Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Android Tablet Computer

The 7-incher Memo pad of Asus that we have heard before was quite a failure in its own way, making it optimized and only good for reading and simple web browsing. Cognizant of this insufficiency to the cheaper 7-incher slate candidate, the company again came up with the newer version of it as they did also with the Nexus 7 which is already award-winning. The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 comes with a better display, a good performance specs list, and a usable interface all in a good price of $129. How far, then, can it go?

Starting with the way it is built, the Memo Pad HD 7 measures exactly the same with the 2012-version Nexus 7, i.e., 7.74×4.75×0.43 inches; the different between sizes come when you compare the slightly bigger bezel width found on the Memo Pad HD 7. With the same thickness, the Memo Pad HD 7 is nevertheless exceptionally and significantly lighter than the other equivalent: it weighs only 302 grams. And if you think that’s so good for a 7-inch tablet, don’t you forget that it also misses a lot of things as well.

While most smart devices go for a stronger body build, this particular slate does not end up well on that aspect. Though the Memo Pad HD 7 boasts of five colors—blue, pink, lime green, grey, and white—that will be complementary to buyer’s flavor of interest, the material is nonetheless plastic. It’s not that I’m saying the tablet is not rigid and durable enough, and in fact, I have a slight bias to Asus for being a good manufacturer in this end. All I am saying is that, with the cheap price, you also get a cheap body.

The matte back cover that only occurred on the blue version is a bit slippery, though it will also save you the filth from fingerprints and other smudgy elements. The rest with the glossy back cover can be intimidating with prints, but for the comfort level, they do better with securing the slate from getting off your one-hand operation. Unlike the Google Nexus 7 2, the edges can be a little uncomfortable also when held for hours, making you want to buy the optional sleeves or covers to top it on your desk.

The display of the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, which is a little better now, is with an 800×1280 resolution at 216 ppi and IPS for better viewing angles. If you’d ask me, the display is better not because of these mechanical or hardware specs, but because of the additions of Asus Splendid to allow users to tweak the display from contrast level to saturation and even enter ‘modes’ for optimized viewing experience. Colors also do a bit better when compared to the older version of Nexus 7, but not the contrast ratio or level.

The audio of the Memo Pad HD 7 which is said to be enhanced with Asus’ SonicMaster technology isn’t really up to par—at least because the sound is too harsh or tinny when set to the loudest level. There, again, is an app for quickly switching modes that can boost audio level for movies, for example, though this isn’t really universally appealing. Outside this, the Memo Pad HD 7 also has a 5MP main camera and a 1.2MP front camera that does not really compete well. If you’d ask, no, there’s no ambient light sensing here.

The hardware goes for the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 with a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, a single-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, other sensors like gyrometer and accelerometer, but not NFC.  The Memo Pad HD 7 runs on Android 4.2.1 with a promise of an OTA update to 4.2.2, and the new interface also comes with a floating window feature for multi-tasking purposes and some apps for taking notes or enhancing gallery photos. Performance is good enough, but some hiccups even when switching orientations can still be quickly noticed.

The Memo Pad HD 7 of Asus is a better Memo Pad of the company, but the cheaper price means it is significantly cheaper in build and performance. We love the display and the better usability with the new apps, but so far, that’s what the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is really good at.

Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Android Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 6,500.00

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