A smartphone at its core, the Asus PadFone X has a particular trick up its sleeve: when plugged into its accompanying station dock, it can be used as a full-fledged tablet. It's currently available from AT&T for $199.99 with contract, and $549.99 without.
Measuring 5.67 inches tall and 2.85 inches wide, the handset is
comfortable to hold, and easy to maneuver with one hand. It sports
tapered edges with a brushed-aluminum design that adds just a dash of
style to the overall bland-looking device.
When fully assembled, the PadFone X looks clunky. It measures 9.86 inches wide, 6.78 inches tall, and 0.77
inch thick at its thickest point. Unfortunately, it will bulge out the rear, preventing the tablet from ever lying flat.
The tablet has a 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution that is passable, but not
as crisp as the phone's (in case you're curious, the pixel-per-inch count will
drop from 441ppi to just 252ppi on the tablet). As mentioned before, it also has front-facing speakers on the left and right bezels.
Overlaid on top of the Android OS is Asus' ZenUI interface. Featuring brightly colored,
flat icons, and boxy, oversize widgets, the skin is user-friendly, but
can come off as too playful and unsophisticated to the austere eye.