Asus Fonepad 7 Review: Solid performer

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First Impression

The Fonepad 7 replaces the previous model with the same name. The display looked good. It reminded me of the Google Nexus 7. However, this comes with the option to make calls. Personally, I am not a big fan of making calls with a phone, big enough to cover your face. I did make a few test calls, but, the Fonepad was used for browsing and playing games.


The Fonepad is heavier than other tablets in this segment. It weighs 340 g. It has a glossy all-plastic body. The back of the Fonepad 7 is a finger print magnet. So, always carry a piece of cloth along. On the right side, the power key and the volume rocker are placed well. Even though it is a big device, it is easy to use both those keys. There is a SD card slot. The only drawback is that there is no cover to protect the SD card. On the left of the Fonepad, there is a SIM card slot. The 3.5mm jack and USB slot sit on top and bottom of the tab respectively. The glossy back panel houses a 5 MP camera. Overall, the design is simple and neat.The Fonepad 7 sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels. The display is bright and performs well, even under well-lit conditions. The Fonepad 7 was used to watch a lot of videos, web browsing and reading books. Using a 7-inch device to watch videos is ideal. You don\’t strain your eyes. You can watch videos for hours and your eyes won\’t really complain. A 7-inch device is also good for browsing and reading books. Text is clear, scrolling is smooth and one hand operation works.The Fonepad 7 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor. It also has a 1GB RAM. That combination makes the device work smoothly. Download heavy games and apps, you won\’t regret it.  The interface is similar to the one seen on Google Nexus 7. The interface is clean. The device is powered by a 3950 mAh battery and it lasts easily for 10-12 hours. That included browsing, a few calls, heavy use of video player and music player. The Fonepad 7 is available in 8/16/32 GB variants with up to 32 GB expandable space. That gives you plenty of room to load your apps, pictures, videos, games and songs.The 5MP camera takes decent pictures. However, the performance goes down outdoors. The camera also has the autofocus and geo-tagging feature. There are plenty of apps in the market that can enhance the camera features. The front-facing 1.2 MP camera does the job, when you\’re making Skype calls. While I got a black review unit, the Fonepad 7 is also available in white.


  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 7-inch IPS LCD Touchscreen Display
  • 800 x 1280 Pixel Native Resolution
  • Dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • microSD/SDHC Media Slot
  • 5-megapixel Rear-facing Camera
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3950 mAh battery


My experience was pleasurable. Apart from the glossy body and the camera, I had no complains. As I mentioned earlier, I am not comfortable using such a large device for calling. But, that is a matter of personal opinion. Everything else that I tried on the Fonepad 7, worked well. The Fonepad is priced at 17,499 INR and it is money well spent.

Price: Rs. 17,499

Rating: 4/5

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