Asus calls their Fonepad “Call and Fun all in One.” And rightly so. This is 7-inch Tablet PC with full 3G phone function – in other words, a lightweight tablet (340g) that is also a phone. Thus, a phablet.
Smartphones are getting bigger all the time but this is one of the biggest among them. But who would want such a big phone? The answer is: anyone who wants true all-in-one functionality… at a good price because the Asus Fonepad costs only R2 899.
Firstly, it has all the features of a tablet PC, running on Android, loads of apps, touch screen and cameras. And it looks good too –
This is really big!
If you google the Fonepad reviews you’ll find mixed reviews because, frankly, a tablet is just too big to use as you would an ordinary phone. But here’s the neat aspect: hook a bluetooth earphone (or small wired earphones) to it and the Fonepad becomes a very efficient business tool. You can work the tablet while having a conversation or video conference.
Or you can use it as a mobile entertainment centre because you can supersize your Facebook experience and go crazy on sharing your music, photos and videos while you are on the go.
And you’ve probably already noticed that the Fonepad is about half the price of the 8″ Samsung Galaxy Note and costs less than most other phablets with similar features! In short, the Asus Fonepad is a bargain.
Asus Fonepad specifications:
Model no: ME371MG-1B009A
Operating System: Android 4.1
Display: 7″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) screen IPS
CPU: Intel® Atom™ Z2420 1.2 GHz
GPU: PowerVR SGX 540
GPU Speed: 400MHz
Network Standard: HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:21 Mbps – 3G WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 or 2G EDGE/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900
Wireless Data Network: WLAN802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth V3.0
Camera: 1.2 MP Front Camera and 3 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus (rear) 720p Video Recording
Audio:High Quality Speaker
Ports: 1 x Micro USB, 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), 1 x Micro SD Card Reader, 1 x 3.5mm headphone socket, 1 x Micro SIM
Sensor: GPS & Glonass,G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor
Apps: Asus Launcher, MyLibrary, File Manager, Kindle, Zinio, SuperNote Lite, App Backup, App Locker
Battery: 9 hours; 16Wh Li-polymer Battery
Standby Time: 751 hours(3G)
Talk Time: 32.5 hours(3G)
Color: Titanium Gray / Champagne Gold
Dimensions: 196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm (LxWxH)
Weight: 340 g
Price: R2 899