Until I held it my hands, I almost didn't believe it was a real product. The Asus PadFone has been shown a number of different times over the last 12 months, and though it's finally available in Taiwan after a big reveal at Mobile World Congress, the bizarre transforming device remains a bit of a mystery here in the states.

The PadFone is the evolution of the idea brought to market by the Motorola Atrix. Your phone acts as the hub for all your apps, all your files and data, and it plugs into and powers a series of modular pieces that make certain things easier. The actual "PadFone" is a cell phone, but the PadFone package includes a way to turn your phone into a tablet, your tablet into a laptop... and your stylus into a phone.

If you're in Taiwan, you can already get your hands on a PadFone, though it won't come cheap. The phone alone costs NT$17,990 (around $610 US), and depending on the bundle you buy the PadFone package can cost up to about $980.

Motorola may have been a long way ahead of its time, but timing favored Asus: Android 4.0 is fully capable of powering both tablets and cellphones, processors are efficient and powerful enough to handle a variety of use cases. The PadFone definitely breaks new ground, but does it pick the right place to dig? Read on.