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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Tech Review: ASUS PADFONE S

3.5 stars
ASUS PADFONE S is a decent premium smartphone in a budget-friendly price.


Planning to shop for a brand-new smartphone that preferably comes with a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, but tight on a budget? You're in luck, because ASUS has recently released ASUS Padfone S last month on November, a premium Snapdragon 801 smartphone, which is priced only at RM899. Best of all, it also supports 4G LTE.


DESIGN


When I first unboxed the smartphone, I was satisfied with the look of the ASUS Padfone S. The curvy design with the rounded edges on all four corners are certainly nothing new, but I do appreciate the sleek and clean-cut aesthetic. The all-black finish looks elegant, while the size and thickness of this smartphone give me a comfortable, yet solid grip on my hand. Not to mention, the ASUS Padfone S is also considerably lightweight for me to hold the smartphone with one hand.

However, I wasn't fond with the power/standby button and the volume control button that placed at the top right side of the smartphone. Problem is, the buttons feel rather flat and awkward to the touch. The back cover is removable, but you can only insert the SIM and microSD cards while the battery is sadly non-removable. Speaking of battery, the 2,300 mAh capacity is pretty moderate and unsurprisingly drains faster if you are a heavy user who are more into gaming and watching HD videos.

Another flaw is the ASUS keyboard. While it was responsive enough to the touch, the keyboard is too cramped against each other. Even with the adjustable keyboard height of "tall", "normal" and "short" selections at the ASUS keyboard settings, it doesn't make much difference to me. This can be frustrating because if you have large thumbs, you tend to misspell the words or numbers, especially when you love to type things faster. However, if you are not satisfied with the default ASUS keyboard, you can always download other keyboard app from Google Play. For instance, I choose to download SwiftKey keyboard app and it works well for me.

DISPLAY


Sporting a 5-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS ("In-Plane Switching" -- a type of LCD design for better viewing angles and greater colour reproduction) display, the colour and the text are reasonably sharp for viewing pleasure.

FEATURES
 
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Quad-Core processor and runs on the Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat version (can be upgraded to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop by 2015), ASUS Padfone S is good for multitasking purpose. The 13MP with PixelMaster technology and a 2MP rear camera performance is impressive, particularly the way of the autofocus manages to capture with a speedy response in just one touch. Thanks to the efficient autofocus system, this proves to be a plus point that enables me to take fast pictures during the movie event or press conference with minimum fuss. The sound quality, enhanced with the ASUS SonicMaster technology, is blessed with rich bass and sharp treble that makes movie viewing a good audio experience.

FINAL WORDS


If you can overlook the flaws, ASUS Padfone S remains a good buy especially with plenty of those awesome specs at a fraction of the cost.

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