Summary: Until I held it my hands, I almost didn't believe it was a real product. The Asus PadFone has been shown a number of different times over the last 12 months , and though it's finally available in Taiwan after a big reveal at Mobile World Congress, the bizarre transforming device remains a bit of a mystery here in the states. The PadFone is the evolution of the idea brought to market by the Motorola Atrix.
Pros: Fantastic modular design concept, Great performance in phone mode, Lots of useful accessories, Incredible battery life
Cons: Tablet performance is lacking, Unremarkable displays, Ecosystem quickly gets heavy and cumbersome
Summary: As a concept the PadFone works well. It tries to bring the best of three worlds in one device, but at what cost? Rs. 65,000 is a little expensive. We like the idea of using the pen as the phonem but there is no place in the tablet or the keyboard dock to house it, giving it a lifespan of two days. If you are in the market to pick up a smartphone, you can get the iPhone 5 in this budget, or an iPad and a decent Android smartphone.
Pros: Great build, Three in one gadget, Good camera, Good display, Very easy switching between phone and tablet mode, Good battery life
Cons: Lacklustre keyboard on the smartphone, Ultra glossy display, Not for everyone, Expensive
Conclusion: It’s a good device but in my opinion, it’s not for everyone. You can get the PadFone + Station + Dock + Stylus for about RM 3,000 or so but there are notebooks and Ultrabooks for less than RM 3,000. In my case, I already have a phone that I adore so much, getting PadFone would be redundant as I’ll be using the tablet part only, which so happen I detest the weight distribution. *For the uninformed, the tablet part DOES NOT WORK without the phone docked on it.
Conclusion: The Asus PadFone is the first attempt to bring to life an exciting idea. The idea of having just one device powering your computing needs. And we love that notion. Despite what Asus achieved with the PadFone, this attempt alone is worth applause - it creates a category of its own. But with this in mind, we should note that the PadFone is not a concept - it is an absolutely real device now, sold for real money.
Pros: Brings a brave idea to reality, Zen design on PadFone looks and feels top notch, Solid performance on both phone and station, snappy switching between the two
Cons: Tablet is way too bulky, Overpriced, Pen stylus might not be such a good idea
Excerpt: While you were busy BBQ’n with friends and family yesterday, Asus decided to tease the world with the Padfone . Hard facts really aren’t available at this point, but as the picture and videos below illustrate, the main draw of the padfone is its unique tablet shell. We do know the device will run some form of Android and that the phone measures 4.3-inches, while the tablet case will come in at 10.1.
Excerpt: Is it a phone, is it a tablet? Actually, it's both - and one's hiding inside the other. Namely a mobile that slotted into a tablet’s shell to provide the guts. Now there’s a sequel on the way, and it looks like it’ll hit Europe, whereas its predecessor never really made it out of the Far East. In the meantime, we check out how the first Android dynamic duo works on camera - check it out in the clip above.
Summary: While it may seem like we moan a lot about the PadFone in its current state, we do it only out of love. To put it simply, we're all over ASUS' vision of making the smartphone the literal center of our lives, but the company can do so much more: what we see here is just the core of the idea, the foundation to get things started, while the rest of the product seems half-finished and doesn't yet realize its full potential.
Pros: Inventive design, Superb battery life, Good value for three form factors, Preloaded with many handy apps
Cons: Heavy and chunky, Dynamic Switching not widely compatible