Smartphone Madness 2012 Game 3: ASUS PadFone vs. Samsung Galaxy S II. Voting Ends 3/15 at 9 a.m. EST
The Madness continues as we tip off Game 3 of the 2012 tournament, even as the “other” tournament has yet to really get underway. Already we’ve seen the iPhone 4S taken down by the Huawei Ascend D Quad, and the Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 710 breeze past the Samsung Galaxy Note with nearly 87% of the vote.
Today we watch the ASUS Padfone go toe-to-toe against the Samsung Galaxy S II. The polls are now open and will continue to be so until Thursday morning at 9 a.m. EST. Let’s meet our teams.
The Android 4.0 PadFone, like the Galaxy Note, is a hybrid displaying both smartphone and tablet strengths. It’s powered by a 1.5-Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM. That kind of power is certainly needed, because the PadFone docks into an optional 10.1-inch PadFone Station, tablet-style dock. But at 1.6 pounds, the tablet is a tad heavier than we would prefer. While we haven’t fully reviewed this rookie as yet, we were very impressed with the 4.5-inch Super AMOLEDqHD display on the handset during our hands-on time. Also, proving its a triple threat, ASUS will also offer a keyboard dock for the PadFone, turning the device into a netbook. But has this untested multitasker spread itself too thin?
The Samsung Galaxy S II is a triple threat of a different kind, as it is available on AT&T (known as the Skyrocket with 4G LTE speeds), Sprint (known as the Epic 4G Touch) and T-Mobile. This 4G smartphone is Samsung’s flagship, and it features a fast 1.5-GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 CPU, a brilliant 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display–plus a powerful 8-megapixel camera. For each carrier, this phone earned itself an Editors’ Choice award from our Editors, but that same fact didn’t save the iPhone 4S from being beaten in Game 1. That’s because you, dear readers, make the call here. You decide which phone is better so get to it.