Asus Padfone 2

One of the things keeping some people from picking up the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is that they feel that at 5.5 inches, it’s too big to be a phone and too small to be a tablet. What if we told you that you could have the best of both worlds? A premium smartphone that’s below the 5-inch threshold but at the same time can give you the functionality of a full-sized 10-inch tablet? How is this technological sorcery possible? Easy — through the Asus Padfone 2.

Asus Padfone 2

Earlier today in Taiwan, Asus unveiled the sequel to their transforming smartphone — the Asus Padfone 2. Users have the option of just buying the impressive Asus Padfone 2 device or bundling it with the Padfone Station. Getting the optional dock would allow the device to transform into a full-sized tablet for those times that a smartphone-sized screen just wont cut it.

So why should the Asus Padfone 2 be worthy of consideration over the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or the LG Optimus G? The device will be sporting a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display, a monstrous Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor supported by 2 GB RAM and will come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. Shutterbugs will also be happy to know that the device packs an impressive 13 MP shooter. What about its OS? It will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a promise from Asus that it will be upgraded to Jelly Bean in the future. With specs like that, the device is easily in the same league as the incredible LG Optimus G. But what about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? That’s where the Padfone Station comes in.

If 5.5-inches isn’t big enough for the times you do want to use your phone as a tablet, all you have to do is slip the device into the Padfone Station and you get a seamless transition from phone to tablet. What’s more, the dock to the Asus Padfone 2 has also been improved — you now won’t need a door to secure your device and the entire thing weighs 649 grams, with the Asus Padfone 2 docked, making the whole package very light and easy to transport.

Interested? Well it’s not going to be cheap but the good news is that the Asus Padfone 2 and the Padfone Station is priced pretty reasonably for what you’re getting. European sites have pegged the combo at €799 ($1039) and €899 ($1169) for the 32 GB and 64 GB versions respectively.

What do you think? Is the Asus Padfone 2 a worthy alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Optimus G? Sound off in the comments below!

 

15 COMMENTS
  1. hi
    i`m using Samsung Galaxy note 2. Anyone know how to edit the multitasking bar on the left hand side of the screen. I have seen in other phones there is a edit tab on the bar but on my phone i haven`t got that edit tab.
    Thanks

  2. some SGN2 do not have that multi-task feature built into them yet, i wonder if it is same case with yours. Samsung will release the firmware upgrade soon for those without the feature.

  3. hi

    no multitasking tab is built in. i can do multitasking but the thing is i am unable to edit the bad. there is no edit tab at the bottom of the bar. thanks

  4. Galaxy Note 2 all the way. I have an Ipad and and Android tablet. The point of the Note 2 is that I don’t have to carry my tablet around with me all of the time. The Note 2 steps in and gives me flexibility. I’m sure that the Asus will fit into someone else’s world, but not mine. I already have to carry around 2 devices.

  5. Why are trying to put the LG Optimus G in the same league as Galaxy Note 2? It’s cheap imitation done very wrong. If you buy it, you are a sucker.

    I will take the Galaxy Note 2 over the Padfone2. There is no real competition yet for the Galaxy Note 2 and what it can do.

  6. There are actually a few contenders to the Note 2, The Optimus G being one of them. Check the benchmarks online for the two processors and you will see. The real difference here is what you want in the device. The Optimus is a top-spec phone with poor looks. So if you want a phone for the looks go with Samsung. For the actual portability of not having to carry a hotspot dong or have 2 different data plans go with the Padfone. Padfone has the same specs as the Optimus 2, and the Optimus 2 has greater specs than the Note 2.

  7. Who cares about that 5% difference in specs. It is insignificant!. Samsung softwares features are more important.

  8. Hi

    Holding the back button is to enable the bar. I can do that without any problem. The thing I cannot do is edit the multitasking button.
    Thanks

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