Have you noticed how the latest wave of smartphones are getting quite…tabby, if that’s the correct terminology, which it almost certainly isn’t. What I mean of course is that they’re becoming a sort of mongrel breed of half smartphone and half tablet, and so what we’re ending up with is basically an oversized smartphone which struggles to fit in your pocket but is too small to use as a tablet.
With the release of the Asus Padfone this trend looks set to continue, but don’t let the initial cynicism of this piece put you off, this Asus is trailblazing the future of smartphone-tablet hybrids.
Like its hybrid-style predecessor, the Motorola Atrix 4G, the Padfone replaces two devices separate devices with a single piece of kit whilst at the same time transforming a consumption device (smartphone) into a productivity tool (tablet).
First thing to mention has got to be screen size. 4.3-inches sounds great, but as anyone who has had a go on a tablet — size certainly does matter, the bigger the better. The seamless transition between the 4.3-inch smartphone to the 10.1-inch tablet dock on the Asus Padfone is a genuine godsend. If you’ve ever carried a smartphone and tablet around imagine how nice it would be to dock the phone and have access to the same information on a billboard-sized screen.
Not only does the larger display make navigating the web an absolute breeze, but it turns the Padfone into a creation device when combined with a Bluetooth keyboard. Adding a keyboard to the equation transforms this consumption device into a mobile office, without draining the wallet.
The Asus Padfone, also has phenomenal battery which power, with the tablet dock providing the juice for the 10.1-inch display while simultaneously charging the 4.3-inch smartphone. Not only do you get the benefit of the larger display, but you’ll never have to worry about carrying your charger so long as you have the tablet dock.
If you think you’re the sort of person who would benefit from this new breed of gadget, then try dabbling in mobile phone recycling as a means to raise the cash. The likelihood is, this new Padfone will not come cheap, and if you can sell your old mobile in order to fund this new purchase, you may as well give it a go.