Fair warning this is probably going to be a rant and press release combined.. So the ASUS PadFone X is coming to AT&T exclusively on June 6th and it theory it sounds likes a great idea and a great product but in reality I don’t think so. According to the AT&T site it’s two devices and one data plan but the flaw there is the data plans are ridiculously expensive to be actually of use to anyone unless you’re rich. I personally would never get or use a tablet on a cellphone data plan as to me they’re worthless except for checking email and browsing some websites as it’s not like you’re going to watch Netflix or stream music over a cellphone data connection. How long would the data plan last you? Not a month surely. I’m just so sick of these companies, all of them, not just AT&T, touting that their data plans are wonderful and in the best interest of their customers. That’s a load of BS, it’s to make them money, plain and simple, the customer is not making out in any way, shape or form. I love the idea of the PadFone X, I’m sure overall it’s a great product but in the long I think it won’t be worth it as you won’t be able to fully utilize it and enjoy as it was meant to be. The prices they charge for data are sickening, but yet they try and tell us that it’s a great deal. Yes I’m grandfathered in with unlimited data on AT&T but even I can’t really utilize it as it’s not really unlimited now is it? I was looking at AT&T data plans and for example they offer a 10gb plan for $100, that’s outrageous, that’s $10 per gigabyte. If you go smaller it’s even worse, 1gb on AT&T is $25 per month. Seriously? Why are we putting up with this shit that companies are selling us? Why are we letting them rip us off so bad? I guess we don’t have much of a choice do we because of the monopolies and crappy service they offer. I’m stuck with AT&T if I want to be able to get phone calls in my own home. AT&T is the third provider I’ve used and it’s the first that actually let’s me get calls in my home, so I’m stuck with them, plain and simple. Even then my service is spotty, I just looked at my phone and it bounces between 2 and 3 bars regularly and some days it’s even just 1 bar, and usually I have to go stand by the window to take phone calls and some days I have to go stand on the porch outside. (not fun at all in the winter by the way…) It’s not just the phones either, every phone I’ve had has the same issues. I guess a couple bars and a phone call is better than not being able to receive calls right? Shitty service is better than no service at all and these cell companies know it. They have us by the balls as it were and we’re just stuck with their subpar service because we don’t have a real choice at all. Whatever, rant over… below you can find the PR about the PanFone X and some pics..
Pre-order the highly-anticipated ASUS PadFone X exclusively from AT&T2 online or in stores on June 6 for zero down or no annual contract. The smartphone and ASUS PadFone Station will be available at $22.92 per month with AT&T Next3 18, $29.80 per month with AT&T Next 12 or $199 with a two-year agreement.
"We are proud to add the innovative ASUS PadFone X to AT&T’s leading device portfolio," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. "PadFone X provides tremendous value and flexibility to consumers. It combines a powerful smartphone with a 9-inch PadFone station and runs on the network that covers more than 99 percent of all Americans4."
"AT&T and ASUS are passionate about providing incredible experiences, and we are very excited to offer the compelling combination of PadFone X on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. PadFone X offers the ability to instantly experience multiple displays via a premium smartphone and tablet," said Jerry Shen, CEO, ASUS.
PadFone X combines both the smartphone and ASUS PadFone Station into an innovative package with seamless transitions that lets you choose between two screen sizes dependent on the task at hand. For a closer look at the PadFone X, check out these videos:
Smartphone and Tablet-like Experience in One
PadFone X is a 5-inch full HD Android 4.4 (KitKat) smartphone that docks into the included PadFone Station to transform into a 9-inch full HD tablet-like experience, allowing you to select the optimal display experience at any time – whether watching a video at the kitchen table or taking a call on the road. Powered by ASUS DynamicDisplay technology, when docked, apps running on the smartphone are seamlessly resized to fit the ASUS PadFone Station’s larger display. PadFone X features a thin and light design with dual front speakers, which includes ASUS SonicMaster technology to deliver a full and immersive audio experience.
A 13 megapixel, f/2.0 aperture PixelMaster camera on the PadFone X allows you to capture stunning photographs that rival or surpass those taken by dedicated digital cameras. The camera’s LowLight Mode significantly increases camera performance during nighttime and in poorly lit scenes. By merging adjacent pixels, the camera increases light sensitivity by and, resulting in clear and bright low-light shots without the need for a flash. Turbo Burst Mode makes it easier to seize that perfect moment by enabling the camera to capture photos at up to 35 frames per second.
PadFone X marks the latest in a series of collaborations between ASUS and AT&T. The companies started working together in 2012 with the launch of VivoTab RT and continued through 2013 with the MeMO Pad FHD 10 LTE. Additional features include:
- Smooth and Responsive Performance – Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, PadFone X offers a smooth and responsive performance.
- Large Storage Capacity – 16GB of on-board storage and a Micro SD slot supporting up to 64GB of additional storage ensures that you have plenty of space to store the favorite music, movies, games and photos.
- Maximum Charging – PadFone Station includes a large battery that charges the phone when it is is docked, providing up to two times longer battery life and allowing you to do more of the things you love for longer. It also offers Power Matters Alliance (PMA) wireless charging for a convenient and clutter-free charging experience.
Accessories for Added Device Protection
Two optional accessories are available to enhance your mobile experience. The PadFone X Folio Bundle is a set of protective covers for the phone and ASUS PadFone Station that are designed to work together even when the phone is docked. Available in blue and white, the polyurethane covers protect PadFone X from dents and dings, and feature a microfiber interior to keep the screen scratch free.
The PadFone X Mobile Dock is a custom-fit Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad that transforms PadFone X into a notebook. Precision-engineered keys and high-quality aluminum construction deliver a comfortable typing experience, and the integrated touchpad allows navigation of documents and webpages without needing to touch the screen. The Mobile Dock connects to PadFone X via Bluetooth 3.0 and includes a 450mAh battery for up to one month of use between charges.
Purchase the blue or white ASUS two-pack tablet cover and Wireless Charging Folio and the Duracell Wireless Charging Mat for $80 – a $50 savings. No device purchase necessary. Offer valid June 6 to July 24, 2014 or while supplies last.
For more information about the PadFone X visit att.com/PadFoneX. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #PadFoneX.
The ASUS PadFone X earned five out of five stars on AT&T’s Eco-Rating system. The system, which addresses select environmental attributes of AT&T branded handset devices, was created to empower consumer choice around sustainability. For more information about this device’s rating, AT&T’s Eco-Rating System, and how you can join AT&T in making a difference, please visit http://att.com/ecospace.
AT&T is focused on giving our customers a top-notch experience with every interaction. The company recently outperformed competitors for the second time in a row in studies measuring customer service and the wireless purchase experience. J.D. Power awarded AT&T the "Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers" and "Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-Service Wireless Providers" in their 2014, Volume 1 studies.6
1 Reliability: Based on 3d party data re nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not avail. everywhere.
2AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
3AT&T NextSM req’s 20-month or 26-month 0% APR installment agreement, qualifying credit, & wireless svc. Tax due at sale. If you cancel wireless service, remaining device balance is due. Other charges & restrictions apply. All terms subject to change. Visit att.com/next for details.
4Based on coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Compatible device required. Coverage not available everywhere.
5 The features and functionality of the ASUS PadFone Station are only available when the ASUS PadFone X smartphone is docked. Not all app screens optimize when docked.
6AT&T received the highest numerical score among full service wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power 2013 (Vol. 2) and 2014 (Vol. 1) Wireless Customer Care Full Service and Full Service Wireless Purchase Experience StudiesSM. Study based on 7,195 (Customer Care) and 8,525 (Purchase Experience) consumer responses measuring 4 full service wireless providers and measures opinions of consumers who purchased a wireless product or service within last 6 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed July-December 2013. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.