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Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG, Truly a Game Changer

February 24, 2015

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In one of my latest reviews, I talked about a tempting and affordable Asus tablet from the Memo Pad line and liked it quite a bit. Today, I’ll be checking out another one, but this one is from the Fonepad line, which consists in tablets with GSM support. The model I’ve picked is the Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG, which was released in September 2014 and brings dual-SIM support, a 7 inches display, a 64-bit Intel Atom Z2530 chipset, stereo speakers and more. It also comes for a small price, so if you’re feeling interested, keep reading and find out more about it.

Inside its retail package, the Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG is accompanied by its charger and a microUSB cable for making data connections and re-charging your device.

The tablet stands at 194.3 x 108.9 x 9.8 mm and has a weight of 300 grams. The device might seem too large and heavy for being carried inside your pocket, but have no worries about its size or weight if you’re going to be carrying it inside your purse or backpack. Even though it’s entirely made from plastic, the Fonepad 7 is nicely put together and seems to be pretty solid too. Its body is surrounded by a subtle silver frame, which adds a touch of elegance to the overall appearance.

The Fonepad 7 FE375CXG come with a 7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a pixel density of 216 ppi and features oleophobic coating for protection. The image quality isn’t anything to write home about, as it’s decent inside, but leaves much to be desired if you’re going to use the device under direct sunlight. This issue occurs due to the very reflective screen, but won’t be a deal breaker, considering the tablet’s small price.

In terms of software, the Fonepad 7 comes loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which has been significantly tweaked by Asus here and there. The lockscreen is the usual Android business, displaying the date, time, weather info and some shortcuts towards the email, browser, camera and Google Now. Also here are the reminders from Asus’ proprietary What’s Next app. The homescreen offers four shortcuts (which is the maximum number supported) and Asus and Google folders, each one holding their associated applications. You can have a maximum of 9 homescreens.
Your notifications are displayed by a two finger swipe and you can also view your quick toggles and a brightness slider from here by swiping down from the right side.
Google Now is also on board for offering you a personal assistant that displays relevant information based on your virtual behavior (searches and the like) and can also be controlled vocally and perform tasks.

When it comes to hardware, the Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG comes packed with a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3530 chipset, having a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, PowerVR Series 6 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The tablet isn’t exactly a race horse among its competitors, but provides a great user experience nonetheless and will handle a fair amount of tasks and doesn’t have any issues with popular power hungry games.

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At the connectivity department, we’ll find support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-go support for enabling you to connect different peripherals to it (such as a mouse, flash drive and more).

The Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG comes with a 2 MP snapper which will produce stills with a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The camera application offers a big deal of modes, like Panorama or HDR, manual settings for adjusting the exposure, ISO or white balance and more. In terms of image quality, let’s say that you won’t be using the tablet for taking pictures a lot, as they show up pretty disappointing, but you can’t really expect more from a 2 MP camera.
The video camera is able to produce 720p videos @ 30 fps, but these are also pretty uninspiring.
A front-facing 0.3 MP camera is also on board for making video calls.

Some other handy features offered by the Fonepad 7 FE375CXG are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, the Android browser and Google Chrome for surfing the web, a file manager, a Power Saver and more.

The Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG relies on a 3,950 mAh battery and will endure 12 hours of web browsing or almost 10 of video playback, which is great.

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