Asus Fonepad 7 is an upgraded version of the original Fonepad tablet. Just like Fonepad, Fonepad 7 is also powered by an intel processor and supports voice calling. The market is already flooding with tablets from various brands, so can Fonepad 7 beat the competition? Read on to find out.
Design & Build
Fonepad 7 has same design as that of the original Fonepad but in terms of build quality there is a noticeable difference. It is available in two colours – Black and White. Company has provided a plastic body in the new Fonepad 7 instead of the brushed aluminium finish we saw in the Fonepad.
The front is dominated by a 7 inch IPS LCD touchscreen display which has a resolution of 800×1280 pixels. The display has good viewing angles, colour reproduction and decent sunlight readability but is is bit reflective in nature.
It comes with dual front speakers and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera just above the display for video calling.
There no physical touch buttons present on the device instead you have four on-screen touch buttons for Floating apps, Back, Home and Multitasking.
On the right side you have a power/lock key, volume rocker and a microSD card just below the volume rocker. Strangely there is no flap to cover the microSD card.
On the right side you just have a lone micro SIM card slot. You need a pin provided in the box to eject the SIM card tray.
There is a 3.5mm Audio jack at the top and a microUSB port & microphone at the bottom.
The back of the device has a plastic finish which feels like a downgraded version of the metallic finish back present in the original Fonepad. At the back you will find a 5 megapixel camera without flash and Asus branding.
Hardware & Performance
Fonepad 7 is powered by a 1.6GHz dual core Intel Atom Z2420 processor along with a PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB internal storage which can be expanded by using a microSD card of up to 32 GB storage.
The tablet can handle your daily tasks and apps with ease. It is capable of running games like dead trigger, plants vs zombies, IronMan etc. We tested the call quality and it is at par with any device that supports voice calling.
The tablet runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS and company has made slight modifications to the UI. It comes with a floating app interface which is similar to the multi window feature. Floating apps include calculator, stopwatch, browser, and video player.
It comes pre-loaded with applications like App Backup for taking backups of apps, BuddyBuzz to check social networks like Twitter and Facebook, MyPainter, Sticky Memo, SuperNote Lite etc.
The tab comes with a 5 megapixel back camera and a 1.2 megapixel camera for video calling. Surprisingly the back camera supports 1080p video recording at 30 fps.
Here are few sample images captured using the back camera of Asus Fonepad 7:
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The quality of captured images is good as compare to its competitors. You can use it for capturing images in outdoor conditions but indoor shots are usually grainy and contains noise.
The tablet packs a 3,950mAh battery and with normal usage it easily lasts for more than a day. After charging the device completely we played games on it, made few calls and watched videos. This is considered as heavy usage and the battery lasted for around 8 hours which is very impressive.
Fonepad 7 is available in India for Rs 13,000 which makes it a value for money device. It won’t disappoint you in terms of performance unless you are planning to play high end games on it. Overall Fonepad 7 provides a good experience to a user and we highly recommend you to opt for this device if you are looking for a budget tablet with good features.
- Good Call quality
- Decent Display
- Good Camera
- Excellent battery life
- Plastic finish