Expert Review of Asus FonePad 7
Asus has been for a long time known for manufacturing laptop and that too the ones specialized in gaming. But there is no company in the world that would remain unaffected by the booming world of smartphones, tablets, phablets and Android OS. And in case they do remain unaffected, they would find it hard to survive. Every year around the Mobile World Congress, all the top brands in the electronic and the telecommunication market showcase their top stocks. Asus FonePad 7 is what the top stock is for Asus, with the device being classified either of the three: Tablet, Phablet or a smartphone. It would be difficult to label it with one category as it has the capacity to deliver the work done by all the three gadgets. What we are sure about this smart gadget is that it has a 7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that delivers a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels with a decent pixel density of 216ppi that gives bright and sharp display.
Its outer body is good, though not better than Google Nexus 7, which gives a more premium and elegant feel when held in the hand with its metal rear cover available in two colors. The overall build quality is pretty nice but the camera that sits at the back of it is really kind of a disappointment with only 3 megapixels to support it. This a big drawback as most of the users depend on their smartphones' cameras for taking daily snaps. The secondary camera is of 1.2 megapixels, which is pretty decent giving user the access to have web chats. The operating system is Android Jelly Bean, which is probably the one of the best parts of the device giving the user access to over 6,00,000 apps and games.
Hardware looks neat as well with a 1.6GHz processor along with Intel Atom Z2420 chipset and the PowerVR SGX540 GPU. There is a microSIM slot that facilitates the user to make phone calls using a GSM network. As far as the dimensions of the device are concerned, it has a length of 196.4mm, a breadth of 120.1mm and a height of 10.4mm. The device weighs 340 grams, which is lighter than Nexus 7. It has a RAM of 1GB and is available in two memory options of 16GB and 32GB along with a microSD card slot for the expansion of external memory in both, having been upgraded recently. The data connectivity features include Wi-Fi, WI-FI hot-spot, GPRS and EDGE facilities whereas for sharing the contents with other compatible devices it has the support of features such as Bluetooth and USB port. Available in the colors of titanium gray and champagne gold, Asus FonePad 7 is powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 4,270mAh, which is really good allowing the user to enjoy all the features of the device for a longer duration without his or her entertainment being cut short.
User Interface and UI functionality
Asus FonePad has a 7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that gives 16 million colors allong with a resolution of 800 by 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 216ppi.
Asus FonePad has music and video players, which give the user access to the best of the entertainment world.
Pictures and Video quality
Asus FonePad has a 3 megapixels rear camera, which is a rather low in resolution, as other smartphones offer better picture quality. There is a secondary camera of 1.2 megapixels for video calling and web chats.
Asus FonePad has the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot-spot where the latter allows the user to make the device as an Internet hub for other devices to get connect with the Internet.
Internal and External Memory
Asus FonePad is available in the two memory variations of 16GB and 32GB whereas the microSD card slot allows the user to expand the external memory and the RAM supported is 1GB. The user can then keep a large collection of data including songs, games, images and videos.
Applications and Gaming
Asus FonePad has tons of games and apps that keeps the user entertained and engaged. The Android Jelly Bean operating system gives the user access to a huge domain of over 6,00,000 games and apps, which can be downloaded from the web as and when required.
Asus FonePad has a standard lithium ion battery of 4,270 mAh that gives the user enough power back up to operate on the device for a substantial amount of time without battery running out of power. The user further gets a talk time of 9 hours.
Asus FonePad has loads of data connectivity features including the Bluetooth, USB port, Wi-Fi connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot along with the GPRS and EDGE technology. The USB port makes sure that the user to connect with other devices via USB cable where the data exchanged may include music files, games, images and videos. The Bluetooth facility makes sure that the user can connect with other devices wirelessly at a reasonable.
Asus FonePad when compared to Asus Google Nexus 7 has a similar screen size with 7 inches and offers the same resolution as well with 1280 by 800 pixels. The primary camera is of better strength with the Asus FonePad 7 as compared to Asus Google Nexus 7 with the former featuring a 3 megapixels rear camera as compared to the latter's 1.2 megapixels. There is no secondary camera in Asus Google Nexus 7 where Asus FonePad 7 has a 1.2 megapixels secondary camera. Battery strength is surprizingly low with Asus FonePad as compared to Google Nexus 7 with the former being powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 4,270mAh as compared to the latter's 4,325mAh.