When it comes to value for price devices, the market today is full of cut throat competition. The number of options available in the economic gadget range today is far more than the options available in premium category. Apart from the all-time favorite Google Nexus 7, this segment is flooded with several other devices coming from reputed as well as lesser known companies. Asus is a name which has helped Google with manufacturing of Nexus 7, and apart from this device, the company also boost a range of several other products in this line.
After the success of Asus Transformer Pad, the company has also launched another 7 inch tablet, the new Asus Memo Pad HD 7 which seems to be a grab away given the price point. The tablet supports a native resolution of 1280 X 800p which makes the pixel density up to 215 ppi. The technology used in display is IPS LCD which produces close to reality colors. The processing job is looked after by a MediaTek MT8125 processor which has been clocked at 1.2 GHz. This CPU is backed up by 1 GB of RAM. For graphic processing, the device packs an IMG PowerVR SGX544 chip.
The user is provided with 16 GB of internal storage which can be further extended by using a micro SD card. The primary camera located on the rear side comprises of a camera of 5 MP with auto focus which can record full HD videos at 1080p. There’s also a 1.2 MP front camera on the front side with 720p video recording capability. The operating system used is Android Jellybean 4.2.1. The overall camera experience cannot be rated as much appreciable as the pictures appear to be a bit of washed out. There’s a 15 Whr battery which can provide a good amount of back up time.
Connectivity options on the device include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/ g/ n, Bluetooth version 4.0, and micro USB 2.0. There’s no built in support for NFC, a communication port for small distance high speed file transfer. When compared to Google Nexus 7, you will notice that the later has the advantage of a better display, NFC support with wireless charging, more RAM for efficient multitasking, but is also costlier than the one from Asus. While Google Nexus 7 has been priced at $229, the Memo is available at $150.
The final verdict on the device is that if you are looking for an economical device with acceptable specs, then Memo pad might just be the choice for you. It packs a good quality sharp display, provides satisfactory performance, and also features a micro SD card slot missing from the original Nexus. On the other hand, there are also a few weak points like cheap plastic feel glossy finish which is always prone to fingerprints, and LCD booming from around the edges. Given the price point, it can be concluded that no other device can match the specs included with this gadget in this particular range.