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Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard 77

crookedvulture writes "Asus is showing off a bunch of new devices at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, including a budget Transformer model and an Infinity Series graced with a 10", 1920x1200 display. In addition to the tablets, there's the novel PadFone hybrid. This Snapdragon-powered smartphone has a 4.3" screen with a generous 960x540 resolution. If you want more screen real estate, the PadFone slides into the back of a tablet docking station that offers a 10", 1280x800 display alongside an auxiliary battery. That combo can in turn be plugged into an external keyboard with a full-sized SD slot, USB port, and other perks. The only problem is those auxiliary components are thicker and heavier than Asus' standalone tablets, which offer the same functionality, sans smartphone."
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Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard

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  • fixed the title (Score:3, Insightful)

    by noh8rz2 ( 2538714 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @04:34PM (#39177107)
    Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard; compromises on every aspect, does nothing well.
  • by treeves ( 963993 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @04:43PM (#39177223) Homepage Journal

    ...there's just no justification for that kind of resolution on a 10" screen

    Why not? That's lower pixel density than the 960x540 4.3" screen and you're not complaining about that. (5.4X area, but only 4.4X pixels)

  • Tablets (Score:4, Insightful)

    by omganton ( 2554342 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @04:52PM (#39177323)
    I have never understood the tablet crazy. I have never once felt the need for another portable device beyond my phone and laptop. I used to have an MP3 player as well, but my phone does that now too. I can remote into my desktop at home with my phone or laptop, both can check my work and personal email, I can take notes and create presentations with my laptop, I can play games on both devices... My laptop is already portable, and in the few instances where it's inconvenient, I don't see how a tablet would be any less inconvenient. Maybe it's just me, but if you have a decent phone and a decent laptop, a tablet is just a waste of money, especially considering the fact that any tablet you're going to buy has the same operating system as your phone. /opinion
  • by Lussarn ( 105276 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @04:54PM (#39177337)

    Sure we need higher resolution. I have an iPad 2 and have bought a cople of magazines, but I can't read a page without zooming because of the low resolution. Which is so irritating I no longer by magazines for it.

    And since I'm shopping for an Android tab anyway, this sounds like a good bet.

  • by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @05:05PM (#39177495) Journal

    The original Transformer is my primary tablet, and I'd kill for higher resolution. As far as I'm concerned, if I can see individual pixels on the screen, it ain't high enough. And this is even more true of something that's held closer to the eyes than your typical desktop display.

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