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Asus Fonepad review

Asus flexes its hybrid muscle once again with a 7-inch tablet that makes calls

The lack of a rear-facing camera means anything other than video messaging and selfies with the 1.3MP front-facing snapper is pretty much a non-starter.

The US version of the FonePad features a rear-facing 3MP camera, so all the standard effects are included on the OS for the European model. Unless you particularly want to use sepia tint or greyscale on your own face, there's not a great deal of value in these effects.

Nevertheless, you can adjust the white balance, exposure or scene as well as setting a timer on the shutter.

Asus Fonepad review

When it comes to video, the FonePad will shoot 720p HD footage which comes in handy for video calls. Skype is available free on Google Play and when we tested out the video calling facility the FonePad managed well.

There weren't any issues with lag and the image wasn't as grainy as some other lower-priced tablets we've seen.

There are plenty of camera-based apps to download from Google Play, but the lack of a rear-facing camera means you probably won't be taking advantage.

In all honesty, the lack of a rear-facing camera is far from a deal breaker. Asus' other budget tablet - the Google Nexus 7 by Asus also dispenses with the camera and the omission hasn't hurt the sales of that device.

Asus Fonepad review

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
GPSYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA+
Product FamilyFonepad
Cellular Network SupportedGSM, WCDMA, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelZ2420
ColourGrey
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Weight (Approximate)340 g
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Cellular Generation3.9G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height196.4 mm
Width120.1 mm
Depth10.4 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product NameFonepad Tablet
Product LineFonepad
Manufacturer Part NumberME371MG-1B035A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

ASUS fonepad™

Fun and Call in One

ASUS Fonepad features an Intel Atom Z2420 CPU and has a built-in 3G phone. The beautifully designed metallic finish and the 7" IPS display combine for your multimedia enjoyment.

Design Gallery
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Stunning 7" metallic finish design to fit in your palm. Fonepad is a tablet that retains the flexibility of a smartphone, but removes the need to carry two different devices.

Talk Anywhere
Always Connected

Full 3G telephony support means Fonepad can be an always-connected for seamless web browsing, and smooth streaming of audio and video. Fonepad can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling dual-mic or a Bluetooth headset and with just one mobile data plan to pay for, running costs are much lower than a separate smartphone and 3G tablet.

Limited Warranty1 Year