Asus Announces Padfone, a Tablet/Phone Combo

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I'd prefer to see the Atrix concept implemented properly, for instance turning the phone into a touchpad rather than sticking out the back.

This Padfone is a bit gimmicky. Other than the convenience of tucking the phone away when you're using the tablet, what's wrong with just tethering the tablet to the phone over WiFi?
 

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[citation][nom]LePhuronn[/nom]I'd prefer to see the Atrix concept implemented properly, for instance turning the phone into a touchpad rather than sticking out the back.This Padfone is a bit gimmicky. Other than the convenience of tucking the phone away when you're using the tablet, what's wrong with just tethering the tablet to the phone over WiFi?[/citation]

If I'm understanding you right and if I'm understanding the product right, the tablet is just a screen and a battery. The phone does all the processing. With this implementation, I think some of the benefits are obvious. In my opinion though, IOS/Android tablets in it's current form are useless. Win 7 tablets still need work. How about a nice, sleek, thin 13.3"-14.1" laptop with 1440x900+ resolution and 7+ hour battery life? Anyone know of any? (Mac Air doesn't count)
 

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[citation][nom]sentico[/nom]If I'm understanding you right and if I'm understanding the product right, the tablet is just a screen and a battery. The phone does all the processing. With this implementation, I think some of the benefits are obvious. In my opinion though, IOS/Android tablets in it's current form are useless. Win 7 tablets still need work. How about a nice, sleek, thin 13.3"-14.1" laptop with 1440x900+ resolution and 7+ hour battery life? Anyone know of any? (Mac Air doesn't count)[/citation]

I just typed up a reply but its not showing up. Ill re-post it.

Yeh the Samsung Series 9. I just got mine last week. 13.3" Core i5 ULV 4gbRAM 128SSD. Over 7 hours battery. Samsung claims hybrid sleep to usable Windows in 3 seconds, honestly its less than that.
 

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And its 0.64" thick, thats thinner than the MacBook Air with the horribly outdated Core2 ULV processor.

The only thinner I know of is a Sony, but its a $1000 netbook as it has an Atom processor.
 
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is it just me or do i see the touch screen of the phone wasted in such a setup, with enough processing power (quad core???) the touch phone screen can be used as a auxiliary display, or as an extended interface (underside touch pad), to just tuck it away seems like a waste
 

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I'm a bit confused as to why AT&T is the only carrier of a Phone/Tablet combination, the ATRIX. I would've thought by now some form of competition would be out for other carriers.
 

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Hmm it would be interesting if this used a tegra chip, running on android 3.0 changing the ppi when switching between tablet and phone mode to get different UI's. That would be pretty damned cool, and work well.
 

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[citation][nom]UnderUtilisedDisplay[/nom]is it just me or do i see the touch screen of the phone wasted in such a setup, with enough processing power (quad core???) the touch phone screen can be used as a auxiliary display, or as an extended interface (underside touch pad), to just tuck it away seems like a waste[/citation]

But not tucking it away creates a lot of useless space because screen sizes are different. Perhaps if they had that design except the phone on a hinge and could be rotated out(flipped over also) to make both screens usefull. I doubt it though, android has little compatibility for dual screens, not enough processing power to be very useful. The atrix idea is cool, but when I stuck my phone into a dock in a store, it was worse than uselessly slow. An eepad for just a bit more fares better.
 

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How about having a tablet have all the phone functions built in but having a bluetooth headset.

Way. way, way easier and would cost less too, plus doing video calling would be more user friendly with a bigger screen.

Gimmick, bound to fail.
 
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I say it all depends on the price,might fail or it might be successful.
 

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ok, give me this design combined with the Transformer, so I have the option of smart phone, tablet or laptop in one package, and combine it with a dual option of IOS/Andriod type OS for media consumption and full blown OS for productivity, then you really do have my attention. It can only be a matter of time surely.
 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]How about having a tablet have all the phone functions built in but having a bluetooth headset.Way. way, way easier and would cost less too, plus doing video calling would be more user friendly with a bigger screen.Gimmick, bound to fail.[/citation]

Yeah cause most people want to carry a tablet around all the time??? only having a tablet makes no sense at all, I want something that fits in my pocket. However when on a plane or at home I would prefer a larger screen.

Currently I have a droid and ipad, love both to death. This idea is genius though, I can have both a pad and phone, they use the same 3g connection so i am only paying 1 data plan and they have the same apps/data so I don't have to install on both. If this ever hits the market i will be first in line.
 

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I think this would really be a hit if the tablet was running windows 7 and the phone was running android, and when the phone was inside the tablet, it just acts like a charger / screen extender for the phone (current design?), but separately you would have android and windows. The best of both worlds!
 

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I think it makes a lot of sense to me, tablets are just oversized phones. This would allow us to use our data on our phone without having to root it to use tethering.
 
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