Asus Memo Pad Review – A Cheap 7in Tablet (Part 2)

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Cheap tablets are synonymous with cutting up most of the hardware details. In the case of the Asus Memo Pad, it is the SoC system. A quad-core processor series certainly cannot be used, but while its Acer Iconia B1 rival is equipped with a dual-core chip, the Asus has only a single-core processor. This device uses a WonderMedia WM8950 chip from its VIA subsidiary, which is a relatively slow 1GHz one. It also is supported by the Mali-400 graphics ARM chip with only moderate power.

The Memo Pad 7 has higher pixel density but the iPad Mini’s display quality is better.

The Memo Pad 7 has higher pixel density but the iPad Mini’s display quality is better.

However, although there is no strong processor but Asus proved to be so generous to integrate much memory storage. In the context that most competitors only equip their devices with 1 GB or at most, a limited 4 GB, Asus is willing to bring to the Memo Pad up to 8 GB. It is quite enough to store all your music, photos and books for reference. Like its rivals, the Asus allows external microSD support with memory cards up to 32 GB. This slot is located on the device’s bottom, which is quite easy to remove when needed.

The device runs on Android 4.1.1, which is fairly new.

The device runs on Android 4.1.1, which is fairly new.

Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1 on the Memo Pad 7 is not the latest version but while the 4.2 is very rare on the devices, this can be considered a strength of Asus products. Manufacturers also change very little of the interface on the new models and users can comfortably experience the original applications without additional weight from its launcher as on Samsung or HTC devices.

The screen on the cheap tablets is the biggest weakness of all and the Memo Pad 7 is no exception. With the display of 7 inches, the 1,024x600 pixel resolution gives the pixel density of 177 ppi, which is better than 162 ppi of the iPad Mini, but the quality of the iPad Mini’s display is way better. Similar to its Acer Iconia B1 rival, the Memo Pad 7 is weak in both brightness and viewing angles, especially vertically, which is quite narrow.

The display is good, but not exceptional compared to that of its rivals of same range of money.

The display is good, but not exceptional compared to that of its rivals of same range of money.

If the brightness level is set to be more than 2/3, the screen always gives the feeling of glare, and image details are lost in several places, which is very difficult to follow. If you look at places where strong light source is right behind, the images are very shiny. However, if turning it to the average level, though not outstanding, the Memo Pad can be considered a more powerful tablet at the same range of money in the criteria of color and contrast.

The Memo Pad 7's touch can be seen as very sensitive; it can recognize your touch right after your finger touches the screen. However, the weak point in the product configurations make it feel a bit "jerky" when switching through pages while surfing.

The interface has not changes much on the Asus Memo Pad 7.

The interface has not changes much on the Asus Memo Pad 7.

Using single-core processor chip, but even the 1 GB RAM is not good enough to give a smooth feeling of using the Memo Pad 7 to the user. Using AnTuTu Benchmark program to evaluate, it achieved 4,362 points, less than the Iconia B1 competitor which got 6,847 points and just more than a third compared to "the brother" Nexus 7 with the score of 12,700 points.

AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu Benchmark

When tested with Linpack for Android, the device reached 30.8 Mflops while this figure was 37.332 with the Iconia B1, and 69.296 Mflops on the Nexus 7. In testing with the Quadrant Standard program, the machine reached 2,174 points.

As not designed to be used with 3G connection, the Memo Pad 7 has pretty good battery life. With Wi-Fi on continually, gaming and web surfing in about an hour, the battery drops about 6%. If you have the normal needs, surfing the internet in about 2 hours a day, using Facebook in about 1 hour, syncing mail and social networking accounts constantly, in about 45 minutes, playing games in about 45 minutes, the device can last up to 1.5 days.



·         Solid design

·         The pattern on the back gets rid of dust and dirt

·         A front-camera for video calling

·         Cheap price


·         The display is not excellent.

·         Not good performance


·         The Asus Memo Pad 7 is a cheap but definitely designs and brands, suitable for those students or office users are not in high demand.



·         2G network: N/A

·         SIM: no

·         Dimensions: 196.2x119.2x11.2 mm (7.72x4.69x0.44 inches)

·         Weight: 370 g (13.05 oz)

·         Display type: LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen

·         Display size: 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density)

·         Multi-touch: yes

·         Memory card slot: microSD, up to 32GB

·         Internal memory: 8/16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM

·         Primary camera: 1MP

·         Camera features: video-calling

·         Video: yes, 720p

·         Secondary camera: no

·         OS: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Beans)

·         Chipset: VIA WM8950

·         CPU: 1GHz

·         GPU: Mali-400

·         Sensors: Accelerometer

·         Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4270 mAh battery (16 Wh)

·         Talk time: up to 7h



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