"The back is also completely made of plastic." The back of the FonePad is ,made of Aluminium, NOT Plastic as stated in this review. As a user of a FonePad I can say my charging times are much shorter than stated here, and it also runs longer, so many variables are not considered such as outdoor mode, power-saving settings, GPS etc. Also why compare with the Nexus 7 as if it's made by some other "American corporation", Nexus 7 is also made by Asus and screen is the same as the FonePad! Also some versions (depending on country) have a 3MP cam on the back, like mine from Holland.
Like a brick on your ear. Samsung's Note kicked off the ongoing wave of large smartphones, aka phablets. Now, Asus joins in with its big 7 inch Fonepad, nominally a tablet to make phone calls. It will definitely attract attention when held to an ear - at least at present.