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Not to be confused with the PadFone, the FonePad is a 7-inch tablet that is running Android 4.1. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of built-in storage. Oh yeah and the best part, ASUS has made it so you can make phone calls from it which means no more needing to switch devices while out. No word on if it's coming to the US yet but it will be available in Europe.

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TechRadar Apr 30, 2013

In summation, the Asus FonePad is a very accomplished Android tablet and offers amazing value-for-money. If you're not planning on spending a fortune, but still want a tablet with a wide choice of apps and features then you could do a lot worse than picking up this one in particular.

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Digital Versus Jul 18, 2013

This hybrid device from Asus is no simple market space filler. The Fonepad won us over with its gorgeous screen and exemplary execution within Android. And what battery life! This is among the best devices of its kind.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 25, 2013

In terms of hardware features, the FonePad has a smooth metal back (available in gray and gold), making it drastically different in appearance from the similarly sized Nexus 7.

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PC Mag Feb 25, 2013

The Fonepad came off like a perfectly decent 7-inch tablet, although I wasn't able to access the Internet or run any complex apps on it. But just as with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, I'm just not personally sold on why you need to pay whatever extra it costs for phone capability in this form factor.

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CNET Feb 25, 2013

The FonePad has a 7-inch display, which packs in 1,280x800 pixels, making this the same size and resolution as the Nexus 7. It lacks a rear camera, but finds space for a 1.2-megapixel front-facing snapper, which should come in handy for video calling.

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Ars Technica Feb 26, 2013

It will no doubt be a workable solution for those who value a larger screen over all else in a phone—the ever-increasing size of smartphones seems to indicate that this demographic exists—or if you use a headset for most of your calls, but as a primary phone it strikes me as just a bit too...

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CNET Apr 25, 2013

The Asus FonePad is a good tablet. It's no Nexus 7 in the performance, price, or always-having-the-latest-version-of-Android department, but it performs well, has a sharp screen, and a comfortable and durable build.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 25, 2013

We navigated through the device, pulled up the telephone panel ... in our time with this tablet-phone and found it to be an impressive little Android device. The screen resolution is effectively 720p but with some additional real-estate, which makes for decent quality in playback...

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SlashGear Feb 25, 2013

The FonePad is powered by Intel’s Atom Z2420 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. As far as graphics are concerned, you’ll be working with a PowerVR GX540 GPU unit. The tablet has 16GB of internal storage, but thanks to a microSD card slot, you can bump that spec up to another 32GB.

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CNET Asia Feb 25, 2013

We quite like how the tablet feels in our hands, but one-handed usage is all but impossible. This is a phone you will have to use with both hands.

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PC World Australia May 28, 2013

An extra on-screen shortcut button gives you access to what ASUS calls "floating apps", mini apps that can run on the screen on top of an already open application. We were able to run up to five floating apps at a time.

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GSM Arena Feb 25, 2013

It feels much like the Nexus 7 apart from the metallic back. It literally sits in your hand the same way as a Nexus 7 tablet. Although similar in size and weight it feels slimmer than the Nexus 7.

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Ubergizmo Feb 25, 2013

The build quality feels solid, and the metallic body doesn’t weigh much. It didn’t feel ultra-light like an iPad mini, but it did feel better than holding a Google Nexus 7, which is the Android reference in the 7-inch space.

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Phone Scoop Feb 25, 2013

The Fonepad feels good, at least for the price. It's a nice shape and design, that's comfortable to hold and use. Simply the size of it is the uncomfortable part for me, but that's just me. It's definitely huge for a phone.

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phoneArena Feb 25, 2013

The Asus Fonepad is actually very well built for its mere $249 price it will land at in the US. Sturdy anodized aluminum chassis wraps the internals, and the brushed metal finish makes it seem much more premium than your average Android slate.

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T3 Feb 26, 2013

At first glance, the Fonepad looks like a fairly standard 7-inch tab that's unlikley to worry the likes of the iPad Mini or take sales away from the device's Nexus 7 stable mate. And while, the ability to make voice calls is an interesting inclusion, we can't really see many people actually using...

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TechRadar Feb 26, 2013

In our limited hands on time, it became evident that the single-core processor is pretty snappy on Android; certainly there are none of the performance issues we've seen with even dual-core Atoms running Windows 8.

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TrustedReviews Feb 25, 2013

t packs in loads of features for a fairly affordable tablet, feels well-made and is a shade more flexible than the Google Nexus 7.

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The Next Web Feb 25, 2013

Not to be confused with the new PadFone Infinity – which is a new tablet and smartphone combination consisting of two separate devices – the Fonepad offers a metallic industrial design which weighs 340 grams and is just 10.4mm thick.

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Android Community Feb 25, 2013

The key here, unlike the PadFone Infinity where the smartphone docks into the tablet, the Fonepad is the tablet, and the phone. Aside from that still unique feature, the Fonepad will be bringing a display resolution of 1280 x 800 and similar to the Nexus 7, and will only have a front-facing camera.

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