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sobota, 06 lipca 2013

Test: Asus FonePad

TAGS: Dell XPS M1530PA3534U-1BAS, CQ62 Battery

Unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​the FonePad Asus was a product that was expected with curiosity, even a certain impatience. Indeed, despite its low-cost tariff, it seems very attractive on paper, is paying the luxury to offer an unexpected phone function. Remains to be seen what role it can have in our daily lives ...

Let it be said: 2013 is the year of phablette,Dell Inspiron 1545  this new kind of mobile devices halfway between the smartphone and the tablet with a comfortable screen size. And if the Samsung Galaxy Note has pioneered a moment ago, many manufacturers have since stepped into the breach, pushing a little more reasonable limits on size. Huawei introduced at the beginning of the year of 6.1'' smartphone, Samsung offers Galaxy Mega 6.3'', but it is Asus, which wins the prize with this FonePad 7''. The same format as a Dell E4300 Battery , so, so much so that one wonders if it is reasonable to continue to be considered a phablette. Moreover, the editorial 'of PCworld, the debate rages: is a tablet that is also a phone, or a smartphone that can be used as a tablet? Both say that the disagreement was settled in sweat and blood, finally settled on this conclusion: the Asus FonePad is primarily a tablet which may serve as a phone, and that's a good thing because you will see, this aspect is not really his forte.

But proceed by step and start with scanning the device in all its glory. By far the FonePad largely resembles a Nexus 7 and, more generally, to most tablet 7'' that have flooded the  XPS M1330 market in recent months rather broad black stripes on the sides, no physical button on the front, and only the presence of a microphone on the top of its role betrayed phone. At the back, however, it is further away from the Google tablet (also manufactured by Asus, do not forget), with an aluminum shell and a fairly smooth rubber cover housing slots for SIM cards and microSD. Despite appearances, it is also easily removed, since just drag two inches above to pop out of its notches.

Unlike the Nexus 7, also the volume buttons and plugs are keyed to the left of the device, which is much more easily accessible. The E4310 Battery connection is meanwhile in minimalism, with a micro-USB port for charging and a jack, both located in the lower part of the device, which, for the use of a helmet is enough impractical. In this regard, the FonePad comes with in-ear headphones good surprise for rendering the music and hands-free kit simple and effective function. Side finish and build quality, nothing to complain, everything is impeccably assembled and exudes strength. However, the very 'slippery' of the casing prevents perfect grip and it was always a little afraid to let go when the catch with one hand.

Better than Nexus 7?

Call to screen this FonePad which, unsurprisingly again, quality is quite similar to that found on the Nexus 7. Based on an IPS LCD capacitive, the HP G32  manufacturer chooses the same definition (1280x800) and a pixel density equivalent (216ppi). In practice, visual comfort is ok but not great: viewing angles are good, but not exceptional, and the maximum brightness setting is a little low, unless you turn the "outdoor" mode in the settings. By screen tablets side by side two, however, we see white yellow pulling on FonePad and more generally, a little duller colors. It says nothing insurmountable, and it remains in the top quality average in this price category.

Side autonomy, FonePad also pleasantly surprised: the Pavilion G4  battery offers ten hours of use with WiFi on, and reaches nearly 8 hours of video playback, which places it directly in the first place our comparison in the category of tablets 7 and 8 inches.

Now let us get to the heart of the FonePad: its performance and everyday use. Next benchmark, it is, again, a good average, given its size and price, and shows consistent results with the hardware it offers. In use, the Intel Atom Z2420 1.2 Ghz processor, Pavilion G7 PowerVR SGX540 GPU and do the job in most cases and can benefit from a fast and fluid navigation within the interface, and an honorable comfort on 3D games. Again, you can expect something similar to that offered a Nexus 7 and Tegra 3 SoC, even if, on paper, our benchmarks show a net benefit to the machine stamped Google.

Especially as the Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 version used here is very customized and just allow some proprietary applications without interest (taking notes, slideshow creation ...), or the ability to superimpose a widget (calculator, calendar, stopwatch ...) transparency of any screen. Functionally equivalent to that found on the LG Optimus G. Briefly, the OS appears light and pleasant to use.

Conclude with what remains the most subjective to assess point but we will still try to judge: the phone part. Much to say right now, the format 7'' seems to us clearly too large to be effective through use of conventional telephony, that is to say, the HP Envy 17T device glued to his ear. Too large in the hand and in the pocket, it may eventually find its way into a bag or briefcase, but quickly sentenced to be used with a handsfree. To summarize: it can act as a secondary phone perfect for the home, on a table, but certainly not the main smartphone, unless you are ready to use it only with a headset.

The Asus FonePad is therefore not a revolutionary Latitude E5520  product and is positioned primarily as a good tablet 7'', which may serve as a phone in a particular context. However, it keeps the price argument, since it can be found for less than € 229. For this price, so you are entitled to a good clone of the Nexus 7 3G version, which also offers a microSD slot and a longer battery life, which is already very good.


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