Asus on Tuesday at MWC 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, announced two new devices – well three, depending how you count them – the Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone/tablet combo and the 7-inch Nexus 7-like Asus Fonepad… smartphone/tablet combo.
We’re going to focus on the latter right now, a 7-inch device that can essentially act as your everyday handset, no matter how crazy that sounds. Yes, the Fonepad has voice call support via 3G. But yes, talking to a 7-inch phone, the regular way, can be awkward.
Considering that the device will be priced very competitively, you’d think that Asus would at least try to offer a comfortable (read: not crazy) solution of using it like a smartphone in the official Asus Fonepad presentation videos, such as buying an equally affordable headset.
But no, Asus doesn’t do that. The company has the guts / nerve to actually show us Fonepad users talking on the device like you’d do with a regular phone, raising it up to your ear and so on. On video. Even HTC has its own Mini headset solution for an even smaller smartphone, the 5-inch Droid DNA / Butterfly.
Yes, at least the first video shows us much more than that, as Asus explains the design principles behind the Fonepad, but we keep focusing on all the people raising the 7-inch tablet to their ears. Hopefully nobody will drop it when using it like that – but that’s why the Fonepad features a back metal case doesn’t it? To prevent unwanted accidents resulting from talking on it?
We’re not mad at Asus actually, but very amused – that’s not to say that talking on 5.x or 6.x phones gets is any easier, but a 7-inch device shouldn’t be used like a phone.
From the looks of it, Fonepad is definitely a great tablet, and, as long as you pair it with a headset, it can be a great phone also. But please, pretty please with sugar on top, don’t use it like Asus suggests you should. Even Jonney Shih doesn’t seem to be able to keep a straight face when presenting the Fonepad concept.
On a different Galaxy Note (pun intended,) you can also use phone features, but the device is even bigger. Hopefully Samsung will also teach Galaxy Note 8 buyers how to talk on 8-inch phones.
Back to Asus though, what the company doesn’t show us in this video is how we’d pack the Fonepad in our pockets, you know, after using its phone features, because that’s where phones usually go. Maybe the dude in the suit would care to explain…
Let’s hear it from future Fonepad buyers though: would you talk on a 7-inch phone?