Earlier today we reported that Asus had announced the Padfone Infinity. While the Infinity looks great, it is also rather pricey. Looking for something a bit cheaper? The Asus Padfone 2 is heading to the UK on March 1st.
While not as expensive as the Asus Padfone Infinity, the Padfone 2 isn’t exactly cheap either, priced at £599.99. Still, that’s £200 less than then you will have to pay to get your hands on the Snapdragon 600-based Infinity.
For those that need the reminder on the hardware, the Padfone 2 features a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ display and a 2140mAh battery. You also get 32GB internal memory, a 13MP camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
So are dockable tablets worth the money over simply buying a separate tablet and smartphone? The answer to that question is largely a matter of preference.There are certainly drawbacks to a dockable design, such as not being able to pass the tablet to a friend or family member while still having access to your phone, but there is also the advantage of having all your data, music and videos on one device.
What do you think, is the Asus PadFone 2 worth the money?
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I’m such fan of hybrids like this. It’s a shame that only Asus makes it and with such price tag. They’ll never get a good acceptance with that.
Agreed, it’s a innovative idea and pretty well executed. BUT*(and a big but at that) the price point is wayy to high. Not to mention although the infinity is a brand new model, the price point is over $1300 which is like 900 something Euro’s(999 maybe). Anyways like another user pointed out that is literally more then the whole new Nexus family combined, the 4,7, and 10. Granted this is a cool and relatively new idea on the market(within Asus anyways), it doesn’t warrant the price tag in my opinion.
The unity of the devices can be a plus or minus in some people’s eyes. On one hand you have the idea that all of your data is on both of your devices 24/7(theoretically). The other side(one I tend to agree with), is that you are more then paying for two devices at a more then premium price. Yet you in the end have one device since the battery is only on the phone(with the exception of like 1300mAh on the tablet the infinity series has that size anyways). Also your storage is all on the phone. Where on a traditional smartphone and tablet duet youhave two sets of memory. And in stone cases the addition of microSd expansion on both. Not to mention I personally separate my Tablet use for media consumption, I.e. movies, internet, a little gaming. And with movies and music storage you can quickly eat up those GB’s.
The padfone 2 does currently holds the thrown on Antutu benchmarks as the king. And I’m sure the padfone Infinity will as well be a beast.
Conclusion of your still reading is with the more then premium price and the lack of the added functionality of having completely separate devices make it a no go for me. Unless I had the extra money to blow and try it out for a few weeks on a hspa carrier..Which I do not.