Asus Fonepad Series

Asus Fonepad ME175CGProcessor: Intel Atom Z2420, Intel Atom Z2560
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX540, PowerVR SGX544
Display: 7.0 inch
Weight: 0.328kg, 0.34kg
Price: 229, 230 euro
Average Score: 76.81% - good
Average of 16 scores (from 25 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 58%, features: 66%, display: 81%
mobility: 90%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 90%

 

Asus Fonepad

Specifications

Asus FonepadNotebook: Asus Fonepad
Processor: Intel Atom Z2420
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX540
Display: 7.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.34kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 73% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

Asus Fonepad
Source: ITNews Australia English
For a small business looking for well priced Android device with 3G and a good, large screen while sacrificing some portability, the Fonepad isn't a bad choice. At the same time however, a Wi-Fi only tablet, 7 or 10", and a smaller mobile phone running a hot spot to share 3G or 4G is probably a more elegant choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2013
ASUS Fonepad: 7 inch Intel tablet with voice
Source: Inside HW English
What will be our final decision for Fonepad is hard to say. Beside typical tablet usage it focuses on voice calls, which we found awkward when we tried to use it as a typical phone leaning it on ear. Poor voice quality doesn’t help the case, so our recommendation is the use of a Bluetooth headset. In the future, we would also like to see an accessory which will act as a dumb phone (form vise also) and via Bluetooth connect to Fonepad.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/15/2013
89% Asus Fonepad (16 GB)
Source: SFT - Heft 10/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 89%
Günstiges Tablet mit Telefonfunktionen
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: low price; tablet featuring phone functions
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/25/2014
60% Asus Fonepad
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Asus FonePad
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Ревю на ASUS FonePad – малък таблет или голям смартфон?
Source: Tablet.bg BU→EN
Positive: Beautiful and rugged; IPS screen; battery life; attractive price. Negative: Large size; Missing rear camera; relatively weak SoC.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/08/2013

 

Asus Fonepad ME371MG

Specifications

Asus Fonepad ME371MGNotebook: Asus Fonepad ME371MG
Processor: Intel Atom Z2420
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX540
Display: 7 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.34kg
Price: 229 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 74% - average
Average of 8 scores (from 12 reviews)

 

86% Review Asus Fonepad ME371MG Tablet | Notebookcheck
Like a brick on your ear. Samsung's Note kicked off the ongoing wave of large smartphones, aka phablets. Now, Asus joins in with its big 7-inch Fonepad, nominally a tablet to make phone calls. It will definitely attract attention when held to an ear - at least at present.
ASUS Fonepad Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
Putting this gimmick aside, the Fonepad is certainly a capable budget-friendly Android tablet as it performs adequately across all of our tests, and even exceeding our expectations in its battery and entertainment performance as well as the ASUS-specific applications thrown into the mix. Unfortunately, there are better 7-inch tablets on the market and for cheaper, such as the Nexus 7. If you for some reason need a tablet that can double as a phone, then your only choice right now is the ASUS Fonepad. But if you’re just looking for an Android tablet that costs below $300, we think you should take a look at the Nexus 7, Galaxy Note 8 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD as they can offer you a much better experience than the Fonepad can.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2013
Review: Asus FonePad. You may feel a bit of a spanner
Source: Reg Hardware English
So, can you live with a 7-inch, 340g smartphone? Yes. Naturally there are compromises to be made. I wouldn't want to take a FonePad with me to my local pub for the evening or to a gig, and the absence of a suitable camera is going to become an issue at some point down the line. But the cash savings and the sheer convenience of having one device rather than two to carry and charge does have its attractions. I’m all for affordability and versatility, and the FonePad delivers both in spades. Which makes it the one of the very few budget tablets - the other being the Nexus 7 - I’d recommend to a friend.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/12/2013
70% Asus Fonepad review: inexpensive tablet is also a smartphone
Source: PC Advisor English
For those genuinely interested in a phablet, the Asus Fonepad is a bit of a bargain. It does the job of two devices for a budget price. However, you'll need to be prepared to make sacrifices including practicality and, in this case, no rear camera and slower performance issues. Not to mention the inevitable Dom Jolly impression, should you decide to use as a phone without a separate earpiece.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
70% Asus Fonepad Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Asus Fonepad is a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (and also the upcoming Tab 3). The tablet has some pretty interesting features such as Floating Apps, has the ability to playback video smoothly, make calls and a great build. On the downside, it is plagued with a bit of lag and the rear camera is poor. At 8GB, the built-in storage isn’t great either. If you are looking for a tablet around the Rs. 15k price point, you can definitely consider this device along with the Galaxy Tab 2. If you are on a tighter budget (10K) you can take a look at the iberry Auxus CoreX2 3G tablet as well.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
60% Asus Fonepad review
Source: It Pro English
The Asus Fonepad is yet another smartphone/tablet hybrid which aims to attract users who want to carry around one device. The 7in device functions primarily as a tablet, has a built-in SIM which allows users to calls, send texts and browse the internet. The Asus Fonepad is good value for money considering its a a tablet which makes phone calls, but it is likely to be too cumbersome for most people.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
75% Asus FonePad Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The Asus FonePad is priced at Rs 15,999 for the 8GB version, which is a pretty good deal. We would even go as far as saying the FonePad offers more value for money than the similarly-priced Nexus 7. Apart from not receiving updates instantly and the lack of a powerful processor, the FonePad does everything the Nexus 7 does and more. It can run almost any app (albeit heavy apps like 3D games won’t run as well), has a pleasing and functional skin, similar battery life, plays Full HD videos, boasts of expandable storage and it doubles up as a phone. The camera is still a bit woeful although we do appreciate the inclusion of it and the fact that it’s auto-focus. The only major downside that we came across is the fact that it can get a little sluggish now and then. Between this and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, we’d recommend the Asus FonePad for its higher resolution screen, (relatively) better auto-focus camera and better battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 75%
83% Asus Fonepad review
Source: PC Pro English
The Fonepad does have some weaknesses, not least the fact that you'll have to wait on Asus for OS updates – with the Nexus 7, you get the latest version of Android as it's released. It isn't wonderfully practical to use as your everyday smartphone, either. But, even if you think the phone capabilities are little more than a daft frivolity, there's no denying the Fonepad packs a hell of punch for a budget tablet. It's good enough, even, to elbow aside the iPad mini at the top of our A-List.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 100% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
87% Tablet gepaart mit Smartphone
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Positive: very good workmanship; integrated telephone function; solid equipment; reasonable price
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/09/2013
Rating: Total score: 87%
Review: ASUS Fonepad
Source: Hispazone Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good multimedia support and flexible operating system.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/16/2013
Обзор Asus Fonepad (ME371MG): Недорогой Смартфон-Планшет На Intel
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Price; decent screen and case; high quality materials, good looks, good build. Negative: Performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/25/2013
80% Đánh giá Asus FonePad 7 - tablet gọi điện tốt, loa hay
Source: Sohoa VN Express VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
67% Asus Fonepad
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 67%

 

Asus Fonepad ME372CG

Specifications

Asus Fonepad ME372CGNotebook: Asus Fonepad ME372CG
Processor: Intel Atom Z2560
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX544
Display: 7.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.328kg
Price: 230 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 86% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

85% Review Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG Tablet | Notebookcheck
Telephone tablet. The name says it all: On the outside, the Asus Fonepad 7 is an Android-based 7-inch tablet, but its inner parts contain a full-blown telephone module. As our review shows, the mid-class device's performance makes a good name for it too.
83% Starkes Mini-Tablet mit Telefonfunktion
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 91% features: 91% display: 78% mobility: 78% ergonomy: 83%
89% Günstige Kombination aus Tablet und Smartphone
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 83% display: 90% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 85%
Asus Fonepad 7 LTE
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful sound system; good viewing angles of the display; good performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/25/2014
Ревю на ASUS Fonepad 7 – силен коктейл между таблетно устройство и мобилен телефон
Source: Tablet.bg BU→EN
Positive: Micro SIM slot; relatively fast Intel Atom chip; stereo sound; good quality camera; long battery life. Negative: Relatively thick side frames.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/01/2013

 

Asus Fonepad ME175CG

Specifications

Asus Fonepad ME175CGNotebook: Asus Fonepad ME175CG
Processor: Intel Atom Z2420
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX544
Display: 7.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.34kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

75% Recenzja tabletu Asus Fonepad 7 (ME175CG)
Source: Tablety Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
Odświeżony tabletofon Asusa
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good workmanship; 3G support; Intel's Atom platform; good price; good color reproduction of the screen; good audio output. Negative: Position of the speakers; narrow viewing angles of the display; thick.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/23/2014

 

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Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.

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These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

PowerVR SGX540:

PowerVR SGX544:

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).

Z2560: SoC with an integrated dual-core Atom based CPU clocked at 0.9 - 1.6 (short bursts), a 400 MHz PowerVR SGX 544MP2 graphics card, and a dual channel LPDDR2 memory controller.


7.0: This is one of the smallest formats, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.328 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

0.34 kg:


76.81%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Notebooks from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Dell Venue 7
Atom Z2560

Notebooks with the same GPU

» Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA-CQ002H
Atom Z2560, 11.6", 0.7 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPhone P780
MT6589, 5.0", 0.18 kg
» Prestigio Multipad 7.9 inch
MT8389, 7.9", 0.45 kg
» Archos 79 Xenon
unknown, 7.9", 0.32 kg
» Lenovo K900
Atom Z2580, 5.5", 0.17 kg
» Acer Iconia A1-830
Atom Z2560, 7.9", 0.38 kg
» Asus Zenfone 4
unknown, 4.0", 0.2 kg
» Asus Zenfone 5
Atom Z2580, 5.0", 0.2 kg
» Asus Zenfone 6
Atom Z2580, 6.0", 0.2 kg
» Gigaset QV830
MT8125, 8.0", 0.34 kg
» Alcatel One Touch Idol X
MT6589, 5", 0.13 kg
» Lenovo IdeaTab S6000-F
MT8125, 10.1", 0.6 kg
» Dell Venue 8
Atom Z2580, 8.0", 0.4 kg
» Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8
MT8389, 8.0", 0.401 kg
» MSI Primo 81
unknown, 7.9", 0.4 kg
» Lenovo IdeaTab Yoga Tablet 10-59387956
MT8125, 10.1", 0.61 kg
» Huawei Ascend G700
MT6589, 5.0", 0.157 kg
» Acer Iconia A3
MT8125, 10.1", 0.6 kg
» Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
Atom Z2560, 10.1", 0.571 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 inch
Atom Z2560, 10.1", 0.512 kg
» Acer Liquid E2 v370
MT6589, 4.5", 0.14 kg
» iOcean X7
MT6589, 5.0", 0.147 kg
» Acer Iconia A1-810
MT6589, 7.9", 0.41 kg
» Acer Liquid S1
MT6589, 5.7", 0.195 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-05-15 (Update: 2013-05-15)