Disclosure: Thanks to AT&T, this summer I received a new ASUS PadFone X (ARV $550) to review and another one is offered for readers to win (keep reading for more on the giveaway).
My husband and I had great fun playing with the ASUS PadFone X (new models are available since this review) by packing it on any trip out of the house from running errands and day-trips to our two-week long trip from Minnesota to Florida. If you haven’t heard about this phone, here’s the short story: The ASUS PadFone X is a 5-inch Full-HD LTE Android smartphone that can be easily transformed into a 9-inch Full-HD LTE tablet by simply docking the smartphone in the tablet docking station.
It didn’t take long for my husband (I call him Mr. Gadget) to begin raving about the service. “Superior to anything we’ve ever had,” he said. Phone calls were clear, texting was flawless, and the screens on both the phone and the tablet were sharp and easy to use. Regarding our road trip, we didn’t have any reservations except for our final destinations. Because of this, I used the PadFone X for booking hotels, searching for places to eat, and even to access Mapquest for a new route when we encountered a backed up highway due to a bad accident and our car navigation wasn’t cooperating. We also had the option of using it as a wi-fi hotspot which was nice if the kids wanted internet access for any reason on their electronic devices.
While the tablet is light and small enough to throw in my purse, the keyboard is a little too to heavy for me to carry throughout the day on our travels (say to Disney World) but it was fine because I wouldn’t need a keyboard at a theme park anyway. But when I returned to our vacation home in the evenings, inserting the phone and logging on to the internet was a breeze. As far as actually working on the road, the PadFone X is awesome. The keyboard really is a great feature and the trackpad works well, too. While I didn’t get a chance to write a full blog post while on the road (no surprise considering we had a two-month-old), at one point I needed to log onto our site to make some updates. As we drove down US 1 on the way to Key West I was able to accomplish what I needed to do in a matter of minutes thanks to the speedy service. I don’t think a day on the road went by that we didn’t use this device.
As for other benefits of the ASUS PadFone X:
– There is only one plan needed for both devices
– Double the smartphone’s battery life when it’s charged in tablet mode
– Mobil hotspot for up to five devices
– Shartphone has front 2-megapixel and rear 13-megapixel camera and the pad has a front 1-megapixel camera. My husband and I compared photos with our other camera phones and there was no comparison. The images were sharp and the color was gorgeous. If you’re an Instagram junkie you’ll want to check this phone out. That’s not all, the (already installed) app Story for making creative photo albums is savvy.
Overall, I highly recommend this phone and tablet, especially if you travel frequently and don’t want to bring your laptop. The PadFone X saves space and the keyboard is handy.
Interested in owning an ASUS PadFone X of your own? Enter to win one below courtesy of AT&T.