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This is the £179.99, Android 4.1, 7" WXGA (1280x800) IPS, Intel Atom Z2420 1.2 GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, microSD (!) equipped Asus FonePad. Got questions? Ask them here before our review!

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razzmataz1478
Apr 26 2013 03:59 PM
Game performance compared to the Tegra 3 in the Nexus 7? Any comparison? Or does the Nexus win hands down?
Also what is general performance like e.g. Speed of opening apps.

Have you put it to your ear and made a call yet? :P
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the juggernaut
Apr 26 2013 04:37 PM
how is the reception
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can u just stick in a contract/payg sim from one of your mobiles and have it recognise the pad as a phone?
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Can I have it when you get bored of it please? ;)

serious question: Have they managed to improve the houdini binary translation library so app compatibility is better? Older Intel devices are unable to use Adobe Air applications which means iPlayer doesn't work.
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the juggernaut
Apr 26 2013 07:36 PM
review please :D
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shootomanUK
Apr 26 2013 07:47 PM

can u just stick in a contract/payg sim from one of your mobiles and have it recognise the pad as a phone?




erm....yep hence the name Fonepad lol

can't understand why they didn't do the same with nexus7 though ??
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erm....yep hence the name Fonepad lol

can't understand why they didn't do the same with nexus7 though ??


are you sure..some tabs won't accept phone sims as the network registers the device as a non-phone
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Game performance compared to the Tegra 3 in the Nexus 7? Any comparison? Or does the Nexus win hands down?
Also what is general performance like e.g. Speed of opening apps.

Have you put it to your ear and made a call yet? :P


I have, it works! :) Will definitely compare performance with my Nexus 7.

how is the reception


Seems very good!

can u just stick in a contract/payg sim from one of your mobiles and have it recognise the pad as a phone?


My 3 SIM doesn't work in my N7 3G, it DOES in this!

Can I have it when you get bored of it please? ;)

serious question: Have they managed to improve the houdini binary translation library so app compatibility is better? Older Intel devices are unable to use Adobe Air applications which means iPlayer doesn't work.


I should try iPlayer then!

review please :D


Upcoming!

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Can I have it when you get bored of it please? ;)

serious question: Have they managed to improve the houdini binary translation library so app compatibility is better? Older Intel devices are unable to use Adobe Air applications which means iPlayer doesn't work.


iPlayer works great...

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iPlayer works great...

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Excellent. Can you see if Autumn Walk works too please? https://play.google....ster.autumnwalk
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What kind of TV out is there? if anything.. Miracast? MHL?

Do all the nexus 7 accessories fit? Is the form factor exactly the same?
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the juggernaut
Apr 27 2013 07:08 PM

What kind of TV out is there? if anything.. Miracast? MHL?

Do all the nexus 7 accessories fit? Is the form factor exactly the same?

the power and vol buttons are on the opposite side so i don't think that would work.
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the power and vol buttons are on the opposite side so i don't think that would work.


Well that's a bit stupid and annoying! Ah well :-)
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the juggernaut
Apr 27 2013 11:18 PM
have you found any way to unlock the bootloader? and if so will development be slower than usual due to the intel chip?
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the juggernaut
Apr 28 2013 04:19 PM

the power and vol buttons are on the opposite side so i don't think that would work.


you could take a N7 case and cut a few holes in the right places and then it will fit but then you have the original ones for the N7 it will get quite annoying after a while i would have thought
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Excellent. Can you see if Autumn Walk works too please? https://play.google....ster.autumnwalk


Ill try it. :)

What kind of TV out is there? if anything.. Miracast? MHL?

Do all the nexus 7 accessories fit? Is the form factor exactly the same?


No TV out so far as I can tell. :(

have you found any way to unlock the bootloader? and if so will development be slower than usual due to the intel chip?


Not yet, it remains to be seen if development will be slower...

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