FONEPAD

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

ASUS, $ 329 ( 8GB) asus.com.au

IS even a 6- inch ph­ablet too small for you? If so, Asus has a so­lu­tion in its mighty big phone, or rea­son­ably small tablet, the Fonepad. This 7- inch touch­screen de­vice is de­signed to ful­fil both pur­poses, of­fer­ing a num­ber key­pad even Mr Ma­goo could see and a speaker and mi­cro­phone that reaches from your ear to be­yond your mouth. As a tablet, it is stan­dard 7- inch fare, with a 1.2GHz chip and 1GB RAM run­ning Google An­droid Jelly Bean soft­ware. Its 1280x800 pixel screen is good from any an­gle, thanks to In- Plane Switch­ing tech­nol­ogy, it of­fers space for a mem­ory card to boost its 8GB mem­ory, and cam­eras front and back of­fer ba­sic snap­shots and video. The Fonepad is miss­ing 4G con­nec­tiv­ity and may look strange be­side your head, but its 4270mAh bat­tery is some­thing no other phone can match.

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