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Is Asus Fonepad 7 tablet worth buying?

December 10, 2013 11:27 IST

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Harsh Vardhan

If you are looking to invest in a tablet enabled with the voice calling feature, this can be a good option, says Harsh Vardhan.

Voice calling tablets seem to be the new rage in the growing smartphone/tablet market in India.

The latest addition to the segment is the refreshed version of the Asus Fonepad. This one, known as the Fonepad 7, comes with an Intel processor. 

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Design/ build

The comes with the same design as that of the original Fonepad, but this one lets you down with an all-plastic body as it makes the device look poor and lends major hindrance to the grip.

The 7-inch display of the device, surrounded by a black bezel, is positioned between the front-facing dual speakers. It is devoid of physical buttons on the front panel, which renders a good look to it. The gadget weighs 328 gm. 

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The power/ lock screen and volume rocker buttons are on the right side (in portrait mode), largely inspired by smartphones.

A small outlet for microSD card is located beneath the volume rocker buttons. Fonepad 7 being a voice-calling tablet comes with SIM support; you need a pin to insert or take out the SIM.

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Display

The Asus Fonepad 7, features a 7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, which translates to a pixel density of 216ppi (pixel per inch). Sunlight legibility was average.

The touch sensitivity was not as per our expectation.

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Camera

Fonepad 7 sports a  5-megapixel rear autofocus camera (without a flash) , which can click images up to 2592x1944 pixels resolution.

Outdoor shots were delivered with accurate colour balance and packs enough details. Indoor shots do blurr at the edges.

The primary camera can click up to 100 images in one go.

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The camera performance is impressive when compared to competitors in the same price range.

In addition, the rear camera shots were comparable to some mid-range smartphones.

The Fonepad 7 also packs a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, which is quite usable.

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Software and performance

The Asus Fonepad 7 tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has a 2.0Ghz processor. 

Like the original Fonepad, the new offering also comes preloaded with some apps like Amazon Kindle app for e-books, App Backup to take backups of apps and their data, Audio Wizard to set sound playback modes, BuddyBuzz to browse social networks like Twitter and Facebook, a File Manager app.

The Fonepad 7 tablet is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor.

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Moreover, it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB.

At Rs 17,499, the Fonepad 7 scores better than most of its competitors in the price bracket. 

So, if you are looking to invest in a tablet enabled with the voice calling feature, this can be a good option.

Price: Rs 17,499


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