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Two times is a charm for this phone-in-tablet combo

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At a time when smartphones are becoming more and more similar, ASUS continues to do exciting things. The first Transformer Pad wasn't an instant hit, but what followed has helped ASUS establish a strong presence in the tablet market. We think the same will happen with the PadFone series. Merely half a year after the first attempt, its successor arrived right on time with all the best ingredients: a powerful and efficient quad-core processor, a powerful graphics engine, a large mobile display, best-in-class camera performance, LTE and a super-slick user experience. And that's just the phone alone!

As the main selling point of the whole PadFone concept, the much lighter PadFone Station will finally help ASUS make its point: The PadFone's tablet experience is no longer hindered by any extra weight (and it's even lighter than some similarly sized tablets now), yet you still get the benefit of instantly porting everything between the two screen sizes whenever you want. What's missing this time around, though, is the element of productivity: It really needs a dedicated hinged keyboard to make a strong statement, and there's nothing more attractive than being able to comfortably type out documents with a physical keyboard while viewing them on the larger touchscreen, and then review them on the smaller screen instantly while on the move. Sure, there's the whole cloud hype that even ASUS is part of these days, but you may not have internet connectivity all the time, meaning there's always a delay between saving a document on one device and then viewing it on another. So iron out the bugs, throw in a dedicated keyboard dock (preferably with a built-in SD card reader) and ASUS will have a killer package.

Critic reviews

7.4
6 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    8.2
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    7.4
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.1
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

9.2
6 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 25, 2012

Right on time with all the best ingredients: a powerful and efficient quad-core processor, a powerful graphics engine, a large mobile display, best-in-class camera performance, LTE and a super-slick user experience. And that's just the phone alone!

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8.0
CNET Asia Nov 14, 2012

Having improved on many of the PadFone's shortcomings, the Asus PadFone 2 is a worthwhile upgrade for fans of the original version. ... If having a good camera and the latest OS aren't first on your list of priorities, the PadFone is worth a look.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 7, 2013

There's still the feeling that the Asus Padfone is a little niche. It's a nice enough smartphone with competitive performance, but there are a number of compromises you have to live with on the tablet front should you take this hybrid solution.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Apr 26, 2013

If the Padfone 2 provided a perfect phone and tablet experience we might be more forgiving of the lack of microSD card slot. However, as it stands, there’s very little to recommend this over practically any other tablet and phone combination at the price.

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6.0
T3 Mar 14, 2013

Although this is a clever, well-designed combination, overall it also feels like a compromise compared with the strengths of two separate gadgets.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Apr 18, 2013

We wish the tablet's screen was brighter, but this is still an innovative and convenient alternative to carrying both a smartphone and tablet.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 16, 2012

The bulkiness of the original model is totally gone and we're still blown away by the combo's new weight. But first, the phone: in our hands, it really just feels like an enlarged version of the original PadFone, especially with the ripple pattern on the back.

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10
Alex8008 Alex8008

A happy user here. Top-notch hardware, good design, awesome camera, NFC and, of course, the tablet dock - Padfone 2 will do everything you ask for. Another thanks to ASUS, their newest devices are out-of-this world. Now i have a UX32VD Zenbook and a Padfone 2 - and that's all i need for work,...

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9.0
renly renly

I love it. I am past to Padfone from S2. I like the screen and the asus's system. There are only 1 problem: the pad station is not the best as screen. And there are less quality apps support (like all other Android tablets...)

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avtdr avtdr

i work as designer, this padfone 2 is help me, make my job easy, and easy to use and i give 5 stars to have this gadget, and will wait for the new one asus padfone infinity, hop it is more great and very helpfull to me

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