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?
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.
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
Conclusion: Die Idee hinter dem PadFone-Konzept beeindruckt mich nach wie vor. Die ausgezeichnete Hardware kann gut über die wenigen Schwächen (fehlende Speicherweiterung und kein Akkutausch möglich) hinwegtrösten. Auch wenn der Kaufpreis mit knappen 750 Euro für die 32-GB-Version den einen oder anderen abschrecken wird, finde ich diesen Preis für den Einstieg in die Smartphone- und Tablet-Welt durchaus angebracht.
Pros: Sehr gute Verarbeitung, Gute Performance, Tolles Smartphone-Display, 13-MP-Kamera, Smartphone und Tablet in einem
Cons: Speicher nicht erweiterbar, Akku nicht austauschbar, Mäßiges Display des Tablet-Docks