Asus PadFone 2

The Asus PadFone 2 is improved, but not perfected

Announced at a press event in Taiwan last month, the Asus PadFone 2 follows in the footsteps of the original smartphone/tablet combo -- the only mainstream hybrid device on the market since Motorola discontinued the Webtop app and laptop dock first introduced with its Atrix smartphone.

Editors' note: Because the Asus PadFone 2 was reviewed by our companion site CNET Asia, we are publishing this review as an in-depth First Take without an official starred rating.

Design
The concept of the first-generation PadFone was innovative, but its bulk was its major downfall. Fortunately, that has changed with the PadFone 2, even if it maintains certain design elements such as the concentric circles on the back. Made of aluminum alloy, the textured rear gives the handset a grippy feel. Its construction is premium, and a metallic bumper surrounds the sleek 0.35-inch profile.

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