Curved Screen Smartphone Comparison

Curved Screen Smartphone Comparison

With the advent of new display technology, we now have curved televisions coming out, and, the subject of today’s article and video, the curved screen smartphone. Let’s see how the two most prominent examples, the LG Flex and the Samsung Round, compare, and I’ll tell you why I like the idea of curved smartphones, and it’s probably not for the reason you think.

Now aside from specs, the real factor that brings these two curved screen smartphone examples head to head is the execution of the curved aspect of each smartphone. Samsung Round is curved side to side, while the LG Flex has its arc from top to bottom. So which one makes more sense?

Well before the Sony Xperia Z, there was the Xperia P, and I remember having a play with that back when it was released. One thing I do recall from that time was the shape of the back panel, what Sony called a “human” curve, they were trying something more interesting than pure flat surfaces. And that curve on the back did make the phone feel very comfortable in the hand. It made the phone stockier, for sure, but it did feel right.

Samsung’s curved screen smartphone has its curve along the same axis, and I’m guessing it will also feel quite good in one’s palm, just like an empty roll of toilet paper. And that curve should help with the thumb moving across the entire display of what is a repurposed Galaxy Note 3 screen with less finger stretching but all the real estate.

Then there is the pocket factor. Thighs are vertically convex. I never thought I’d be saying that sentence on this website, to be honest. That being so, placing the Round in the pocket may be more comfortable than any flat phone ever was.

LG have taken the curved screen smartphone concept and done a 90 degree turn, by providing a more effective talking position with the Flex reducing the proximity of the mic to the mouth. That does make sense and could make for a better phone call experience, kind of like a banana. The pocket factor I just mentioned, though? Is that an LG flex in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Video playback on the LG Flex would probably be a better experience than its competition, as it replicates the design of the landscape-oriented curved OLED TVs that are starting to be seen in the market. It might even be able to stand up in landscape position on its own. The Galaxy Round seems to be way more suited to portrait style applications and one handed use.

So let’s finish off with the monster in the room – who cares? What’s the point of a curved screen? For me, I can see two things, one practical, the other more aesthetic. First, I hate putting screen protectors on my smartphones. To me, they ruin the clarity of the screen and I always seem to get bubbles no matter how steady my hands are.

However, with a curved screen smartphone, I can confidently place my phone face down knowing there is a fair amount of space between the screen and whatever surface I’ve placed it on, avoiding crumbs, sand, liquid, whatever. As someone who doesn’t use screen protectors, screen gunk is one of my main gripes, and this would by its nature solve that to some extent.

The second part is about the art and attraction of symmetry. I’m sure that for some, the personal enjoyment of having a curved smartphone in the hand or on a flat surface will elicit that some emotional and perhaps irrational giddiness. But let’s not get hung up on ourselves here. No doubt, there will be a premium for the concave character of these gadgets, and ultimately you and I, through our purchasing decisions, will determine where this category heads.

And maybe that’s the point of these new releases – to monitor how potential buyers react, to see what apps get written by developers, with a long term vision of a fully flexible wearable device. It’s an incremental evolution.

So if these curvaceous curiosities do get released outside of Korea into your region, will you buy one? Or are you waiting for the killer app to justify the expense? Or is this whole exercise a waste of time in your opinion? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are now that curved hardware is getting out there.

 

Maybe Nexus 5 vs Galaxy S4

Maybe Nexus vs Galaxy S5

It looks like there’s only a few days to go before Google officially release their new Nexus 5 smartphone. And I have to say, this has to be one of the most leaked phones I’ve ever seen. First, with the dude using the phone in the KitKat launch video, a full service manual going live before it was obviously intended to, and then appearing on the Google Play store before being yanked off again. Funny stuff. Come later this week, we should be finding out the official details, but for now we have a combination of conjecture, fleeting glimpses and a lifesize mockup of the nexus 5. what do you think? So how about we go on a hypothetical journey and compare this maybe Nexus 5 to the popular Galaxy S4.

Let’s start with the look and feel of both models. The buttonless front of the maybe Nexus 5 means more real estate dedicated to the screen, which also results in a slightly longer Galaxy S4, with room needed for the physical home button and capacitive buttons.

The S4 has a polycarbonate back, which isn’t as nice as the glass back of the Xperia Z or the previous Nexus 4. The maybe Nexus 5 has moved away from glass to a more tactile grippable back, feeling very similar to the new Nexus 7 released a few weeks ago. This could be a move to integrate the smartphone and tablet range in hardware and software.

Larger screen sizes seem to be the norm in the Android world now, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the maybe Nexus 5 has a 5 inch screen. It now sits at the same pixel density as the S4, and the screen looks fantastic – making images and words look almost like it’s printed on paper.

Now, I do like the Galaxy S4′s capacitive buttons because it maximises the real estate of the screen. However, with the maybe Nexus 5 sporting the new Android 4.4, or KitKat as it will be known to millions of chocolate-covered-snack fans the world over, the update to a transparent status bar and navigation buttons may actually be a better option.

Storage is still a bone of contention between the Nexus and the Galaxy models. The maybe Nexus 5 comes with a 16GB or 32GB capacity. The S4 is available in storage options up to sixty four gigabytes, plus it has a micro SD card slot that can handle up to sixty four gigabyte cards. Personally I still like the idea of external storage – just in case.

The maybe Nexus 5 camera sticks with an 8MP resolution camera from the previous model but now includes optical image stabilisation, which is an awesome feature for on-the-go pics. The Galaxy S4 has a 13MP camera but I will admit, it’s still easy to get a blurry pic when you’re not completely steady.

Both models are powered by a quad core chip, but the maybe Nexus 5 is a little snappier at 2.3GHz compared to the S4’s 1.9GHz, and having a raw Android experience without an overlay like Touchwiz should make it incredibly responsive.

That’s comparison of the maybe Nexus 5 versus the Galaxy S4. Tongue totally in cheek but probably close to how things pan out later this week. The latest OS update, optical image stabliser on the camera and 4G will make it a real contender against any other 5 inch smartphone in the market.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

A year is like a lifetime in the tech world. Heck, even one action packed day can turn the industry on its head. Today I have the new Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) from Samsung, and to see where it’s come from, last year’s version of the same model. So how far has the large screen Note evolved, and is it a worthwhile contender for best tablet in the market?

Let’s start on the surface, so to speak, with the design language. Last year’s model took its cues from the Tab2 range with the front firing speakers. This did result in a fairly wide device, and it matched that in height, probably to retain its sense of proportion. This year’s model is much leaner in dimensions, with less curvature and is interestingly fits within the footprint of the white inner frame of the old model.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has close to 2 centimeters shaved off the width, so instantly feels much less bulky in one hand, which is the way you’ll be using it with the stylus. It’s 8 millimeters shorter and a millimeter thinner, and it’s design DNA is straight from the Note 3, including the fake leather back, which adds some texture when it’s being held. And speaking of holding, the new model is a full 60 grams lighter, and that’s instantly noticeable.

Even though both models have exactly the same screen size, there’s now some additional real estate with the introduction, (or is it re-introduction?) of the capacitive and physical buttons on the new Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), which again appears to be following the Note 3 in this respect. However, given this model would probably be used in both portrait and landscape, placing those action buttons back on the unit is probably not the best execution. And have a look at it in portrait mode, it has a good visual balance to it, which is thrown off by the home button now living on the side.

And of course, let’s just stay on the screen for a moment. It’s great to finally see such a high resolution on this model, remembering that for Samsung tablets, a 2560 x by 1600 pixel screen has up till now been reserved for Google’s Nexus 10, which is also made by Samsung. It’s a crisp, highly detailed display with no individual pixels to be seen. Honestly, it’s chalk and cheese between the two models. 1080p content looks exceptional, and the side speakers aren’t that loud but I’d definitely accept that audio compromise for the smaller form factor.

One thing I have noticed when comparing them is that the white colour reproduction seems to be more natural on the previous Note, with this one looking more red. On its own, it’s not that noticeable, but side by side it can be seen.

A couple of other notable physical differences are the move to the micro USB for charging and PC connection, a very welcome change. The back camera has improved and you can take full high def video now, but cameras on large size tablets are not deal breakers in my mind.

Connectivity has improved as well, with the new Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) offering LTE on the mobile network models, and the introduction of ac speed wi-fi connectivity. The processor moves from a 1.4GHz quad core to a 2.3GHz quad core, along with an extra gigabyte of RAM to match the 3GB offered in the Note 3.

Software-wise, the new note is a replica of the Note 3 with Android 4.3 with the usual TouchWiz treatment. The previous Note 10.1 has been upgraded to 4.1.2. This is most noticeable in the way you access common functions and navigate within the settings menu, with the drop down and toggle expansion.

The final point here is the S pen, of course. Up till now, the S pen functionality has felt like an accessory with apps to support it. Now, with Air Command and the richer functions within that, the stylus feels and acts as part of the tablet, and it’s definitely the most natural I’ve felt using the s pen. That and the screen quality are the two key reasons you’d look at this tablet over others in the market.

So to wrap it up, it’s fair to say that the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has matured a lot in a year from it’s predecessor. Build quality, design, hi res screen and a more integrated S pen experience adds up to a huge leap forward. It almost feels as if the original model was a prototype to prepare for this model.

 

Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Review

Samsung Galaxy Gear

If you’ve ever looked at your phone and wished you could transplant it onto your wrist, then Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear Smartwatch has got you covered. The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch can actually perform quite a few functions that you would normally do with your phone, but can it replace your phone, or even compliment in a way that makes it a desirable accessory?

Well, after spending a few days with it constantly on my wrist, I can report back some of my initial impressions of the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, the first of its kind that I’ve had a chance to test out.

From an ergonomic point of view, the watch was quite comfortable. However, from the moment I put it on there was one function I had an issue with – as an actual watch.

See, the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch does not have its screen on at all times, making it impossible to simply glance at the watch for the time. It seems like a small thing, but given the purpose of a watch is to well, tell the time, this wasn’t a great start.

On the flipside, you can really geek out and use the watch as a phone. The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch has an inbuilt dialler as well as a microphone/speaker on the wristband, and you can bring your hand up with an invisible phone grip and show off the feature to your amazed or… skeptical friends. This is a novelty that quickly wore off, as most times I didn’t want the contents of my conversations leaking out into the public environment.

The big caveat with that feature, and most others on the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is that it needs to be tethered to your phone in order to work, and it is restricted to a handful of Samsung Galaxy devices.

The biggest function for the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is as a notifier. You can see SMS messages, emails and other notifications from other apps.

Controlling your music player, taking surreptitious photos from your wrist and replying to your messages are also extended functions of this new device.  For all the detail and demonstrations on what you can do on the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, here’s my interview with, um… myself! Seriously.

 

What Is Cracked Screen Grief?

So just what is cracked screen grief? It is the stuff of nightmares. Wake up one clear morning, charging your old phone for the last time before heading down to your local phone store to pick up one of the first models of a newly release phone, only to have to slip out of your pocket THE DAY you bought it. Lift the phone off the ground to see the remnants of a cracked screen glaring at you.

I can't wait to test out the performance of my brand new WHAT THE??? Nooooooooo!

I can’t wait to test out the performance of my brand new WHAT THE??? Nooooooooo!

I know this feeling well because like many, many others, I’ve experienced it, and in my case it was a brand new Galaxy Note 3 that I’m sure had just come off the assembly line the week previous.

And while one side of my brain was going through the trauma and devastation of my stupidity (I should have bought a case!), the other side was observing my emotional twitches and keeping a cold-hearted record of the progression of my internal drama.

After all, it’s just a cracked screen, right? Big deal. If you love your tech as much as I do, and I’m sure a lot of you would, then you’d probably see the loss of a phone as akin to the loss of a pet or even a family member. And yes, eventually I did get over what I’d done to my shiny new plaything, but everytime I saw the cracked screen staring back at me, I’d have a moment of heart arresting anger.

So here we are, and as part of my cathartic process I’d like to share with you a very personal journey into my mind, when faced with the reality of a new smartphone that is essentially “dead on arrival” – but through no’s fault but my own. May I present to you, the five stages of grief, as modified by the modern circumstance of a cracked screen.

Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Surface Tablet

In a surprise announcement this morning, Microsoft announced it would be manufacturing its own Windows 8 tablet, known as the surface.

The Windows 8 Surface tablet is only 9.3mm thin, with a full magnesium case and weighing 576 grams, this is the first PC product that Microsoft will be offering outside of its traditional PC manufacturing partners.

Along with Windows 8 on board, apps such as Netflix will be preloaded, and it will include expected features such as semantic zoom, which allows a two finger gesture to show the entire Metro layout.

The Windows 8 Surface tablet has a built in stand that Microsoft claims does not add any thickness to the tablet. An optional cover converts into a touch type keyboard for productivity sessions, with the keyboard turning on and glowing when clicked onto the Surface.

Windows Surface Tablet

Microsoft enters the PC Hardware game with Surface for Windows 8.

Ports on the Surface include USB 2, HDMI, front and rear cameras, plus Gorilla Glass 2 protecting the Full HD display.

The Windows 8 Surface tablet will come in both Windows RT, which restricts apps to the Windows Marketplace. The Windows RT model will come in 32GB and 64GB capacities and powered by nVidia ARM processors.

Surface for Windows 8 Pro will be powered by Intel Core Processors and will provide the full computing experience including third party programs. These will be released in 64GB and 128GB capacities, and priced along Ultrabook PC lines.

The Windows RT model will be available from the launch of Windows 8, with the Windows 8 Pro model expected around 3 months later.

 

Asus Transformer Infinity First Look

We’ve been following the Asus line of Transformer products ever since they were released, from the first Honeycomb tablet to include a keyboard dock, to the Slider, and then to the Transformer Prime, which set new benchmarks for the Google OS line of tablets. Now, we have the latest model - the Asus Transformer Infinity.

Asus Transformer Infinity Tablet
Anyone up for a quad core high definition super bright super-slim tablet?

 

This release is an important one, not just for Asus, who have been flexing their innovative muscles in the Android tablet domain since the introduction of the category, but for the tablet market as a whole. Why? The Asus Transformer Infinity can truly go up against the new iPad, the incumbent market leader in this category, and offer a substantial answer to all of the iPad’s propositions.

As you’ll see in the following videos, the Asus Transformer Infinity has great hardware, software, a robust operating environment and is supported by a maturing app store in the form of Google Play. Asus have addressed areas like wireless connection issues and GPS performance to produce a tablet all-rounder.

Asus Transformer Infinity GPS
The Asus Transformer Infinity has a plastic strip on the top rear to maximise GPS performance.

 

The hardware component of the Asus Transformer Infinity is far from flimsy, with a metal casing ensuring no flexing or bending on any part of the device. Despite the screen upgrade (which we’ll get to in a moment), the tablet on its own does not gain any weight, staying at 586 grams, exactly the same as its Prime predecessors.

The Asus Transformer Infinity also retains the ports that made the Transformer series so attractive, with Micro-HDMI and Micro-SD slots on the tablet body, and a further full size USB port and SD Card slot on the keyboard dock component.

Asus Transformer Infinity with keyboard
The usefulness of a tablet with a keyboard cannot be fully appreciated until you have to type an full length article about one.

 

Inside the Infinity is an upgraded quad core Tegra 3 chip, quoted at 1.6GHz but benchmarked at 1.9GHz. The OS is snappy, with Android functions and App commands all working unhesitatingly.

Just in case we thought we were being a little biased because of our fondness for the Transformer line up, we thought it prudent to quantify this and to see just how the Asus Transformer Infinity could handle the pressures of the job compared to another fairly popular tablet… say, the iPad?

This is where we became REALLY intrigued. Not only did the Infinity beat the iPad in many benchmark tests, but some by a huge margin. The graphics test, which saw the Prime pale beside the iPad in our earlier experiences, still showed Apple to have a command in that particular area. When it came to browsing, Java script handling and computational processing, the Asus Transformer Infinity swept the field.

The other big news was the high definition display. The big visual test was to see (literally) if there was a marked difference in the Infinity’s screen and the iPad’s highly praised display. And yes, there was a huge difference – the Asus Transformer Infinity was way brighter. Other than that, at normal viewing proximity, both screens delivered great detail and clarity. At massive zoomed enlargement, the iPad didn’t stray from its perfected image, and the Infinity showed some signs of pixelation. But that’s not how we view a tablet in normal circumstances.

If we seem a little lathered up in our praise of the Asus Transformer Infinity, it’s because this release shines a bright light to a competitive market across ecosystem platforms, where hardware vendors are creating innovative new products. As we always say, competition is a great thing for the industry and the smartphone, tablet and Ultrabook markets are hotbeds of design and technology fusions.

Asus Transformer Infinity lid closed
The future of mobile computing in our hands?

 

If you have any questions, please leave them below and we’ll find out the answers for you.

Until next time!

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook First Look

Acer are developing a reputation for delivering the goods when it comes to being first, or close to first to market in new categories. After being the first with an Android tablet last year, and the first with an Ultrabook later in 2011, you can’t fault the Taiwanese computer company for giving new products a go. Now in June 2012, Acer are about to release the successor to the S3 Ultrabook, called the Acer Aspire S5.

 

The Acer Asipre S5 is noteworthy for a few reasons. Firstly, it features Intel’s latest 3rd-Generation Core Processor, which we’ll be sure to benchmark. The one we had our hands on had the latest dual core i7 chip, which while not quad core as its larger siblings in standard notebooks are, is the best processor seen in an Ultrabook so far.

Secondly, the USB ports have been upgraded to USB 3. We always saw the absence of USB 3 as a bit of a disappointment on the original version, but that has been rectified on the Acer Aspire S5 now. And there’s two of them to boot.

Thirdly, the Thunderbolt port is an important inclusion for high speed transfers, and one connection that is extremely rare in retail notebooks up to this point. While many Macs have has the luxury of Thunderbolt for a while, Windows machines have yet to catch up to this connection standard, and once again Acer have come to the fore to offer this port on the Acer Aspire S5. For retailers that don’t yet sell Thunderbolt accessories, the introduction of Thunderbolt may pave the way for a great range offering by Thunderbolt-compatible vendors.

Fourthly, Acer have tried something not yet seen in any other Ultrabook, and certainly not in other notebooks generally – a retractable dock that hides the main connections when not in use. This has the added benefit of slimming down the Acer Aspire S5 to a respectable 15mm when the dock is hidden, making it one of the slimmest Ultrabooks around.

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook

The Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook features 3rd Gen Intel Core Processors, Thunderbolt, USB 3 and a retractable dock. I Looked for a kitchen sink but alas, couldn't find one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dock contains the HDMI, USB3 and Thunderbolt ports. When there is a port being used, the retractable function is disabled, saving your cables (and the Ultrabook) from any damage.

The Acer Aspire S5 is a great statement about taking the original idea of the Ultrabook and tweaking it with some innovative features such as the Thunderbolt port and the retractable dock. With the announcement of the touch enabled S7 Ultrabook at Computex, it’s clear Acer have no intention of letting creativity and innovation slip by the wayside in what is a very competitive PC market.

Samsung Galaxy S3 First Look at a VERY Smart Phone

Bona fide events built around around product launches are few and far between these days, but there was no doubt that the local launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Sydney yesterday was aimed to make as much of an impact as possible, delivering on the promise of a new mobile device that could set new standards in mobile functionality.

After receiving our Samsung Galaxy S3 and spending a few hours with it in the studio today, there was no doubt that the bar has been raised and it will be hard to leap frog this device any time soon. We’ve put together a few segments so you can see what our impressions are, particularly if you’re looking at upgrading your smartphone any time soon.

The phone is light, powerful and rates extremely high on the usability factor. The hardware is light but also robust with no give or flex in the tooling. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by a quad core 1.4GHz processor, and it shows. All app opening/closing/switching, browser performance and camera use all ran without a hitch.

The 1280 x 720op 4.8″ screen is lovely to behold. The Super HD AMOLED display provides wonderful contrast levels, where black levels really do feel like black, and colours appear quite vivid and deep. Watching content locally or streamed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 was issue free.

The Touchwiz UI has had a raft of tweaks for the Samsung Galaxy S3, and all focused on user experience. The phone can be set to respond to motions to mute the phone, make phone calls from a message window, and brightness can be maintained if your eyes are placed on the screen. You can take a video playing in the video player and have it hover over the rest of the screen while you do any other activity on the phone.

The S Voice is also a decent competitor against Siri. In our test, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was able to hold its own and go the extra mile (pardon the pun) when it came to street directions to a destination – in Australia this service is still blocked by Apple.

Google does a pretty good job at integrating social media accounts in their smartphone OS, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 continues that trend, with local photos having the ability to be tagged with social profiles.

The built-in 8MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 continues to demonstrate why so many people eschew a dedicated compact camera these days – smartphones are able to compete in casual shooting environments with ease. This camera has a few cool features, like burst mode, best photo which chooses the optimised pic from a burst 8 shots, 1080p video recording, 720p from camera recording, and snapshot function while recording video. These are features you find on decent dedicated camera setups, so it’s no wonder there is a shift in user behaviour.

Aside from the hardware prowess, operating system refinements and overall performance, the Samsung Galaxy S3 continues to include some content offers as well. The Music Hub, which has been around for some time now, is available for a free trial, as is a subscription to  Quickflix for movies and TV shows. Navigon GPS software is also preloaded.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a remarkable phone. Considering the advancements made since the GS2, and the side-by-side comparison with the rather dimunitive-looking iPhone 4S, this phone ticks most of the boxes a smartphone user would want – with the exception of 4G connectivity and the still-fragmented Android ecosystem.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Should the new Samsung Galaxy S3 be crowned the new king of smartphones?

However, Samsung are betting on screen size and a controlled, specialised interface along with content and social/usability propositions to make their pitch – and it looks like millions of interested punters around the world are buying it. To be honest, so are we.

This page will be filled with a few videos over the weekend focusing on some different areas of the Samsung Galaxy S3. We hope you enjoy them, and let us know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below.

Until next time!

Asus Padfone, Padfone Station and Stylus – First Look

Ever since the first Transformer was unleashed to an unsuspecting Android community, we’ve been keeping an eye on the innovative releases from Asus. We’ve seen the Eee Pad Slider, the Transformer Prime, and have seen the TF700 in its prototype format at the CES earlier this year. Now, this Asus Padfone first look is another feather in the cap for the Taiwanese PC company as it ramps up its tablet range.

Asus Padfone - the smartphone that transforms into a tablet, which then transforms into a keyboard driven mobile product. No shortage of innovation here.

As part of the Asus Padfone first look, we have an unboxing video, which shows all the gear that comes bundled with both the Padfone and the large screen Padfone station - come back to see this in a few hours.

For those familiar with the delicious family feast consisting of a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed into a turkey, the Asus Padfone does feel a little like a technology turducken. Each added element adds a little more functionality but also obviously pads out (forgive the pun) the Asus Padfone’s dimensions and weight. Here’s the overview segment that we think gets across all the cool things about the Padfone:

As you could see, the Padfone is a pretty stock standard ICS build in a nice Ultrabook/Transformer Prime style case. The more I use the native Android 4 environment on mobiles, the more I like it, and the same applies to the Asus Padfone, which is light, comfortable in the hand and should have enough grunt to run whatever Android apps you throw at it, courtesy of the Snapdragon dual core 1.5GHz processor.

Then we have the Asus Padfone Station, which is the 10.1″ inch screen that comes to life when you insert the Padfone into the cradle in the back. The screen looks just like any other Asus ICS tablet product with the familiar home page graphics and Asus-specific widgets. The trick here is to remember that this isn’t a tablet, it’s just a screen displaying the output from the Padfone, which has all the grunt.

The next trick up the Padfone’s sleeve is to then connect the Padfone Station to the Asus Padfone Dock, which is essentially the keyboard dock that we have come to know and love from Asus. With all the same Android shortcuts as on other Transformer keyboards, a second SD card slot after the Micro-SD slot on the Padfone, and the ability to pump out well-typed messages and documents, you can see that Asus have pulled no punches to take this concept as far as it can, including a stylus that doubles as a bluetooth headset.

The Asus Padfone is a superb example of an idea that could well have stayed in the design and R & D labs. Kudos to Asus for showing just what is possible in the Android environment. Without taking away anything from this concept, one must be wondering what wonderful toys are lurking in their Windows 8 testing room.

Our local contacts have left the Asus Padfone with us for a few more days, so there is an opportunity to test or demonstrate a few more things for you and create more content around your feedback. Let us know what other details you’re interested in and we’ll come up with a few more segments around your comments.

Look forward to hearing from you!