Want to see something new, unique and quite unusual? Clearly, a manifestation of an adage cliche of “thinking outside the box”.
Once again, Asus went beyond the status quo by bringing us the Asus Padfone.
The Asus Padfone is a smartphone that is capable of transforming to a tablet and then to a netbook when complimented with a Padfone Station and a Padfone Station Dock.
It may be a bit confusing; but I’m pretty sure you do find it intriguing.
So, allow me to run it down to you step by step on how this device err... devices complement each other.
Just a quick overview, the complete system actually consists of the PadFone (smartphone), PadFone Station (tablet) and the PadFone Station Dock (the keyboard). The Padfone or the smartphone acts as the brain of the entire system. It contains all your apps, files, data etc. and without it, the whole system would just not work.
Transformation begins when you insert the PadFone in to the PadFone Station through a hinged cover at the back of the station and viola, you’ve got yourself a tablet.
There’s more! Once you connect the tablet to the PadFone Station Dock, your tablet now becomes a netbook. Pretty neat huh? To appreciate it even further, let’s take a closer look at each component starting off with the PadFone.
The firstt thing I noticed about the PadFone is its unbelievable weight. With a solid and sturdy body wrapped in aluminum frame and with dimensions of 5 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches, the PadFone weighs incredibly light at only 4.6 oz.
It is relatively lighter when compared to its contemporaries equipped with 4.3” Super AMOLED display. The front face resembles an iPhone only without the home button; but instead, a distinct Asus logo smacked at the bottom center of the handset.
The front is clean and flawless having no physical buttons at all. The back houses the 8-megapixel camera, a speaker and LED flash.
The backside cover is made of flexible plastic exhibiting Asus’ iconic Zen design.
The design is sort of a circular, ripple pattern effect providing texture; hence, more resistance to slips and fingerprints.
The 4.3” Super AMOLED, capacitive, multi-touch display boasts of its scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with HCLR Film. The colors are clear, crisp and vibrant when viewed at any angle and thanks to its outdoor mode, the colors don’t appear to be washed out when viewed under the sun.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the PadFone is the brains of the entire system. It is the main source or control system responsible for all the interaction and processing of all the things happening within the system.
The PadFone is powered by dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S$ 8260A and so the handset alone runs smoothly and effortlessly. Flipping from one homescreen to another was snappy so as the transition from one app to another.
As for the PadFone’s software, it runs on Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0. So expect the tastiest features like a better multitasking experience with the use of the Recent Apps button, resizable widgets better management of the notification bar, better web browsing experience, face unlock and many more.
Curious how the PadFone incorporates itself with the rest of the system? Join me next week to find out if each component could actually complete each other.
By LEN AMADORA