The Padfone goes in the second round – slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. And thus lands at number 1 of the best.
- ASUS Padfone 2 in the test
- Data sheet
It’s a great symbiosis: the Smartphone provides its high-quality hardware, the pad or Tablet brings a comfortable display and serves as a power-reserve for the case. With this concept, ASUS with the Padfone 2 now enters the second round.
Who has already discovered the suit for himself when ASUS launched the first Padfone a few months ago, must on the rapid succession of product not necessarily be disappointed – keyboard dock, stylus with headset function and the slot for micro-SD cards are unique features of the predecessor unless the successor waives these extras.
We were excited of course, whether the Padfone 2 can repeat the success of its predecessor, who conquered a prominent position on the leaderboard. But the turn – finally is not familiar to anyone with the concept: If you buy a Padfone 2, receives at a price of 799 euro a stylish Smartphone with 32 gigabytes of memory – for 100 euros more with 64 gigabytes – and to a Table extension called Padfone station, all uniformly in black or white.
The station is operational after inserting your smartphone into the recess provided for this purpose on the back. Synchronization? Redundant: The Tablet uses not only the fast quad-core processor and 2 GB memory of the Smartphone, but also works with its data store along with messages, bookmarks and all stored documents.
Handling: Tablet, Smartphone and back
To the telephony functions you must not worry when switching between devices: on the Tablet received calls you can continue after removing the Smartphone with this, vice versa also. Apps that do not smoothly join the Exchange, will be closed during the transition.
While Asus is restrained with the dynamic switching of the display and activates the service settings at first only for a few apps; Here you can experiment quiet. For many apps, the Padfone approved little more than one second to switch between your Smartphone with 720 x 1280 pixels and the 10.1 inch tablet, whose resolution using 1280 x 800 pixels less exceptionally fails.
From the 4.3-inch OLED screen of its predecessor ASUS came off and now equipped the Smartphone with a brighter, brilliant IPS display with 4.7-inch on the diagonal. For a brightening in the open air, ASUS in the status bar has added an Outdoormodus, the maximum is 585 cd/m2. Who ready now happily typing will find delighted little traces of his fingers thanks to a special coating of scratch-resistant Gorilla glass.
A 13-pin Mobile-High-Definition-Link-(MHL)-Connector replaces the formerly separate micro USB and HDMI-ports. While connecting an HDMI device requires an additional adapter, you can use a standard micro-USB cable for charging in the car or Office.
Here boasts the combination. Not only, that pad and Smartphone both separated and plugged into one another download with only one cable – the 2140-mAh battery of the Padfones is not enough time, he can take energy along the way from the station.
You omitted in anticipation of this case largely on the Tabletnutzung of about 5000 mAh powerful battery of the station even for more than a full load is sufficient. While the Smartphone with talk times holds good 15 and 17.5 hours in the D – or E-network with the high-class competition from Samsung, LG and HTC and uses about nine hours in the UMTS network only by Samsung Galaxy touch 2 surpassed.
With so much power in the Pack to get over you don’t even get to the battery, a dealer can change it but if necessary. The fact is, by the way due the installation way of the NFC antenna on the back of the Padfones that does her duty in the tablet.
Facilities: Fleet camera
Strong, the light-sensitive camera including LED presents itself. Thanks to Qualcomm’s four core processor and 2 GB of main memory, it shoots up to 100 images in a row, six per second. She takes on full HD videos at 30 frames per second, sports fans catch 60 images per second in HD at 720 p.
Pictures and videos can be then in the app Super grade insert and supplement with texts and drawings. Who uses the tool for notes, is like the handwriting recognition that works quickly; on the excellent Diagnostics of Galaxy note 2 does not match them however.
Wireless interface: data highway
ASUS offers a whopping 50 GB of cloud, which is free of charge but only for two years to the Padfone. Yet an offer that is worthwhile, especially for memory-eating videos. And that can be provided not only in Wi-FI, but – a good network – also out quickly off store: In the 3 g network are due to dual-carrier HSPA+modem speeds up to 42 Mbit per second in it.
Also in the LTE network will spark the Padfone on all frequencies used in Germany. Thus, it is not only future-proof, but secures also advantages in the battle for the top of the table.
With the 13 – mega pixel camera and a display that is equal to the bright iPhone 5 bye another floor and not only there has the longer breath at the end despite weak send and receive services in the UMTS network. With 427 points, it divided the place in the Sun with the Galaxy note 2. While its stamina remains unattainable, that intercepts better Padfone ambient noise.
Padfone station: The tablet in the test
With the Smartphone piggyback, the Padfone station need not to hide. Its technology but not fully exploited it. Differently than expected, the station together with a Padfone is very easy. The suit weighs 4 643 grams less than the iPad and differs from the front is almost indistinguishable from comparable 10-inch tablets: the housing measures 268 x 180 mm all-round, an own 1.2 megapixel camera to chat sitting in the black or white frame, around the grip is narrow.
However, it is on the back of the Center deferred, fixed Smartphone without the station does not work, what is a good half centimeter–, if the tablet on the table.
Through the open slot are usable as easily when its predecessor, NFC and photo-optics including LED flash in the Tablet betrieb. It is only surprising that only 5.5 megapixels offered in this operating mode the good, light-sensitive 13-mega pixel camera; possibly Asus has here the greater camera shake is taken into account.
The angle-stable ISP display is not exceptional with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, is largely resistant coating on the Corning Gorilla glass compared to the usual finger Tapsern but, as also the screen of the Smartphone. Only drawback: ASUS has sent a speaker to the pad, and sits at use in the film suitable for landscape not as up or down, but to the left of the screen.
We summarize: the Padfone is technically on top level. Visually it makes much here, the profile with the optical rejuvenation of the Zenbooks has a noble, processing is very good.
The Padfone station must not shy away from the comparison with other tablets, is them but mostly also not superior. So, you can not gripe about the price of 799 euros for a high-quality Smartphone with a station, which extends not only the radius of use of, but serves also as a mobile reserve of power. Remains only the desire for an early update of Android version 4.0.4 on Android 4.1 installed.
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