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.
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...
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: 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...
Pros: Lightweight, Great battery life, Padfone concept works well
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...
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.
Summary: A beautifully crafted handset, which fits into the 10in chassis to become a tablet. The idea to combine two form factors is brilliantly executed by Asus. We love the battery life the device has to offer and the pricing is also reasonable for the specification on offer.
Pros: Great performance, Sharp, bright phone screen, Impressive battery life
Cons: Poor tablet resolution, Devices need to be kept together, No expandable storage
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.
Pros: Good smartphone performance, excellent docking system, clever software tweaks
Cons: You compromise on both halves of the package, especially on the tablet device