Although the iPad is still the best-selling tablet, there is no denying that demand for cheap and small-screen tablet products is on the rise. This trend was started with Android tablets, and in the end it was Apple who could not stand out when playing the iPad Mini last year.
Among today's 7-inch screen tablets, the Nexus 7 is still the most outstanding product. Although it has been launched for nearly a year, but with a high profile, good design, lots of support from the developer community, Nexus 7 has too many advantages. Not surprisingly, any newly released low-cost tablet is comparable to the Nexus 7.
ASUS, the manufacturer of Nexus 7, knows that a new tablet needs new elements to compete with Nexus 7. The latest ASUS Fonepad is an example. With the exception of the Nexus 7's size and design, it has a lot of features that the Nexus 7 doesn't have: premium design with an aluminum back cover; phone call and texting capabilities like phones; Equipped with both front and back cameras like phones. For those who prefer an "all in one" device, ASUS Fonepad seems to be a reasonable option. Here are our detailed comments on ASUS Fonepad, the same comparison with Google Nexus 7.
It can be said that the design is the point that makes the difference for ASUS Fonepad: beautiful, firm and fit. Compared to other tablets, the most recognizable difference of the Fonepad is a voice speaker that opens directly above the screen, allowing users to listen live when using the calling feature. In addition to this voice speaker, the front of it is quite similar to the MeMO Pad that we reviewed before: a gray screen overlay, the camera on the top of the screen, and the ASUS logo at the bottom.
Fonepad is about the same size as MeMO Pad and Nexus 7, can be held with one hand but not very comfortable. When holding on hand, Fonepad feels thinner than the other two products, because the beveled corner of the back cover is quite large.
Although sold at a relatively low price, Fonepad has a highlight in design, making it stand out from other comparable products: a metal back cover. This back cover feels quite "happy" when held in, but is quite slippery. The Nexus 7 or MeMO Pad previously had a plastic back cover with many small holes, which helped hold it more firmly, but did not provide a luxurious feel like the Fonepad. When pressing hard on the back of the device, Fonepad shows certainty, not subsiding (though not much) like the Nexus 7.
The physical keys of Fonepad, including the power-on and volume-down keys are arranged on the left, when holding the screen vertically. For a right-handed person like me, the key is located on the right, like on Nexus 7, it is easier to press. Because of using the same material with the back, these buttons are also quite nice.
Lying above the metal piece covering most of the back is a plastic cover, which can be removed easily. To replace the SIM or memory card, users need to remove the plastic cover first. It should be noted that the Micro SIM slot of the phone uses a slot to insert / push the SIM, but it is quite tight, so some types of Micro SIM cut from the SIM will often be stuck in this SIM tray.
Screen and external speakers
The screen of Fonepad is 7 inches in size, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and uses IPS panels. The visibility of Fonepad is not bad, the pixel density of 216 ppi is also quite good at the present time. However, comparing directly with Nexus 7, Fonepad's display ability is inferior.
In terms of specs, the screen of the device is similar to the Nexus 7 screen, but in fact, the visibility of the two devices has a big difference. When placed next to Nexus 7, I noticed that the Fonepad's screen had a lower brightness, the color was a bit dull and turned yellow.
The glossy screen makes it difficult to see when used outdoors
Although the viewing angle is good, the screen of the device is quite glossy, along with the brightness is only average, so when tilting the camera or looking under the sun, it will be difficult to observe the screen. It also has a mode called "Outdoor Mode", which allows the brightness to be maximized, but it doesn't improve much.
Portable speakers are quite small
The Fonepad's external speaker slot is quite modest in size, which is deflected to the left, near the tail. Despite being advertised with SonicMaster technology, which gives a very accurate and honest sound, I found that the Fonepad's external speakers are not outstanding. The maximum volume of the speaker is quite low, and it will be a bit hard to hear in noisy places. Because the speakers are small and deflected to one side, the two-channel sound effect is also unclear. The salvage point is probably the sound is not blocked when placed on the plane.
Calling, texting and networking
Calling, texting are the features that make up the difference for Fonepad. On Fonepad, you can dial a number to call like a regular phone. Due to the large screen, the call interface is also big and easy to see. In general, the listening quality of Fonepad is quite good, the ability to catch waves well (perhaps partly because I use the SIM of Viettel operator, which has the advantage of the number of broadcast stations across the country). However, placing a "phone" with the screen up to 7 inches on your face will make you look very funny, and holding the phone with one hand is not easy. So it is more reasonable to use a Bluetooth headset or wired to make a call.
Besides the application, Fonepad's other call-related features are similar to regular phones. The phone also vibrates when a call comes in (though maybe no one left this phone in the pocket to identify the vibration), there is a proximity sensor to turn off the screen when the phone is pressed on the face. If necessary, users can also install other calling and messaging applications from Google Play for better management.
Like a regular phone, Fonepad is also equipped with two cameras on both the front and back. The back-facing camera has a 3-megapixel resolution, which can record movies in 720 resolution; and the front camera has a 1.2 megapixel resolution.
Previously holding a big device like this to take photos would make you look a bit odd, but now people seem to be more accustomed to this, as more and more people hold up their iPads to take pictures.
Although the shooting feature on Fonepad is not emphasized, the quality of photos taken from this device is not bad. Photographs in the morning are quite detailed, no noise and flat though the resolution is not high. In terms of color, some colors such as red or dark yellow are often shown lighter on photos.
Since there is no bright flash, Fonepad focuses quite slowly in low light conditions. If shooting in dark conditions, aiming for a strong light flow and multiple colors (decorative lights for example), it is likely that the automatic shooting mode will produce a bright picture, but cannot distinguish between color of lamp. In order for the color part to show better, like the picture of the lantern below, the reader should try adjusting the brightness of the image (the middle icon, the left column in the above screenshot).
Some photos from ASUS Fonepad:
ASUS Fonepad is one of the few Android products using Intel microprocessors
Fonepad is the first ASUS tablet to use Atom Z2420 processor from Intel. In terms of multiplier, this processor is quite weak: it has only one processor core, although equipped with Hyper Threading technology of Intel, allows parallel implementation of two threads of the same calculation at. Its RAM capacity is 1 GB, while the available internal memory is 4.7 GB. With its unremarkable configuration, Fonepad's performance evaluation results are only equivalent to those of early dual-core processors.
During actual use, Fonepad generally met common tasks such as surfing the web, playing games or reading books, but failed to achieve the smoothness of higher-end Android products. This is evident when surfing the web: using the same Chrome browser, but if you compare it directly to the Nexus 7, it can be clearly seen that Fonepad is jerky, stuttering, and the page drag speed is slower.
Fonepad can run movies well with HD 720p resolution. However, like MeMO Pad, Fonepad's PowerVR SGX-540 graphics core does not support decoding some audio formats, so you need to switch audio decoding mode to S / W, as instructed in the lesson. MeMO Pad price. For Full HD movies, the machine performs poorly, jerks so much that it is almost impossible to watch.
Fonepad is also capable of responding to popular games on Android, such as Asphalt 7 or Temple Run: Oz. The loading time of the tables in Asphalt 7 is quite slow, and sometimes the player is slightly jerky, but this phenomenon occurs very little. Fonepad's back only warmed up, not annoying when playing games for a long time.
ASUS Fonepad has pre-installed Android version 4.1.2. In addition to the original Google applications, ASUS also installs many of its applications, offering a lot of features such as image editing, sound adjustment, display, backup applications, dictionaries or mass storage services. clouds. ASUS integrated keyboard is also quite good, but does not support Vietnamese.
Features like dictionary, application backup or screen color correction are quite useful
Among the built-in applications, I found three most useful applications: Instant Dictionary, application backup (App Backup) and display adjustment (ASUS Splendid). The dictionary application lets you translate text at the on-screen screen, and the translation results are usually acceptable. The backup application provides a solution to save the application and data to the memory card for reinstalling the device. The application that adjusts the display elements has a bit of use if the user wants the screen to look brighter, or show more standard colors.
Battery usage time
Fonepad's battery is 4270 mAh, slightly lower than Nexus 7. When used in practice, I use the device to surf the web, Facebook and view maps for more than 1 hour a day, playing games for about an hour , and take quite a lot of photos. With such intensity, the Fonepad can be used within 2 days, which is acceptable.
When using the device to turn on a 720p HD movie, the brightness is equal to 80% of the maximum brightness, plugging the headset at 80% volume level, the movie player is in 7 hours. Such battery life on tablets is quite good enough to watch two long movies.
As an "all-in-one" device, Fonepad is especially useful for long trips. Imagine, instead of having to bring a phone to listen to the call, with a tablet computer to surf or entertain when traveling on the car, Fonepad alone met the requirements. Fonepad has many advantages: good design, beautiful, handy and multifunctional camera; Of course, there are some limitations like the screen
difficult to see under sunlight, or low performance.
It's no coincidence that I mention Nexus 7 a lot in the review. ASUS Fonepad is now sold at a genuine price 6 million, while Nexus 7 is still outstanding in the price range of under 7 million. With the price of a Fonepad at the present time, you can easily find a Nexus 7 WiFi version, with a capacity of 32 GB. If you add about 1.5 million VND, you can buy Nexus 7 version with 3G, also with 32 GB capacity. Thus, the price of Nexus 7 is not much different from Fonepad.
To choose, consider the strengths of these two products. Nexus 7 has high performance, better screen, and the ability to "play" more because it is supported by the community very much. Meanwhile, Fonepad is a newer product, with a beautiful design, calling and texting functions like a regular phone, supporting 3G at a cheaper price, and having a memory card slot. Thus, readers can make choices based on their own needs.