Con­tender

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY - Value for money: Price: Al Also con­sider: Si­mon Din­gle

We’ve heard of phones, t a bl e t s a nd e v e n ph­ablets – but now Asus has a Fonepad. It’s a 7” tablet that is also a phone. Un­like most other de­vices its size, the Fonepad will take a SIM and also let you call on it. I’m not sold on its abil­i­ties as a phone, but given the price it is a very se­ri­ous con­tender in n the tablet mar­ket.

We live in a crazy world orld where tablet com­put­ers cost less than smart­phones, de­spite the for­mer hav­ing faster pro­ce­ses­sors, big­ger screens and much ch bet­ter bat­tery life. The Foneepad is an in­ter­est­ing op­tion on in this re­gard as it of­fers the he func­tion­al­ity of both a phone e and a tablet for less than half f the price of a top-end smart- phone.

Let’s not get car­ried away though. Re­plac­ing your phone with one of th­ese will take some do­ing.

A bud­get 7” tablet that is also a phone Firstly, it won’t f it in any but the very big­gest pock­ets – like ke those mon­strosi­ties that hang from m the front of dun­ga­rees.

Then there’s the so­cial awk­ward­ness of speak­ing on some­thing me­thing that makes your head dis­ap­pear. The only thing that looks worse is a Blue­tooth head­set. Not great op­tions.

So un­less you like wear­ing dun­ga­rees and hav­ing peo­ple point and laugh at y you, the Fonepad prob­a­bly won’t be re­placin ing your iPhone an any time soon.

Who cares tho though? At the pri price, it may be well worth con con­sid­er­ing this gadg gadget for a tablet

R3000

Go Google Nexus 7 that can also be used as a phone in emer­gen­cies or what­ever.

The Fonepad has In­tel’s new Atom dual-core pro­ces­sor, which seems suff icient. The LED back­lit screen has a de­cent res­o­lu­tion of 1280x800. The back-cam­era is a measly 3MP – but at least it has one, un­like some other, sim­i­larly priced 7” tablets. It has 8GB of in­ter­nal stor­age that can be ex­tended with a mi­cro SD card slot. Oh, and bat­tery life is pretty good.

The Fonepad does a pretty good job of com­pet­ing with the Nexus 7 – an­other tablet you can pick up for about the same price, and which is pro­duced by the same com­pany, Asus, for Google. The one dif­fer­ence is that the Nexus 7 runs Google’s stock ver­sion of An­droid that se­ri­ous An­droid users will pre­fer.

So if you’re look­ing for a 7” tablet that of­fers good value the Fonepad is worth con­sid­er­ing. It’s clos­est ri­vals are the Nexus 7 and Ap­ple’s slightly more ex­pen­sive iPad Mini. Each has their own mer­its – but only the Fonepad will make reg­u­lar cel­lu­lar calls.

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