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Review Asus FonePad Note 6

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Asus is not the first time proves the well-deserved title of one of the most active innovators in the mobile IT-industry. This time we will focus on the tablet with phone functions – Asus Fonepad Note 6 . At first glance, it may seem that a great many of these devices, but with the diagonal and resolution, the presence of the touch-sensitive pen sensor, stereo speakers, a hardware platform and the prices will not find an alternative, not only among tablets, but also smartphones. To understand what actually is an Asus Fonepad Note 6, the tablet with the ability to call or smartphone with tablet ergonomics, can only be a detailed study of the device that we have been doing over the past two weeks.

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Options

The device comes in a compact carton lower part of which is painted black, and on the top there is an image plate with two sides. Inside the user will find a tablet with a stylus mounted in it, USB-cable, charging adapter at 1.35 A with a matte surface and vacuum-type stereo headset with two additional types of nozzle lip. We would like to note the adapter. Asus company serves a great example to other manufacturers who believe that the accessory must be made of glossy plastic. Perhaps because it looks attractive, but after a few uses once covered spider web scratches, can not be said about the adapter Fonepad Note 6. By the way, the exact same charger and comes with Asus Fonepad 7.

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Design and Ergonomics

Asus Fonepad Note 6 comes in two colors – white (Glaze White) and gray (Soft Charcoal Gray). We got to review the latest version. In our opinion, in white plate looks more expressive and attractive.

Except for the cut-outs for the speakers, the entire front part of the body is covered with tempered glass with oleophobic coating. Under the dynamics of the upper grid is front camera, light sensor and proximity sensor. The central part is a 6-inch Full HD-display. Under it flaunts the manufacturer’s logo and the grid of the second speaker. 

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Side frame encircling tempered glass, extends to the sidewalls, which in turn smoothly into the rear part. At the upper end of the right side faces are the key power / lock and volume control. They appear significantly above the body, so finding them blindly is not difficult. The key travel is soft and short. On the opposite side are covered by the general plug the SIM-card format and micro card slot. At the bottom there is an opening for the microphone jack and Micro-USB slot for the stylus. At the top there is a headphone jack. 

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On the back side of the housing there is 8 megapixel camera lens and logo. The material in this part of the case – plastic with soft-touch-plated.

Despite the fact that Asus Fonepad Note 6 has one of the smallest display of tablets, controlled by one hand it is practically impossible. But Asus still managed to find a compromise – a “control mode with one hand.” He switched from the control panel. When it is activated on the screen Fonepad Note 6, there is another, virtual, screen. The physical dimensions of the screen can fit diagonal 4.3 / 4.5 or 4.7-inches. This mode retains all the functionality of the device, and only run the game for the whole 6-inch screen. To exit from the single-handed need to click on the icon with four arrows or lower the shutter tray, and re-click on the corresponding icon. 

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Due to the lack of collapsible parts, as well as vast experience to produce tablets of any suit, build quality Fonepad Note 6 can be called great. As with the new Asus Nexus 7, when twisted body is bent, but does it completely silent, as if it had long Asus produces flexible devices. That is, the housing of the tablet is easy to strain a little, but it does not create the impression of a fragile thing. In view of the materials used can be assumed that in six months the cabinet will remain in its original form.

The operating system and shell

The tablet is running an operating system Android 4.2, which is installed on top of its own shell. The differences between the implementation of Android 4.2 in the understanding of Google and Asus start with the lock screen. As with most other devices running on Android 4.2, the lock screen can contain in its pages a variety of widgets. For access to the screen to move to the right and to start the camera – left. On the lock screen you can go to the system tray, or start one of five applications, shortcuts are located at the edges of the circle is located around the castle lock. Change the shortcuts installed on your own is impossible. At the top of the screen displays the date, time and weather. 

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Desk has five windows, without the possibility of changing their editing. Downstairs, on the touch-sensitive control keys are four shortcut icon and display a list of installed applications. Create folders by dragging labels on each other.

Notification bar contains 14 icons for easy on / off wireless modules, profiles, audio, reading mode, energy saving etc, brightness and line four icons to go to the settings of Wi-Fi, AudioWizard – pre-installed equalizer presets, and the inclusion of Miracast the menu with general settings.

Note that the interface and settings in Android 4.2 tablet Asus Fonepad Note 6 similar smart phones, rather than those used in tablets this product. For example, the notification panel overlaps all other windows, whereas the same Asus Fonepad 7, it takes only a small part of the screen.

List of applications has two tabs at the top and the bottom three. The top allow you to jump from application to widgets and the bottom – sort the list by commonly used and downloaded. On request, access to any of the existing applications can be locked with a password (App Locker), or simply be hidden from prying eyes do not know how to view these most hidden functions. 

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Numeric keypad dialing contains both Latin and Cyrillic letters, in addition, can be searched and using handwriting, in fact, the same type of input is present in all applications where it may be needed. In the browser as the default standard application Android, but there are Chrome. For his work both no complaints. Fits to work correctly.

Among the pre-installed applications, we note some of the most interesting:

– Splendid – Advanced Setup screen saturation, gamma, color temperature;
– Parental lock – an application to track the device via the PC.

The smoothness of the interface is not satisfactory. During testing, we have never had to deal with a slow troll shell or launch applications.

Hardware Platform

Asus Fonepad Note 6 is based on a hardware platform Intel Atom Z2580. To date, for Intel, Z2580 (CloverTrail +) is the most advanced mobile system-on-chip. Made on 32-nanometer process technology single-chip system-on-a-chip includes two cores of x86 operating at a clock frequency of 2 GHz, supporting technology Hyper-Threading, graphics accelerator PowerVR SGX544 MP2 and 2 GB of RAM. Built-in storage size depends on the configuration and can be of two types: 16 GB or 32 GB. Given the existence of a memory card slot and support for USB Host, even 16 GB should be enough. When connected to a PC, 16 GB of user available 9.96 GB.

In terms of performance Asus Fonepad Note 6 shows a comparable Lenovo Ideaphone K900 results. Recall that Ideaphone K900 running on Intel Atom Z2580, the same processor as the Fonepad Note 6, and is also equipped with a Full HD-display. You can see the benchmark results below.

But in terms of omnivorous video, Asus was ahead! Tablet with ease plays 1080p video at 60 frames / s, but even if he had suddenly and there were some problems with the files, they can be easily circumvented by third-party applications. Another thing is the sound that the headphones or the speakers, which is capable of Fonepad Note 6. In this parameter it clearly benefits not only the majority of tablets, but also smartphones. Asus Fonepad Note 6 is ideal for watching videos, games and music. To do this, it has a great Full HD-display, loud speakers, outstanding sound quality and robust hardware platform that can digest Full HD-video and advanced games like Real Racing 3.

In contrast to the same Lenovo Ideaphone K900, Asus Fonepad Note 6 shows good results autonomy and barely heats up at high load. With a battery capacity of 3,200 mAh, Asus Fonepad Note 6 is able to work 2:00 28 minutes in the application Antutu Tester, thereby gaining 442 points or two days with an average load. In the two-hour test plate showed the following results.

In the read mode disables all wireless communications, including data transmission in a mobile network, and the display brightness set to 50%. When listening to music has an automatic synchronization of data over the mobile network. The display brightness is set to 50% volume in the headphones 12 of 15 possible levels. All music files in MP3, 320 Kbit / s. Navigation includes a route in Google Navigation app. Brightness exhibited 50%, all data communication modules disabled. When playing active video data transmission in a mobile network, display brightness set to 50%, the volume level at 12 out of 15 possible levels. A video file format MKV, 1024h432 point resolution, frame rate 24. Playing videos from Youtube accompanied only work on the network Wi-Fi. The display brightness is set to 50% volume in the headphones 12 of 15 possible levels.

As can be seen from the table, the autonomy Fonepad Note 6 on a fairly good level. Battery charging time from 5% to 100% is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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Search speed GPS-satellites corresponding devices based on Qualcomm processors and Nvidia. A cold start takes about ten seconds. The data transfer speed Wi-Fi-network average.

Display

The 6-inch IPS-matrix with Full HD-resolution has a good supply of brightness, wide viewing angles and close to the natural color of color. The brightness is in the range of 31.8 cd / m ² to 412 cd / m ², 50% corresponds to the value of 192 cd / m ². Good readability of the information from the display on a bright sunny day helps, as the relatively high brightness, and the presence of anti-reflective layer. For example, on a bright autumn day rarely have to raise the backlight above 70%.

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Good impression of the display were confirmed by the results of measurements. Color reproduction is close to the standard value sRGB, 7000K white balance shows, but can be adjusted from 6200K to 7700K, and only the gamma curve revealed excessive brightness of the light tones, which, however, is typical of most displays of mobile devices.

At present the system tray icon will activate the reading, which is activated by pressing the appropriate settings. Its use is justified when reading, but may be involved in any other application (just go to the settings and specify which application to start to shift to a reading). The essence of this mode is simple – to decrease the color temperature to 6500K and 6200K. Subject and so close to the reference value of the color temperature, this mode is not very relevant, but is useful in situations where the minimum brightness is excessive, the inclusion of the reading mode will reduce the strain on the eyes, making the white color is less bright. 

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One of the main features of the Asus Fonepad Note 6 is the presence of the touch-sensitive sensor. With the bundled stylus, the user can create handwritten notes, draw, skrinoshoty certain part of the screen, and more. Something like this is implemented in a family of smartphones Samsung Galaxy Note. In terms of features, Fonepad Note 6 in anything he does not agree. When removing the stylus automatically unlocks the screen and the application runs SuperNote. In the setting of the pen, you can specify whether to resemble a beep tone on the possible loss of the stylus in the absence of any action to them for five minutes, display additional information when you hover the cursor, and so on.

Camera

Tablet Asus Fonepad Note 6 has got two cameras, the main production of Sony, with an 8 megapixel sensor and aperture f/2.0, and more, for video with a resolution of 1.2 MP. The first is capable of recording Full HD-video, front, since lower resolution makes it well with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. 

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The quality of images and videos can be described as good, but when you consider that this is a tablet, if not great. In the settings of the camera has a lot of parameters and operating modes, allowing to adjust to any shooting conditions.

The results

Despite spent with Asus Fonepad Note 6 time, we have not been able to determine to which class of devices is this gadget. Most likely, it will depend on how you use. As the tablet Fonepad Note 6 proved to be a great entertainment center: games, music, movies, reading – with all that it copes effortlessly, besides its dimensions are still allowed to wear the device in the pocket of clothing. If you use Fonepad Note 6 as the main device for communication, and then later for the entertainment, the user may only have one question: why is not flash. Why just this question? Because with all the other functions of Asus Fonepad Note 6 also copes easily.

As a result, Asus Fonepad Note 6 – it fablet whose capabilities allow the user to enjoy watching movies, listening to music, reading, painting, playing modern games are not unduly concerned about the battery charge and be a proud owner of the device, which costs only a little more than the cost of tablets of their own kind (recommended price Asus Fonepad Note 6 of about $ 450), while among smartphone you simply will not find anything like it for the same price .

Liked

+ Screen
+ The presence of two speakers
+ The sound from the speakers and the headphones: volume, quality
+ The presence of the stylus and the sensor is sensitive to the pressure you apply
+ Performance
+ Mode control with one hand
+ Read mode
+ Endurance, as the device has a 6-inch screen and hardware platform Intel Atom
+ Build Quality
+ The camera quality by the standards of tablets
+ The presence of a memory card slot and connectivity Flash-drives
+ Shipping

Do not like it n When using as a tablet with the ability to make calls to mobile networks

– There were no

Do not like it n When using as a smartphone

– Lack of Flash

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