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Thoughts on the Asus MeMo Pad
Even though I've only used the device for a day I am happy with it. Just so you know I'll be comparing this a lot with the 2012 Nexus 7 and some other tablets.
£129 is damned good value for a 7" tablet. The MeMo Pad performs like a dream, I've not had any crashes or slowdowns yet, this was a problem with my (2012) Nexus 7, which was much more expensive.
It has apps pre-installed but unlike samsung's 7" tablet the apps are actually useful. I won't be going over all the apps, just the ones I've used.
- Audio Wizard
Audio Wizard is amazing at managing different sound modes, there are 6 different sound modes to use. My main problem is that it doesn't work when there are headphones plugged in, which to me defeats the entire purpose of using these settings.
- Buddy Buzz
Buddy Buzz works well as a social media client, but it doesn't support Google+, and when trying to login to Facebook with it... well the login screen would crash. As a replacement for a dedicate Twitter and Facebook app ... I wouldn't say they are.
- File Manager
This tablet has a built in file manager that is easy on the eyes, and easier to use than the default Android file manager. Unlike normal Android Asus has chosen to use a lighter design, it is a lot easier on the eyes, but I would have liked to turn the design into a darker theme so its better to read at night.
The MeMo Pad also has a 5MP HD rear camera and a camera on the front, while the Nexus 7(2012) has a camera on the front it lacks a rear facing camera. The camera quality on the back is somewhat rubbish but it does have a panorama mode and other standard features that you would expect. The camera can shoot 1080p video so its something you can use for YouTube videos.
Hardware wise the MeMo Pad sports an Arm Cortex A7 1.2GHz Quadcore CPU, 1GB RAM, which is why there is smooth performance.
Battery life is also very good, at over 9 hours it'll serve you well throughout the day, hell even at only 32% battery I had about 4 hours left. Which is impressive, so I won't need to be charging the battery up constantly like I had to with my Nexus 7. If you want to make it even longer the MeMo Pad has an app built in for this purpose so you can optimise your battery life further
As for the display it has a resolution of 1200x800, with a DPI of 213, text on this tablet is crystal clear, and the screen also automatically adjusts brightness based on the app your using which is one of the reasons the MeMo Pad has such good battery life.
It also has an SD card slot allowing you to expand the storage and make use of that excellent file manager, which I think is something the Nexus 7 could have used.
One major problem with this tablet is that it doesn't have Android 4.3, it uses Android 4.2.1 which is a bit strange as this tablet is a fairly recent release, still most of the apps I've purchased do work so its not that big of a deal for me.
If your looking for a lower priced but decent 7" Tablet then the Asus MeMo Pad is for you. You can pick one up from PC world for only £129, and there are also several different colours to choose from.
What do you all think of the MeMo Pad HD7?