Asus Memo Pad: Cheap Tablet or Not Worth poor Performance

Alex Bezeau April 14, 2013 0

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When I saw this Asus Memo Pad from Asus I said it to myself: It’s worth only $140 there must be something that isn’t right. To be honest I was right, you should keep this money and buy something more useful than this Asus memo Pad, if you’re keen on using premium devices. Why am I saying this? – Read this full review about the tablet.

The Asus tablet is targeting people who are looking for something that will save their money. But, saving money will not bring you great device which you will use for long time and you can get more from a device if you pay $60 more for the Nexus 7.

Design and Features

This Asus Pad has its similarities with the Nexus 7 tablet. They are same size, but the Memo is little bit heavier than its opponent and not as thin as the Nexus. The posterior texture is bumpy and brings unpleasant feeling. It weighs 0.78 pounds but it feels a lot heavier. The placements of the power and volume buttons on the left side give some strange and weird feeling. It’s not equipped with the same smooth comfort which we can find in the other tablets of this kind. Its measurements are:

  • Width – 7.7-inches
  • Height – 4.7-inches
  • Depth – 0.45-inches

The Asus tablet is equipped with 1MP camera on the front, jack for headphones placed on the top edge and USB micro port placed on the bottom. This USB port has two abilities: first for charging and second for transferring files. It features 16GB internal storage and additional microSD slot up to 64GB. It runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

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Performance

We came to the main part of this review. This Memo pad has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600-pixels which is really low even for a cheap tablet with 7-inches. You can see what I’m talking about when you surf the Web or you read some kind of book, the text is fuzzy and unclear.

It’s equipped with Twisted Nematic panel which has a big issue with their narrow viewing angles. They can’t express the details and colors when the display is viewed from the sides. You can’t see this issue if you have a large 20-inch display, but when your device has this panel on 7-inch display, than it’s kind of an issue. We all thought that using a TN panel on a tablet is history but as we can see it’s not, and despite the low cost it’s not good for you.

The Asus pad has a single-core 1GHz processor and it’s equipped with dual-core 400MP GPU. As for the power, Asus Memo pad has 3 power profiles: Performance, Balanced and Power Saving. Balanced and Power Saving profiles both saves battery life but Performance boosts the highest 1GHz highest freq. If you want to do more things in one like downloading an app and playing a game you should keep the Performance profile. This means your battery will drain very fast but the other profiles will not give you room for multitasking.

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Conclusion

On a first glance, $140 for 16GB of storage is great but when you look at the performances it’s seems clear that this tablet targets the budget-minded users. I’ll give you the pros (if there are any) and the cons of this tablet next.

Pros: Micro SD slot for additional storage capacity, Low Priced tablet.

Cons: Screen with low resolution, produces unclear and fuzzy text, hiding detail when viewed from the angles, overall performances way to slow, periodical crashes when trying to play some of the latest games, low battery life, is not comfortable for holding.

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