Today we will test the Asus FonePad Note FHD 6, which is a cheaper competitor of the famous Samsung Note 3.
A 6-inch FullHD screen, a 2Ghz Intel CPU and 2Gb of RAM memory, all wrapped up in a casing whose design greatly resembles the 7-inch Phonepad’s, and might even be considered a competition even of the Htc One Max or the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Let’s discuss the design features of this FonePad FHD 6.
As Asus stated, we are dealing with an under-sized tablet, designed to fit one’s pocket rather than an over-sized phone. It is a bit thicker than your average phone and it looks more like a compact, but stout tablet so the idea of using it as a phone may not even enter your mind.
The finishing touches of the case are acceptable; the back and sides of the case are plastic and the front has a shiny appearance. It does not compare to Note3’s appearance, for example, but as we earlier mentioned, this product is much cheaper than its competition. The frontal video camera and the sensors are well-positioned and the stereo speakers make the front of the FonePad very pleasant-looking.
Asus has managed to reduce the edges of its screen, giving the impression of a thin frame and complying with the current market tendencies. The power/Lock button is placed a bit higher, making it quite difficult to reach when we are holding the tablet in one hand. On one side there is a flap which allows access to a Micro Sim and Micro-SD card slot.
Although it also has a phone feature the ergonomics of this product isn’t its strong point. The flat case and thick edges give the impression that Asus Fonepad Note 6 a large but uncomfortable phone to use. Using it with only one hand is quite difficult and it is almost impossible to dial a phone number or lock the screen in this way. Maybe only if you have giant hands …no offense to those that have succeeded.
Asus FonePad Note 6 Full Hd video :
Hardware and performance
The 6 inch FullHD screen has a 367 pixel density, and the clips and photos can be viewed amazingly on such a screen. The IPS panel was used on this model as well, thus succeeding in having very good contrast although good luminosity can also be achieved if we set it manually to its maximum level.
In order to achieve the higher performance, Asus also included the Splendid app which allows color adjustment and other settings that improve image quality. Even in direct sunlight, Fonepad 6’s performance is good because the screen has already received special treatment in preparation for out-door use.
Similar to other models, Asus has chosen the Intel Atom CPU, particularly the Z2850 model as an engine for this phone-tablet. This CPU comes with a PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphic core. Therefore we have great performance if we take into consideration the product’s price but don’t expect to be amazed.
The browsing speed is more than ok, and even the gaming part is decent, as it successfully ran a series of games that eat up a lot of resources. On autonomy we can mention that it has a 3200 mAH battery, using the power saving/low consumption Intel CPU, the usage duration increases especially when we refer to gaming or video rendering.
Full hardware specs here
Software and accessories
We benefit from the same Android 4.2.2 on the Fonepad Note 6 as well, accompanied by a set of apps which are present on most Asus products : Audio Wizard for adequate sound settings, the Asus Cloud storing service or Reader app used to calibrate the white levels when reading documents.
We also get a magnetic-electric digitizer which together with the Stylus included in the tablet’s casing provides a useful tool for those who need drawing or handwriting. However, Fonepad Note FHD 6 isn’t an artistic pocket tool because the dedicated digitizer isn’t sensitive to touch pressure.
In order to use this feature we have the SuperNote app which is automatically activated when we use the stylus. We can cut content, add notes or write details in different apps or we can handwrite, the text being automatically processed.
You can recognize these features from the Samsung Galaxy Note right? You have them here as well for a much better price.
As for the phone feature, Fonepad Note 6 behaves exceptionally (hardware wise not ergonomics). The stereo audio system is strong and reliable (high-fidelity), making it easy to hear ringtones and notifications ang has a good in-call sound as well.
The camera is satisfactory as it is supported by an app that somehow retouches the results. As a disadvantage we can note the lack of flash which means no party photos or club photos late at night.
As a multimedia tool, the Asus phone-tablet behaves very well. Video rendering is exceptional on the Full HD screen and the sound as well , coming through the frontal stereo speakers which provide clarity and an adequate volume .
We can also note the built-in GPS on the Asus Fonepad Note 6 which means you can use it as a navigation tool as well. The antenna is a mediocre one and the lack of A-GPS leads to a delay in satellite connectivity and frequent rerouting. Still we cannot complain, it is a useful tool.
Asus called it the pocket tab but it is definitely much more than that.
Its strengths are the Full Hd screen, the CPU which places it in the top mid-range performance category, praise worthy multimedia experience, a good Stylus for sketches and handwriting and a reasonable price compared to its competitors.
Its greatest downside is its extremely bulky design and lack of ergonomics which leads to difficulty in using this product as a phone although it performs irreproachably.