Padfone 2 http://www.stuff.tv/asus/padfone-2/features en-GB CE-Oops: 5 tech companies that leaked their own products http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/5-tech-companies-leaked-their-own-products/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Secrecy be damned! These collection of candid gadget makers spilled their own beans prior to launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5 tech companies that leaked their own products" alt="5 tech companies that leaked their own products" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eric-schmidt-moto-x.jpg?1376384486" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of technology is as smoky and mirror-filled as a game of Laser Quest in the Palace of Versailles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every time you see a new product 'leak', you can be pretty damned sure that it's a central part of a carefully planned PR campaign. And if the leakee happens to be the CEO of the company responsible, you can be certain of it. Read on for five recent examples of honchos letting slip crucial product details.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto X: the &#039;excited beta tester&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/moto-x-official-all-details/news">Moto X</a> is probably the most leaked gadget in recent memory, with Motorola taking such a lackadaisical approach to confidentiality that even your gran knew the smartphone’s specs before its official launch on 1st August. Google founder Larry Page even tweeted about the X in July, saying he was “very excited” about Motorola’s next launch “having been a tester for a while”.</p> <p>Google CEO Eric Schmidt went one step further by being photographed actually using the Moto X in public on 12th July. We can only surmise that Schmidt, Google and Motorola decided that a “we don’t give a damn” approach to product secrecy was the best way to get consumers salivating about a new smartphone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Padfone 2: the &#039;this thing isn&#039;t recording, is it?&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One way to beat the leaks is just to pull the product out in front of the press way before it’s supposed to launch, as Asus CEO Jerry Chen did with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus-padfone-2/review">Padfone 2</a>. We guess that’s the good thing about being CEO of a tech company – you can just do whatever the heck you feel like and let the marketing people worry about it later. Chen showed off the Padfone 2 to Bloomberg ahead of its launch and seemed to have no problem with the TV cameras whatsoever.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xZyZEXH-ltg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy NX: the &#039;oh well, sod it&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On 13th June, Samsung CEO Shin Jong-Kyun <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/get-excited-future-samsung-mirrorless-cameras-may-run-android/news">told the whole world and its mother</a> just what his company was set to launch a week later: “Samsung will release our latest mirrorless camera that runs on Google’s Android software.” You can't really get plainer than that.</p> <p>Lo and behold, on 20th June the Samsung Galaxy NX was revealed to the world. Samsung’s marketing department, who had likely been planning a big “ta-dah! ”reveal for their pioneering product, were left with no surprises with which to entrance the assembled London media – except perhaps the shockingly lacklustre live performance from Will.i.am.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy NX" alt="Samsung Galaxy NX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-nx.jpg?1376384486" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 1020: the &#039;privacy settings fail&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">favourite cameraphone of all time</a> was leaked way ahead of its launch by Nokia’s Joe Belfiore, who on 8th July posted two photos on <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfiore/with/9179586182/">his Flickr page</a> that were, according to the metadata, taken by a device called “Nokia Lumia 1020”. Belfiore later set the photos as private, but not before tech sites like <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/8/4503382/nokia-lumia-1020-sample-photo-joe-belfiore-flickr">The Verge</a> had sifted through the data and worked out not only the phone’s name, but the fact that the device could shoot at different resolutions using its 41MP sensor.</p> <p>Did Belfiore make a mistake? We highly doubt it – dollars to donuts this was done deliberately to generate hype in the run-up to the phone’s 11th July launch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Joe Belfiore&#039;s Flickr photo" alt="Joe Belfiore&#039;s Flickr photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/joe-belfiore.jpg?1376384486" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad: the hype-building masterclass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in January 2010, a few months before Apple unveiled the iPad to the world, the Wall Street Journal ran <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703580904574638630584151614.html">a story</a> confirming that such a device was real and coming in March. The paper’s source? It was Apple itself, at least according to former Apple employee John Martellaro.</p> <p>In an <a href="http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how_apple_does_controlled_leaks/">article for Mac Observer</a>, Martellaro claimed it was Apple policy to unofficially and intentionally leak details of upcoming products to “trusted friends” at major news outlets as a way to build hype. Details are either leaked in person or over the phone and never via email. The idea is to leave no paper trail, ensuring Apple’s reputation for airtight secrecy remains intact, along with the professional integrity of the “friendly” journalist. Apple is truly the <a href="http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Petyr_Baelish">Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish</a> of the tech world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad" alt="Apple iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad_0.jpg?1376384486" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> iPad Lists Lumia 1020 Moto X Padfone 2 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:35:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425255 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone rapid review http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-rapid-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s been a long ole journey for the three-in-one hybrid device, but after months and months of making us play the waiting game we&#039;ve finally got our hands on this new breed of tech. But is it a step too far? Find out what we think of Asus&#039; efforts by watching our video review. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="495" height="277" title="Asus Padfone 2" alt="Asus Padfone 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Asus-Padfone.png?1370357844" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1890297085001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1890297085001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-rapid-review/video#comments Asus Padfone 2 Tablets Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:41:49 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423740 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone 2 video review http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-2-video-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s fair to say there&#039;s nothing quite like the tablet-converting Asus Padfone and its appeal is still fairly niche. But has Asus streamlined its crazy phone and tablet combo enough to create the ultimate mobile device? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="396" height="297" title="Asus Padfone 2" alt="Asus Padfone 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Asus-Padfone-2_0.png?1371554391" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2222401064001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2222401064001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-2-video-review/video#comments Asus Padfone 2 Tablets Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:30:59 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423682 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Is the Asus Padfone 2 the ultimate mobile device? http://www.stuff.tv/asus/new-video-asus-padfone-2-ultimate-mobile-device/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a new Padfone in town – well actually there&#039;s two – but we&#039;ve got our hands on the second iteration of Asus&#039; tablet-converting hybrid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2013-03-13-at-12.03.08_0.png?1364407148" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_123.jpg?1364407148" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's fair to say there's nothing quite like the the mobile-cum-tablet hybrid Asus Padfone and that its appeal is still fairly niche. And while this modular marvel may look like a spitting image of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/asus-padfone">its predecessor</a> at first glance, there are some notable improvements on the design front that make the Padfone 2 more desirable this time round. But has Asus streamlined its crazy phone and tablet combo enough to create the ultimate mobile device?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/new-video-is-the-asus-padfone-2-the-ultimate-mobile-device </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/new-video-asus-padfone-2-ultimate-mobile-device/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/new-video-asus-padfone-2-ultimate-mobile-device/news#comments Asus Padfone 2 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:33:51 +0000 Lucy Hedges 424466 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone 2 http://www.stuff.tv/asus-padfone-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has Asus streamlined its bonkers phone and tablet combo enough to create the ultimate mobile device? Find out here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-2-review-main-resized.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-2-review-press-2.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £600.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phone and tablet for one contract </div> <div class="field-item even"> Solid performance as a phone </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Takes decent pictures </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps don&#039;t transfer between displays </div> <div class="field-item even"> No keyboard </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It wasn’t too long ago that we were describing <a href="/review/asus-padfone">the first Padfone as a ‘gadget kangaroo’</a> and at MWC 2013 the Taiwanese black sheeps over at Asus have announced the third iteration of the wacky phone-tablet hybrid: the <a href="/news/mwc/news-nugget/asus-reveals-padfone-2-price-padfone-infinity-and-7in-fonepad-at-mwc-2013">full HD Padfone Infinity</a>. Still, that bundle doesn’t even have a release date yet so let’s concentrate our attentions on the middle child, the Padfone 2, instead.</p> <p>First off, what is it? The Padfone is essentially a smartphone that Asus is bundling with a 10.1in Station. This tablet shell is nothing more than a bigger display, extra battery and extra front camera – when used in tablet mode, the power, processing and data come from the Padfone handset.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2222401064001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2222401064001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-1.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vs Asus Padfone  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what’s new? A bigger, higher-res 4.7in 720p screen for the Padfone 2 itself for starters, with the PadStation keeping the very respectable 10.1in HD screen from <a href="/review/asus-padfone">the first model</a>. Then there’s the extra power courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro chip running the show, a step up from last year’s dual-core S4.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ah, and we almost forgot: there’s the new docking mechanism on the Padfone Station – the result of three years of refinement by Asus engineers, apparently. Out goes the flap and sideways docking to make way for a single action slotting the Padfone 2 vertically into the back of the tablet shell. In short, the set-up is now more piggy-back than pouch and it’s a definite improvement.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-4_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apart from the new docking design, the Padfone 2 looks very similar to <a href="/review/asus-padfone">the original Padfone</a> and, larger handset aside, at first glance you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. It’s also slightly heavier at 135g but not that’s not enough to worry even the weediest of gadget-wielders’ arms.&nbsp;</p> <p>The circular “Zen” pattern on the plastic back casing can easily handle bumps and doesn’t scratch easily, and while the Padfone 2 might not be as striking as the likes of the <a href="/news/phone/hands-on/htc-one-hands-on-review">HTC One</a>, it looks premium enough. The band around the phone – which could be mistaken for brushed metal – makes the Padfone 2 look skinnier than it is – a neat trompe l’oeil. And while the gaping hole for the Padfone is the main event, we’re fans of the matte back of the Padfone Station.&nbsp;</p> <p>With clean lines all round, the Padfone 2 has just the proprietary multimedia port on the bottom (matched by the Station), a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSIM tray.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-2_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen(s)  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus has kept the 1280x800 IPS panel on the Padfone Station, no doubt to make way for the <a href="/news/mwc/news-nugget/asus-reveals-padfone-2-price-padfone-infinity-and-7in-fonepad-at-mwc-2013">Padfone Infinity</a> which has two full HD screens to contend with. And while this is very watchable and battles sunlight admirably, it’s not a patch on the best tablet screens we’ve seen, like <a href="/review/asus-transformer-pad-infinity">Asus’ own Transformer Infinity </a>and the <a href="/review/apple-ipad-4">iPad 4</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>More impressive is the superb 720p screen on the Padfone 2 handset – it’s crisp, with vivid colours, cracking viewing angles and excellent contrast, plus a very bright Super IPS+ outdoor mode too. From text on web pages to Google Play movies, this is a serious step-up from the previous Padfone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-8_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Jelly Bean OS and performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Padfone 2’s OS hasn’t been tinkered with too much and any additions are an improvement on stock Android. The notifications pull down is genuinely more helpful with quick access to Wi-Fi networks, brightness, connectivity options and notifications, plus there’s a redesigned time, date and weather widget.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you’d expect, apps, widgets and wallpapers on the Padfone 2’s homescreens magically rearrange themselves into the Asus tablet format when the Padfone is docked. In tablet mode, there’s also a pop-up menu of floating apps (calendar, calculator, email, dictionary, social network client BuddyBuzz and the AudioWizard menu), which is similar to what Samsung and Sony are doing on the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-note-101">Galaxy Note 10.1</a> and <a href="/review/sony-xperia-z">Xperia Z</a> and it works just as well here.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a phone, the Padfone 2 eats up multi-tasking and browsing, with games like <a href="/review/temple-run-2">Temple Run 2</a> playing smoothly, though not quite to the same extend as something like the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a>. In fact, our only niggles came when the handset was docked in the Padfone Station.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-9_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phone + tablet  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We’re still torn about the Padfone in use – on one hand, we love the retro, modular simplicity of slotting the phone into the tablet to power a bigger screen. And two 3G/4G devices for the price of one contract is both an affordable and neat solution – no tethering, turning on Bluetooth or setting up hotspots.&nbsp;</p> <p>But as impressive as Asus’ Dynamic Display tech is, it still doesn’t work beyond built-in apps like the excellent SuperNote. For instance, if you’re surfing via the built-in browser on the Padfone and want to switch to the Station the open page will appear on the 10.1in display, but if you’re using Chrome you have to open it up again. Ditto for YouTube. And Gmail. And pretty much all third-party apps, media players and games.&nbsp;</p> <p>Switching between the two mid-movie does still give us a kick, but the Padfone can’t always cope: stutters, outputting sound without picture and one reset mean that operation is far from hassle-free.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-13_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-6_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 2,140mAh battery in the Padfone 2 itself has a dependable second in the form of the Station’s 5000 mAh battery, and if you get used to taking both out with you, it’s really nice to stick your Padfone 2 into the Station for a quick recharge.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Asus the Station also more than doubles your talktime from 16 to 36 hours. In practice, we easily lasted the day using the bundle for the usual browsing, gaming, listening to music and a spot of work. With light use of both, the Padfone 2 combo will stretch to two days.&nbsp;</p> <p>We did have one small niggle with the power management, though. It’s great that you can toggle between Intelligent mode (to charge both devices) and Phone preferred/ Power pack mode – both of which use the Padfone Station to power the handset. But when the tablet dock is completely out of juice, it’d be helpful to make reviving the Station a priority if the Padfone doesn’t need the extra power.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on03_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera and video  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once it had nailed the obligatory camera specs – 13MP sensor from Sony and 1080p video – it was really up to Asus to deliver on the images. And the Padfone 2 takes very good snaps indeed, particularly outdoors and when the light’s on your side, reproducing colours on the warmer, saturated side of the palette. When things get gloomier, a little noise does start to creep in, though, and while the Night mode does a great job of picking out whites in the dark, the Padfone does struggle to focus at times.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the Padfone slotted neatly in the back with a clear, bright 1.2MP front camera, the Padfone Station has to have its own 1MP front camera for bigger screen video calls. For video that doesn’t involve your face, the rear cam takes smooth and detailed footage for the most part. Like many smartphones, it does suffer once you’ve zoomed in with the slider and can jump about if you’re moving. But anything except the speediest of moving subjects is taken in its stride – leaves blowing - yes, rapids on the River Thames - &nbsp;not so much.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-5_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-10_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keyboard?  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When we tested the original Padfone a Transformer-style keyboard dock was on the cards for the series, but Asus has annoyingly scrapped this 3-in-1 compatibility with the Padfone 2. If the lack of a battery-filled keyboard is a deal-breaker then getting hold of the first Padfone might be a better bet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-12_0.jpg?1372738442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps announcing the Padfone Infinity and the Padfone 2’s price and release date at the same time wasn’t the smartest move on Asus’ part. But the Padfone 2 is now available to pre-order as a 32GB bundle with the Padfone Station for £599 from March 1st, with bricks-and-mortar stores getting stock in late March. Asus has also confirmed we won't be able to buy the Padfone 2 as a standalone handset anytime soon – that's a shame as it means finding a big chunk of cash in one go.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the risk of <a href="/review/asus-padfone">repeating ourselves</a>, there’s nothing quite like the Padfone, and if this second model was even £100 cheaper it would be a no-brainer for early adopters and maverick techies. The Padfone bundle is very light indeed but the truth is it still takes up the same amount of room in your bag as two devices, and the full potential of Dynamic Display is yet to be realised.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you’re considering taking the Padfone plunge, we salute you – just remember that just over £600 can buy you a <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4 </a>and an <a href="/review/apple-ipad-4">iPad 4</a> these days.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This crazy modular marvel is now much more elegant but the Padfone's appeal is still fairly niche&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/asus-padfone-2 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/asus-padfone-2/review#comments Asus Padfone 2 Smartphones Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:31:02 +0000 Sophie Charara 424362 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus PadFone 2 hands on review http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-2-hands-review/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;re one of the first to get our hands on the Asus PadFone 2 – and even more excitingly it&#039;s headed for the UK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-6_0.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – intro&amp;nbsp; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So before the Padfone has even arrived in the flesh, Asus has managed to announce its bedmate, the PadFone 2. We got some hands on time with it at the launch event in Milan – but is the PadFone a fad-phone? Read on...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-10_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_327.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – design and build&amp;nbsp; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PadFone 2 will come in two colours, black and white, and both look pretty futuristic – we think the white design has a slight edge but both stick to the tried-and-tested iPhone-style form factor.</p><p>The PadFone itself is slightly larger than before – a little annoying, as the first version fits perfectly in small hands – but this is no smartphone beast. You'll find the same concentric circle design as seen on Asus' ZenBooks, the first PadFone, and the Transformer series – it's quickly becoming a design signature of the brand..&nbsp;</p><p>The real story for the build is the new docking mechanism – the PadFone 2 slides into the back of the Station in one movement with no cover – it requires noticeably less faffing about compared to the older model.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-9_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_0_261.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PadFone has upped the screen ante with a 720p affair for the phone and Station – and even on homescreen icons the new crisp quality shows. It's 4.7in which is great for videos – and the widescreen mode in the camera – and the Super IPS+ screen can now pump out 550 nits of brightness. Love the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/asus-transformer-pad-infinity">Transformer Pad Infinity</a>? You'll love this, even though it's not full HD.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-2_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_1_216.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – PadFone Station </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 10.1in tablet station does the job well – and the most striking thing about the combo is that it weighs just 649g, meaning you won't have those "I'll just leave it at home today" moments very often. The quad-core Qualcomm chip and 2GB of RAM in the PadFone 2 itself mean that as a tablet you've got more than enough power to zip around too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-4_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_2_183.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – Dynamic Display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dynamic Display – which displays apps on the Station that you had open on the PadFone – won't work with everything, as with the first PadFone, but Asus tell us that Dynamic Display is guaranteed for the top 100 free Android apps as they've been working through those APIs over the past year or so.</p><p>In our short play with both components apps opened very quickly across both devices and our only problem was when the Station went into standby mode. Waiting for it to wake up is a minor gripe, though – and with Asus telling us it'll last for six weeks in standby, we can't complain.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-8_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_3_89.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We're told this baby got 15,000+ on AnTuTu and tops other benchmarks like OpenGL. Naturally, we tried to get some hiccups out of the PadFone 2 in our short hands on time with the device but didn't encounter a single one – apart from a 'SuperNote has stopped' message. All that, and Asus reckons we should get nine hours of video playback on the phone and a ridiculous 27 hours of video with the PadFone Station involved too.</p><p>SuperNote also rocks real time writing to text skills, giving Samsung a run for its money in the handwriting recognition stakes – when it runs, that is.&nbsp;</p><p>Plus there's that SonicMaster sound tech on board with the brilliantly named AudioWizard audio settings menu for more bass and less distortion, apparently – we'll be putting that to the test in a full review. It sounded very loud to us in the quick demo, which is always a pleasant surprise when dealing with a tablet.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-6_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_4_62.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – camera&amp;nbsp; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>13MP&nbsp;sounds very good on paper and the new PadFone Station design means you can take photos with the PadFone as before. You can also record 720p video at 60fps and our initial play with the PadFone's camera was promising, with bags of features down the left hand panel including widescreen mode, filter effects and flash. We didn't try the beautification features, mind you.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-1_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_5_52.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – UK release date and price&amp;nbsp; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We haven't been given a UK release date or price for the PadFone 2 yet beyond early 2013, but Asus say that both the original PadFone and the PadFone 2 will definitely go on sale in the UK and that networks are coming round to the idea of a one data contract – in this case LTE – for a phone and tablet.&nbsp;</p><p>The official price is €800 for the 32GB handset and €900 for the 64GB model – and that price includes the Station too.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-3_0.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_6_43.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – Jelly Bean&amp;nbsp; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's Ice Cream Sandwich for now but Jelly Bean, complete with Google Now, is on its way shortly after the PadFone 2 launch. A shame it's not out of the box, then – but we'll let this one slide for now, Asus, as Android 4.0 runs beautifully.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-2-review-hands-on-11_0.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_310.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus PadFone 2 hands on review – verdict&amp;nbsp; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may not lie flat on a table yet, but Asus has worked hard to minimise that PadFone bump when in Station mode. By pumping up the smartphone specs to 2012 standards and being sold as a pair, the PadFone 2 might just have a shot.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/asus-padfone-2">Read the Asus Padfone 2 review.&nbsp;</a></strong></p><p><strong>You might also like</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/portable-media/news-nugget/microsoft-launches-xbox-music-service"></p><p></a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/asus-unveils-padfone-2">UPDATED: Asus unveils PadFone 2</p><p></a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/rumour-mill/huawei-ascend-w1-eyes-up-the-htc-8s">Huawei Ascend W1 eyes up the HTC 8S</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/portable-media/news-nugget/microsoft-launches-xbox-music-service"></p><p></a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/5-of-the-best/5-of-the-best-james-bond-phones">5 of the best James Bond phones</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_326.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_7_41.png?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/hands-on/asus-padfone-2-hands-on-review </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-2-hands-review/news#comments Asus Padfone 2 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:51:09 +0000 Sophie Charara 423089 at http://www.stuff.tv UPDATED: Asus unveils PadFone 2 http://www.stuff.tv/asus/updated-asus-unveils-padfone-2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus reveals a slimmed-down PadFone 2 – but does it turn the phablet from a gimmick into a must-have? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="376" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-2_1.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The dust has barely settled on our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/asus-padfone">Asus Padfone review</a>, but Asus has wasted no time in showing off its successor – the Asus PadFone 2 – at a launch event in Taiwan.</p> <p>The Asus PadFone 2 handset arrives packing a 4.7in 720p Super IPS+ display with 550 nits of brightness, along with a quad-core Qualcomm processor, and either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of onboard memory – all powered by a 2140mAh battery.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/asus-unveils-padfone-2 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/updated-asus-unveils-padfone-2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/updated-asus-unveils-padfone-2/news#comments Asus Padfone 2 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:41:13 +0000 Stephen Graves 423118 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone 2 leaks with 13MP camera and 4.7in HD screen http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-2-leaks-13mp-camera-and-47in-hd-screen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With just one day to go until the official announcement the Padfone 2 has been revealed by the Asus CEO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-2-leaks-early-1_0.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_636.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/news-nugget/asus-padfone-2-leaks-with-13mp-camera-and-47in-hd-screen </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-2-leaks-13mp-camera-and-47in-hd-screen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-2-leaks-13mp-camera-and-47in-hd-screen/news#comments Asus Padfone 2 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:24:53 +0000 Luke Edwards 423099 at http://www.stuff.tv