Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The Asus Fonepad is an An­droid Jelly Bean tablet which can take a 3G SIM card and fa­cil­i­tate call­ing. The Fonepad has a very hold­able form fac­tor and it is thin enough to fa­cil­i­tate easy read­ing, like you would with a Kin­dle. We liked the fact that the mi­cro-SIM and mi­cro-SD card are all hid­den away be­hind a slid­ing flap. There is just the vol­ume and lock but­ton on the left edge, mak­ing this a very minimalist de­sign.

The 800x1216p dis­play is good, but not stun­ning. There were times when we craved for a bit more clar­ity. The sound qual­ity is good too. The "In­tel In­side" logo at the rear brings in a lot of ex­pec­ta­tions and we were not dis­ap­pointed by the Atom Z2420 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor. We tried a few re- source in­ten­sive games and no­tice no lag at all. Tabbed brows­ing also worked fine. In fact, the na­tive browser as well as Chrome worked very fast and even YouTube video ren­dered with­out trou­ble over both 3G and Wi-Fi. We did, how­ever, no­tice a bit of slug­gish­ness with some 3D games.

Yes, it is awkward hold­ing a tablet to your ear. But the Fonepad is a good phone and there was no trou­ble with voice clar­ity. We sug­gest you buy a good Blue­tooth ear­piece to be used with this one. The front and rear cam­eras are just about okay. The bat­tery is good and lasts a full day.





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