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Even With That Crappy Name, I Want the Asus Padfone

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I’ve never actually touched the device, yet I’m enamored with it. I’m talking about the Asus Padfone. Aside from its ridiculous and silly name, this could be the perfect device. Or at the vary least, the beginning stages or blueprint for the perfect device(s). Not familiar with it? Watch the video below and then come back to us.

Why do I want the Asus Padfone so badly? Well first off, I’ll admit that tablets are just not my thing. I can’t find a place for them in my life even with as many times as I have tried nor do I want to shell out for the next barebones Android slate that will be upstaged in a month. However! If I could have a cheap shell of a tablet that I could simply snap my every day phone into, that’s a win. See, one of the problems with having a tablet and a phone separately, is that you sort of have two different lives. Cloud services have helped this a tad, but for the most part you have photos on one and not the other, some apps here but not there, text messages over there yet not here, and so on. If you could take your phone that has it all though, and simply dock it into a tablet shell, you just solved the problem, didn’t you? 

Second, it has top of the line specs:  1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3″ qHD display, 16/32/64GB of storage, 8MP F2.2 camera, and runs Android 4.0. The battery inside the phone itself is only 1520mAh, but you get another 6600mAh out of the tablet dock which Asus claims will give you up to 66 hours of life. Think about that for a second.

Third, how cool is that pen that allows you to answer calls while in tablet mode? Phone docked and can’t get to it while it rings? If you have their little pen with microphone and speaker, and you can take the call through it.

Lastly (and probably most importantly), let’s not forget that while docked, the tablet would be able to use the data plan that your phone is already attached to, leaving you with a mobile phone and tablet experience on the go. No tethering involved, no separate data package for 4G on the tablet – nope, this is an all in one data machine. Well, assuming carriers don’t try to stop this action in fear that it may take off and continue to ruin their already incredibly low and embarrassing tablet sales numbers.

To me, this really is an amazing creation by Asus, maybe their best yet. They took Ice Cream Sandwich, the first version of Android to connect both phones and tablets, and then showed exactly what that means. As a phone, you get the phone version of Android 4.0. When docked, it automatically flips to the tablet UI version of it. It’s brilliant.

Now, if only we could get Asus to announce some sort of global rollout. We thought April for select countries, but it’s now mid-May and we are without it, even after seeing unboxings within the last week. From what we know, the word “LTE” has never been attached to it, so this may be another device that you can only get Stateside by ordering overseas and importing.

Do you share my enthusiasm for the Padfone? Is it too gimmicky? Is the name an automatic killer?

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  • lovehate

    Meh ill stick to my lap dock 500

  • http://twitter.com/InyRules Iny

    A thousand yeses to every reason you gave for combing the phone and tablet. I have not purchased a tablet (not counting the Nook Color I rooted and haven’t touch in months), because I don’t want my apps/pics/movies etc,. in so many places. I also run into the issue of having to tether my phone (wasting battery), or getting a separate data plan to get the most out of the tablet on the go.

    The only issue I can think of (for me), is not being able to put a case on the phone. Currently my Galaxy Nexus is in an Otterbox Defender, and I had an Otterbox for my old EVO 4G as well. I don’t want anything happening to my phones.

  • Scott

    If this was a Samsung phone, then you would never see the tablet portion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sjtilney Scott Tilney

    The only thing that could make this cool is if the price is low. IE: pad ad on is <$100, otherwise no point, better to just buy a tablet.

  • jake

    i don’t care if they call it the turd, i’d still take one. who really cares what they call it

  • Nick Kmett

    Alright, I’m sold. I want one…or them…. or what ever. Take my money!

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    I have to agree with your sentiment about having different lives on each device. I’m hoping the future of computing is a central core that interacts with appliances that are more or less dummy terminals. On the move? Google glasses/mobile shell, etc. At home for entertainment? 60′ flat screen to attach to. Need productivity? Dock up to your dual monitors and lazer keyboard.

    If that could be the future, it sounds awesome.

  • getitoutme2

    I can live without the phone, but I do want someone to pull that live wallpaper. I need it!

  • steve30x

    This phone / tablet scheme actually makes sense.. It’s all one device and you have the option to switch between a big screen tablet or phone within seconds and all under one data plan at that.

  • mustbepbs

    Since when is qHD top of the line? Top of the line for 2011, maybe.

    • GazaIan

      In comparison to other qHD screens, I suppose. This is SAMOLED, not sure if it’s pentile though.

      • mustbepbs

        But the article clearly says “top of the line specs”. Not “top of the line qHD.”

  • SD_Scott

    I’m not 100% sold on this quite yet. I just picked up the tf300 and it’s fast. I mean crazy fast. Way faster than my Nexus. Also, I wifi tether so it’s not that big of an issue for me on data usage as I still have an unlimited plan. Also, there’s the issue of apps… HBO Go was finally released for the Nexus but still won’t work on tablets. On the other hand, there are some apps that I use on my tab that I would not load on my phone. Does this mean that we are stuck using phone-only apps? I think this is the future of tablets but there are still some major issues to be addressed.

  • DaveTea

    I thought I had little to no reason to have a tablet, then I picked up one of the Kindle Fires when they were $139 and loaded AOKP on it. I use the damn thing all the time especially around the house. If I know I am going to be stuck somewhere for a while I will take the KF and use my G-Nex as a hotspot for it. The larger screen just cant be beat for reading and gaming. I suspect many of you that think you dont want a tablet would feel the same way if you had one to use for a week or two. Or not.

  • Keii Graham

    The only thing that would make this better is if they had a lapdock for it as well.
    Plug my phone into a tablet then plug my tablet into a lapdock.

    • Matthew Merrick

      ……it DOES have a keyboard dock.

  • Palmer Nyako

    Asus has been going hard with the high quality devices.
    I want the new asus transformer prime or the padfone.

  • Shadowcell

    Brilliant idea, I’m sold on it but I have some heavy doubts we’ll see it on Verizon subsidized.
    I would pay $200-$250 (2yr) for the phone, $150 for the tablet dock and $100 for the keyboard dock.

    So, I’m getting $450-$500 on a notebook that I can break down into a smartphone. Seems like a steal compared to most.

    • Lane252

      yep however its gonna be at least if on verizon 399 2yr dock gonna be 149 tab dock gonna be 199 ez verizon dont care about us thats why they capped data (a limitless source) all they wont is our monies

  • sonicyoof

    Uh oh, that phone looks pretty similar to one of the Apple phones…

  • RoadsterHD1

    This is the BOMB!!! I love the idea and the phone….

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    I agree. I’ve long thought your mobile would basically become a gateway or interchangeable brain for various computing devices. Integrating with home pc/entertainment, car, office, and laptops/tablets.

  • theentropic

    It is such an amazing idea. I’ve been wanting it since I first heard of it ages ago.

  • http://twitter.com/sweatychocolate sweaty chocolate

    I have wanted this ever since I learned of its existence. Perfect phone/ tablet solution.

    • AlexKCMO

      Could not agree more. I’d be all over this on launch day.

      The cherry on top would be if it switched to Ubuntu when docked into a keyboard.

      One can dream can’t he?

      • GazaIan

        Well actually… It’s 100% possible. On tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, ASUS Transformer, Transformer Prime, there have been methods to install Ubuntu (And I mean real Ubuntu, not the Ubuntu that runs inside Android. Actual Ubuntu that the tablet boots to, but you lose Android if you decide to use it ). Ubuntu could probably be installed on the phone, and work in the tablet (You’d need a hell of a lot of Ubuntu mods for it to actually work).

        Another, more possible method is Canonical’s Ubuntu for Android. If you have seen Ubuntu for Android, the phone starts up a full desktop Ubuntu when docked into a desktop dock. If it were bought to the PadFone, it could probably start Android’s tablet mode when docked into the tablet, and then start Ubuntu when docked into the keyboard (say goodbye to your battery life).

        • AlexKCMO

          This is exactly what I was referring to when I said Ubuntu. Meant Ubuntu for Android.

          I wonder if that could be put into a custom ROM, even for the existing transformer. Something else I’d be all over since I own a TF101.

          • GazaIan

            Not as a ROM, since partitions need to be reformatted and repartitioned, and recovery doesn’t know how to do that.

            Here’s some links if you want to get Ubuntu on your OG Transformer; I don’t know how well they will work out for you, I just know that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ubuntu installation was based off the OG Transformer, and it wasn’t all that hard (thankfully someone came by and made an ODIN package)

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1280774

            Here’s what appears to be a helpful tool as well

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1364095

          • AlexKCMO

            I mean in the UfA style they showed, where it works seamlessly between the two. Not interested in booting into another OS…. for now :-).

            I’ll save the link for now though.

            Cheers.

          • AlexKCMO

            Double Post

          • AlexKCMO

            I mean in the UfA style they showed, where it works seamlessly between the two. Not interested in booting into another OS…. for now :-).

            I’ll save the link for now though.

            Cheers.

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  • RW-1

    It is a fab idea, but what would truly ensure it stayed fab is this:
    That a newer phone that comes out could work with the tablet shell …
    Once you have a terrific HD screen (not saying this is, didn’t look at the specs) you only have to upgrade the phone and continue using ….
    Carriers will screw this up, plain and simple.

  • WCDave

    Definitely a good idea – I just cannot find a use for my tablet (a XOOM which was given to me by work) – i don’t want to pay for a seperate 4G package for the device (I use wifi tether from my GNex) and this tablet would do the same. The larger screen is a good idea sometimes, but I could see me taking this and putting the tablet screen on whenever I was at home/work, since it still lets me use it as a phone, unlike the Xoom which cannot do calls or texts etc (i mean traditional style – i know google voice can).
    I’d be very interested!

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Should have been the ASUS Phablet. I would have been more interested.

  • AlwaysAndroid

    I have no use for a tablet in my life, a 4.3″ smartphone does all the same functions I need. But the phone part of this device on the other-hand is SUPER sexy. ASUS really needs to get into the smartphone game because I would by the device in a second. 4.3″ screen, S4, great looking build quality, and stock Android 4.0? 100% sold.

    • AlexKCMO

      Another point I strongly agree with, Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC have been in the phone game way too long. It’s time for an Android device maker to get into the game and show them how it’s done.

      Show them how people want a close to stock experience (Asus’s enhancements are actually…. useful!). Show them how to keep their devices updated.

      I think Asus coming into the US phone market could be a real game changer.

    • http://twitter.com/ThatsSpecific Seth Crain

      It’s not running stock, though it is close to it and Asus has shown that they are semi-willong to give bootloader unlock tools if you ask nicely enough, if they’re not already available that is

  • duke69111

    I would live to see the tablet part hacked or a generic made to fit all phones.

    • Alan Paone

      They could probably make it work with most phones, but it’ll never *fit* most phones

  • desiman26

    I like the idea. Its going in the right direction. However, I feel the carriers are just going to make you buy all the parts separate, like how they did it with the atrix (phone and lapdock). I really doubt they would be in favor for this kind of product, unfortunately.

    • florious80

      Absolutely agree. While Kellex is excited about using the phone’s data for the tablet, there’s no way any of the major carriers would allow that to happen, without slapping on separate phone data and tablet data plans. I think that’s also the reason why we haven’t heard any LTE/4G related news on this tablet:carriers don’t want this at all.

  • dunnd4d4

    I couldnt agree more with the your thought about tablets. I’ve owned a nook color, transformer, and transformer prime. The only time they get significant use is when i’m travelling. I feel that this could be the answer to wanting to use the tablet.

  • DoctorOta

    I’d buy one, it’s probably the only way I’d buy a tablet since it integrates everything.

  • tim

    $900+ for the package. Are you serious? What a joke. Great idea, but overpriced.

    • jjwhite420

      When u compare retail (no commitment) price of a top end phone, add a tablet, keyboard dock and Bluetooth stylus, the price isn’t too bad at all. Do the math and it makes sense

  • interstellarmind

    I agree with you 110%, Kellen. Those are exactly my thoughts on tablet vs. Smartphone. I will be getting this as soon as it comes out (which will be never, because I’m on VZW and I cant leave them because I dont want to lose my grandfathered unlimited data).

    • webby

      what he said … I would be all over one of these. But I do not believe that Verizon will pick it up as long as they still have subscribers with unlimited data plans.

      If VZW negate the unlimited data plans so everyone is on tiered, then they might retail the padphone at some point.

  • jjwhite420

    Hopefully with the leaked asus slides indicating a PadFone 4G, hopefully that’ll mean LTE. It already has LTE friendly dual core. Maybe Verizon might just get it. And maybe subsidizing it may make it more affordable on a 2 yr contract. Whole lot of maybe, but I want one for sure

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I love all things Asus. And the phone looks pretty nice as well. I like the concept. Sign me up!

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    That looks pretty damn slick…

  • MKader17

    I’m not sure I’m buying the whole tablet shell, but I’d rather have that phone over any of the new ones because it actually has on screen buttons.

  • New_Guy

    As do I my friend…as do I =)

  • Masta Marc

    ok now that’s too cool LOL i don’t really care for a tablet. I want an ipad because my job insist we have one… but this is… amazingly cool.

  • moelsen8

    yeah, it’s brilliant. i wish it would take off, because it would solve all the problems you have when you have multiple devices like this. but i highly doubt it will. the carriers will rape this thing somehow. and if that doesn’t happen, being locked into 2-year contracts on subsidized phones means that there will be a large percentage of people that wouldn’t consider this at all, simply because they already have a phone and aren’t eligible to upgrade.

    asus has like a 6 month window here before the tech probably will start to get eclipsed.. so if they want to capture this market, they better pump out a new version of it once or twice a year for when people are ready to upgrade. but again, the carriers will probably never let this happen. didn’t you have to pay more money just to use the lapdock on the atrix?

    all that being said, i really hope this becomes the next step in phones and tablets..

  • http://twitter.com/BarnumDefect Matt Locke

    I want the tablet but not the Padfone. I wish the tablet could be configured to hold any phone you want and do the same thing. I’d buy the shell to put my GNex in any day.

    • Androidman81

      man your dumb as a box of rock why in the hell wood anybody want to puyt a gnex in a Asus padfone shell when the phone that comes with it is perfect already wake up bruh

      • angermeans

        Maybe because the pad phone is a skinned device manufactured by a company that is unproven when it comes to smartphones. Maybe because the idea looks great but the phone looks ugly as hell. Maybe not everyone feels the same as you, or even better yet people don’t want a skinned device and prefer vanilla android strait from google. Nothing about this phone spec wise screams better than a nexus. Like I said the idea is great but the device just doesmt catch my attention.

  • MagnaCartaHG

    Hopefully these kind of devices, make the carriers act right re: paying multiple times for the same data plan. I’m allowed to dream right?

  • William_Morris

    I am very happy with my Galaxy Nexus. That being said, this is a fabulous idea and I have had thoughts, at one time or another, of going this direction.

    I have a feeling that if it is successful, continues the trend of Asus keeping their devices up to date, and get all the kinks out, I could see myself going into the second generation. (I don’t think Verizon will get another Nexus… even if they did it would be handicapped like the current Nexus is (waiting on Verizon to move their butts on the update, etc ad nauseum.)

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      I was waiting on VZ for updates as I enjoy a stock ICS experience. I gave up and put the latest 404 leak on my GNex. It has really improved a lot of things and i was one of those who believed my 402 Gnex was just fine.

      I know Nexus means up to date and clean/vanilla instead of ROM and such. But don’t wait. VZ will make you go grey in the meantime.

      • rlorenz

        Just a quick heads-up, AAK, but Verizon is pushing a more up-to-date 4.0.4 software version. Seems to run well. I believe the build is IMM76K?

        • AnotherAndroidKid

          IMM76K is the one we got I believe. Are they now actually pushing it out and it is tweaked or is it the same? I also wouldn’t think DL would have missed that actually being pushed and i’ve seen nothing further on it.

          But I am off to look around and see what is to be seen. Thanks for the heads up.

          • http://twitter.com/InyRules Iny

            See comment above -_-

          • http://twitter.com/InyRules Iny

            Apologies for the triple post, website did not update when I hit post.

          • http://twitter.com/InyRules Iny

            Nothing has been pushed out since earlier this month when a handful of devices received the OTA update. Probably just a testing batch before the official update rolls out for all devices. Can’t come soon enough.

          • AnotherAndroidKid

            Thanks for getting back. That is what I flashed. I just didn’t want to keep waiting. I haven’t rooted it again since though, so not sure if i’ll go back for the official ota or what my plan is at this point.

  • http://ian.cazabat.com IanCaz

    I want this in such a bad way! This is exactly what I’m looking for (as long as it’s LTE).

  • Mike

    Padfone? More like Fadfone!

  • TimXer

    I like it. That’d be cool to not have to tether my tablet through my phone when on the go IF the carriers let that one go….I bet money they still find a way to charge a higher or dual data charge.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I would love this phone. But GSM vs VZ/LTE and the fact that it is about $1100 are show stoppers. I agree the concept is fantastic. I would love to have one device instead of two. (GNex and TF201 right now)

    If I ever give up my unlimited data and leave VZ, i’ll definitely consider this or something like it. But for now, not being global use if it is on VZ (global use means sim swapping locally, not vz roaming) means I wont justify the price.

  • The Race To Die

    the name definitely sucks, but like you i still want it. i think the best part is the no seperate plan deal. i already pay a little over a hundred for my phone plan so i certainly do not want to fork out anymore than that for a tablet plan that i wont use as much as my phone. this is genius and solves that. win for asus!

    • lonz77

      Somehow I’ve got to think AT&T and VZW are going to hate this device because they will consider it tethering. Why would they sell you a device that needs one data plan instead of two devices that both require one?

  • viewthis66

    anyone know if the Asus widgets are available for download and will the work on a non rooted G-Nex?

    • will bartlett

      i know! i love the weather widget that is on my TFP

    • http://www.facebook.com/imajinaxn Biggie Quan

      I know that you can put the weather widget from the original TF onto other tablets via root explorer but not sure about testing on a phone.

  • http://twitter.com/whoisajimmy Jim

    Verizon’s never gonna get it, I can tell you that right now. They always pass on the trendsetting phones – GSII, One series, SIII, Nexus One, Nexus S, Nexus S 4G… I think it’s time to switch carriers. I’m tired of their BS.

    • http://twitter.com/thehammerofthor Jeff Helget

      Uh… Verizon is getting the SIII… and they got the GNex… not sure that claim holds water anymore. It did at one time, certainly.

      • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

        this may not be the reason we’re not going to get it, but we aren’t going to get it. VZW would have to have a new pricing structure for data. maybe with family data plans? probably not though.

      • Michael_NM

        Don’t forget the OG Droid. I would say that was quite a trend-setter, but I’ll admit that’s not the norm for VZW.

      • http://twitter.com/whoisajimmy Jim

        All they wanna do is push Moto’s locked up BS. You know it’s true. They could care less about anyone else.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Verizon has had one of the better lineups of any carrier if you look back over time. They did pass on the SGS2 for the Nexus, but I’d argue that we should all be thankful for that. They missed the One Series, which is unfortunate, but for the most part, they have led the charge.

          • http://twitter.com/whoisajimmy Jim

            Verizon used to be on top of the game, I agree with that, but ever since the success that they had around the Droid X days they’ve lagged behind. They keep passing on major dealbreakers only to release a branded version months later. Remember that long period of time where every other carrier was swimming in dual cores and Verizon had none for a good 3 months?

      • T4rd

        On top of this, the Incredible is the same thing as the Nexus One, the Incredible 4G is a One series phone (One S variant) and the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G are the same phone except one is on Sprint with WiMax.

        • http://twitter.com/whoisajimmy Jim

          @T4rd, the OG Incredible is a heavily branded, sensed up mess. It’s not the same as the Nexus One, it’s bloated to the brim, runs 2.2 instead of 2.3, lasts not even half as long while idling/on the phone, and doesn’t support MicroSDHC.

          The Incredible 4G LTE isn’t a One series phone either – the processor is slower, the design is ruined, and (correct me if I’m wrong here) isn’t it running Sense 3.6? There’s a reason it wasn’t branded Incredible One – it doesn’t fit the One series’ specifications.

          We didn’t get a Nexus S/Nexus S 4G “variant”/”equivalent”, either.

  • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

    I want it so bad……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529737764 Anthony James Fox

    I want bad.

  • etobare

    i want one too, for now i’ll stick with my galaxy note, but as soon an AT&T compatible version is announced, i’m in… all the way, tablet, keyboard and stylus.

    • dlguest

      That’s ths first time I have ever heard someone say they were stuck with a note