ASUS PadFone X

72
Engadget
Score
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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ASUS Padfone X review: A phone to replace your tablet? Not quite.

Summary

ASUS' Padfone X promises seamless switching between phone and tablet modes, but the company's execution doesn't live up to expectations. While some might like the curious combo for its low price tag, most people would be better served by two separate devices.

Pros
  • Good display quality on both the phone and tablet
  • Ample horsepower
  • On-contract price is just right
Cons
  • Switching between phone and tablet modes can be awkward
  • Uninspired, clunky design
  • Speaker quality leaves much to be desired
ASUS Padfone X review: A phone to replace your tablet? Not quite.

I doubt ASUS knew it was carving out a place in Android history when it revealed the first Padfone back in 2011. That's not just because it starred in an amazing product unveiling, either -- the resulting Padfone line might be the last surviving example of the "phone-as-brain" movement that fell out of vogue a few years back. In all that time, though, there's one thing US fans could never do: walk into a store and actually buy one. That changes now.

After three years and three Padfones, ASUS has finally brought its curious phone/tablet hybrid to the US in the form of the $200 (with contract, anyway) Padfone X. You'd think years of iterating and refining would result in the finest, kookiest model yet, and on paper that certainly seems to be the case. But what is it like to actually use? Has ASUS managed to put its best foot forward for the Padfone's American debut?

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Scores

Engadget

72
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.0
Display
7.4
Battery life
7.6
Camera
7.7
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

PadFone

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

PadFone

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
View Full Specs
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