Asus FonePad Asus has announced the Fonepad phone and tablet (phablet) despite already having the Padfone.The Fonepad is pretty thin and light making it easy to hold in one hand. The Asus Fonepad is powered by an Intel Atom Z2420, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM. The tablet, sorry phablet, was running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean well enough when we used the Fonepad but we did notice some lag when scrolling.According to the spec sheet here at MWC, the Fonepad will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models. Unlike the Nexus 7, there's a microSD card slot for expansion (up to 32GB cards). Also included is 5GB of Asus WebStorage, free for life.
Cameras are pretty low spec at 3Mp rear and 1.3Mp front facing. This isn't great considering most users rely on their smartphone's camera for day to day snaps. Finally,The Asus FonePad tablet performs well enough and has a truly useful screen adjustment feature. It's a fine tablet, but $275 is too much if you're not planning to use the phone feature. Specifications
Display type7 in
OSAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
ProcessorIntel Atom 1.2 GHz
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.4 mm
VS Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in's grey plastic back cover is so smooth it can be hard to hold on to. You'll need a proper stand for hands-free use, since leaning it against something will invariably end in the Tab 2 sliding on to its back.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 delivers a mostly pure Android 4.0 experience for only $250. The tablet also trumps the Kindle Fire in extras by including dual cameras, expandable memory, and TV remote-control functionality.
But, The screen doesn't look as pretty as other PLS displays, and its camera performance is lacking compared with other tablets in the line.
The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 offers an excellent value and a full Android 4.0 experience that no other tablet can currently match for the price. Specifications
Display type7 in Plane to Line Switching (PLS) - Yes
Wireless connectivityIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11bBluetooth 3.0IEEE 802.11g
Dimensions (WxDxH)4.8 in x 0.4 in x 7.6 in
Weight12.1 oz VS Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has zippier navigation than its 7-inch counterpart, a beautiful high-definition screen, incredibly fast 4G LTE speeds, seamless streaming performance, and access to one of the best media eco systems available. The new Fire HD interface feels better suited on the 8.9-inch screen.
But, Web performance is lacking compared with that of other tablets. Its physical design is fairly plain with buttons that are too flush with its chassis. The curated Appstore means many games and non-entertainment quality apps are not available. There's a $15 opt-out for ads.
The bottom line: If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere. Specifications
Display type8.9 in- Yes
ProcessorOMAP4470 1.5 GHz
Wireless connectivityIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11bIEEE 802.11aIEEE 802.11g
Dimensions (WxDxH)6.4 in x 0.35 in x 9.4 in
Weight20 oz Price;$299.00