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Always On: Unboxing the Asus PadFone Infinity
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Always On: Unboxing the Asus PadFone Infinity

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Is the smartphone-tablet combo device worth a buy? Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata unbox the Asus PadFone Infinity and offer their first thoughts on the Android-powered mobile gadget.

-Inside this pretty, big, exciting box is the Asus PadFone Infinity and I know that PadFone remains the most mockable name on Earth. But, they've actually made some en routes with this thing and the PadFone Infinity is the newest version of their convertible phone plus tablet. So, let's get to that. All right. Infinity. It's pretty impressive specs and it's pretty expensive, but may be a little, you know, prove worthy. Look, 2 separate boxes for 1 Transformer style device. Oh how exciting. It's like a double unboxing. Here's the Infinity Station, which is the tablet part. Infinity Station. Oh my gosh, where to begin. How about the phone? The phone is the guts of the whole thing and it is-- Wow! Look at this. It's going to be an interesting size 'cause it's a pretty big phone, but it's not very wide. It's not quite as phablety as I expected it to be, to be honest. Instead of Asus, they've actually gotten with PadFone branding here. But look at that nice, brushed aluminum back. That's kinda hot. Inside this box, we have the sort of expected charging brick, USB, micro USB, which I love for charging and some headphones. Anything else? Headphone changes and that is all. Let's what inside our Infinity station box. I did it. Running out of room here. Okay. So, here's the docking station. Really a lot of plastic in this packaging. Can I just take another minute and say that. So not quite the same brush aluminum, but you can see there's the space here to dock it. And then other than that, it's a very, very iPad-looking tablet, but I fingerprinted up pretty much immediately, not very oleophobic screen there. Let's see here. Yes, slides right in. We already have a red dot. Turn it on. Hello? Anyone? Oh, there we go. This is kinda neat. I have to admit. If you really want a tablet or you wanna take it on the plane, it's kinda cool. All right, but let's run down the specs and see if those also impress. The Asus PadFone Infinity is made up of a 5-inch LTE smartphone that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet when it's docked into the Infinity Station. The phone part of the PadFone has a 1.7 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-core processor. Pretty impressive power there. Graphics are powered by an Adreno 320 GPU. It also has 2 gigs of RAM to help out that snappy performance. The phone runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2. The phone's display is a 5-inch Super IPS screen. It has an impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution delivering 441 pixels per inch. Basically, the screen looks good. It has a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash. Asus is talking up this camera. It apparently has lag-less shutter speeds and a dedicated image center for improving low light photos plus it has burst mode of up to 100 photos in a row while recording 1080p HD video. I have to try that out. The front-facing camera is no slouch either at a full 2 megapixels. Storage is also decent. The PadFone is available in either 32 gig or 64 gig models and it comes with 50 gigs of free cloud storage for 2 years. The phone has a 2400 milliamp hour battery so expect decent, if not awesome battery life. As for the tablet, the 10.1-inch display offers a pretty impressive 1920 x 1200 resolution. The tablet's front-facing camera is a disappointing 1 megapixel though if you're into tablet-based video chat. Other than that, there's a micro USB 2.0 port and that's about it. Luckily, since this is 2 devices in 1, the PadFone Infinity show supports a 5000 milliamp hours battery, which is so says can deliver 40 hours of 3G talktime on the PadFone as docked. But if you want to be a Transformer, you have to pay for it. The Infinity set cost at least $950. Ouch! Check out our full CNET hands on over at cnet.com. Now, the one thing that's really bombing me out about the PadFone Infinity phone 'cause I kinda one start using it today is that it's the first non-Apple phone to use nano sim. So, the regular micro simcard that you're using in your AT&T or T-Mobile phone is not gonna fit. They're gonna cut it down or take it to your carrier store and have them cut it down for you. So, I've been playing with the PadFone Infinity long enough to figure out how to change the language to English and get it all docked and I have to say I'm getting kind of a crush on it. I can kind of see it. I see the promise because I use my phone for everything and then I could just plug it in here and have a totally synchronize experience with at least according to Asus 64 hours of battery life. Now, it's possible that I'm just developing a crush on how pretty it is, but no, no. Of course then, I just remembered how it cost a thousand dollars. I'm probably out, but it's neat at half the price.
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