Four weeks ago I decided to change my phone and tablet for the 2 in 1 solution from ASUS – the PadFone 2. Not only was this to be a change of one gadget for another, but a complete change of echo system. Over the past weeks I have tried to answer questions here on the blog, on forums, twitter, facebook and by mail. The result of that (and my own continuous use of the PadFone 2) has resulted in reviews, guides and tips.I even made some new friends in the process.
This is my sum up of the past four weeks with the ASUS Padfone 2 in a new and scary echo system.. Can a windows guy go “Android”?
New firmware released for PadFone2
Firmware: V10.4.12.24 Only for WWE SKU (Android 4.1)
1. Enhanced PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station performance and stability
2. Improved Wi-Fi connection and stability
3. Upgraded the
camera’s firmware and optimized the camera’s HDR and automatic brightness control functions
4. NFC file sharing on ASUS Studio
5. Added ASUS Story
6. Support of Tomb Jewels
7. Improved the Weather Time widget
8. Improved Email’s editing function
9. Improved Contacts app
10. Improved the Battery widget’s battery display function
11. Optimized the instant translation interface
12. Added SMS samples
13. Optimized the lock screen interface
You can either check you phone by pressing settings/about Padfone/System Firmware Update or download it manually from here http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/PadFone2/#support
I promised some sample pictures from the camera earlier. First of all, I’m no expert at photography at all. I use my phone for fast instagram pictures and family photos of the kids that ends up on facebook. With that said, the 13 mega-pixel camera is probably more than I need. It has a lot of software filters and it’s pretty easy to get some cool effects if you are a “Insta-Junkie“. The “HDR” filter can get you some pretty cool pictures when the lighting is good enough too.
13 mega-pixel camera for the Instagram junkie
Let’s talk about one of the ASUS customized settings options called “Fast Bootup”.
I’ve seen a lot of questions about this around the community forums – but no real answer that humans can understand. I feel I have to sort out what it is, and of course show you how it works. If you are a geek you already know how this works and why, so go ahead to skip ahead to the video below.
What is “Fast Bootup”?
I Short, it enables you to boot your Padfone 2 in under 4 seconds when powered off. Yes it sounds crazy fast and almost unbelievable. It’s not all without it’s disadvantages, but almost. When enabled, it saves your current state to a cache and then loads it up again on boot. Kind of like when you set your PC to sleep mode. One minor disadvantage, just like when you set your PC to sleep mode, your Padfone 2 still uses some power to keep the saved state alive and ready for your next boot. So with that in mind – use your own judgment.
Anyway, this feature can be pretty handy if you power off your phone often and have a need for a really superfast boot when powered on. In the video below I have compared the boot times, first a normal boot and then with the setting “Fast Bootup” enabled. Enjoy!
And no, it’s not a trick. It’s really this fast.
I have a strong feeling this setting might be trouble when updating etc. so be sure to disable it before you try to boot into recovery or doing an OTA update just to be safe.
If you enjoyed this post, please let me know below. I like to connect to both humans and machines.. 😉
One thing I get asked about over and over again is what the ASUS customized setting does. You’ll find it as a submenu under the ordinary settings of your Padfone 2. Here is what you can do with it.
Most of it is pretty self-explanatory, but there are some settings that could use some explanation if you are new to Android and the ASUS Padfone 2 (as I am)
How to get your daughters attention using your ASUS Padfone 2 – I am your father
One of the main features of the PadFone series is the Dynamic Display technology. In short it’s the switching between the screens while still staying in the active app without the loss of data. It enables seamless transfer of applications from the phone to the tablet and vice versa and is critical for the user experience. Don’t worry, ASUS got it right!
Marketing method = E P I C
Not really the app we hoped for, but a pretty slick and funny way to put some positive pressure on Instagram by Nokia and Windows Phone.The app allows you to take photos, add a classic Polaroid filter to them and post them to your social networks with the hashtag #2InstaWithLove.
So I regularly check what people search for when getting to my blog, one big topic (Besides ASUS stuff) seems to be problems with the Ricomagic Mini PC MK802 IIIS, and the term “”My Ricomagic Mini PC won’t start” or “Freezes on boot screen”.
“Why the fuck doesn’t anyone write an easy guide in English for this shit?”
I can’t help myself, but whenever I see stuff like this with products I use myself, I just have to check if I can replicate the problem, and then hopefully fix it.. I won’t go any deeper into how you can “crash” your Ricomagic, but lets just say that cutting the power to it over and over again in certain situations will help.. 😛
With the Ricomagic MK802IIIs there’s really only one solution to any boot-up or software problem – Firmware recovery/upgrade. Easy enough? Sure, the problem is really not upgrading the actual firmware – it’s getting the right one and then read the instructions in Chinese or in best case “Engrish”..
I ended up with “Why the fuck doesn’t anyone write a easy guide in English for this shit?“. And then it hit me, I’m “Anyone“..
How to recover/upgrade your Ricomagic MK802 IIIS in three steps
You will do this in three steps, 1. the software part, 2. the hardware driver installation and last, 3. recovery/upgrade. Keep reading below!
Coming from a different echo system I decided to use the Padfone 2 for a couple of weeks. It replaced my phone and my tablet, for work, for play – for everything.
This is what a regular day in my life looked like with the ASUS Padfone 2 as my main mobile tool. Enjoy!
No ASUS tablets were harmed in the making of this film (I however walked into a lamppost, stepped in a water filled hole and got a door slammed in my face..)
Thx to Ben and The Brought Low for their permission letting me create and use the loop from their song “Motherless sons”. http://www.myspace.com/broughtlow