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
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.