Published on April 28th, 2013 | by Jivitesh Das2
Asus Fonepad:Is it worth buying?
After the release of padfone, Asus has put its best foot forward into the competing world of tablet. 7-inch Asus Fonepad is first tablet by the company to offer Video calling feature. It is first tablet that is powered by Intel processor. Let us look into the features and specs and see whether it can fight in the present tablet arena.
Asus has come up with good build quality. Brushed with aluminium finish at the back, the gadget removes the feel of cheap fibre body, which you rather find in Samsung device. The back consists of two parts – a large non-removable metal part which sparkles with aluminium finish and a removable bronze coloured plastic strip on top. The power/ lock screen and volume rocker keys are located at the left side of the device, and are embedded within the metal part. A small speaker outlet is located at the back, towards the bottom, while towards the top it has the 3.2-megapixel-camera lens. A secondary microphone is present in the strip.
Along the fibre strip there hides the Micro-Sim and Micro-Sd slot. On the top it has a micro USB port and a 3.5mm jack with a microphone.
Its 7-inch screen steals the show with no hardware controls.
The 7-inch screen of the Asus Fonepad runs at a resolution of 1280×800, as that of the Nexus 7. It has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with around 216 ppi density. It allows multitouch up to 10 fingers. The display provides sharp viewing angles and is ideal use for reading e-books and magazines. It looks appealing while watching videos in the gadget.
In bright sunlight the visibility of screen is average even if the outdoor brightness option is on. The screen is little bit more reflective in nature.
It is very disappointing that such kind of tablets comes with less and ordinary camera functionalities. It has a 3.2MP auto-focus rear view camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera. There is no flash. The pictures taken from primary camera are just more than average.
The secondary camera has limited functionality and sufficient to be used for video chatting.
The video captured are of good quality but are saved in .3GP format.
Asus Fonepad runs on 4.1.2 jellybean OS. It has slightly customised the general Android user settings. It has slightly modified in notification tray and added some new apps and widgets to its factory settings.
The features are generally common among other leading tabletsgoogl like quick access settings for brightness, Wi-Fi, Mobile data, Smart Saving mode, Wi-Fi hotspot Screen rotation, Bluetooth, GPS, and Sound etc. We find these features in the top area of the notification tray which is little bit different from the android system of Nexus 7.
There are some preloaded applications like Amazon Kindle app for e-books, App Backup to take backups of data and apps, App Locker to password protect apps, Asus Story for creating photo books, Asus Studio for managing and editing pictures, Audio Wizard, an app to block specific callers, BuddyBuzz for social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Hope these apps really create a difference in the tablet world.
As Fonepad runs on jellybean OS, this provides a distinct feature of “Google Now” which is a voice based information system.
Asus is also offering 5GB of additional data storage space on its servers via its WebStorage service through which you can sync documents, photos and video.
This device is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, with 1GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. It provides 8GB of internal storage and is expandable through micro-SD up to 32GB.
Maximum space is consumed by the OS and app files and, around 5GB of space becomes available for user space.
However its battery life is comparatively much higher than any other tablet in this range. It has non-removable 4270mAh which gives a 16Hr of constant standby. Due to presence update of project butter by jellybean OS this device is smooth in interfacing and lag free. Though running of some high end apps make this device a little bit slower and time to be receptive.
When it comes to having the best tablet around 15k, there is always been dilemma among the users. The features and specs designed by Asus for the Fonepad are much more good and beneficial among other leading tablet sellers. It is able to produce much more efficient power backup than Samsung tab-2. But I would rather suggest you to go for Nexus-7 as it the runs with the latest jellybean os with other specs more than the Fonepad. If in future Google does any update, then Nexus-7 would be the first device to get updated. So the decision always rest upon the buyer. Take time and choose the best.