ASUS fonepad review – a C3PO for the whole family.

I was hoping to give you a review of the new Padfone Infinity, but instead this weekend I got my hands on a 7″ phone. Or should I say tablet?..

Well it’s both – It’s the ASUS fonepad!

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 Small enough to put in the pocket of your jacket 

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How to install facebook home on any device

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Facebook home on the ASUS Padfone 2

Thanks to the XDA Developers hacker theos0o. A engineered modified version of Facebook Home can be  installed as long as you allow your phone or tablet to install unofficial apps that aren’t  in the Google Play store.

  • Uninstall the original Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook Home  applications if you already have them. If any Facebook apps are pre-installed on  your device, you will likely need to root your phone to remove it.
  • Download the hacked version of Facebook Home (link here) and hacked version of Facebook Messenger (link here). Extract the .rar  files.
  • Install the official Facebook app (com.facebook.katana), then the Facebook  Home launcher (com.facebook.home), and then the Facebook Messenger app  (com.facebook.orca).
  • Enable Facebook Home under the Facebook app settings. Reboot your  device.
  • If you have any serious issues, reboot into recovery mode and wipe the  Dalvik cache. (Power + volume down)

The offcial app
Can be found in Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.home with only a  rating of 2.4 at the moment. Right now only released for  HTC First, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3 och Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and will support Galaxy S4 and HTC One when there released.

So what about it?
I’m probably not considered as a “poweruser” of facebook. But it looks nice and seems to work as it should. It’s easy enough to get to the usual view I had before the update when needed. But as you can drag shortcuts to the apps you need and get to your normal startscreen with just one click, there’s really not much use to go back. It works flawless when docked to the Padfone station as well.

I have to try it out some more later tonight (with Netflix, Skype SMS etc.) but it i had no performance issues so far and and as far as my initial feeling it just adds value to my PadFone 2 so far.

*edit*
Everything works fine so far on the ASUS Padfone 2. Would have been great if the home screen could have more settings though. I would like to get e-mail notifications right on there etc. Guess that’s coming later.

Facebook home – pushes everything else to the “Dark side of the phone”

There’s been a lot of talk during the last year of a “facebook phone”. Zuckerberg have been denying it, referring to the fact that a facebook phone wouldn’t even “move the needle” when it comes to market shares – he’s probably right. So what to do when you want to “move the needle”?

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4 weeks with the ASUS PadFone 2

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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”?
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New Firmware released for Padfone 2

New firmware released for PadFone2
Firmware: V10.4.12.24 Only for WWE SKU (Android 4.1)

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Improved:
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

ASUS Padfone 2 – Fast Bootup

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.. 😉

Padfone 2 – ASUS customized settings

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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)

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