Asus is the least veterans on tablets and with Memo Pad HD 7 shows that they are really good at budget plates too.
When it comes to tablets, it’s not an easy market to deal with. it is Roughly described the Ipad in two sizes and Google’s Nexus-plates that can be seen. Even if a whole bunch of manufacturers trying to appear, it’s Google’s own plates and Apple’s Ipad mentioned absolutely most often. On a final third place, however, the producers also stands for sjutumsmodellen of Google’s tiles: Asus. They have been in the game for quite a while now and have more or less always delivered great tablets. The most famous is probably for their spectacular hybrids that Transformer-the plates or the various models of Padfone, but they are certainly not foreign to some more traditional tiles for that matter.
Memo Pad has become Asus budget brand, where tiotummaren really impressed on us generally, but perhaps mostly because it showed how much power there was in Intel’s Atom chip for portable devices. Little sister at seven inches has not been endowed with any Intel chipset, but running a cheap dual core model from Mediatek. The most striking aspect of Memo Pad 7, however, is the price tag, which is at the same level as the really cheap budget smartphones.
With a target price of SEK 1 700 settles Memo Pad over a 100 dollars during the 2012 Edition of the Nexus 7 which is cheeky already there. Performance wise, places it on the same level or just one notch below the Nexus 7 and its Tegra 3-chip when we run it through our testing program. It is a little weaker when it comes to graphics-intensive games, but most of it is still fully playable at the plate. At a little more normal use floats it most of the time on really good and considering the price tag it is we’re talking about here, we can’t be anything but impressed.
It appears fairly quickly was Asus have saved in order to bring down the price, although we can not say that any of the savings is serious enough to make us dislike the plate. The screen feels slightly dark, but viewing angle, color accuracy and responsiveness when records are fully approved. The cheap price tag also means that you may have to settle for wifi as the only possibility for internet connection, but it feels quite affordable too. The most obvious as it saved on construction quality. It is very much plastic and slab feels somewhat hollow. At the same time, the format down to a really smooth level despite it.
Just the shell is otherwise something that makes the plate stand out against it, quite literally, white black grey mass of tablets. Although you can buy plate in black or white, sold it in dark blue, almost luminous spygrön and mad pink. The latter two are probably not the names of the Asus official press material, but it describes well how colorful they are, and it feels surprisingly refreshing.
Under the shiny, and in some cases, colorful, plastic has Asus received a surprisingly sensible battery, without any major troubles passed nine hours in our battery tests. Indeed, there is not much power hungry hardware in the plate, but it still feels quite generous in terms of price.
Something that at least looks good on paper is that the plate endowed with camera on both the front and back. Where have the a plus against the Nexus 7, which does not have a camera on the back. The rear camera’s five megapixel displays certainly megapixels just is a measure of how large the image, not directly to how good quality a camera has, but after all it is always welcome, we are given the opportunity to take pictures if needed.
Along with one side we find a memory card slot, which is also an advantage against the Nexus 7 and at the same time, what seems like a needed partner to the built-in 16 gigabytes of memory.
Just the built-in memory is pulled down by Asus ugly habit to preinstall a mass of apps on the plate. As usual when it comes to Asus, there are just over twenties apps preinstalled and they vary between pretty welcome stuff to clean duplicates and trial versions of apps. ASUS own cloud service with five gigabytes of storage is always welcome and app Applocker is a convenient way to lock individual apps from meddlesome users. Free apps like Kindle and Zinio, we could as well have downloaded themselves, but they hardly disturb. On the other hand, feels the most silly to have dual ordboks apps and that anteckningsappen Super Note only comes in the Lite version.
When it comes to the segment “so cheap that there must be something seriously wrong”, as the Memo Pad HD 7 is placed in, it wont be hard to really complain about something because you get what you pay for. Probably we should not hope to the plate get past the 4.2 version of Android that is pre-installed, but it is modern enough for us not to complain. Plastigheten is very obvious, but it’s the other part of Samsung’s tiles which are significantly more expensive.
Although a cheap price tag tend to be forgiving to the most part, it feels Memo Pad HD 7 is actually really good and there are really no major flaws that we feel we need to tolerate just because the plate is cheap.
Mobile Battery test
9 hours 20 minutes
This particular category of tablet devices under £ 200 usually mean that you may sacrifice features or performance to the benefit of the price. We don’t really feel it, but if you’d rather have guaranteed updates for a while so it is the Nexus 7 most sensible option. Although it is more expensive and lacks both the camera and card slot.
Test image from camera
The camera is there, more than that, you don’t expect it at this price.
Questions & Answers
What colors does it come in?
The plate is available in white, pink, yellow-green, blue and grey.
How does it look with the upcoming updates?
We fear that they may be withheld because the plate is so cheap.
How is material sense?
The pad feels plasticky but it does of course also Samsung’s far more expensive tablets.