June 29, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Last week at the I/O 2014 opening keynote, Google formally unveiled the first two Android Wear smartwatches: the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. We recently added forums for these two, as well as another interesting device, the Asus Padfone X.
While the two smartwatches both share the same software platform, they feature fairly different hardware. The LG G Watch’s 1.65″ 280×280 LCD is backed by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, and a 400 mAh battery. The Samsung Gear Live’s 1.63″ 320×320 Super AMOLED is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor, half a gig of RAM, 4 gigs of internal storage, and a 300 mAh battery. Both devices feature dust and water resistance, but the Gear Live also offers a built-in heart rate monitor.
Finally, we have the Asus Padfone X. Like its predecessor, the Asus Padfone X is a multi-purpose Android device. The Padfone X is comprised of a smartphone that can dock into a tablet, which itself can also become a full sized laptop. The X is powered by a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800, and features 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal Storage, a 13 MP camera, and a 2300 mAh battery.
Are you thinking of picking up a G Watch or Gear Live? Or are you thinking of waiting for later Wear devices such as the upcoming Moto 360, with its sexy circular LCD? What about the Padfone X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below to get started. And if you already happen to own the Padfone X, don’t forget to head over to its unofficial TWRP port by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler.
June 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
AT&T advertises the PadFone X as a 2-in-1 device. In that vein we are offering a 3-in-1 XDA Unboxing. Typically on Unboxed the XDA Way, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components, the 2-in-1 ASUS is not safe from this fate. AdamOutler unboxes the PadFone X, PadFone Station, and the PadFone Dock keyboard, not stopping until we see the circuit boards running the whole show.
However, he doesn’t stop at striping it down to its bare bones. He shows you how you can root the device using TowelRoot. Finally, he shows us how to install a custom TWRP recovery. More information can be found in Adam’s forum post. So what are you waiting for? Check out this video.