With R $999 price, the Asus has good processing, but little space to install applications
Young people should not remember, but there was a time when people used the cell phone to talk, not to chat on Facebook or on WhatsApp. But some rapidly changing behaviors and just look on the bus or subway to realize that there are more people looking at the screen of the cell phone than talking with someone.
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This is the reasoning which led the Asus betting on Fonepad, launched early last year, and in your success, the 7 Fonepad (R $999), who has just come to Brazil. Since we spend most of our time looking at the screen, why not have one unit with larger screen and which also works as a phone when needed?
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The reasoning makes sense, but there’s a problem. If you really have to use the tablet as a cell phone, it will be hard not to seem ridiculous holding a brick of over 300 grams pasted on the cheek. There are ways to avoid this discomfort, using headphones with microphone or a wireless Bluetooth headset. But this implies an extra expense, besides the fact of having to fit the headset to answer calls, something that may not be very practical in crowded buses or trains. In the end, the Fonepad 7 is an interesting option. Check out the test.
-Has 3 g connection.
-Good quality screen.
-Good processing for heavy applications and games.
-Very little space to install applications.
-Phone feature has limited appeal.
The 7 Fonepad is not noted by the visual. It follows the same elongated aspect ratio of almost all the tablets of your size. The biggest difference is that the speakers are at the front of the screen, above and below it. Most tablets have speakers in the back or at the bottom.
As the tablet is also used as a cell phone, can you understand the speaker at the top, since it also serves for the user to listen to the sound of link when you’re with the tablet, leaning on the ear.
But the speakers on the front brings a downside. When holding the tablet horizontally, your hands end up covering most of the speakers. You could work around the problem by changing a little the position of the hands when holding the device, but it’s not very comfortable doing that.
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Curiously, the rear plastic trim 7 Fonepad is lower than the original, which had Fonepad back of metal. The back of the Fonepad 7 is black plastic with shine a discretíssima texture with small bright spots. The effect is pretty, but the rear is a magnet for fingerprints, and looks with many finger marks in the first few minutes of use. A lot of people don’t care about that, but who has the obsession with surfaces without finger marks will mind.
As well as your predecessor, Fonepad 7 is equipped with Intel’s Atom chip. The model used here is the Atom Z2560 with two cores and 1.6 Ghz speed and the tablet brings 1 GB of RAM.
The unit was well in benchmarks, with AnTuTu points, 18,080 5,813 points in Quadrant and 1,756 in Vellamo HTML. Are good values for a tablet, higher than those of other recent tablet from Asus, the MemoPad HD7, and little under the 2013 version of the Nexus 7.
The iG also tested the unit with a variety and games such as Temple Run 2, Eternity Warriors 2 and Dead Trigger, in addition to more traditional applications like Facebook and Kindle. Generally the performance of the tablet was very good and there was only a slight gagging in some games when there were many objects on the screen.
Is the item store that is the biggest failure of the Fonepad 7. The unit has 8 GB of memory, but only 4 GB free to install programs. Is much less than the original Fonepad, who had 16 GB of total memory.
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The tablet has memory card input. But this extra space can be used to install applications, since Android allows you to install apps only in system memory. So, the user will have to make do with only 4 GB to install programs, most common value in tablets of R $400.
The problem is even worse when we take into account that one of the reasons to buy a 7 Fonepad would be just to get rid of the phone and use all the apps in one appliance. Another weak point of the machine are the speakers, who have a very low sound.
7 Fonepad screen has the same 1,280 x 800 resolution of the original Fonepad. The measures are the 15.2 cm by 9.5 cm, which results in the 16:10 ratio, slightly more elongated than the conventional widescreen format.
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In General, the quality of the screen is good. Even with the device quite inclined you can see with clarity the images, thanks in part to the IPS technology. Color fidelity is also good. The brightness level is not enough to be at the same level of tablets, top of the line as the iPad Mini, but it’s satisfying.
System and applications
The 7 Fonepad tested by iG came with version 4.2.2 of Android, but soon an update left the unit with the 4.3 version. The Asus doesn’t usually change much Android, and this is also the case here. The interface is clean and without 3D transitions or other frills found in tablets from other manufacturers.
On its face, the most apparent change is the inclusion of the button for miniapps, which is in the lower left corner, next to the three standard Android buttons (back, Home and open applications).
The miniapps are applications open in a smaller window and you are “on top” of the main applications. That way you can access multiple applications on the same screen, without having to switch between them.
Among the applications that can be run as miniapps are calculator, audio and video player and Web browser. This resource type is also present in products from other manufacturers.
Asus includes a few applications in addition to the originals. Kindle, Flipboard and Facebook are among the few apps already installed on Fonepad 7. There are still some applications from Asus service, but no really brilliant or without similar on the market.
In tests of the iG, the unit lasted 6 hours and 50 minutes with standard Full HD video in full screen, with maximum brightness and WiFi connected. Is a good brand for a device in this category.
In the end, the 7 Fonepad ends up being more interesting to the public who is concerned, that is, people who want to carry one device and add value to the size of the screen instead of the calls on his cell phone. The problem is that smartphones with screens in five inches already fulfil this role for many people, with the advantage of being more portable.
As tablet, the Fonepad 7 has good performance, but the low memory to your appeal, especially decreases applications taking into account that there are options with similar performance on R $700 ‘s House, as the MemoPad HD7, Asus’s own, and some models of Samsung’s Galaxy line. Thus, the 7 Fonepad can find your audience, but there’s no call for most users.
Price: R $999
Configuration: seven-inch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800, IPS technology and density of 213 ppp; Intel Atom Z2560 processor with two cores and 1.6 GHz, Android system 4.3, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of storage (4 GB), microSD memory card slot, mobile card Micro SIM, 3 g connection, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, camera 1.2 front MP, 5 MP rear camera, microUSB port.
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12 x 1
Weight (g): 328
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