The Padfone looks smart enough, but the back is rather plasticky and its angled sides make it very slippery despite the chunkiness. As for the plain-Jane Station, it can be a bit fiddly with the phone slotted in, although you’ll quickly get used to it.
Performance is about what you’d expect from a budget device with 1GB RAM, which is a polite way of saying that the Padfone Mini gets through the day without too much cursing as long as you’re not a multitasker.
We absolutely love the tiny Asus’s camera app. It’s got a rear camera selfie mode, smile and face detection, smart object removal, low depth of field mode, a GIF creator for meme-nuts, and much more. The 8MP snapper itself is pretty decent, though it comes without a flash.
The Padfone’s kitted out with a surprisingly small battery, but the small screen and the lack of pixels help make it last around a day. And you can always plug it into the Padfone Station whenever you need a quick top up.
• OS Android 4.3 with ZenUI
• RAM 1 GB
• Storage 8 GB (expandable up to 64GB)
• Screen 800×480, 4in (phone), 1280×800, 7in (tablet)
• Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, Wi-Fi
• Battery 1200mAh / 2100mAh
• Price Rs. 15,999 / asus.com/in