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£29.99 up-front plus £12.49 per month, or £179.99 outright

British mobile operator Three has today launched the ASUS Fonepad on its network. The 7-inch Intel-powered Android tablet/phone hybrid is available for £179.99 outright when bought with a £5, £7.50 and £15 data top-up, or £29.99 up-front on a 24-month, £12.49 per month contract.

So Three is positioning the device as a tablet rather than an Android phone, which is probably a good thing considering its enormous size. Here's what Richard Devine had to say in our review of the Fonepad —

I really want to like the Fonepad, and in some respects I do. For the price, this is a very competitive device with fantastic battery life, Jelly Bean and the ability to make calls. Sadly, the internals let it down, and I fear that its low price point price may have led to the decision to use the Intel Z2420. It just doesn't feel nearly as smooth and snappy as the Nexus 7, which is similarly priced and a full year old. It hampers the overall experience, which is otherwise typically good from ASUS. 

The biggest issue is the way it's marketed by ASUS, almost more as a phone than a tablet. Holding this to my head in public was awkward to say the least. With headphones, it's a great idea — an all in one that is both a proper tablet and a full featured smartphone. But please, don't hold it to your head. 

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Source: Three UK

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There are 33 comments

15israellai says:

"But please, don't hold it to your head." What's the big deal? I've seen people doing that since the OG Galaxy Tab days.

DWR_31 says:

If you really want this tablet just buy a Galaxy Mega and call it a day.

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xweb10 says:

I love this photo. If I did this with a tablet I think I could feel the cancer entering my brain faster than with a phone.

icu says:

Agree with the previous comments - can we stop with the "AHAHA Huge phone guys LOOK!"

It was almost funny when the first iPad came out, but at this point I think most people are pretty comfortable with smartphones and tablets where answering a call on a tablet (I suspect) would draw more people saying "oh cool I didn't know you could make calls on a tablet!" than derisive laughter.

To me, people taking pictures with tablets is far more awkward and yet its done all the time.

gatorboi352 says:

"but at this point I think most people are pretty comfortable with smartphones and tablets where answering a call on a tablet (I suspect) would draw more people saying "oh cool I didn't know you could make calls on a tablet!" than derisive laughter."

Nope. Pretty sure we are NOT there, and we should never be. That photo will never not look ridiculous.

icu says:

I suppose I'm projecting my own sensibilities on "normal people". I guess I'm just saying - I wouldn't let looking a bit odd stop me from such a use case. In fact I'm VERY interested in the Note III and other larger screened phones.

Note: I rarely if ever use my phone as a phone and most of the time I'm using a headset or speakerphone.

NoNexus says:

See I think that BT headsets are kinda silly, but that is just me. I am with you though, I wouldnt let odd scare me off of something that I want. and I don't think I would mind a small bump in the Note to 5.7, maybe 5.9.

icebike says:

BT has gained mainstream acceptance, and a wired headset is almost de rigueur anywhere you go. Nobody thinks twice about seeing either in almost any situation.

But monster-fablet to the ear is still douchebaggery of the highest order, and probably will be forever. It just looks desperate.

3165dwayne says:

No, I'm pretty sure it should never be held to your head. Not only does it look ridiculous, but isn't that thing heavy and uncomfortable?

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Cylemmulo says:

no, no we won't this is just so so dumb

overfloater says:

Protip: Use the cash you save on the "£179.99" outright deal to invest in a bluetooth headset.

Synycalwon says:

Frankly, I don't care how it looks up to your head. If it works for you, rock it! I'm not about to judge. :D /it's all subjective anyway...

Heisenberg says:

I'm going to judge. It looks very stupid.

TheNexxuvas says:

So what, judge all you want, just shows how stupid YOU actually are. Also makes you look like a bully.

Oh come on nowwwwww... I mean really, how does that NOT look completely ridiculous?! I don't get some of you people... do you say these things to try and be "cool" by standing up to the "haters", or do you genuinely think people walking around with tablet sized "phones" attached to their face is acceptable and not an utterly moronic look for people?! Look, I'm all for the whole idea behind "to each their own", but my good god, we gotta draw the line of stupidity SOMEWHERE! For crying out loud people....

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icebike says:

This!

So tired of the P. C. Nazis.

Synycalwon says:

I draw the line right here:

Subjective:

1. existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought (opposed to objective).
2. pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal; individual: a subjective evaluation.
3. placing excessive emphasis on one's own moods, attitudes, opinions, etc.; unduly egocentric.

That's great, thanks for the lesson... Still looks dumb, and always will. No matter how you look at it, it will never be the "norm"

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dmedesha says:

I keep thinking this guy is in Peter Jackson's new movie, "The Hobbits of Heathrow."

YanivC says:

I think they confused this with facial recognition software :)

xweb10 says:

Apple has fingerprint scanners. Android has facial scans!

3165dwayne says:

Motorola Atrix?

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FarmerFran says:

All I can think about when seeing this and having an incoming call is the quote from Blazing Saddles... "Scuse me while I whip this out!"

Hamp says:

Now THAT'S funny right there...I don't care who you are!

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Zorachus says:

LOL can't stop laughing at that picture :)

MrJazz says:

Don't be that guy.

stevovr says:

Forget three. Buy it unlocked from CPW and get the virgin unlimited data, SMS and 150 minutes for 12 quid a month 30 day sim. Great bit of kit had one since first day of cpw release. Use a one x for calls this for everything else.

fightcrazy says:

How cool would the new Nexus 7 be if it could also make phone calls? That is the same way I look at any tablet, only if it could make real phone calls. I like it. All tablets should be able to make calls. To me that is a major plus.

The definition of awkwardness just got a whole new level.

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TheDu9du says:

That picture is priceless! Possibly funnier than recording some kind of live show with the iPad.

Gearu says:

Photo is 10/10.

Using this Tab as a phone is a nice way to escape from the pawn brokers (if we have to pay money to him)...

LOL. Now I know what phone to get to hide from pan handlers and street hustlers trying to ask you if you have a minute to donate. You can even use the padFone as a cubicle divider to hide from the boss. It's like 1980 all over again when cellphones had to be attached to a back pack.