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Review Asus Padfone2


    Overview of smartphone-tablet Asus Padfone2

    Review Asus Padfone2

    Asus has been repeatedly proven to be one of the legislators form factors. Tablets transformers long been associated with Asus, and here two years ago has been created yet another - the tablet-smartphone. It combines a tablet and a smartphone-transformer. For users no longer need to carry around three separate devices, smartphone, tablet and netbook, all of them combines one - Asus Padfone . In this review, we consider the second generation Padfone. He has received a number of significant additions, but lost the keyboard and stylus, which, apparently, need not all.

    Design and ergonomics

    The main features of the smartphone Asus Padfone2 exactly the same as its predecessor. Wedge-shaped body, textured back side, the metal frame around the perimeter. If you look closely, you notice how different they are from each other. The second generation has improved ergonomics, and with it the principle of combining a smartphone with a tablet.

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    Because, except for the location of the front camera, front and rear casing remained unchanged, we will proceed to consider the sidewalls.

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    On the right side wall are two keys, but if it were used to separate the volume keys, now - this is the power button / lock and volume rocker. Now the user does not have to reach for the mouse to the Upper end of the lock, it is just under the thumb._

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    The left lateral side is empty. A connection with the tablet is now responsible one interface - USB, while the Asus Padfone used two - HDMI and USB, and both formats Micro. On the face of obvious improvement, but there is in it and a small drawback. Since the lower end is not flat, so that USB-cable connector was in tight, the manufacturer had to go on a little trick in the form of two antennae on Korets wire. The disadvantage of this solution is that any other USB-accessories, drop out of the slot. For example, use a standard automotive charging Micro-USB is almost impossible, because the plug is barely kept in the nest. Similarly things and connecting to a computer through the USB-cable. We have to set the smartphone so that it does not move, otherwise the likelihood is high that the plug is pulled.

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    Jack and microSIM slot located on the upper end. This allowed the body to make a non-separable, however, at the same time he was deprived of the memory card slot. Through the use of an aluminum frame, the body gives the impression of a monolithic smartphone. Make him squeak can only be strong squeezing. The protective glass Corning Fit Glass protects the front panel not only from scratches, but also accidental punching a hard object, in addition, it is covered with a layer of oleophobic HCLR Film.

    Weight 135 g smartphone that for a device with a 4.7-inch display, a battery capacity of 2,140 mAh and the metal in the body, is quite modest.

    Available Asus Padfone2 can be found in two colors, black and white.

    Now it's time to talk about the tablet. As a smartphone, the tablet is stripped of most of connectors, leaving a Micro-USB on the bottom. This, too, has its advantages are less likely to get wet in the body and as a consequence, the failure and shortcomings - people deprived of a full USB-connector. Now to connect the tablet to a TV or monitor, or connect to the USB-drive, you need to use an adapter. We are talking about a standard adapter USB-Host, and to connect to the media image output interface is used MHL.

    Again, we can not say that the new product is devoid of features Asus Padfone, just their implementation became equal time. In addition, as with a smartphone, tablet edges have turned more acute that complicate placement of any connectors. This was the result of the body landed on a diet. If before its thickness and weight were 13.6 mm and 724 g, now - 10.4 mm and 649 g (514 g without a smartphone). As you can see, the difference is more than significant.

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    The color of the tablet differs only on the back side. The front, regardless of color, black. The back side has a soft-touch-cover, so that in the hands of the case does not slip, then such coverage seemed to us more enjoyable than plastic smartphone, albeit with a textured pattern. Part of the body, which houses a smartphone, has been revised. The company has met users, marks not the best reliability of the design in the first model. Now there are no moving parts, the smartphone is inserted vertically in a special niche tablet and stays there through located on the side of the rubber cloves, excluding accidental slipping smartphone. This solution not only helped to avoid unnecessary actions when installing / removing a smartphone, but also reduce the thickness of the tablet in place.

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    Grid Dynamics is located on the back of the body near the left sidewall. Above it is a good sizeable volume button. The power button / lock is located on the top at the left sidewall. The keys are not visible when you look at them from the front, but it is easy to grope blindly through much of the projection of the body.

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    The front part of the body is also covered with tempered glass Corning Fit Glass and besides the logo and located in the center of the chamber, has in itself nothing else. IPS-diagonal screen is a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 pixels. Recall that the smartphone is set Super IPS + display with a diagonal of 4.7 inches and a resolution of 1280x720 pixels.

    Assembly, fitting parts, similar to the smartphone. We were unable to detect backlash or scratches, all the evidence indicates that this is a quality case.

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    The operating system and shell

    In view of the fact that the tablet does not have a processor, it can not work without a smartphone. Therefore, everything that we describe in the future holds for both the smartphone and tablet. If between them will still be some differences, we say about it.

    Smartphone running the operating system Android 4.1.1. This is not the most current version of the operating system to date, but knowing the speed of new firmware on the tablet Asus, it can be argued that the output of Android 4.2 is not far off.

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    Shell interface does not differ from the standard. The exceptions are the notifications panel, a set of phone numbers, text messages, and other settings.

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    Notification bar allows to switch between different modes of operation, as well as select in-depth sound settings (AudioWizard) and proceed to the choice of Wi-Fi-network. The list of user-configurable switches. There is also a slider adjust the brightness of the display and the icon to activate the "On the Street", which we describe later.

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    Traditionally, the desktop can include from one to seven windows located on them with shortcuts and widgets.

    Because your smartphone does not provide the key "Menu", calling it can be assigned to the call key, "Manager running applications." Thus, a short key press will open the list of running programs, and long - context menu "Settings".

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    Many people are wondering how the transition from applications running on the same device during installation or removal from the other. For these cases, there is a separate menu item, where you can choose what to do in such a case, close them, or left open, if possible. Such a decision is not due so much so that applications work in a different orientation of the screen, how much difference in their resolution. Not all applications can continue to work without restarting the extraction smartphone.

    Review Asus Padfone2

    When used as a tablet Asus Padfone2 other than the above mentioned features, there is a new - run a small number of applications in windowed mode. This is useful in cases where it is not desirable goes from one application to another run. For example, the need for a calculator using the web browser. To this list of virtual keys added another to the right of them. By clicking on it, the bottom line of the screen pops up with a list of available widgets. They open on a reduced scale, but you can stretch them to full screen. Unfortunately, not all applications are able to fully function in this mode. For example, the browser can not load the page until you open it full screen. Perhaps this is the current cost of the software. With other applications (video player, calendar, calculator) is no problem.

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    Hardware Platform

    Transformer Asus Padfone2 was submitted at the end of last year. At the time, it is used in system-on-a-chip has been one of the most modern. Despite the fact that now on sale there are devices on newer chipsets, performance Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is more than enough. According to the results of benchmarks, Asus Padfone2 is in the lead, that shows a good optimization of the manufacturer. Against this background, looks amazing by the fact that the smartphone is almost unable to smoothly play the video not so much in Full HD-resolution, but 720p. To understand the reason for this state of affairs, we have established a video player MX Player. The results were similar and only software decoding, video began to play the way that you expect from such a powerful smartphone. Playing a Video

    Codec / Title




    Spartacus. mkv

    ParallelUniverse. avi


    MPEG4 Video (H264) 1920x798 29.99fps [Output 1]

    MPEG4 Video (H264) 1920

    X 816 23.98fps [Undetermined (Video 1) [Default]]

    Xvid 712x400 25.00fps 1779kbps

    [Video 0]

    MPEG4 Video (H264) 1280x720 29.97fps [Undetermined (Video 1) [Default]]

    MPEG4 Video (H264) 1280x536 24.00fps

    2726kbps [Video 0]


    AAC 48000Hz stereo 96kbps [Output 2]

    MPEG Audio Layer 3 44100Hz stereo [Undetermined (Audio 1) [Default]] AAC 44100Hz stereo [Undetermined (Audio 2)]

    MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 128kbps

    [Audio 1]

    Dolby AC3 44100Hz stereo [Undetermined (Audio 1) [Default]]

    MPEG Audio Layer 3

    44100Hz stereo 256kbps [Audio 1]

    VstroennyyPleer /






    Spartacus. mkv

    ParallelUniverse. avi


    Yes / Yes

    Yes / Yes

    Yes / Yes

    Yes / Yes

    Yes / Yes


    Yes / Yes

    Yes / Yes

    Yes / Yes

    No / Yes

    Yes / Yes

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    Performance results smartphone Asus Padfone2

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    The results of performance tablet Asus Padfone2

    The amount of internal storage can be 16/32 or 64 GB. In this case, a maximum storage size. Of the 64 GB 54 GB available to the user.

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    But Asus Padfone2 perfectly proved by autonomy. Usually announcing new devices, a significant proportion of claims is a marketing tinsel. But introducing the Asus Padfone2 Shih did not dissemble, saying that with the new display time of the smartphone will improve. Indeed, when the battery capacity comparable to other smartphones with a 4.7-inch display, the results are more than worthy. Appendix Antutu Tester smartphone scored nearly 600 points. For example, Asus Padfone scored 407 points.

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    With the quality of communication, the speaker volume, no problem. Everything is working as expected. But from the tablet does not expect such a volume. Power dynamics will be enough for most situations.

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    Search speed GPS-satellites is also not satisfactory.


    The smartphone 4.7-inch Super IPS +-matrix production Sharp. In Sharp technology called IGZO. Mezhuyev air gap sensor and the sensor is not present. This has a positive effect on the anti-reflective properties of the display, and the viewing angles and color representation. Without looking at the figures, display Asus Padfone2 safely possible to enroll in the category of the best. The image is smooth, rich colors, wide viewing angles and excellent behavior in the sun. Either the look. The maximum brightness is 505 cd / m 2 mode enabled "in the street" and 300 cd / m 2 in the ordinary. More than decent results. But the minimum brightness is puzzling. We tested it a few times, but the result was the same - 78 cd / m 2, which is a lot. Strange, because the engineering sample, which is still with us, the rate of the minimum brightness of a more comfortable, 20 cd / m 2, despite the fact that the maximum is the same as in the commercial sample.

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    The data for the smartphone Asus Padfone2

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    The data for the tablet Asus Padfone 2

    If we talk about other figures, it should be noted almost perfect color temperature as the smartphone and the tablet can not be said about the gamut. If it is slightly smartphone beyond sRGB, which means a certain color saturation, then this tablet obvious problems. Talking about the proper display of color just is not necessary. However, to the eye, these flaws did notice that the designer. Not the best things in the smartphone and tablet with a display of gray, it is saturated with bright colors, which means that these parts of the image will be merged.

    Indicators display brightness tablet with a 10.1-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels

    Are in the range of 20.2 cd / m 2 to 190 cd / m 2 and 320 cd / m 2 in the "On the Street".

    In the display settings, you can choose the minimum value of the automatic brightness adjustment.


    The second generation of Asus Padfone has in its arsenal, 1.3 MP front camera and an order of magnitude more basic. As demonstrated by Comparative testing , the camera is capable of Asus Padfone2 excellent results, the only feature inherent in the test sample as well as commercial, care in warm tones. But blurring at the edges of the frame as in the test sample, no. Photos sudden the whole area of the frame.

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    The camera interface is very different from what we have seen in the precursor. To understand which icon is responsible for what, and the principle of operation of some modes, the camera when you first start you will be asked to pass introduction to its features.

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    The situation with the video recording is somewhat different. The smartphone allows you to record

    The standard rate of 30 frames / s, and increased, 60 frames / s on average.

    The speed of the camera layout, as well as having a separate menu with adjustable brightness - all

    Done in order to make the operation of the camera as convenient.

    Example 13 MP photos, shot by the smartphone Asus Padfone2 (test sample)

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    Examples of recording video filmed smartphone Asus Padfone2

    Full HD-video

    720p video at 60 frames / s

    The results

    We managed to hold with Asus Padfone2 reasonable amount of time. Over this period, we have formed a definite opinion about the product, and if to sum up all the above written, then that really is uncomfortable, we note only features of USB-ports. By installing smart phone on charge in the car, always had to prop it with something. But my scheme of the Asus Padfone2 rather more smartphones than flatbed. After all, the concept Padfone allows you to charge the device separately, so when you need to recharge your smartphone, you need to install it in a charged plate. Someone such a scheme would be closer. As for everything else, Asus Padfone2 deserves the title of best transformer today. Perhaps the measurement display, and he did not show better results but it is not important, but the fact that looking at the display smartphone or tablet, you're not likely to find something to complain about. In addition, since the time of the year, now come in handy to have a bright screen with excellent anti-glare properties. But those who are still important to have in your kit is not only a smartphone and a tablet, but the keyboard, we can recommend to use Bluetooth-keyboard. Another useful feature of the Asus Padfone2 will be the quality of the main chamber, means it is possible to do on vacation without taking along a separate device. Liked

    + Build a smartphone and a tablet

    + Weight and dimensions smartphone and tablet + Proceedings of the smartphone and tablet + Display smartphone

    + The maximum brightness of screen smartphone and tablet + Hardware Platform + Performance

    + Endurance smartphone and tablet

    + The concept of two-in-one and its implementation

    + The quality of the camera

    + The volume of the tablet

    + VGA video recording at 60 frames / s

    + The maximum amount of built-in storage

    Do not like it

    - A set of codecs

    - Features USB-ports in the smartphone

    - Lack of Ukrainian keyboard layout in

    ASUS PadFone 2 A68-1B231RUS (White) 64GB

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    Type of housing



    GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100, LTE 800/1800/2600

    High-speed data

    GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA (up to 21 Mb / s), HSUPA (up to 5.76 MB / s), LTE (upload up to 50 MB / s, download up to 100 MB / s)

    Dimensions (mm)

    137,9 x68, 9x9

    Weight (g)

    135 (649 with the PadFone Station, whose weight is 514g)

    The processor (for smartphones)

    Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (8064 + 9215m) Cortex A15 1,5 GHz (4 cores) +

    GPU Adreno 320


    RAM 2 GB + 64 GB of internal memory + 50 GB ASUS Webstorage

    Expansion Slot


    The main screen

    Super IPS +, 4,7 ", 1280x720 pixels, 16 million color touch screen, capacitive screen, support for multi-touch, glass Corning Gorilla Glass + IPS, 10,1'', 1280x800 pixels, touch screen, capacitive (in tablet mode)

    Keyboard Type

    + input screen to connect hardware keyboard (optional)

    Storage battery

    Smartphone-Li-Pol, 2140 mAh, PadFone Station - Li-Pol, 5000 mAh

    Opening hours (manufacturer's data)

    Conversation - up to 16 h (3G), Standby - up to 352ch (3G)


    USB 2.0 (micro-USB), Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP), Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n


    13 MP, autofocus, face detection, geotagging, image stabilization, a front facing 1.2 MP camera; PadFone Station is equipped with a 1 MP front



    1920x1080 pixels



    Operating system

    Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)



    Additional Features

    Media player, video telephony, services, Google, sensor position in space (G-Sensor), gyroscope, digital compass, media player, proximity sensor, light sensor, modulb a-GPS and GLONASS, the application for access to social



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