Padfone http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/530/0 en-GB Asus Padfone http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus&#039; PadFone doesn&#039;t do things by halves – it&#039;s a smartphone that slots seamlessly into a tablet dock. But does it work? </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-review-main.jpg?1366027478" /> </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-review-phone_4.jpg?1366027478" /> </div> <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-review-stylus_4.jpg?1366027478" /> </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-review-keyboard-dock_4.jpg?1366027478" /> </div> <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-review-slot_4.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> £0.00 </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"> Decent as both phone and tablet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Easy to dock with station </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Stylus headset is odd but useful </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"> Station is bulky </div> <div class="field-item even"> Doesn&#039;t feel quite finished </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"> Is it a phone? </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 itself has a nice <a href="/review/apple-iphone-5">iPhone-style</a> form factor, with a circular-textured back. Tapered edges mean it sits nicely in the hand and its 4.3in qHD screen is just the right size. But given that it’s competing with 720p-plus handsets, it could be sharper; text and icons show it up, and whites (which AMOLEDs often struggle with) aren’t Persil pure.</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-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> <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-review-hands-on-tablet-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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-review-hands-on-1-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Is it a 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>The 10.1in Padfone Station tablet dock lacks its own brain – instead it piggybacks on the Padfone’s 3G and voice-calling capabilities, not to mention its OS, apps and processor. In return you get a perfectly useable 1280x800 screen, though it doesn’t match the <a href="/review/apple-ipad-3">iPad 3</a> or <a href="/review/asus-transformer-pad-infinity">Transformer Infinity</a> for pixels. A 1.3MP cam and massive 6600mAh battery help 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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-review-docking-bay-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Is it both? Yes </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>Connecting the phone and dock is simple. Just open up the PadFone bay, matching up the microUSB and micro HDMI connections, and click the Padfone into place. The Station boots into tablet mode quickly and will leave you grinning with gadget glee, while a lightly skinned version of Ice Cream Sandwich makes it easy to keep track of your apps. &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-review-hands-on-camera-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Ice cream sandwich and camera </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 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich acceptably, thanks to a dual-core Snapdragon chip. Up to 64GB of onboard storage and micro HDMI and microUSB ports sweeten the deal. An 8MP, f/2.2 rear camera takes decent outdoors stills, and can also be used in tablet mode via the peephole window on the rear of 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-review-hands-on-3-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Station build 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>Despite a lovely, satiny finish and reassuring weight, the Station is bulky and won’t lie flat, thanks to that bump in the Padfone bay. We did meet with a few hiccups in tablet mode, such as some stuttering in games.</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-review-hands-on-6-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Price and availability </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 easy to forgive the odd stutter, as our Padfone was an early sample. In fact, it left us wondering why this idea hasn’t been done properly before (sorry, <a href="/review/motorola-atrix">Moto Atrix</a>). The Padfone still lacks a confirmed UK price and release date, but hopefully Asus will see sense and ship it here soon. Can’t wait? You can always import it from Taiwan for £540.&nbsp;</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-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"> Your tab&#039;s ringing </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>You might wonder how you answer a call with the Padfone Station. A speakerphone mode is effective but you can also can undock the phone without disrupting the call – though there was a bit of rustling on the other end, apparently. Still, it’s what we’d do most of the time…</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-review-hands-on-4-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Penfone </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>…or you could talk to the Stylus Headset. Paired with the Station, it vibrates when you get a call. Hold it to your ear and talk into the mic about halfway down, and you’re off. People might look at you funny, but they’re just jealous of your life on the cutting edge.</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-review-hands-on-stylus-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Get with the stylus </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 Stylus Headset also works as a, well, stylus for your tablet. It’s more comfortable in the hand than most of its rivals. The large tip means it’s not super-accurate, but using it to scrawl in SuperNote works very well. The downside is there’s nowhere to keep it.</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-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"> 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 Padfone, Station and Dock all have their own battery – allowing you to extend the life of your device by popping it into the next dock up. The Station’s Utility widget shows how much juice is left and you can choose which component to prioritise as it charges. In our battery tests, the Padfone didn't quite reach 63 hours but the results were still respectable for a video rundown: 5 hours 40 minutes for the Padfone and 15 hours 40 minutes for 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-review-hands-on-2-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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"> Accessories </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><strong>Asus Padfone Station Sleeve</strong>&nbsp;£tba <strong><a href="http://uk.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/">uk.asus.com</a></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Further confound nosey bystanders with this nifty sleeve. There’s no space on the Station itself to hold the Bluetooth&nbsp;stylus, so this handy sleeve will house your pen and spare SIMs too.</p> <p><strong>Asus Padfone Station Dock</strong>&nbsp;£tba<strong><a href="http://uk.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/">&nbsp;uk.asus.com</a></strong></p> <p>The QWERTY dock is the ace in Asus’ series’ pack, and the PadFone wouldn’t be let out without one. It’ll be a little top-heavy, but you can’t argue with roughly 17 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, or 14 hours over 3G.&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-review-sleeve-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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-review-station-dock-resized.jpg?1366027478" /> </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-11"><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>The Padfone is a brave and bold idea so we hope the UK networks let Asus do its thing with this phone-tablet hybrid allowing us save a pretty penny. At times, it doesn't always feel like a finished product. Put simply, we can't wait for the <a href="/news/phone/news-nugget/asus-padfone-2-gets-16-october-launch">Padfone 2</a>.&nbsp;</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-12"><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 review – verdict  </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"> 8 </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>A promising idea – iron out the kinks (and that bump) and the PadFone could be a winner&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 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone/review#comments Asus Padfone Smartphones Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:25:16 +0000 Sophie Charara 422940 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone video released http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-video-released/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The mobile, tablet, and keyboard dock toting device gets a full walk through in an official video </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/padfone.jpg?1364400235" /> </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_5118.jpg?1364400235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we’re excited about the Asus Padfone and its 102 hour battery life (when docked), the video just looks a bit, well, Apple wannabe. But if Asus has spent all the budget on the gadgets rather than the video, we can’t complain. </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/past-and-future/news-nugget/asus-padfone-video-released </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-video-released/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-video-released/news#comments Asus Padfone Mon, 14 May 2012 12:57:37 +0000 Luke Edwards 421153 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus PadFone, Transformer Pad Infinity 700 and Pad 300 pricing revealed http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-transformer-pad-infinity-700-and-pad-300-pricing-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Been patiently waiting for a price label to be slapped onto Asus&#039; upcoming range of transforming gadgets? You&#039;re in luck </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="371" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-3_1.jpg?1364396300" /> </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_661.jpg?1364396300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus has confirmed the prices for its upcoming transforming gadget hybrids – the PadFone, Transformer Pad Infinity 700 and Transformer Pad 300.</p> <p>First up is the phone-come-tablet, the Asus <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/asus-padfone-is-a-smartphone-tablet-hybrid" target="_self">PadFone</a>, which will drop in Italy at the end of May for €700. Along with the optional €150 keyboard dock, you'll be looking at approximately £700 for the whole lot.</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/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/asus-padfone-transformer-pad-infinity-700-and-pad-300-pricin </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-transformer-pad-infinity-700-and-pad-300-pricing-revealed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-transformer-pad-infinity-700-and-pad-300-pricing-revealed/news#comments Asus Padfone Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:44:05 +0000 Esat Dedezade 420851 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone gets pricing for Taiwan pre-orders http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-gets-pricing-taiwan-pre-orders/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Judging from the Transformer Prime pricing variations we’ve worked out what it’s going to cost in the west </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_0_0.jpg?1364396345" /> </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_1.jpg?1364396345" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <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_773.jpg?1364396345" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Asus Padfone gives you a 4.3in, 1.5GHz Snapdragon powered mobile, which slots into a 10.1in tablet – which, in turn, connects to a trackpad-toting keyboard – all of which have their own batteries. So, essentially you’re getting the best of all mobile worlds, for one price. But what is that price?</p> <p>Taiwan pre-orders for the Padfone start tomorrow with a release date of April 20th. Pricing for the complete kit is set at NT$28,901 (£618). But judging from the international price variations for the Transformer Prime, we’d estimate a nice round £650 once it lands on western shores.</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-gets-pricing-for-taiwan-pre-orders </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-gets-pricing-taiwan-pre-orders/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-gets-pricing-taiwan-pre-orders/news#comments Asus Padfone Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:03:24 +0000 Luke Edwards 420692 at http://www.stuff.tv MWC 2012 – Asus Padfone hands on review http://www.stuff.tv/asus/mwc-2012-%E2%80%93-asus-padfone-hands-review/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A phone in a tablet in a laptop? Sounds bonkers, but can the Asus Padfone come up to the bar set by the Transformer tablets? </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-in-hand_0.jpg?1364396762" /> </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 – overview </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>Using your smartphone processor to power a bigger device isn’t new. We’ve seen the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/motorola-atrix">Motorola Atrix</a> with its bevy of docks and accessories. But Asus has evolved its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/asus-eee-pad-transformer">Transformer</a> (and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime">Transformer Prime</a>) concept – which uses a snap-on keyboard with battery boosting powers – so that it morphs from a phone to a tablet to a legit netbook replacement. But is the Padfone a bridge too far? Let’s take a look...</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-main_0_0.jpg?1364396762" /> </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_394.png?1364396762" /> </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 – the phone </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 phone – the bit that’s actually called the Padfone – is in its own right a respectable bit of hardware. There’s a 4.3in Super AMOLED display laid over a 1.5GHz Snapdragon that takes care of running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Although at 9.2mm thick, it’s off the pace in the skinny phone race, those tapered edges give it a lovely feel and the Padfone’s circular patterned rear evokes the company’s UX laptops – no bad thing.</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-circles_0.jpg?1364396762" /> </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_317.png?1364396762" /> </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 – the 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>Slot the phone into the rear compartment on the 10.1in tablet – known as the Padfone Station – and a reassuring buzz comes to your fingertips. But the real buzz is now having a powerful tablet at your disposal, one that’s charging your phone from its own cells. If we were feeling uncharitable, we’d point out that the compartment door feels too flimsy, but once clicked shut, it’s sturdy enough. It does mean the tablet is blighted by an unsightly bulge that makes portrait use feel unbalanced and stops the slate lying steadily on a surface when laid flat. Cleverly, though, the Padfone Station’s rear camera is simply an aperture for the Padfone’s own 8MP rear-facing snapper.</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-station-open-docked_0.jpg?1364396762" /> </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_270.png?1364396762" /> </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 – the 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>The snap-on keyboard used by the Padfone will be familiar to anyone who owns or has used the Eee Pad Transformer. A further set of cells are on hand to charge the phone (as a priority), then the tablet itself. It’s a sensible hierarchy that we can’t poke holes in – more evidence that this device has been thought through by engineers who consider it far from an idle gimmick.</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-keys_0.jpg?1364396762" /> </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_227.png?1364396762" /> </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 – in use </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 took a look at a fairly early implementation of Android 4.0 on the Padfone (and Station, etc), but there are some nice touches. There’s the neat battery widget above, for example, that breaks down where you’ve got juice. Asus is also working to make core apps that intelligently switch to an optimised layout based on which screen size you’re using, and encouraging developers to do the same. You feel that it’s these details that’ll decide whether the Padfone’s place in history is assured as a genuine shift in thinking, or simply an interesting dud.</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-battery-widget_0.jpg?1364396762" /> </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_112.png?1364396762" /> </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 – first impressions </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 isn’t perfect. There are, perhaps inevitably, sacrifices to be made in the transition to a gadget matryoshka. As a netbook it suffers too much weight, as a tablet it suffers an ugly bulge and as a phone it lacks the pizzazz of hardware created outside an abstract physical brief. But the right thinking is there, and great effort has been made. This could be a sleeper hit of a gadget… if only Asus can make it all – both literally and figuratively – stack up. We’ll have a full review nearer to the release date to see how close to that goal the Padfone can get.</p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/mwc">More news from MWC 2012</a></p><p><strong>You may also like</strong><a href="news/mwc/news-nugget/mws-2012-%E2%80%93-asus-transformer-pad-infinity-and-300-series-announced"></p><p>MWC 2012 – Asus Transformer Pad Infinity and 300 series announced</a></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/rumour-mill/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-set-for-48in-full-hd-display-and-ceramic-build">Samsung Galaxy S III to get 4.8in full HD display and ceramic build</a></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/5-of-the-best/5-of-the-best-waterproof-gadgets">5 of the best waterproof gadgets</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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-padfone-station-open_0.jpg?1364396762" /> </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_357.jpg?1364396762" /> </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/mwc/hands-on/mwc-2012-%E2%80%93-asus-padfone-hands-on-review </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/mwc-2012-%E2%80%93-asus-padfone-hands-review/news#comments Asus Padfone Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:43:34 +0000 Paddy Smith 420120 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone to launch at Mobile World Congress http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-launch-mobile-world-congress/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Russian doll-loving gadget fans will have to wait a teeny bit longer </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="400" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-1_0_0.jpg?1364397188" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="400" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-1_2.jpg?1364397188" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <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_1676.jpg?1364397188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p class="p1">We had secretly been hoping that the Asus Padfone might launch at CES this week, but Asus has confirmed that we'll have to wait until Barcelona's Mobile World Congress in February.</p> <p class="p2">Asus' event called "Incredible Mobile, Endless Possibilites" will be the setting for the Padfone launch, while an on sale date later this year is expected.</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-padfone-to-launch-at-mobile-world-congress </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-launch-mobile-world-congress/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-launch-mobile-world-congress/news#comments Asus Padfone Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:43:32 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 419388 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Padfone is a smartphone-tablet hybrid http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-smartphone-tablet-hybrid/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus follows the Transformer with a Motorola Atrix-baiting tablet-docking phone </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="400" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-1.jpg?1364401845" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="371" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-3.jpg?1364401845" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="589" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-padfone-2.jpg?1364401845" /> </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_3450.jpg?1364401845" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kangaroos are the clowns of the animal kingdom. They’re stupid and have massive feet. But they’ve evolved a neat trick – a pouch in which to sling their unruly offspring while they’re hopping around the outback. Asus has borrowed this trick for its Padfone, which docks your smartphone in its own gadgety pouch.</p> <p>The 10.1in tablet and 4.3in Android handset can then roam the internet in tandem. Hopefully the price won’t be too comical when the Padfone’s availability is announced later this year. For more details, check out the video below.</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-padfone-is-a-smartphone-tablet-hybrid </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-smartphone-tablet-hybrid/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-padfone-smartphone-tablet-hybrid/news#comments Asus Padfone Thu, 02 Jun 2011 14:04:14 +0000 Paddy Smith 416592 at http://www.stuff.tv