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    The UK Asus Padfone 2 Thread

    Good news for all those of us who live in the UK with the confirmation from Asus that the Padfone 2 will be launched in the UK sometime early in 2013.

    This thread is for all UK buyers/potential buyers to keep us posted with news, opinions - whatever really

    But we Brits won't mind others joining in if they want to...

    This looks like it might be a replacement for my SGS & TF101 if it is priced sensibly - at the moment the
    pricing is looking a little on the high side, but who knows what sort of contracts will be available?

    Here are some links that I'm sure most of you have already seen if you are interested at all.

    Asus Padfone 2 confirmed for the UK | News | TechRadar

    Asus Padfone 2 review - Hands on | Expert Reviews

    Official: Asus Padfone 2 confirmed for "early 2013" UK release

    Asus Padfone 2 preview - PC Advisor

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    Released it too late, if they were releasing it this year then i might have gone for it, but its the lumia 920 for me, plus, ive just bought an infinity

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    Hope you don't mind me playing; I drive a quasi-British car here in the states (New Mini/BMW). This Yank is jealous of you Brits for getting a solid confirm on what quarter the Padfone 2 will be coming to you. Checked the links and watched the videos. What can you tell me about that bicycle mount near the end of this video?



    Appears to be magnetic, but not sure. I've never seen anything like that and it is shown working with the Padfone 2 in the video.

    Waiting patiently in North America for some word on where we fit into the Asus Padfone 2 que...

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    Nothing at all I'm afraid Looks like a piece of creative advertising to me..

    Enjoy your mini

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    Well, I'm not going to wait any longer, just ordered on eBay from Taiwan
    I currently live in Ireland, but not Irish :-)
    Last edited by schriss; 10-31-2012 at 11:09 AM.

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    Re: The UK Asus Padfone 2 Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by schriss View Post
    Well, I'm not going to wait any longer, just ordered on eBay from Taiwan
    I currently live in Ireland, but not Irish :-)
    Arrived today, all is good so far :-)

    Sent from my PadFone 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by schriss View Post
    Arrived today, all is good so far :-)
    We're all waiting for a thorough review... Hint, hint

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    I'm not good at that ;-) Engadget did a good job :-)
    Anyway, so far I love it :-) Phone build quality and design are excellent. Tablet not bad either.
    Here is few things:
    Apex Launcher and ADW Launcher EX do not work great for me because they don't keep separate screen layouts for phone (Portrait) and tablet (Horizontal) modes. Maybe there is a way I don't know about or just need to ask them to implement support for that. So I'm back to stock launcher and it's not bad. too bad it's wasting 1 row at the top of the screen on the phone. So today I spent most of the time messing with launchers and setting up screens for both: phone and tablet modes.
    I'm missing Gmail count feature I was used to on Apex Launcher. Guess I need to find a widget for it... Other than that, stock launcher works fine.

    Asus custom settings section is a nice touch because it allowed me to remap Recents button, enabled long-press on recents button to open settings menu. Coming from custom ROMs and being used to having recents button remapped to short-press: settings, long-press: recents, its not bad and pleasant surprise.

    Some apps like IM Pro offer phone/tablet modes, but so far I was not able to make the app switch automatically, I don't think it's possible as it requires app restart after manually changing mode in settings. I probably need phone and tablet versions installed separately, unless they don't provide that. I think that's why we have an option to kill selected apps on dock/undock, so that when we restart them, they launch in proper mode, I will try that with apps that stay in memory, like IM Pro.

    When phone is docked and camera app is lauched, for some reason it's limited to 5Mpix. Strange, but I don't care :-)
    EDIT: Found solution on Asus website: The default mode of camera is landscape mode (16:9) when insert Padfone 2 into the Station, and the limitation of landscape mode is 5.5M pixels, you can change to portrait mode (4:3), then the camera will provide 13M pixels resolution. (There are 2 switch icon under the camera screen).

    Didn't play with many apps yet, but when using stock launcher, GMail, YouTube and Google Play do recognize the phone/tablet mode automatically which is nice.

    Oh, I did get popup about new firmware available, I did update on the phone first then once docked, it asked me to update station firmware too, which I did and zero issues with the update process.

    I do get H icon when connected to O2 network here in Ireland so that's good, I was afraid it wouldn't work for some reason.

    One little issue I have is with my Asus RT-N56U dual-band router, none of my 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks are visible, so I need to play with settings. Both networks are visible and accessible from HTC One X.
    Edit: Got 2.4GHz network working by removing spaces from network name. Still didn't manage to connect to 5GHz, it's not visible to the phone.
    Last edited by schriss; 11-03-2012 at 10:15 AM.
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    I think you sold yourself short

    That's a good "honest, real world user review". Thanks for writing it up.

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    Good news: Got my 2.4GHz WiFi network to work by removing spaces from network name, seems like Padfone 2 doesn't like it.
    Bad news: Didn't get my 5GHz WiFi to work, it can't be found regardless of settings I choose on my router. Router only allows channels from 36 to 48, maybe Padfone 2 works on different channels...

 

 
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