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Notebooks ASUS PadFone

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Djayness, 31 May 2012.

  1. Djayness

    Djayness phwupupupup

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    This device is coming out in July/August and combines the functions of a phone, tablet and netbook. I had a play around with it for two weeks and did a review based on my time with it. It's a neat device and was a good experience seeing as I don't own a Tablet or Laptop, partially because of the associated costs. I know HN will be carrying it and one of the carriers will pick it up but more on that later.
     
  2. Jackypoos

    Jackypoos Will it blend?

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    Holy Mackerel Batman! I really love the look of that, the idea is great and the price is acceptable considering buying everything individually. I was going to ask about the batteries, but you answered most of the questions ^^

    What happens though when the keyboard part runs out of battery and has charged the phone and tablet as best it can?

    How would you rate the build quality? The biggest letdown I usually find is wear of the hinges and where your wrist rests near the keyboard; though it looked to be very well made I must say.

    Last one; UK release date? :D
     
  3. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    "Hey, can I look up something on your laptop?"

    "No, I'm on the phone!"

    It's like 1998 all over again
     
  4. Djayness

    Djayness phwupupupup

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    Hmmm not sure about UK release but I'll say August to be safe. The keyboard will stop functioning when it runs out of battery so ultimately it's better to have it charged before you head out. Was impressed with the build quality as the phone sides are aluminium and the bezels are the same, no cheapo plastic here.


    Actually when you're on the phone in Laptop mode you'd be using the pen to talk meaning that anyone can use your device at the same time.
     
  5. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Amazing! I've actually been going on about something like this for aaaaages!
     
  6. CrazyJoe

    CrazyJoe Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the way this guy presents it:

     
  7. Guest-16

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    You mean the Chairman, Jonney Shih :p

    ;)

    He's a genuinely nice guy. I've been in a couple of meetings with him.
     
  8. Jasio

    Jasio Made in Canada

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    Being the owner of three Asus Transformers already (all of them with keyboards too!) - I have to say I am very interested in making this my fourth purchase. My brother and dad use the transformers when they go on trips/vacations etc- to keep in touch with family over Skype, e-mail, etc. The third one was what introduced my mom into modern technology (she just started getting the hang of using a PC for basic email, typing, browsing, printing). Although I don't use one myself for daily use- I have a Macbook Air for that. I am looking to replace my aging HTC Desire Z with an HTC One X- but probably with the North American version of the One X which drops Tegra for the generally faster and more energy efficient dual-core platform found on the One S. However, I am tempted to consider the Padfone now as the phone seems to have decent specs. I just need to find out which bands it covers.

    EDIT: Bindibadgi, Djayness - the Asus site isn't as informative as I'd like. Could you clarify the bands on this phone. I see it is a quad-band GSM phone for the 2G bands, but apart from the HSPA speeds there is no mention whether it is dual, tri, or quad band HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 or regional LTE. Quad-band HSDPA is a must, I hope Asus didnt' overlook this.
     
  9. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    My contract finishes in February next year, if the phone itself is up to scratch, I'll definitely 100% pick this up.

    Bindi, do you know any more about this? Will it get a worldwide release. Typically Asus phones don't get a release in the UK, but I know you've been making phones for the Asian market for some time.
     
  10. Jasio

    Jasio Made in Canada

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    My biggest gripe with companies like HTC, Samsung, Asus, LG, etc is their generally laziness in cost cutting by putting silly dual-band HSDPA radios on their phones making them useless beyond your immediately region. My HTC Desire Z is dual-band HSDPA so it only runs on 2G EDGE in the UK but I get my proper 7.2Mbps 3G speed back home. The HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy (the whole range) fortunately have quad-band HSDPA radios. While LTE is less important, I find it silly that Blackberry can offer quad-band everything on all their abysmal products but other manufacturers want to lock me into buying several handsets for different regions.
     
  11. badders

    badders Neuken in de Keuken

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    Still can't get used to hearing ASUS pronounced as"A-zeus".
     
  12. Jasio

    Jasio Made in Canada

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    Bump. So many Asus staff- so few answers...
     
  13. Guest-16

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    The problem with releasing a phone is that it's not just throwing it out to each country. It has to go through several stages of certification (from multiple parties), then acceptance and customization at carrier level before it can be sold. We are trying to bring it to every region, but until it's officially announced I just don't know sorry.

    Tim should be able to check what bands it uses, or ill try this week if I see a Padfone person around.
     
  14. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Ok, well if you do, then please tell them that you've had some positive feedback on it already! And that the geeks over at Bit Tech are very excited indeed.
     
  15. Jasio

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    I'm not worried about carrier customization, or regional availability- if it's EU only I can buy it there. If it's NA only- I can buy it there, etc. What I am most interested in is the availability of it as a proper quad-band HSDPA device. It seems counter-intuitive to manufacture a portable computing device meant for use on the go (and as a communication device) to use only two bands. This would be a device I'd like to use in North America and Europe- the difference in bands keeps North American phones that are dual-band stuck at EDGE/2G speed making them rather useless. Some companies like Blackberry, and the Samsung Galaxy series (and the new HTC One X) have finally gotten around to waking up and realizing it's /easier/ to make *one* model with every band covered and then let the carrier fiddle around with breaking the UI with their software.
     
  16. Guest-16

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    No it's certainly intended for world-wide release as much as we can, otherwise it would have a more localized marketing campaign.
     

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