Asus has stepped up a notch when it comes to their devices be it laptops, phones or tablets. They recently released the Asus Fonepad tablet in April 2013. Simplicity would be the best way to describe this tablet. It looks really simple but elegant and using it is really normal yet wow, I know kind of a contradiction.
Asus Fonepad looks really simple, just like all the other tablets but feels like something worth having. It has this brilliant metallic finish which melts your heart when you hold it. It is your usual 7 inch tablet and the 10 inch beast is a freaking transformer (we shall cover it in another review). It has got a nicely built flat back and sweet curves. The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the bottom with the home or power button on the top. It comes in gold and grey colours.
The Asus Fonepad has a really nice display. The 7 inch display caries a 800×1280 pixels resolution giving it a 216ppi pixel density. It is not outstanding but not underdone either. For starters it does not look anything cheap and no visible pixilation. But when it comes to gaming and full HD playback you can see it lacks that fluidity to stream it without problems. It’s not like it will get stuck but yeah it struggles. Viewing angles on a tablet are crucial, thankfully this one has got good viewing angles. Read anything on this wonderful 7 inch display and it won’t disappoint you.
The 3.15 MP camera on the rear is less than an average lens. The photos come noisy in even perfect lighting conditions so no way you want to know how it performs under low light conditions. Video recording capability of the rear/ primary camera is no good too. It does take 720p video but then there is no image stabilization and it just goes everywhere over the display. The front facing camera has a 1.2MP sensor, it is not so good even for the sake of video chatting, it needs better.
So the Asus Fonepad features the Android v4.1 Jelly Bean with it being run on Asus’s own UI which stays true to most of the other design of other Android devices. Developers have made so many dedicated tablet apps for Android, you can make full use of them by buying them or getting it for free over the Play Store. Navigating through the tablet is nothing less than easy.
Intel’s Atom processor has made its way on-board the Asus Fonepad. It is a single core 1.2 GHz chip which by far is one of the fastest single core processors ever. It also has 1GB of RAM. Together they make the Asus Fonepad perform really well with the usual crashing of applications which is not new to any Android devices. You can expand the 8GB/16GB of internal memory to 32GB. There is no NFC but you do get bluetooth’s latest version.
Well the tablet is an interesting pick. It can do a lot with no problems at all. It looks really good, feels great in your hands. People wont be talking when they see it but don’t care it can perform way better than most 7 inch tablets. Reading is an absolute bliss on this tablet. Gaming is awesome as well so are many other things. What it is not meant to do- take pictures, rest all is cool.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, April|
|BODY||Dimensions||196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm (7.73 x 4.73 x 0.41 in)|
|Weight||340 g (11.99 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||8/16 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|DATA||GPRS||Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|EDGE||Class 10, 236.8 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus (selected markets only)|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.2 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Intel Atom Z2420 / Intel Atom Z2460|
|CPU||1.2 GHz / 1.6 GHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold|
|– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input (Swype)
- Value for Money7