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Asus Padfone 2 - Performance and Connectivity

evan kypreos

By Evan Kypreos

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7

Asus Padfone 2 – Performance and Call Quality

With a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz running the show, the Asus Padfone 2 is quick. Couple this with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics chip and you have almost exactly the same specs as Sony’s impressive flagship phone, the Xperia Z.

The Asus Padfone 2 performs well when compared to the Galaxy S3 and Nexus 4. It scores around 20 per cent better than these phones when we put it through our benchmark tests. In practice this means that it doesn’t even break a sweat playing even the most demanding of games. Real Racing 3, for example, looks stunning and performs well while multitasking, and 720p video is no problem at all.

It’s easy to ignore call quality on phones these days. Making calls is almost seen as a secondary function, but it is still important. We found that the Padfone 2 performed perfectly well when both making and receiving calls.

Whack the volume up on the ear speaker and you’ll be able to hear what the person on the other end of the line is saying even in a noisy environment. The microphone is also solid and manages to provide clear sound both on calls and while recording audio.

Benchmarks:

• Antutu 3.3 – CPU 8563 – RAM 3469 – GPU 8607 – I/0 897 – Total: 21536

• Sunspider – 1925ms

Asus Padfone 2 – Connectivity

It’s almost as if Asus decided to remove every piece of connectivity possible from both phone and station. Aside from docking the phone to the station the only other physical connections are a microUSB on the phone and a matching microUSB on the Station. All other connectivity comes in wireless form - NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G and, of course, Wi-Fi.

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There’s no HDMI out, which won’t matter to most, but surprisingly the Padfone 2 also lacks a microSD card slot. Many phones these days are leaving this feature out but it seems a very odd choice for a device trying to be a phone and tablet at the same time.

If you have a discrete tablet and phone you have two sets of storage, one on the phone and one on the tablet. Asus does provide every buyer with 50GB of online storage for free but this hardly makes up for the omission. On the plus side the Padfone 2 does come in a 64GB version which should be plenty for many users, but at £600 the extra storage comes at a premium. The 16GB version can be bought for £470 and the 32GB costs around £500.

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One of the benefits of being a hybrid device is that you end up with a 3G/4G ready 10.1-inch tablet. If you absolutely need a tablet with a 3G connection then Padfone 2 is actually quite cost effective in the long terms as you don’t require two 3G contracts. This is only useful, though, if you intend to take your tablet outside the house.

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schriss

October 16, 2012, 5:40 pm

It probably doesn't have Full HD screen because it would then compete with Transformer Infinity.
Still, it seems to be perfect choice for me. It's what I wanted - to have a bigger screen for my phone, which is still the one and only device I want to continue using.

TechVegan

October 17, 2012, 2:58 pm

The lack of Full HD screen is also to keep the price down and preserve battery life.

Indeed, with you on the bigger screen for phone thing - personally really miss a keyboard option though.

gdawg304

October 17, 2012, 3:23 pm

Now if they'd just sell the phone without the tablet, at a cheaper price....the handset sounds like a real S3 and iPhone 5 beater (the latter feels like a toy in the hand, bring back glass and stainless steel!).

jsg

October 17, 2012, 9:37 pm

Think this Padfone is rather pointless. Buy a regular android and ASUS Transformer which would probably be cheaper. What I would want is a cheap £100 tablet shell that fits my phone. So that all the tablet consists of is a screen, charging battery and maybe a graphics card and my phone does the rest. Why doesn't ASUS make that?

epony

October 17, 2012, 10:38 pm

Seeing as it's got Bluetooth 4.0, is there any reason why I wouldn't be able to sync it with an wireless keyboard?

TechVegan

October 18, 2012, 9:39 pm

They might well do, it was hinted that the phone might be sold seperately in the UK - and yes, specs and features-wise it totally beats the iPhone 5/Galaxy S3.

TechVegan

October 18, 2012, 9:43 pm

"Buy a regular android and ASUS Transformer which would probably be cheaper." No it wouldn't, not for these kind of specs.

Plus it does have its advantages: both together weigh less than an iPad, you only need one data contract, everything merges flawlessly so you never need to sync anything or re-download apps/savegames/etc...

"So that all the tablet consists of is a screen, charging battery and maybe a graphics card and my phone does the rest."
That IS EXACTLY what the PadStation is, barring the graphics card which is already as good as it gets on an ARM platform... were you referring to one that would fit any phone?

TechVegan

October 18, 2012, 9:44 pm

No reason whatsoever dear reader.
In fact, Asus may well bring out a keyboard folio case further down the line...

john g

October 19, 2012, 12:26 am

I think it's interesting to watch convergence at work - almost like natural selection! I'd always seen tablets as devices for data consumers, whilst data producers would go for a laptop or netbook. Now the distinction between these two fundamentally different sorts of uses is blurring, thanks to devices like these.

Is the omission of a keyboard so catastrophic if the device will work with a Bluetooth keyboard? For me, that wouldn't matter hugely - I suspect the biggest practical difficulty would be the lack of a kick-stand to hold the tablet on a table at the correct angle for viewing.

schriss

October 19, 2012, 1:30 pm

You missed the point of this innovation completely. If I had use for Transformer Infinity, I would already have it, or any of the Galaxy Tabs. But this Padfone 2 - that's exactly what I want. I want to put my phone into bigger screen with a battery and use it like a tablet, then in the morning take it out and go to work with just the phone.

Powerful

October 19, 2012, 7:44 pm

A number of companies already make bluetooth keyboard cases with kickstands for iPad and others... I suspect it won't be long before they get one sorted for this.

Now all I want is one with a couple of sd card slots built in.

Looking forward to heaving the whole lot to my head when the phone rings!

TechVegan

October 22, 2012, 2:27 pm

"I think it's interesting to watch convergence at work" - very true, I think the convergence we're now seeing between laptop and tablet is one of the most interesting developments in the tech world atm.

As to the keyboard base like on the original Padfone - don't forget that it was not JUST a keyboard, but also increased connectivity and battery life...

As to kickstand, there will be one coming out from Asus.

jsg

October 23, 2012, 6:02 pm

Actually you're right. I thought that the tablet was an Android device on it's own. 650 pounds is about the price of a galaxy s3 + a nexus 7, if they brought the price down I would be interested. Thanks for correcting me.

Rory

June 25, 2013, 3:09 am

how can "Can only use one device at a time" be a con, it's one device not 2

combe

June 29, 2013, 8:56 pm

Hi guys! I'd like to take this phone.
The phone look really nice.
But, I will take just a phone, without station.

Can you tell me, is it good choice?
Is phone products heating problems or bad performance??
I see on net, many people complain on camera dust?

Thanks guys!

User996

May 22, 2014, 4:26 pm

if you haven't taken something else yet phone is very solid and it'svery good other than camera dust problem. but for this model (padfone 2) you can't take just phone, it is 2in1 set

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