Impressive: Premium Design
Supports SIM Card
Good Battery Life
Depressing: Dual Speakers Are Average
The Asus Fonepad 7 was launched in the month of September last year. It is a good 5 months after which we are reviewing this tablet. Are we late? No, absolutely not. When a company sends a brand new product for review, chances are that it would perform well. As a user you know the difference in performance between a new and a old, used product. Likewise, Asus Fonepad 7 which we tested this month, is a 5 month old test unit. Does it still performs up to the mark? Let’s check out.
Design And Display
The tablet sports a 7 inch HD display which is not the best in the market but it managed to impress us. The colours are vibrant and they do not wash out when you view the Asus Fonepad 7 from a side angle. The touch screen is smudge prone but you can clean it quite easily.
The tablet is complete plastic with dual speaker grills at the front. The backplate is shiny white with Asus logo affixed in the middle. There is a slot for the SIM card on the right hand side. The left hand side houses power on/off buttin, volume rocker and micro SD port. Overall, the device feels peppy and premium to hold. The material used is solid.
Asus Fonepad 7 got a dual core Intel Atom processor and a Power VR graphic processing unit. The device is powered up by 1 GB RAM. All these specifications convert into a smooth and powerful user experience. We opened multiple tabs while browsing, no slowdowns. We ran multiple applications simultaneously, no slowdowns. We then ran Antutu Benchmark test on the Asus Fonepad 7 and the result was great. The tablet performs better than the quad core Samsung Galaxy S3! In simple terms, both the normal and the power users would be content with the Fonepad.
Asus has appended a 5 MP shooter on the Fonepad 7. However, it is not accompanied with a flash. This 5 MP camera is not one of the best cameras in the market. The clicked images lack detail. The autofocus feature works fine but the camera leaves a lot to be desired. The 3 Mp camera on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is better! The front facing 1.2 MP camera is good enough for selfies and video calling.
The Asus Fonepad 7 packs in a 3950 mAh battery under the hood. We ran our standard half hour tests on tablet. The tablet suffered a 4 percent battery drop in the half hour music test. Half hour of internet surfing and downloading reduced the battery further by 4.5 percent. Another half hour of HD video playback ate up 6 percent battery. Through these statistics, we can conclude that the Asus Fonepad 7 is a solid performer when it comes to the battery life. Under moderate usage, it would last 1.5 days and more.
All the stock Android media applications like Play Music, Movie Studio, Play Movies and TV are present. Asus has not included its own app. This is a good thing to do because the Google apps are enough for most of the kinds of playback. If they do not support a specific format, then you always have the app store at your disposal. The dual speaker grills are a let down. We were expecting a cool sound from them but all they managed was a okay okay sound quality as well as loudness.
Internet And Connectivity
Our internet experience was a splendid one on the Asus Fonepad 7. With a solid connection, the pages load up quickly and there are no lags if you open several tabs at once. Text does not breaks when zooming in and out. The 7 inch display is comfortable in the hands to hold and surf the net. People with small hands would find this tablet quite easy to grip. The connectivity features are all standard and nothing exceptional is there.
Verdict (4 / 5)
What We Liked
The display is not the sharpest in the market but it is quite vivid. The built of the tablet is solid and it does not feels cheap. The dual core processor is peppy enough to serve most of the tasks thrown at it. The battery of the Asus Fonepad 7 is impressive and gives you solid usage time before running out.
What We Disliked
The 5 MP camera on the tablet could have been better. The dual speaker grills do not perform as expected. Other tablets which have a mono grill attached to them give out much better sound.
To Sum Up
The Fonepad 7 is a good offering from Asus. It has all the essential features a tablet should necessarily pack in. At the price point it is being offered at, it would directly compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. The only department in which it would lose out to the Samsung’s tablet is the camera. Apart from that, it is good option over the Tab 3 7.0.