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Thu Oct 09 2014, 01:04PM
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after near 2 months of excitement with the kitkat update, i am finally come back to my cool track and recap my phone options. I have decided that it is time for me to put pfi down as retired phone of mine, or for the most of part, probably serving as a secondary e-reader somewhere.

The upgrade was certainly nice but it came too late in its life cycle. I am sorry, but it is too late. with the upgrade comes the Zen-UI, which is nice, but not necessary. Beside of those OS enforced features such as remote display and able to use Jawbone wrist band, the new UI is not really serving an influential purpose.

And at the life stage of Sept 2014, PFI's battery is not at its full capacity anymore. Waving a phone when the battery can only last half day of use gets a little hard. And the phone seems getting confused when a few apps exchanging the voice channel (listening music when voice mail comes in) and sometimes refuse to coop - buzzing the 64K modem sound through speaker so nothing can control it - having to reboot the phone. And the connectivity is still weak - where my Nexus 5 can comfortably connect to network (in my workplaces toilet booth) and WIFI (in my own home's toilet booth) PFI simply gave up connections.

And then it came the final blow - PFI is not that "Zen" really with the update - bluetooth devices connection takes twice as long as other phones, tasks/app switching is also lagging significantly more than my other options, and the device just getting a little by little, slower. This is not very apparent, until one day i decided to compare it with another phone (same age almost) of mine,the Nexus 5.

With the same usecases and apps installed, Nexus is noticeably faster. switching my bluetooth keyboard between my PC and phone, Nexus 5 is much snappier to work with. Lag is less. Multitasking is better. I couldn't help but wondering, is this what Zen cost? or the phone itself?

I have ordered my LG G3 (32G+3G RAM) on its way and the final week waiting, I decide to carry the Nexus 5. PFI has been a good item to travel with, and a good item to show-off to my friends, but it has come to the end.

I am very much appreciating the form factor of the fantastic Padfone - the fact is i had both padfone 2 and PFI - but the upgrade cycle, the lack of support and no new flagship options really pushed me away from ASUS. What a shame.

oh and though looking very sharp and sleek, I won't be buying that Zen Watch neither.
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Thu Oct 09 2014, 01:42PM
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Que wrote ...

This is not very apparent, until one day i decided to compare it with another phone (same age almost) of mine,the Nexus 5.

I'd say the same about mine.

I was very happy with the performance but I decided to change it for another phone. After a long hesitation between 3 phones (including the PadFone S), I finelly switched for a ZTE Nubia Z7 Max. I immediately installed CyanogenMod 11 on it (stock UI was really sh*t), and the PFI doesn't even compare in terms of smoothness.

I kept my PFI as a secondary phone (I still like it no matter what) but Asus kinda messed up with optimization on ZenUI, which is sad because I find their UI really great.
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