Hands On with the Asus Padfone
It's probably not coming to the US, but the Padfone is quite unique and interesting. It's a phone that docks into a tablet that docks into a keyboard to make a laptop. We took a quick look.
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The Asus Padfone is first and foremost an Android 4.0 phone. There's a nice circular pattern on the back, but otherwise it looks pretty standard. Things get interesting when you dock it into the tablet accessory.
The tablet consists solely of a big screen and a big battery. You put the phone inside a compartment in the back, and - bam - you have an Android tablet. A micro-USB connector paired with a small HDMI jack link the two devices. A small hole lets the phone camera see through the back of the tablet. An antenna booster ensures that the phone still gets good reception.
Whatever you were doing on the phone, carries right over the tablet, even in the middle of playing a video, for example. All core apps automatically adapt to the larger screen. So your email expands to a two-pane interface, for example.
Want a full laptop experience? Dock the tablet into the keyboard, and you're set. The keyboard also contains a battery, two USB ports, and an SD card slot.
The downside is size. Put all together, it's no MacBook Air. It's quite thick, in fact, and not light. But it's an interesting concept nonetheless.
Check out our quick video tour:
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