Conclusion: The good times when reviewing the Asus Fonepad were great. Starting with its mind-boggling £179 price tag, moving onto its 3G connectivity and voice capability, then wrapping up on that HD IPS screen and battery life made it a dream.
Pros: Incredible value, Great screen, 3G / voice capability, Expandability
Cons: Bloated UI, Occasional lag, Ergonomically not a phone, Poor stock keyboard
Summary: Even though the Fonepad is able to support 3G calls and data, I only found myself briefly using the feature since I knew I could do so with this Android tablet. I think it’s safe to say a large majority of people will feel more comfortable making calls on their cell phone rather than having to...
ASUS FonePad Review: Quite Good Tablet With Phone Features, Audio and Display Impress (Video)
8 June 2013
Conclusion: Overall, this is a very good tablet for its price and we give it a 9.2 out of 10 for design, 9.3 for hardware and a 9 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.16 out of 10 and this is quite a solid purchase, if you don’t feel like buying a Galaxy Tab because of the laggy TouchWiz.
Cons: Android 4.1, not 4.2, the lid at the top feels a bit flimsy, less grip than Nexus 7, low benchmarks
Conclusion: Although it can make calls and send text messages, the Asus Fonepad is clearly not an ideal smartphone replacement, although you can totally use it as one. Just bear in mind that the tablet isn't made to be carried in a pocket, obviously, and its call quality leaves a lot to be desired.
Pros: Solid build quality, microSD card slot, 3G connectivity for cellular data, Can make phone calls, send/receive text messages
Excerpt: Asus Fonepad is a low-cost 7-inch Android Jelly Bean tablet powered by Intel's Atom Z2420 1.2GHz single-core processor. In addition, it also comes with a 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 3.2-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing one, HSPA+ and Wi-Fi connectivity and a microSD memory...
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Summary: The Asus Fonepad is a tablet that can accept a normal SIM card to be used as a phone. At 7 inches, however, it's far too big to be your main phone and it doesn't really impress as a tablet either. Its affordable price and good battery life go some way do add to its appeal though.
Pros: Affordable price; Can be used as a phone; Good battery life; Some helpful Asus software additions.
Cons: Too big to really be used as a phone; Unimpressive screen; Poor performance; No rear camera.
Conclusion: Priced at AED 999, the ASUS fonepad isn’t necessarily a great tablet but it is a great tablet for that price. It features excellent connectivity and a decent display that can be tweaked to your liking in a body that that doesn’t feel cheap.
Summary: The way we see it, the FonePad is more like a Jack-of-all-Trades rather than a device that specializes in certain categories. While it may not excel on one particular aspect, it’s worth noting that the FonePad has a little bit of everything, not to mention its phone functionality, which makes it a...
Conclusion: The Asus Fonepad distinguishes itself by being one of the few seven-inch tablets with 3G phone and internet access. Virtually unlimited internet access without the need to rely on a Wi-Fi connection is a good selling point, the outsize phone option perhaps less so, but as a do-it-all device, even if...
Pros: Decent screen, 3G phone and internet access, picture-in-picture apps
Excerpt: Following its announcement, we were confused, and questioned whether a 7in tablet should double up as a smartphone. However, we got our mitts on the Asus Fonepad on Tuesday, and the device might have convinced us otherwise.