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Comment: I find this review rather strange. From the disparaging "If you only have £180" to the grudging positive observations one is left feeling that the reviewer has a grudge either against Asus or the concept. The combination of 7" tablet and a 3G SIM is an obvious step. Elsewhere, phones are getting bigger in steps and the point that a phone becomes a tablet is blurred. Asus have made a step change by taking the 7" standard ffor a small tablet and putting the phone in it. Whether 7" is the right side for a small tablet is of course moot.
Good: does everything
Comment: 3g, wifi, USB OTG, Bluetooth,64gb micro sd, all the connectivity you could want. How the reviewer tries to compare a 7 inch 216 ppi screen to a 5 inch 441 ppi amoled screen is absolutely insane. Stop and think what this device is capable of for the price.I have a Kobo Arc also and this device walks all over it.Same screen res but much better colour reproduction on the Fonepad. I find myself using this for just about everything, ignoring 2 laptops,my One X and Arc.The kind of demand that slows this down is better served by larger more awkward less portable devices. This is all about portability and connectivity and value. Comparing this to some £600 flagship device shows poor judgement and a lack of objectivity.
Good: Big but easily fits into my jacket pocket. Price. Nice screen
Bad: The back is a bit slippery and the edges bevelled back making it more difficult to hold compared to my old Galaxy Tab
Comment: The ability to take a Sim card makes it great for mobile internet. The processing power is fine for my usage It's a great little device for the price
Good: Good for my elderly mom, who can't see too well and needs a big screen
Comment: Ok, I'll agree with the author that the phone is a bit big to carry as a regular phone, but it's NOT a regular phone.
I don't see a problem with this phone at all. I do not want it for me, but for my elderly mother. I want her to have the biggest screen possible on her cell phone (or mobile as you Brits call it) and the "too big problem" is solved in a fallowing way:
1. Cover that easly attaches to pants (trousers) and thus eliminates carrying problems
2. Bluetooth so she doesn't have to hold the fonepad to her ear (for people who don't like constantly keeping bluetooth in their ear they can get one that doesn't have a hook and simply goes into the ear so it doesn't take too much time to be placed in place, ex: Sony Ericsson HBH-835, you can hang it around your neck on a snap in/out neck strap, easy to carry, easy to put in the ear).
Perfect gift for my Mom!
Comment: The Asus FonePad has now been updated to a better version with a faster 1.6GHz Z2460 plus 32GB of memory (with microSD expansion as before)
Comment: I am an obsessed Asus fan so I'll want to try it out. Plus at £180 its very much affordable as most other mobiles on the market.
Good: Great screen and loud speaker
Bad: Not much
Comment: I'm amazed by Andrew Hoyle's review of this superb tablet which, in my opinion, contains some downright ludicrous judgements especially the one about the sim cover. Although it is difficult to remove (makes sense, as there is no need to be constantly opening it) apparently "can easily be lost, permanently exposing the delicate internal components to the elements." Seriously?
I am amazed that he doesn't see the logic of carrying a single device (albeit with a wired or wireless headset for calls), and would point him in the direction of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, the review of which I eagerly anticipate on this website, if only to see if it contains the same "too big to be a phone so it's rubbish" argument.
Rather than a missed opportunity as a phone, the Fonepad offers the best of all worlds, including micro SD expansion lacking in the Nexus 7.
For the majority of serious users, being able to play the most demanding games will not be a deal-breaker, and the Fonepad functions perfectly well in all other areas. Comparing the screen with the Transformer Infinity is unfair, why not mention that it's marginally better than the Nexus 7 only costs less?
Good: Size and clarity.
Bad: No Gorillla Glass
Comment: Not all of us have perfect vision. It may seem odd to make calls on such a large device but the march of the phablets has started and very soon it will not be so peculiar.
Comment: being a heating engineer i would find it handy (as would other trades).
it looks sturdy,i can store and view boiler instructions etc.not having to carry around a separate tablet would be spiffing.even on large phones such as my galaxy nexus s it is a pain trying to read a pdf doc. on the phone display (especially wiring diagrams).taking an expensive ipad or similar into a property or site could mean that when you forget your ipad,it is not there when you go back.because your phone is with you all the time you are much less likely to leave it .
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