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
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.