ASUS Fonepad ME371MG 7-inch Tablet (Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 3G, Camera, Android 4.1)
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The Asus fonepad is ideal for people who value both the voice communication features of a smartphone and the entertainment opportunities afforded by a tablet, but prefer the convenience of carrying just one device. fonepad is a sleek and compact tablet with a metallic design that can be held comfortably in one hand, thanks to a slim and light profile. Powered by the latest Intel Atom processor, and with full Android compatibility, fonepad features a perfect balance of performance and energy efficiency, with hardware-accelerated 1080p Full HD video decoding and up to 9 hours of battery life. The screen features 10-point multi-touch, and a crisp 1280 x 800 HD resolution for crisp, readable web page text and incredibly detailed photos. IPS technology ensures vibrant colour, and wide viewing angles ensure that you can read the screen in bright light, even outdoors.
Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data means that the fonepad is an always-connected mobile device for seamless web browsing, fast downloads from Google Play Store, and smooth audio and video streaming. Thanks to full 3G telephony support, fonepad can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or Bluetooth headset (sold seperately). With just one mobile data plan to pay for, running costs are also much lower than those of a separate smartphone and 3G tablet.
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I think the screen is pretty good. Comparing it with a Nexus 7 it is not *quite* as bright on full but there is almost nothing in it, neither are much use in bright sunlight unless you squint a bit in your own shadow. I like the Asus Splendid app they provide which allows you to tweak display parameters, I've just upped the saturation slightly to give photos that slightly more rich look but left everything else alone.
Good size. OK, this would apply to any 7 inch tablet, but for me it is probably the smallest screen where I can comfortably read text on a web page without either it being too small or having to constantly scroll about all over the place, like on my phone. I can also get it in a few pockets in shirts, jackets and trousers, though I would not want to take it routinely like I do with my phone.
Micro-SD slot. With a 32Gb card in I have 44Gb of storage available (as Android itself takes up 4 of the 16 Gb built in). Plus, of course, I can swap the card for another one if I want to (one for work, one with videos for the kids etc). Why limit yourself to just the memory in the device?
Camera backup. I can use the Fonepad as a backup device for my camera, after shooting a few Gb of photos or videos, I simply connect the camera (Canon 650D if you're interested) to the Fonepad with the Canon USB lead and copy the photos onto the memory card. If the card fills up (like it might do on holiday) I simply put another one in. This saves me taking a whole laptop along to do the same job.Read more ›
Took delivery of this yesterday and it will become my main device (must admit I use the phone less and less) and I'm not worried about looking silly. I have a blue-tooth stereo headset and it's performing perfectly. I also have I have big pockets (big, rather than deep - did I mention this is an absolute bargain?)
This is to a top notch, quality device. Fits nicely in the hand and is slightly narrower than the ipad mini and a lot cheaper, especially the 3G version (without the voice option). The screen is gorgeous and bright, the battery life is really great - I have been using it for 8 hours continually today for all sorts of things and the battery is still 38%. I even like the Asus additions to the stock Android experience including the notification pull down and floating mini apps usable over the current app.
Negatives. Not many. I suppose the main one is that the CPU could be faster. It zips along perfectly well I hasten to add and I've had zero freezes (unlike my Sumvision tablet with much faster CPU spec). I don't play any 3D fps games on tablets - as I have never found it a great experience on any device due to poor control mechanisms, but I doubt this would perform so well. But all the apps I use work fluidly and smoothly. The lack of forward camera is a shame and occasionally useful, but the front camera is useful for video calls etc.
Someone mentioned somewhere that the speaker wasn't so great. Seems perfectly good to me, but maybe I have no expectations to fill a room with sound with a seven inch tablet.
Great tablet. Great price. Teamed up with a Giffgaff unlimited 3G data plan it's a great and flexible all in one mobile consumption device.
The tablet itself arrived this morning and first impressions are its build quality is equal to the Nexus, the operation of apps, video and music inc BBC iplayer is faultless.
All in all for £180 I reckon its the bargain tablet of the year, why buy a Nexus? Although I believe a new Nexus tablet is being released in the next few months, it would need to be pretty special to beat this though at the same price point.
Battery life good. Does not come with a screen protector or case - just a charger.
Note SIM slot is micro sim -I have not got one yet so not tried the radio, but nice to know you have that flexibility if you need it. WIFI works well for me though! I think a good travel tablet -why take the phone as well? For me it is too big to hold to my head though -needs a headset if you are thinking phone or put it on your desk on handsfree.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This item did not charge. Very disappointed as I needed to use it on a triip. It looked new and was probably a return that no one even bothered to check. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
In daily use since I bought it, not as well built as the Nexus 7. The case despite being in a heavy leather cover is buckling.Published 17 months ago by Simon Tinney
Bought nearly 2 years ago still working fine, except for following gripes:
- Upgrade from android V4.1 has never been offered. Read more