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Asus Padfone - hands on photos

David Phelan gives his first impressions on the phone/tablet hybrid

By Verity Burns 29/02/2012 18:47

The Padfone is a slick, chic and versatile Android smartphone with a difference. It comes with a tablet that has a dock in the back - pop the phone into this dock and click the door shut and voila - you have a tablet (with a slightly lumpy back).

Asus PadfoneAsus PadfoneAsus PadfoneBut wait, there’s more! An additional keyboard dock, similar to that used in the Asus Transformer Prime, turns the whole thing into an Android-powered laptop so you can type on, you know, proper keys.

Asus PadfoneIt’s a curious set-up but it has some great advantages, especially battery life. Since the tablet and keyboard have their own powercells, it can radically extend time between charges, up to nine times in fact, according to Asus.

Asus PadfoneThe phone is very slim, to fit into the tablet case, but it still includes a quad-core processor. And there’s even a stylus which doubles as a Bluetooth headset.

Asus Padfone stylus

Still, there are problems. What happens if you’re midway through typing a document and the phone rings? Sure, there’s that Bluetooth-capable pen but it’s not an ideal solution. 

Asus Padfone]And build quality seemed iffy on the prototype on display: with all elements connected the “laptop” was unbalanced and tipped up easily. Still, it could certainly save on how much you have to carry, providing you don’t mind some compromises.

The Asus Padfone is due out in April, prices to be confirmed.

More on the Asus Padfone:

- Asus Padfone: what we know

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