ASUS MeMOPad HD 7-Inch 16 GB Tablet, Blue (ME173X-A1-BL)

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  1. 118 of 123 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    For the price it’s fantastic, August 13, 2013
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    So, I’ve been putting off a new tablet purchase for quite awhile. I’ve been suffering with an Acer Iconia Tab A100 for awhile now, and while it was nice when it came out it simply doesn’t cut it anymore. But I am cheap. A year ago, had someone said that I would be able to get a tablet with a quad core 1.2 GHz processor, 16GB internal storage, Cameras, GPS, and micro SD slot with a gorgeous 1280×800 IPS screen, and that it would be running Android 4.2.1 Jellybean – all for $150 – I wouldn’t have believed them. I had known for awhile that at some point prices would come down enough and hardware and software would catch up, and was waiting for the right moment. It came today.

    Most of the reviews I’ve read on this tablet have essentially said that it’s a solid tablet functionally, but that its construction is weak and it feels cheap. Honestly, I don’t see it. While it doesn’t have the same ultra-solid feel that the high-end (expensive) tablets have, it doesn’t in the least feel cheap to me at all. The back panel, while plastic, doesn’t feel flimsy to me. The screen looks and feels high end to me. There’s alot made about the newer resolutions like the new Nexus 7’s 1920×1200 display, but my eyes can’t really tell the difference in most situations. I will say that if you are planning on using this outside on a sunny day, forget about it – it’s almost impossible to see the screen under direct sunlight. But indoors it is great, and it has great viewing angles as well. Some reviews complained about the button placement but it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. Some reviews also made a big deal about the back panel extruding slightly past the top screen panel, but I don’t feel it’s uncomfortable or in the least bit bad looking. The tablet is fairly light and thin, certainly not a burden to hold in one hand for extended periods.

    The tab comes with Jellybean 4.2.1 and has a build update that will likely launch as soon as you power on and sign in. Engadget reports that it will get a 4.3 upgrade in the “near future”. The OS is thankfully pretty vanilla, with only a few unobtrusive bloatware apps thrown in. Asus has a skin that IMHO is barely detectable; it’s there if you want to use it but you can pretty much ignore it if you want to. This is a fairly lean implementation of Android and I for one appreciate that.

    Performance seems to be very good so far in my limited testing. I’ve seen very little lag or stutter, definitely nothing that I find annoying. The screen is very responsive and looks great. The browser (Chrome, I am a Chrome user, and it pays off to be able to sync across devices) seems to run surprisingly fast. I did try a few games on it including Order and Chaos, Shadowgun, Dungeon Hunter 4, Anomaly HD, and Modern Combat 3; all played nearly flawlessly with only the occasional slight stutter, barely noticeable. I’d say this is a perfectly capable gaming tablet, even if not the highest-end, it plays everything I’ve thrown at it so far. I did experience some slightly long loading times with the games but that doesn’t really bother me; waiting an extra 5 seconds to play a level is not a big deal to me. ETA: I just downloaded and played N.O.V.A. 3 on the tab and was surprised at how well it did. I had read that it was nearly unplayable on the MeMo, that is not true. It DID take a very long time to load the first level (a little over 2 minutes), but once loaded it played pretty well. I could notice a little stutter here and there but it’s definitely playable. If it’ll play that then it’ll play anything I am likely to throw at it.

    Battery life is quite good. With normal usage I can easily go all day long without having to plug it in, and still have some juice left over at the end of the day. I just got done playing Dungeon Hunter 4 for about 4.5 hours and saw battery life was still at 47%. That is pretty amazing. The battery also recharges very quickly, in my experience about 4-5 hours from a dead battery.

    The camera is adequate. It’s not bad, just nothing to write home about. It works, but it’s not a reason to buy this tablet. Same goes with the forward facing camera – it works, but it’s nothing special. If you want a great camera you should probably be looking at camera reviews, not tablet reviews.

    I can confirm that the tablet does have its own standalone GPS and does not require a wireless connection to function (although Google Maps and Earth do). Turning off wifi and turning on GPS, I was unable to get a lock indoors, but at my house that has always been a problem (something in the walls or roof); as soon as I walk outside on the balcony GPS Status app tells me I’ve locked to 7 satellites, not bad. With an offline mapping app like Mapdroyd this will work great as a GPS unit in your vehicle.

    The wifi seems to run very fast. I ran a couple of Speedtest trials on it and consistently got over 22-24 mbps speeds, which for my network is…

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  2. 73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice tablet for the price. Beautiful display. MicroSD for additional storage, August 21, 2013
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    M. Erb
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    I’ve been very happy with my Nexus 7. However the Nexus 7 lacked a few important features that the Asus MemoPad HD7 has, such as a MicroSD slot for additional storage and a 5MP rear-facing camera. Asus managed to add those important features, and increase the resolution of the screen while pricing this quite a bit below the cost of the Nexus 7. Of course the newer Nexus 7 now has a rear-facing camera but still no MicroSD slot for easily adding storage.

    Asus did have to cut some corners but the corners that were cut may not mean much to most people. Perhaps the most significant missing feature is NFC. The case material is not quite as substantial as the Nexus 7 case. It’s a bit more slippery and somewhat more plasticy feeling. Also there is definitely something different about the display surface itself… it feels more like plastic than glass. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not as easy to slide your finger over the Asus MemoPad display as it is on the Nexus 7. Using a stylus largely eliminates that issue and also eliminates fingerprints on the screen.

    Setup of the MemoPad was easy. I fully charged mine overnight before even turning it on. When I did turn it on, it walked me through the setup process. Only took a couple minutes if that. I added my email accounts, and Google account information and I was up and running in no time.

    The Asus table includes what some would consider bloatware. It’s not pure Android like the Nexus 7. Asus has created a skin over Android that makes certain things a look and operate a little differently, though not necessarily bad, when compared to pure Android. Play Store is installed so it’s easy to install new apps.

    I have noticed that the screen does not seem to be quite as responsive to taps as the Nexus 7. I am frequently having to tap a button a second time to get the desired action to happen. Maybe it has more to do with the material that the top of the display is made from (plastic or glass?) but I’m not sure. I also will comment on the case a bit more and mention that the bottom half of the case is not completely flush with the top half of the case. It actually has a lip around the edges that just feels a little unnecessary to me. It’s a little uncomfortable to hold and if you never held a Nexus 7, maybe you wouldn’t even notice.

    Battery life is great… up to 10 hours. The rear-facing 5MP camera is very nice and I think it takes great pictures. The included camera app gives you some great control over brightness, camera resolution and camera effects and filters that we’ve all become familiar with due to the proliferation of smartphone camera apps (fill light, highlights, saturation, shadows, tint, warmth, vintage, nostalgia, LOMO, grayscale, negative, sepia, vampire, under the sea, night vision goggles). You also can easily change video resolution (1080p, 720p, 480p, CIF and QCIF) and use video effects (like vintage, nostalgia, LOMO, grayscale, negative). I really like the camera app and the control it lets you have.

    The quality of the built-in speakers may surprise you. It was much better than I was expecting. I have installed iHeartRadio, Pandora and listening to streaming radio/music is fantastic. I have not run into any apps yet that will not run well on the Asus MEMOpad HD. I have not played many games but those that I have played, such as World of Goo, have worked perfectly.

    This is a great value in a 7″ tablet with a beautiful display, expandable memory, nice sound and decent performance.

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  3. 56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for 150, and a few things better than the original Nexus 7, August 14, 2013
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    I got my MeMo hd 7 pad yesterday and the boxing was similar the original Nexus 7. Once I open it, I noticed it was lighter, but the screen does look smaller due to the larger bezel. But I am sure that the screens are the same size as I measured it to be 7 inches. I also noticed that the glass on the MeMo attracts smugges easily more than the Nexus.

    Now on to why its a 5 star rating:
    -It took about 1 – 2 minutes to set up
    -It updated to a newer version of andriod immediately
    -I spent 5 hours installing games and apps from google play store and amazon app store and the battery life was still at 57%
    -It is light, so very easy to hold on your hands for long durations
    -Gaming like captain America and Iron man was great, no hick ups
    -Wifi was fast
    -Screen is beautiful, and it does not pulses/flickers like the Nexus screen
    -No more dongle to read usb device as I can insert a micro sd card on the side
    -some useful apps from asus, like app locker and a revised menu system and some cool widgets (a quick launch button on the left)
    -Added Camera on the back (I didnt really need this, but it was handy to take a picture to make it as a wallpaper)
    -Able to make wide scrolling wallpaper
    -And the great price at 150, as I got this as a replacement of the nexus as my son drop it and smashed the screen

    Love this so far.

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