Asus PadFone X (AT&T)

The Good AT&T's Asus PadFone X has a fast quad-core processor, a capable 13-megapixel camera, and it can dock into a 9-inch tablet that doubles as a charger.

The Bad When combined, the PadFone X has a clunky design and its rear-camera loses a few some of its features. The device also comes with a lot of bloatware and a nonremovable battery.

The Bottom Line Though it has last year's specs, the PadFone X marries two mobile devices into one convenient form at an affordable price.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Unique two-in-one hybrid proves to be more than a gimmick

Other than its predecessors , there's nothing quite like the Asus PadFone X. As a smartphone-tablet (and sometimes even laptop!) hybrid, it is an amalgamation of two devices aiming to give users the most seamless and efficient mobile experience.

When I first looked at it, the skeptic in me remained unconvinced. It's too clunky. It bulges in the back. And at $200 on-contract (or $550 without), it seemed better to invest in a single top-tier tablet or handset, rather than settle for two mediocre-looking devices.

After spending time with it, though, I stand corrected. First, the phone in and of itself is solid and reliable. You can't go wrong with its sharp 1080p screen, swift quad-core processor, and nimble 13-megapixel camera. But once it's plugged into its dock, consuming media and browsing the Web take on the more immersive form that only a bigger tablet-size screen can deliver -- all without forming a disconnect in your ecosystem.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $550
  • Brand Asus
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Diagonal Size 5 in
  • Weight 5.29 oz
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features ASUS Audio Wizard, ASUS SonicMaster technology, DynamicDisplay technology, Google Voice typing function, Noise suppression by Fluence, TTY compatible, Waves Audio, multitasking, software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air)
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