asus have clearly spent care and time over the design refinements, not to mention instilled it with some of the most powerful hardware on the market, but there are a few shortcomings which probably won’t be resolved until the Padfone Infinity hits which was announced at MWC this year.
Pros: Lightweight, Great battery life, Padfone concept works well
Conclusion: As an independent smartphone, the Asus Padfone 2 is one impressive device that can tangle with some of the greats out there, seeing that it has that wonderful balance between raw performance and impressive hardware. Crazy to believe it, but the handset is one of the lightest smartphones in its class! Beyond that, we're glad that Asus decided to go with a different route in how the smartphone is docked with the Padfone Station.
Pros: Impressively lightweight smartphone, Wickedly fast performance, Unique dual-form functionality, Sharp looking Super IPS+ display
Summary: The good and the weird. Asus has announced the launch of the PadFone 2 for December. Exactly like its predecessor, the PadFone 2 is a combination of a smartphone and a tablet. We will be taking a look at a much more revealing form of the phone with all its secrets laid bare when compared to the last generation.
Pros: Premium design, Simple operation, Good workmanship, Powerful processor, The premium design and the pleasant feel of the smartphone.
Cons: Fragile charging port, Back of the tablet is not flat, Dirt prone due to the open slot, Where did the stylus go? Did the headset/input device combo not arrive?
Summary: Most phone manufacturers generally stick to an annual refresh cycle for their flagship devices as it is a win-win situation for both manufacturers and consumers. Companies not only have ample time to research, innovate and develop their next generation products, consumers will at the very least be assured that their products are not going to be obsolete within a few months.
Pros: Superb 4.7-inch display, Good overall performance, Great camera image quality, Sleeker PadFone Station
Cons: No memory card slot, Lack of a keyboard dock, Could have shipped with Android 4.1, Real-world battery life is lackluster
Conclusion: As a combi deal with a high-end smartphone and matching tablet the Asus Padfone 2 is more than a gimmick -- it's a pretty good deal. The phone's spec may not quite match the very best, but the differences are minimal, and hey, you're getting a good-quality tablet thrown in for roughly the same price. Syncing between the two is hassle-free and though the tablet is a tad heavy with the phone docked into the back, it's a perfectly good way to get the best of both worlds.
Pros: Good display, fast processor, quality camera, bonus tablet!
Cons: Not the latest Android, combination's heavy for a tablet, no memory expansion, proprietary charging port on tablet
Conclusion: It’s a great idea, and Asus is one of relatively few companies with the design and build chops to pull it off. It’s not an option if you ever think you might want to use the tablet and phone at the same time, but there’s undoubtedly lots to like.
Excerpt: When it comes to shaking things up in the mobile market, Asus is up there with the best of them. Its Transformer line brought a neat keyboard dock to the standard Android tablet, but the PadFone is significantly more innovative. It's a premium smartphone which slides into a dock to make a 10.1in tablet. The PadFone 2 was originally launched back in October, but has only just begun to be available in the UK. There are two main advantages to the PadFone's design.
Conclusion: The more we’ve lived with the Padfone 2, the more apparent it has become that for every highlight, there’s a simple, regular solution. That leaves the Padfone 2 in something of a tricky situation. It’s well engineered, it’s almost priced right, but you walk away without a hero handset or a hero tablet. You don’t get the both of best worlds, you get something in the middle: a compromise. Compromises aren’t necessarily bad, as long as you’re getting what you need.
Pros: Good smartphone performance, excellent docking system, clever software tweaks
Cons: You compromise on both halves of the package, especially on the tablet device