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Panasonic TX-42AS500

Panasonic TX-42AS500

The most affordable Freetime TV packs in all UK catch-up TV apps

This TV is a step up in Panasonic’s range from the one above, and it’s all about usability. Pictures from all sources are clean, with HD channels and Blu-ray in particular reasonably fluid and with just enough contrast and colour to compete. It’s Freetime that really excites however, the Freesat-centric catch-up TV service that’s not available on the model below. Bringing not only excellent usability, but all key catch-up TV apps for the UK, it complements the excellent My Home Screen user interface, and adds a Netflix app. The TX-42AS600 also plays nicely with digital video, music and photo files.

 

Bloodborne Review: Death is Only the Beginning

Bloodborne Review: Death is Only the Beginning

The world of Bloodborne (created by Dark Souls and Demon Souls makers From Software) is a hostile place. Everything in its fictional city of Yharnam – where most of the action in Bloodborne happens – exists with the sole purpose of making your time in it miserable.

From axe wielding madmen to hulking, brutish monstrosities that take great delight in pummelling you to death, there’s very little solace to be had. Even the city’s crows and dogs were dangerous, and waste no time in tearing the bones from our flesh. It is the video game equivalent of having a bad day. The kind of bad day that begins with you losing your wallet, and ends with you getting fired. Along with getting disowned by your family, socially ostracised, and being dumped by your significant other.

Early in the game, we faced hordes of lunatics and beasts that fill up this once decadent city and barely made it by the skin of our teeth. Just when we thought we’d have a moment’s respite, we were pitted against the Cleric Beast, an enormous yet agile shrieking demon complete with horns. It towered over us, swiping and thrashing at every opportunity. This would not end well.

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As you could guess, the game is relentless in its approach. The story is minimal, the hints are sparse, enemies are tough as nails, and it doesn’t tell you what to do unlike most modern games. You’ll find yourself dying. A lot. We did. But we kept coming back for more, because the game is always fair. It’s hard, but it’s beatable, and you just need to puzzle out the right strategy in battle.

And as we mentioned in our preview the combat is addictive. The immense difficulty means that the lowest enemies in the food chain capable of killing you if you aren’t careful, and every encounter is a fight for your life. But you will enjoy the rhythm of combat, and each kill feels like an accomplishment.

This is backed up by a few simple rules the game tries to teach you from the start. Firstly, the dodge button is your friend. You see, unlike the developer’s previous games, Bloodborne has no shields (well, baring a single wooden shield that’s useless). You’ll be relying on sidestepping many an attack. Secondly, well-timed shots from your firearm will stun an enemy, allowing you to pull off a critical blow. And if you do get hit by an enemy (and you will), you have a limited window of opportunity to regain some of your health by counter-attacking.

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The payoff for paying attention to its rules is visceral and rewarding. Time and again, Bloodborne will pit you against seemingly insurmountable odds such as the Cleric Beast. We managed to defeat it by stunning it with a few hits from our pistol, that allowed us to rip out its skull in a fountain of blood and gore. Try to hack away at the Cleric Beast without thinking through the fight, and you’ll quickly become a slowly spreading bloodstain instead.

But Bloodborne makes combat more fluid than the From Software games that preceded it. The ability to transform your melee weapon into an alternate form makes the combat even more interesting, as each form has its own reach and damage, suiting different roles in a fight. Our favourite weapon is the Kirkhammer. In its normal form it’s a simple sword that lets you perform rapid, short range attacks. With the tap of the L1 button it transforms into a gigantic two-handed hammer that hits further and wider but slower. While the weapons are few in number compared to Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls, their secondary forms allow for greater variety in battle.

Similar to its predecessors, Bloodborne has an online feature that lets you help other players traverse Yharnam, hopefully with less deaths than you had. You can leave notes for them to either guide (or misguide) them on their way. Also, you can enter the game of a friend, to help them defeat some of the game’s tougher challenges – or just square off in combat online if you’re feeling bloodthirsty. You’ll find chalices in the game, and these send you to dungeons complete with bosses, these areas are randomly generated with a variety of traps to avoid, secrets to discover, and abominations to slay.

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In addition to this, these chalice dungeons can be shared online and even explored with a friend. For a game that’s already filled to the brim with content, it’s nice to see this mode added for free, at a time when most other enterprising companies would probably cordon this off as paid unlockable content.

Bloodborne gets a lot of things right but it isn’t without faults. Some boss fights are made annoying simply due to the environments they take place in, which can result in a lot of needless deaths. Most notable was our encounter with Father Gascoigne, which takes place in a cemetery. Its cramped layout made it a tougher than usual fight in a game that’s hard enough as it is.

This aside, the loading times are too long. You’ll be dying regularly, and getting back into Yharnam seems to take a lifetime. Sony has announced that it is working on a patch to rectify this, but for now, it serves to irritate. There are some instances where the game slows down. Bloodborne manages to chug along at a solid 30 frames per second in most places, but there are some areas where it drops below that. It’s slight but disconcerting all the same.

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Minor annoyances aside, Bloodborne is an intriguing game that will keep you entranced long after the first time you’ve played it. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but it is more approachable than its predecessors, while still delivering that incredible feeling of accomplishing something meaningful with each fight.

If you’re the sort of person who is up for exploring a grim, dark, and fatal world and has a high tolerance for failure, you’ll be right at home in Yharnam. It might be the video game equivalent of an extremely bad day, but it also gives you the means to fight back, making it more fun than it should be.

We played a retail copy of Bloodborne on the PlayStation 4. It retails for Rs.3,999 in stores and Rs. 3,499 digitally.

Pros

  • Unsettling atmosphere
  • Visceral combat
  • Enjoyable weapons
  • Immense sense of achievement
  • Fun stealth and non-violent options

Cons

  • Annoying design inconsistencies
  • Long loading times
  • Slight slow down
  • Environment lay out could be better in some places

Rating (out of 10): 9

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Lenovo Vibe X3 Review

Lenovo has been on a bit of a spree, launching a number of new smartphones in quick succession. The company is good at creating models that cater to specific needs, such as the Vibe P1 (Review | Pictures) with its oversized battery, the Vibe Shot (Review | Pictures) for camera lovers, the Vibe S1 (Review | Pictures) for those who care most about looks, and most recently, the Vibe K4 Note for the budget segment. We now have with us the brand new Vibe X3, which takes its place at the top of the heap as Lenovo’s latest flagship.

The Lenovo Vibe X3 costs just Rs. 19,999 but packs a number of features and attributes that might make it a competitor to phones that cost way more. The spec sheet alone would give us quite a bit to dig our teeth into, but Lenovo has also tossed in a few things that it says improve the user experience in less tangible ways. We’ll have to dig deep to find out if that’s just a marketing line or if the Vibe X3 really does blow all its competition away.

Look and feel
The Lenovo Vibe X3 looks nothing like the multi-coloured Vibe X2 (Review | Pictures) which launched in late 2014. In fact, it has a very strong resemblance to the Vibe K4 Note, which shouldn’t be surprising considering the latter is sold in some territories as the Vibe X3 Lite. The phone comes in a slick oblong box, and you’ll find a neat clear plastic case and adhesive screen protector along with the usual charger, USB cable, and headset.

At first glance, the screen appears to be enormous, with only narrow white plastic strips for the twin stereo speakers above and below it. However, what you see is actually the black Gorilla Glass 3 extending beyond the screen to encompass the front camera, sensors and status LED on top, and capacitive navigation buttons below.

The power and volume buttons are on the right, though a bit too low for our liking. There’s a Hybrid SIM tray on the left, which means you get one slot for the first Nano-SIM and another slot for either a second Nano-SIM or a microSD card. This arrangement forces you to choose between a second line and additional storage, which we are never in favour of.

There’s a 3.5mm audio socket on top, with a small IR emitter to keep it company. You can use this in conjunction with an included app to control a variety of devices. There’s also a standard Micro-USB port on the bottom which interestingly allows you not only to charge and sync the phone as usual, but also to use the Vibe X3 as a power bank to charge other devices.

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Around the back, you’ll see the primary 21-megapixel camera and fingerprint sensor right below it. This is also where the phone’s NFC radio is located, and Lenovo says that wireless payments will be supported when such services launch in India. You can also see a pretty big Dolby Atmos logo on the bottom.

The battery is sealed inside the phone’s aluminium unibody. Lenovo says the matte white finish is resistant to smudges and fingerprints, but we found a few scuffs within minutes of taking the plastic cover off. We also noticed a few scratches on the silver chamfered edges after a day or two of careful usage.

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The Vibe X3 is 9.3mm thick in the centre but this is masked quite effectively by the curvature of the back. It fits nicely in a palm, but using it one-handed is literally a stretch. The 175g weight is not as easy to compensate for, and you’ll definitely feel it when using this phone for any length of time.

It isn’t easy to reach the capacitive buttons on the bottom without feeling like the Vibe X3 will tip over. Amazingly for a phone that isn’t scraping the bottom of the budget barrel, the buttons are not backlit. It would have made a lot more sense for Lenovo to have gone with on-screen buttons on this phone. The ergonomics are just not quite as good as we expect of a phone that claims to be its manufacturer’s flagship.

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Specifications
Lenovo has struck a balance between cost and performance, and so the Vibe X3 has at its heart a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, which is one step below the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 810, offering six CPU cores and integrated Adreno 418 graphics. There’s also 3GB of RAM which should keep things chugging along smoothly. The 32GB of storage can be bumped up by 128GB if you’re willing to forego a second SIM. Surprisingly, only 24.37GB was reported to be free on our review unit when we turned it on for the first time.

The screen measures 5.5 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1080×1920. Again, this is one step below what other companies are offering on their flagships, but considering the price, we feel that this is probably the right balance of features for most people. Lenovo is quick to point out that the screen can reproduce 100 percent NTSC colour gamut, and that colours are consciously not oversaturated.

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You get Cat 6 4G LTE on Indian bands with support for carrier aggregation, if and when that is supported by service providers here. There’s also Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. USB-OTG functionality lets you store more files on a Micro-USB pen drive or a standard one using a dongle. The battery has a capacity of 3500mAh which should be more than enough to get through a full day of heavy use.

One of the most interesting facets of the Vibe X3 is its claimed high-end audio credentials. There’s a Wolfson 8281 processor with a three-mic array to handle phone conversations, and an ESS Sabre 9018C2M DAC with three TI-OPA1612 OP amps which kicks in when you’re playing music or videos. Lenovo also says the 3.5mm audio output is “studio grade” and “lossless”.

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Lenovo is also promoting its TheaterMax headset, which works with this phone and its cousin, the Vibe K4 Note. It sells for Rs. 1,299 extra which is a lot less than most VR headsets will cost. What it does is give you a cinematic experience when playing movies – you don’t have to have specially prepared content. While interesting, it’s not something you can wear on your daily bus or train ride, so we’re not sure how much it will catch on. Lenovo did not send us a headset along with the Vibe X3, so we can’t say anything about the experience yet.

Software
Lenovo has cleaned up its Vibe UI, which we’re very glad to see. The default UI is a lot more like stock Android, including its dedicated app drawer. You can still switch back to the single-layer launcher if you like, but we don’t think anyone will. There are of course customisations, most noticeably the notifications shade which has lots of additional quick-access toggles and a unique log feature that shows notifications you’ve dismissed in the past.

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The icons still seem childish to us and we didn’t find any adequate replacement packs in the Theme Center app. Lenovo has preinstalled quite a lot of apps, ranging from its own SHAREit, SYNCit, and Lenovo Companion support app to Evernote, Facebook, Guvera Music, McAfee Security Route 66 Navigate, Shazam, Skype, Step Counter, Truecaller, Twitter, UC Browser, WeChat, and WPS Office. Game Store has some low-quality games that you can play after setting up a profile. Peel Smart Remote ties in to the IR emitter and shows program guides for local TV channels. There’s also one game, Tap the Frog. All of this might explain all the missing storage space, but thankfully you can uninstall most of them.

There are also quite a few custom settings that help you get more out of the phone. You can double-tap the screen to wake the phone, and also flip it over to lock it immediately. You can take a photo directly from sleep by double-pressing either volume button, and use the fingerprint sensor as a shutter button. If you need to get something done with one hand, trace a C shape on either side of the screen to shrink the display by about two-thirds, making everything easier to reach.

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Cameras
The Vibe X3 has a 21-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection autofocus and an aperture of f2.0. You can record 4K video, though this isn’t enabled by default. There’s also a front-facing 8-megapixel camera. Lenovo promises multiple features for photographers, which mostly have to do with the software interface, but we didn’t find much to be impressed with.

Lenovo’s custom camera app takes a second or two to load and has been over-simplified. The app automatically detects lighting conditions and makes adjustments, but you can disable this if you like. There are also scene modes including Panorama, Art Nightscape, Artistic HDR, and Blur Background. Most options are two or three taps away and not really labelled well – in fact you can’t get to the video settings when in video mode; you have to dip back into the standard photo mode, tap twice to get to the settings, and then once again to see video settings.

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A Pro mode surfaces controls for some settings including shutter speed and focal depth, but there really isn’t much you can do even so. Surprisingly, a menu appears when you switch to the front-facing camera, giving you control over mirroring, shutter release gestures, quality, and making the screen go bright for a second in lieu of a flash.

Photo quality is okay most of the time, but a few of our daylight shots were overexposed and shaky. Details and textures seemed to be artificially smoothened out with over-aggressive software compression. Colours were a bit on the dull side. Low-light shots came out okay but again, we wouldn’t want to use them for anything other than casual social media sharing. You won’t get anywhere with this camera if you need to zoom in to photos and see them at their actual size. On the other hand, 4K and 1080p videos came out looking crisp and motion was smooth.

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Performance
One of Lenovo’s main pushes with this phone is its screen, and true to its word, colours are vibrant and engaging without being oversaturated. Brightness can be pushed up to blinding levels and outdoor visibility is not a problem at all. As far as the Vibe X3’s audio pedigree goes, there certainly is an improvement to sound reproduction when using good headphones. Dual front-firing speakers are always nice to see, and while these are loud, the sound isn’t especially clear or engaging.

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The Vibe X3 was comfortable to hold, though the capacitive buttons were definitely awkward. Since this phone is pretty much perfectly symmetrical, we often ended up jabbing the wrong side and getting frustrated when watching videos in landscape, especially in the dark. We also would have preferred it to have been a lot lighter. The rear did get slightly warm when we played games and ran benchmarks, but not enough to become a problem.

Formal benchmarks showed that this phone has quite a lot of power on tap. We got scores of 69,044 in AnTuTu and 26,200 overall in Quadrant. GFXBench ran at a very impressive 34fps, and 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited managed 15,453 points.

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The Vibe X3’s battery lasted all day with plenty of usage including short bursts of 4K video recording, lots of Internet usage, and a bit of gaming. Our video loop battery test ran for 9 hours and 33 minutes, which was just a shade below our expectations.

Verdict
Lenovo has delivered very nearly the best components in circulation right now, and considering that the price is just shy of Rs. 20,000, this is not a bad thing by any means. The Vibe X3 aims to undercut popular phones such as the OnePlus 2 (Review | Pictures), Moto X Play (Review), and Nexus 5X (Review | Pictures) but is doing so on its own terms, by making the fight more about the end-user experience than raw specs alone. We were impressed with how much Lenovo has been able to cram in to a phone at this price, not just in terms of specifications but also the little touches. Unglamorous things like the notification shade improvements and the ability to charge small devices over USB show that a lot of thought has gone in to the creation of this product.

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On the other hand, if user experience is what matters the most, Lenovo has some rough edges to polish. The Vibe X3 is a bit too bulky and heavy, and not the easiest to hold or use. The biggest disappointment was the camera performance, and then there are other annoyances such as the hybrid SIM tray and off-balance capacitive buttons.

If you can live with these things, you’ll find that the Lenovo Vibe X3 delivers excellent value for money. Lenovo has joined a growing list of companies that have made it hard for a lot of people to justify spending double or triple this amount of money for a flagship Android phone from a top-tier manufacturer.

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BioShock Collection Headed to PS4 and Xbox One: Report

BioShock Collection Headed to PS4 and Xbox One: Report

The entire BioShock franchise is already in development for backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, but you might be able to purchase the game for both current gen-consoles if reports are to be believed.

(Also see: Microsoft Changes How Xbox One Backward Compatibility Titles Are Released)

The series found life in 2007 on Windows PCs and Xbox 360, and has since then been released for PlayStation 3 among other desktop OSes and iOS devices. But on Friday, the Ministério da Justiça – Brazil's ministry of justice – rated BioShock: The Collection as "not recommended for minors under 18" for all major video game platforms, including PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One; it was first spotted by video gaming blog VG247. What this can mean is that the series has been remastered for today's consoles, and might see release in the near future.

At the same time, one needs to be wary of any rumours regarding 2K Games and BioShock. That's considering BioShock: The Collection made a brief appearance at a digital retail platform as early as last September with an expected release date of 27 November 2015, but nothing eventually came out of that.

For what it's worth, the Brazilian rating board has inadvertently revealed similar information in the past. Upcoming third-person shooter Quantum Break was imagined to be an Xbox One exclusive until this month's official announcement of a computer version, but the Ministério da Justiça had declared and published a rating for both the Xbox One and PC version towards the end of January. The rating was removed soon after, leading people to think it was a mistake but a PC version did indeed exist as is now known.

(Also see: Quantum Break for PC Shows the Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few)

This could all be nothing, but keep an eye here and we'll be sure to let you know what becomes of the matter.

Would you be interested in playing BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite on your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? Or are you an Xbox One owner who will be happy with the backward compatible version? Tweet to us @Gadgets360 with #BioShock or let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Asus Fonepad review

Asus Fonepad review

The Fonepad, is the first tablet from Asus to offer voice calling. It’s also the first tablet to be powered by an Intel processor. At a price point of Rs. 15,999, we believe that Asus has got the pricing of the tablet right. Running the latest version of Android, and offering a screen comparable to the Nexus 7, we try to find out if it is a compelling buy in a market full of different options.


Build/ Design
The tablet sports a compact form factor. Design wise, it might not feel as premium as the iPad mini or the Nexus 7 but with its brushed aluminium finish at the back, it doesn’t feel cheap.
Its 7-inch screen dominates the front of the tablet and there are no hardware controls. A chrome earpiece grill and the 1.3-megapixel camera lens sit above the screen, while there’s some Asus branding below the screen.


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The back consists of two parts – a large non-removable metal part that sports a matte aluminium finish, and a small bronze coloured plastic strip on top that is removable. The power/ lock screen and volume rocker keys that are located at the left side (in portrait mode) are embedded within the metal part. We found the placement of the power key a bit odd as it’s placed on the right side on most devices. A small speaker outlet is also located at the back, towards the bottom, while the 3.2-megapixel-camera lens is located towards the top. The strip also houses a secondary microphone.
As we mentioned earlier, there’s a removable plastic strip at the back. It hides the Micro-SIM and microSD card slot. There’s a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headset jack at the bottom of the tablet along with a microphone.


Display
The 7-inch display of the Asus Fonepad sports a resolution of 1280×800, the same as that of the Nexus 7. The display of the tablet offers good viewing angles and is ideal for use as an e-book or magazine reader as text appeared sharp and images vivid. Videos also looked decent.
However, we found the under sun visibility to be average even with the ‘Outdoor’ brightness mode turned on, as the screen is very reflective. Our other gripe with the screen was that it’s a smudge magnet and gets soiled within a few minutes of use.


Camera
The Asus Fonepad comes with a 3-megapixel-rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera.


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We found that the pictures taken with the rear camera were just about average. Pictures taken in less light and indoors were grainy. Video capture quality was good but frame rendering was not that smooth. Video captured through the camera is saved in .3GP format, which is an old format.


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The front camera is strictly functional and can be used for video chats using Skype.


Software/ User Interface
The Asus Fonepad tablet runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It doesn’t run the stock version of the OS and Asus has customised the user interface skinning some elements such as the notification tray and adding another button with the Android onscreen navigation keys, in addition to including some additional apps, widgets and features.
There are five customisable home screens that can be filled with app shortcuts and widgets. The standard app-launcher and dock that allows users to place six of their preferred apps are omnipresent across all home-screens.


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The tablet’s onscreen controls (for Home, Back, App Switching and floating apps) are at the bottom, and the notification tray and quick access settings (for brightness, Wi-Fi, Mobile data, Smart Saving mode, Wi-Fi hotspot Screen rotation, Bluetooth, GPS, Sound and shortcut to Settings) are located at the top area in the notification tray, in a manner which is a bit different from the stock build of Android on the Nexus 7. The notification tray is not flat and bears a shiny blue texture.
The tablet comes preloaded with some apps including the Amazon Kindle app for e-books, App Backup to take backups of apps and their data, App Locker to password protect apps, Asus Story to create photo books, Asus Studio to browse, manage and edit pictures, Audio Wizard to select pre-defined sound playback modes, an app to block specific callers, BuddyBuzz to browse social networks like Twitter and Facebook, a File Manager app, MyBitCast for taking voice, image and text memos, MyLibrary Lite- another e-book reader app, MyPainter, Press Reader for reading newspapers, Sticky Memo, SuperNote Lite, To Do List and Zinio app for reading magazines. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to delete any of these bundled apps. We feel that a lot of these apps are just bloatware taking up space unnecessarily.
As we mentioned earlier, the Fonepad is a Jelly Bean tablet and as with other devices running this version of the OS, it also offers ‘Google Now’, which is a voice based information assistant. You can ask questions and the tool returns answers or search results. It uses ‘cards’ which are essentially small boxes that offer different sets of information ranging from weather forecast, directions, traffic information, scores, appointments, and currency conversion, among others. Google Now collects information based on the user’s behaviour, location and even email to offer information, automatically.


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Asus also offers 5GB of additional data storage space on its servers via its WebStorage service through which one can collaborate and sync documents, photos and videos across devices.
Just like Samsung’s multi windows apps and Sony’s small apps, Asus has also added floating apps for utilities like calculator, countdown timer, stick memo, stopwatch in addition to floating apps for browser and video player. One can simultaneously run these apps on top of other apps in order to multi-task.


Performance/ Battery Life
The tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The tablet performs decently when it comes to doing routine tasks. It offers 8GB of internal storage which is expandable to 32GB via microSD card. However, out of the 8GB memory we were able to only access 4.39GB.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the overall experience of navigation through the interface was extremely impressive, thanks largely to Project Butter. We did not experience a major lag while launching apps, scrolling web pages or switching between apps.
However, we did notice that games such as Temple Run2 and Subway Surfers took some time to load and there was a slight lag while playing them. We were also not able to play ShadowGun: Deadzone as it crashed continuously after loading initially. This is likely an app compatibility issue related to the tablet’s Intel processor.


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The tablet comes with the native Android browser and Chrome, and renders all webpages well. The speaker grill on the back of the tablet delivers average quality sound and we found the volume levels to be low. This is a big problem when you want to use the speakerphone for making phone calls. We also found that the tablet did not work with all headsets.
The tablet worked decently as a phone delivering good call quality and was able to latch on to the network in weak signal areas. We’re not sure if everyone would be comfortable using it as a phone without hooking up a Bluetooth headset as we found it to be a little large for one hand usage.
The Fonepad comes with a 4270mAH battery and we were satisfied with the backup that it offered. We were able to get around 7 hours of video playback, even with the display on full brightness levels. The tablet lasted about a day and a half with push notifications and e-mails on, 1-1.5 hours of phone calls, an hour of music and video playback, and half an hour of playing games. It’s worth pointing out that we had turned off Wi-Fi and auto-brightness, and the tablet was hooked to a 3G network with the screen brightness at the highest level. Altering these settings might help in running the tablet for a longer duration, depending on your usage pattern.
The tablet also offers a Power Saver mode to optimise and extend battery life. It can also be configured to behave differently during different usage scenarios like reading books, watching videos, browsing the Internet, among others.


Verdict
The Asus Fonepad is a good tablet that also offers voice functionality. If you’re looking for a device that lets you read books, browse the web, watch some videos, click casual shots and make occasional voice calls, look no further.
At a price of Rs. 15,999, the Fonepad is a great buy even if you want to use it as a 3G enabled tablet.
The Fonepad takes on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that has been in the market for quite some time. The tablet has now been updated to Android Jelly Bean and is also available for Rs. 15,999.


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If you’re finicky about hardware and want nothing but the best, then we’d suggest you go for the Nexus 7 3G tablet that costs Rs. 21,999 but doesn’t offer voice calling. It’s still the best 7-inch Android tablet available in the market, and will be the first one to receive Android updates.
If you don’t mind looking at the other side of the arena, you can also consider the iPad mini (3G+Wi-Fi), which is a great tablet but costs a lot more.

Asus FonePad: In Pictures
Pros

  • Decent build
  • Good battery backup
  • Voice calling

Cons

  • Camera is underwhelming
  • Performance could have been better
  • Screen is prone to smudges

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Ratings (Out of 5)
Design: 3.5
Display: 3.5
Performance: 3
Software: 3.5
Battery Life: 4
Camera: 1.5
Ecosystem: 3.5
Value for Money: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

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