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Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 review

 Review: November 2013  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 is a low-cost 7 inch tablet that delivers a lot for your money. A smart build, HD display and quadcore processor are amongst its highlights.



 

Review

Looking very much like an Asus-branded version of the Google Nexus 7 (2012 version), the MeMo Pad HD 7 is in fact exactly that. But that's good, because it costs much less than the Google-branded version and does the same.

The Asus looks like a Nexus except that it comes with a choice of brightly-coloured back panels. It has all the features that made the Nexus such a hit - 7 inch HD IPS display, quad-core processor, 16GB of memory and Android 4.2. But it also comes with the benefits of a 5 megapixel rear camera and a microSD memory card slot and weighs nearly 40g less than the Nexus. It's just missing out on NFC connectivity and GPS.

Did we mention the price? It's cheap! Very cheap! If you want an entry-level tablet that's a step up from the Amazon Kindle Fire HD or the Tesco HUDL, then this is the one.


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Reviewed by Martin from UK on 14th Jan 2014
I was in two minds about buying this or the Hudl, but when I saw the 16GB version in the sales for 69 I had to buy it.

The 16GB version should be fine for apps, music, books and a few films as there is about 12GB available for use. But if you want to download lots of films or TV episodes then I would recommend putting these on a microSD card. As I don't have a microSD card in mine (and there are many different makes of microSD card available) I can't comment on the performance when reading from said card.

Generally very pleased with the tablet, the screen is very clear and usually responsive although sometimes it takes several stabs with the finger to get a link to work in the browser (I don't know if this is due to the screen protector that I have installed or my particularly fat finger not being precise enough).

The sound is loud enough, given that there is only one speaker port and that is on the back.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work absolutely fine (I use my tablet as an online resource when playing MMO's so I don't need to keep switch screens and have a wireless Bluetooth headset for listening to music or watching films)

The fact that it is missing NFC and GPS is of no concern to me, as these would be rarely (if ever) used features.

It's a shame that the back light doesn't auto adjust but one of the cost cutting measures was removing the ambient light sensor and I can't find a way to change the number of home screens (I don't know if this is native to Android 4.2.2 or if it's part of Asus's tweaking).

The only problem that I have had with it was that one time it wouldn't come out of sleep. A quick trip to google and one hard reset later and everything was fine.

It is very hard to find the official Asus cases at a reasonable price so I would recommend getting a non-official but model specific one or one which triggers the auto wake/sleep function (a well known auction site carries many). I originally bought a universal case (the type with corner straps) and found that due to the position of the power button (right side at the top, tucked slightly behind) that I had to keep taking the strap off to use the button to wake the tablet.

I have found the battery life to be very good with light to moderate use (listening to music/radio, browsing for some information etc.) and it seems to last for ever when asleep.

I have given this 5 stars bearing in mind the price I paid for it (you can spend 69 on a no-name tablet off the internet which isn't half as good as this) but even at full price I would give this 4 stars.
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