Asus PadFone X Review - The Ultimate High End

The Asus PadFone X is one of the best-rounded high-end propositions available in the Android realm at the moment. It skillfully blends a powerful chipset, a good display, and a capable camera into a solidly built package, thus offering a mighty good alternative to the established players on the US market.

Photo by: asus.com

The device surely is a welcome sight on the busy smartphone field in the United States by offering a combination of talents which none of its direct competitors can exactly match. Having a PadFone device offered by a major carrier such as AT&T ends years of anticipation and overpaying for grey imports to online retailers. It also gives Asus access to the vast, highly lucrative US smartphone market.


Key review findings:
  1. The smartphone has a high-quality display, the tablet - not so much
  2. The tablet setup is heavy and has large bezels
  3. Battery life of the handset is good
  4. Performance is excellent, though we suspect it of cheating at benchmarks
  5. The camera captures excellent photos
  6. The recorded videos look good, but only 1080p videos have a high enough average framerate (25fps) to be called smooth; 4K videos score an average of only 17fps
  7. The Android UI enhancements by Asus are useful and nicely laid-out
  8. Video player has poor video decoder support out of the box
The bundled tablet dock is what truly differentiates the Asus PadFone X from its competitors. It turns the device into a powerful multimedia tool in an instant. The optional keyboard dock on the other hand (another Asus specialty), elevates the entire setup into a serious office tool while away from a desktop PC.

The rest of the device's hardware isn't too shabby either. The Snapdragon 800 chipset and the 5" 1080p IPS+ display, while not exactly cutting edge by today's standards, offer stellar performance across the board and will surely hold up well through a standard 2-year upgrade cycle.

What really caught us by surprise was the feature set and the performance of the device's 13MP camera of the PadFone X. The snapper boasts an impressively rich set of controls that few Android competitors offer at the moment. The 4K video recording is a nice addition too - we were actually surprised about how quiet Asus is about its presence.

Photo by: gigaom.com

One area where the Asus PadFone X falls short is its design. Both the handset and its tablet dock look plain dull when compared to the rest of the high-end Android establishment. Considering that Android OEMs essentially have access to the same hardware, we were surprised that Asus took the design side of things when developing the PadFone X so lightly. We believe that the tablet dock functionality might have stood in the way of more design flare.

The tablet setup is far from perfect too. The docking station is heavy and offers a large footprint for a 9" device due to its large screen bezels. We can't be too picky on this instance though - the tablet dock is bundled with the smartphone for free after all.

AT&T has priced the PadFone X at $199.99 with a two-year contract and $549.99 with no commitment. Like we mentioned to you already, the tablet dock is included in the package. The optional keyboard dock is priced at $99.99.

Source | Get IT

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