Asus Fonepad: a tad separately Appearance and impression: just a Nexus 7

Jul

5

2013

Asus Fonepad: a tad separately
Appearance and impression: just a Nexus 7

It seems like the design department Asus has looked for inspiration to the Nexus 7, the Google tablet which is also made. Asus The shape of the Fonepad is almost identical and the rim around the screen is approximately the same width. The biggest difference is the placement of the power and volume buttons, the Nexus 7 that were right at the Fonepad they sit on the left. That makes the Fonepad feels a bit strange if you’ve used, especially tablets with buttons on the right side but that goes quickly.

Asus FonePad

The Fonepad (left) and the Nexus 7 (right)

The back of the Fonepad seems of metal, but once you touch or tap here, you notice all that just comes to plastic, which otherwise feels fine. At the top is a dark strip of plastic that can be. Disconnected Click mechanism that is not very elegant and requires that you exert some force, but even after frequent loosening and fastening felt anything yet firmly.

Behind the flap go a micro-SIM card slot and a micro-SD slot hidden. Especially with the latter, we are very pleased and the ability to expand the storage memory is a big advantage over the Nexus 7.

Asus FonePad

Under the Fonepad is a micro USB slot, used for connecting to a PC and the charger, and also is the headphone output. On the back is also a single speaker grille and also marked with a logo of Intel, because that is the processor that the Fonepad drives away. More about that on the next page.
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For a tablet Fonepad lies comfortably in your hand. He feels sturdy and is to be maintained., Weighing 340 grams well in a hand If you use it as a phone, it’s a different story. Then 340 grams suddenly a considerable weight, because you have to keep. Fonepad during the conversation to your ear That is something completely different from a tablet to rest. Palm of your hand

We have several conversations via Fonepad and again after a short time it became uncomfortable to hold him. This has not only to deal with the relatively high weight, but also to the width. For a tablet it is narrow, but for a phone he is wide, making your fingers over time tense as you hold it as a phone.

The size is also problematic if you want to take. Fonepad the If you’re in the summer without a jacket or bag out the door, you can easily put a smartphone in your pocket. The Fonepad might just fit in a wide pocket, but he sticks it out and if you sit down, you must first get him.

We have the editors often debate about where the boundary lies between a large smartphone and a small tablet. The exact answer we do not know, but that Fonepad too large to comfortably make calls is clear for us. Given the name Asus is itself convinced that the Fonepad can indeed function as a smartphone but we are disagreed.

Hardware and performance: Intel inside

Intel logo (60 pix) Asus has gone for Fonepad with Intel in the sea and in a market dominated by chips on the ARM architecture based still remarkable. It is the Intel Atom Z2420, one of the slowest mobile socs offered by Intel. It is composed of a single processor at 1.2 GHz, combined with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Asus has the soc linked to 1GB of RAM.

On paper it’s no powerhouse, but appearances can be deceiving here. The Intel chips can generally perform more instructions per clock tick than the ARM competition. In practice, however, is that not noticeable. The Fonepad is not constant slow and sometimes even reasonably fast, but performance is inconsistent. Especially if you are going to multitask jumps the framerate of the interface in all directions. The single processor is probably the cause. Tasks can not be split across different cores and it shows.

When running benchmarks we ran into problems. As our regular CPU benchmark CFBench is not suitable to test x86 socs and GFXBench crashed repeatedly. The browse Peacekeeper test could not run successfully. Only the Kraken JavaScript benchmark worked without problems and that the Fonepad scored reasonable.

Presumably has all this to do with the fact that there are not many Android devices with x86 hardware available and developers in the past mainly on ARM devices have. Focused It is good to know that we have when running normal applications no compatibility problems or other technical problems encountered. Also 3d games like the racing game Asphalt, ran without problems. However, we will adjust our benchmark suite in the future, so that we can test with Intel hardware. Well Android phones and tablets good

Screen: good for its class

The 7 “screen of the Fonepad has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, like the screen of the Nexus 7. Asus uses an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are fine. Previously we placed at every review still photos of the viewing angles but now IPS screens are established, that is actually not necessary. Users who screen their Fonepad angled view, for example, if he flat on a table, will not have a problem with the color.

For a tablet in this category is the resolution otherwise fine. There are cheaper 7 “get tablets but they usually have a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. This saves considerably on the total number of pixels and that you see in practice later for sure. This year we will probably be the first 7″ see tablets with full-HD screens, but so does the Fonepad it in this area so well.

In the field of construction is still moreover, there is a clear difference between the Nexus 7 and the Fonepad. Asus has the screen with the Nexus 7 laminated and not. Fonepad This means that there is in the latter space between the LCD and the outer glass layer, making the screen more reflective.

Colour Reproduction Asus FonePad – gamut

Asus FonePad – rgb balans
Average color error
Phone / tablet Delta E 1994, lower is better
Nexus 7
****
4,240
Asus Fonepad
******
7,290
iPad mini
*******
8,934
Galaxy Note 8.0
********
9,557

The color reproduction of the Fonepad is reasonable. The color temperature is not perfect, but for most people will not notice the lack of red and also the color reproduction is also acceptable, especially for a tablet in this segment. Especially the color of blue and magenta is not quite right, but the eye catches it all.
Brightness
Phone / tablet In nits, higher is better
iPad mini
********
413
Galaxy Note 8.0
********
409
Nexus 7
*******
341
Asus Fonepad
******
303

With a maximum brightness of 303 nits is the Fonepad no light, far from it. Indoors it is certainly adequate, but in an environment with lots of light shoot the brightness net deficit, because the screen also has a fair amount of trouble mirroring.

To achieve the maximum brightness should be employed as turned the outdoor mode. You do not, that remains the stabbing at about 195 nits brightness. That is indeed sufficient for indoor use, as long as the room is not too bright.
Black Value (250 nits)
Phone / tablet In nits, lower is better
Asus Fonepad
******
0,240
Galaxy Note 8.0
******
0,252
Nexus 7
********
0,310
iPad mini
********
0,320
Contrast (250 nits)
Phone / tablet Contrast, higher is better
Asus Fonepad
********
1040:1
Galaxy Note 8.0
********
992:1
Nexus 7
******
822:1
iPad mini
******
781:1

The black value of 0.24 nits is simply good and the contrast is therefore from an above-average ratio of 1040:1.
Battery: disappointing

Asus and Intel blowing fairly high ground when it comes to the battery life of the Fonepad, but our tests is still a less rosy picture. We have Fonepad our benchmark suite for tablets run through and look at how he relates in the field of battery life to normal smartphones.
Battery life – Browsing (250 nits)
Phone / tablet In minutes, higher is better
iPad mini
********
7h48m
Nexus 7
********
7h29m
Galaxy Note 8.0
*******
6h21m
Asus Fonepad
******
6h04m

In the test we browse the tablet until the battery is discharged continuously through Web pages, with intervals. Leave Compared with other small tablets the Fonepad does not work well. He is just over six hours and that, for example, a half hour shorter than the Nexus 7.
Battery life – Film (250 nits)
Phone / tablet In minutes, higher is better
iPad mini
********
9h05m
Nexus 7
*******
8h29m
Asus Fonepad
******
6h28m
Galaxy Note 8.0
*****
6h11m

The film test he slides a spot in the ranking, the Note 8.0 of Samsug is put on a backlog of 17 minutes. The Nexus 7 and iPad mini still do a lot better with scores two and a half to three hours better.

For smartphones, we measure the battery life on the basis of four tests: browsing, watching video, call and leave the phone in standby. It is wifi on, and telephony and in standby 3G enabled. The conditions are identical for all iOS devices and of course the Android devices also tested as much as possible in the same circumstances. Explaining our test method and what we mean by heavy, medium and light use, can be found in the background story of our battery tests . In practice, the battery life also depends on things like the network used and installed apps. Moreover, the use of copy to copy differences.
Battery test – Heavy Duty
Phone / tablet Endurance in hours, higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate
********
20
Apple iPhone 5
********
19
Samsung Galaxy Note II
******
16
HTC One
******
16
LG Optimus G
******
16
Samsung Galaxy S4
******
15
Oppo Find 5
******
14
Asus Fonepad
*****
13
Nexus 4
*****
13

In heavy use Fonepad keeps the full thirteen hours, the same as the Nexus 4 and slightly less than the Oppo FInd 5 and Galaxy S4. However, we had expected much better, because the Fonepad has a much larger battery than these phones.
Battery test – Average use
Phone / tablet Endurance in hours, higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate
********
55
Apple iPhone 5
*******
49
Samsung Galaxy Note II
******
44
HTC One
******
43
LG Optimus G
******
43
Samsung Galaxy S4
******
39
Nexus 4
******
38
Asus Fonepad
*****
35
Oppo Find 5
*****
34
Battery test – Light Duty
Phone / tablet Endurance in hours, higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate
********
189
Nexus 4
******
143
LG Optimus G
******
141
HTC One
******
141
Samsung Galaxy Note II
*****
127
Apple iPhone 5
*****
120
Samsung Galaxy S4
*****
107
Asus Fonepad
****
97
Oppo Find 5
***
79

Even with average and light use Fonepad ends somewhere at the bottom of the ranking. Especially the use during standby and call disappointing compared to other phones. The Fonepad early in those two situations much more of the battery than an average smartphone.

Boot memory and transfer rates
Booting
Phone / tablet In seconds, lower is better
iPad mini
****
19.20
Galaxy Note 8.0
*****
23.60
Nexus 7
*******
34.00
Asus Fonepad
********
36.50
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
********
38.00

The Fonepad has 36.50 seconds needed to start as it completely off. That’s compared to other Android tablets not extremely slow, but Samsung Note 8.0 and the iPad mini to prove that it could be much better.
RL Benchmark
Phone / tablet In seconds, lower is better
Galaxy Note 8.0
**
14.55
Sony Xperia Tablet S
***
22.64
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
***
30.52
Nexus 7
*******
61.00
Asus Fonepad
*******
61,11

We use RL benchmark to measure. The speed of the storage memory We do this through a somewhat roundabout way, by firing off. Using this app different operations on a SQLite database Many apps use SQLite to store settings and data, and RL Benchmark must therefore give a good indication of the speed with which apps can access this database.

The Fonepad does no good, nor the Nexus 7 though. The combinations of selects, inserts and updates take a minute together, much longer than with tablets from the competition. The slow i / o is in daily use also sure to notice.
File (sequential)
Phone / tablet Throughput in MB / s, higher is better
Galaxy Note 8.0
********
18.60
iPad mini
*******
17.16
Asus Fonepad
******
13.64
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
*****
11.42
Nexus 7
*****
10.49
File (small files)
Phone / tablet Throughput in MB / s, higher is better
Galaxy Note 8.0
********
12.14
iPad mini
*******
10.84
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
******
9.11
Asus Fonepad
******
9.08
Nexus 7
***
5.13

As always, we also looked at how long it takes to copy. Files to the tablet Good to know if you often movies or TV series on the go viewing. When transferring large files but we also did not come out at a rate of 13.65 MB / s, not extremely good, bad. Also when transferring smaller files throws Fonepad no high eyes, but he is faster than the Nexus 7.

Software: many of Google and a little Asus

The Fonepad runs on Android 4.1.2. Asus explains, unlike Sony and Samsung, never a major skin that changes the entire look of Android it. Yet we see new things appear with each device. The latest version of Asus’ skin includes extras like a new layout for the notification menu and small apps that can be. Widgets appear as a kind of In addition, Asus delivers some applications with it.

Fine to the skin of the notification menu is that these users can expand. Like the purple buttons Asus not beautiful, you can so you also choose the black-witindeling Google.

Asus Fonepad – software

Although it’s probably difficult to implement, we would find it a good thing if other manufacturers that offer little option would go. Manufacturers are naturally self-confident that their software changes are an improvement, but not all users agree. When the Asus limited way to the notification menu, ideally we would see an option to turn off all adjustments.
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Specifications and photo gallery
Brand and model
Category Tablets
Brand Asus
Product Asus Fonepad
Implementation Fonepad 16GB + camera
Rate and Review
Price € 233, –
Number of providers 28 shops
First prize entry Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Review Rating: 3.5 (3 reviews)
Operating system
Operating system Google Android 4.1
Image
Diagonal 7 ”
Screen 1280×800 (WXGA)
Screen Type Lcd
Touchscreen Technology Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Backlight Led: Edge-lit
Camera Resolution 3mp
Camera Resolution (for) 1.2 Mp
Technical specifications
CPU core Dualcore
Storage 16GB
Hard Drive Type Solid state disk
Memory (mobile) Micro SD, micro SDHC
CPU type Intel Atom Z2420
Speed 1.2GHz
Battery Capacity (mAh) 4.270mAh
Interfaces
Connection (wlan) 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Connection (Bluetooth) Bluetooth 3.0
Connection (3/4G) HSPA +
Physical Specifications
Weight 340g
Height 120.1 mm
Width 196.4 mm
Depth 10.4 mm
Color Gray
Other specifications
Language Multilingual
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Alternatives

There are hardly any tablets which may also act as a telephone. We looked at small Android tablets with 3G support that cost no more than 250 euros. So for this alternative page
Score: 0 € 155.18 Tablets Point of View ONYX 527 Black
Point of View ONYX 527 Black

The 7 “Onyx-527 Point of View does in all areas under the Fonepad. He is thicker, has a lower screen resolution and offers less space for storing files. However, he is roughly eighty euros cheaper than the Fonepad , what makes him interesting for those on a tight budget.
Score: 4 € 263, – Tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 “3G 8GB White
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has just as Fonepad a 7 “screen, but with a lower resolution. Similarly, the amount of storage memory is lower, but that is easily solved thanks to the micro sd slot. Though Samsung there is little emphasis on explains, it is with the Tab 2 7 “possible to make phone calls. Price-wise, the Fonepad an edge.
Conclusion

After a time with the Fonepad to have worked, we ask ourselves a lot on why Asus made it. Indeed, he excels in from nowhere. It is certainly not a good phone, there is the case simply too big and too heavy for. A long telephone conversation with the Fonepad is no fun.

If the tablet does Fonepad fortunately some things right. The build quality is fine and we are pleased with the presence of a micro-SD slot. The screen may not be impressive, but in this price range we find in the control screens with lower resolutions, so also in this respect the Fonepad doing relatively well.

The choice of the Atom Z2420 is in our opinion not good. The interface does not always work smoothly, while the framerate is particularly inconsistent, sometimes everything works quite smoothly and plotsteling the tablet can falter a few seconds. For people who are looking for a tablet with just wifi are therefore better alternatives, such as the Nexus 7.

Yet there is certainly a market where Fonepad not a bad choice: that of small tablets with 3G connection. Many competitors, who have a screen with a lower resolution and a lower picture quality, and the models in the field have come to this, with the Fonepad are often a lot more expensive than the 229 euros which Asus calls.

Looking so a 7 “tablet with 3G and want to spend more than 250 euro, then the Fonepad might be a good choice. Then remember that he is not too fast and that he is in the area of ​​battery life, no high flyer is.

Scorecard
Pros

Competitively priced compared to competition
Feels great in the hand as tablet

Negatives

Too heavy and large to comfortably make calls
Moderate battery life

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Reviews
Image Quality Score: 3.5
Building Quality Score: 3.5
Ergonomics Score: 4
Heat and sound Score: 4
Mobility and battery life Score: 2.5
Price Score: 4
Featureset Score: 4
Performance Score: 2.5

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