ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 review: a budget tablet that punches above its weight
To some extent, ASUS is a victim of its own success: it gave the budget tablet category a boost with the original Nexus 7, and it now faces a legion of competitors in that space. The company is taking a two-step approach to maintaining its relevance. The new Nexus 7 tackles the higher end, with top-tier specs that include a 1080p display and wireless charging. Right now, though, we're more interested in ASUS' low-end solution, the MeMo Pad HD 7. While it's one of the cheaper name-brand tablets at $150, it promises some of the quality we typically expect from more expensive products. But is the HD 7 good enough to fend off other entry-level tablets? And can it attract customers who'd be willing to pay the premium for a new Nexus 7'? Let's find out.%Gallery-194959%
Despite its name, the MeMo Pad HD 7 bears little in common with the older 7-inch MeMo Pad. The nondescript black front and curvy profile are familiar, but ASUS has replaced the textured backing with a smooth surface that's either matte on the dark blue model, or glossy on the green, pink and white versions. Consider getting the HD 7 in white if you want to keep it pretty -- the back is prone to showing fingerprints and other smudges. ASUS' build quality is reasonably solid too, although some slight creaking under strain is enough to remind us this is an entry-level product we're dealing with.
The HD 7 is comfortable to hold, with plenty of grip and a moderate weight of 10.7 ounces (303.3g). It's also a compact device at 7.7 inches tall and 4.7 inches wide. That said, its 0.43-inch thickness makes it as chunky as the old Nexus 7 or the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. As reasonable as that is for 7-inch devices, we can't help but covet slimmer tablets like the new Nexus 7 or Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.
A closer inspection reveals some conspicuous improvements to the MeMo Pad formula. The 1.2-megapixel front camera and left-side microSDHC slot remain in mostly familiar places, but there's now a slightly protruding 5-megapixel camera (albeit without a flash) on the back. ASUS has replaced the small mono speaker with a larger stereo unit. Curiously, ASUS has moved the micro-USB port from the bottom to the top, next to the headphone jack and microphone; accessories made for the earlier MeMo Pad may not work here. You should find a basic stand in the box, though.
We're not big fans of the buttons. Like its sibling, the MeMo Pad HD 7 puts the power button and volume rocker on a back corner. They're easy to reach, but they're both hidden from sight and nearly flat, making them hard to identify by feel. Even now, we still occasionally have to double-check what we're about to press to avoid inadvertently putting the tablet to sleep.
You also won't find many luxuries beyond the ones we've already mentioned so far. The HD 7 covers basic wireless with dual-band 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, but there's no NFC. There's also no hardware-based video out, whether through HDMI (as on the Sero 7 Pro), MHL or SlimPort. ASUS does offer Miracast wireless display support as a consolation prize, however, so those with suitably modern TVs can skip the wires altogether. Like the earlier MeMo Pad, there's 16GB of built-in storage in the US model, 11.8GB of which is usable.
|MeMo Pad HD 7||Nexus 7 (2013)|
|Dimensions||7.75 x 4.75 x 0.43 inches (196.8 x 120.6 x 10.8mm)||7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 inches (200 x 114 x 8.7mm)|
|Weight||10.65 oz. (302g)||WiFi: 10.23 oz. (290g); LTE: 10.55 oz. (299g)|
|Screen size||7 inches||7.02 inches|
|Screen resolution||1,280 x 800 (216 ppi)||1,920 x 1,200 pixels (323 ppi)|
|Screen type||IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
|Rear camera||5MP, AF||5MP, AF|
|Radios||N/A||Varies by market; LTE/HSPA+/GSM/EDGE|
|SoC||MediaTek MT8125||Snapdragon S4 Pro|
|CPU||1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7||1.5GHz quad-core Krait|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX544MP||Adreno 320|
|WiFi||Dual-band, a/b/g/n||Dual-band, a/b/g/n|
|Operating system||Android 4.2.1||Android 4.3|
Display and sound
When tablet designers want to cut corners, display quality is frequently the first to go. Exhibit A: the lackluster screen on the HP Slate 7. Thankfully, the MeMo Pad HD 7 doesn't fall into that trap. ASUS is using an IPS 1,280 x 800 LCD that produces accurate colors and very wide viewing angles. The panel is even bright enough to use outdoors in some situations. There's no question that we'd notice the Nexus 7's higher resolution in a direct comparison, but the HD 7's display is more than crisp enough for books, games and movies.
There are a few quirks. Black levels aren't superb; you're more likely to see dark gray than black in poorer lighting. The front glass is also glossier than we're used to, which didn't help our attempts to read near a window, or outside on a sunny day. Even so, the HD 7's screen doesn't feel like a significant compromise. It's at least appropriate for the price, and it trumps the 1,024 x 600 displays in rivals like the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.
Sound from the tablet isn't quite so impressive. The speakers are loud and largely distortion-free at high volumes, but their bass output won't compete with HTC's BoomSound. Moreover, having both speakers so close to each other negates the advantages of stereo separation; you won't hear panning effects or the virtual surround sound of the Nexus 7. It's easy to partly obscure the speakers in the middle of an enthusiastic gameplay session, for that matter. We'll still take the HD 7 over competitors with single-channel sound. It just feels like a missed opportunity, particularly when the Nexus 7's audio is so well done.
The MeMo Pad HD 7 faces an immediate problem on the software front. It's shipping with Android 4.2.1 at the very moment that another ASUS tablet -- you guessed it, the Nexus 7 -- is launching with Android 4.3. While the new OS doesn't represent a night-and-day experience, it does offer perks like guest profiles, better OS-level Bluetooth support and modular DRM that allows for 1080p Netflix streaming. ASUS tells us it will upgrade the HD 7 to Android 4.3 in the near future, but that still leaves the tablet ever-so-slightly behind the cutting edge.%Gallery-194955%
The HD 7 is shipping with Android 4.2.1 at the very moment that another ASUS tablet -- the Nexus 7 -- is launching with Android 4.3.
Not that we mind much. The new MeMo Pad largely echoes the PadFone Infinity's delicate balance between stock Android and useful customizations. Google's minimalist interface persists in the home screen, app tray and multitasking, but there's numerous helpful ASUS-made features hiding just underneath the surface. The notification bar includes a Quick Settings section to change display brightness, wireless options and other basics. Long-press the home button and you'll get shortcuts to both core functions and favorite apps. Pinch the home screen and there's access to home screen profiles. ASUS also has one of the better mini-app implementations we've seen; it reserves a dedicated navigation key for access to tiny tools like a browser, calendar and video player.
The HD 7's software isn't quite a one-for-one copy of what we saw in the PadFone, however. Hardware-specific features like Dynamic Display are gone, as you'd imagine, but we also noticed that Google Now's voice search has replaced the sub-par ASUS Echo. Improvements are few, and mostly come from the Android 4.2 refresh. Miracast sharing and lock screen widgets are Google's responsibility; ASUS, meanwhile, introduces both a wallpaper settings shortcut in the lock screen as well as the option to use Google's stock notification bar. Some 4.2 features are sadly missing, such as Photo Sphere or Swype-inspired typing. All the same, we're happy with the new MeMo Pad's interface, which comes across as the subtle refinement of a successful formula.
Out of the box, the US variant of the HD 7 carries a mostly familiar first-party app layout. Among the more practical tools, AudioWizard and ASUS Splendid let users customize their sound and video profiles; ASUS Studio and ASUS Story organize photos and create photo collages; ASUS Artist offers basic drawing; MyLibrary provides a home for generic e-books; AppBackup and AppLocker keep app data safe and secure; ASUS To-Do, MyBitCast and SuperNote bring both reminders and media-enhanced notes. They're easy to use and helpful in the right situations, although we only seldomly had use for them ourselves.
We have mixed thoughts on BuddyBuzz and ASUS WebStorage, though. BuddyBuzz's social network aggregation is more reliable than the last time we tried it, but it still has less functionality than the dedicated apps for each service. Our US test unit also preserves support for services that are more popular in China, such as Plurk, Renren and Sina Weibo. As for ASUS WebStorage? We like the service's free cloud space (16GB for one year, 5GB after), backup functions and collaborative Office editing -- it's just nothing special. Alternatives like Google Drive and SkyDrive offer similar cloud functionality without being tied to one hardware vendor.
There are a few apps that haven't made the cut in the American version of the HD 7. It lacks the previously mentioned ASUS Echo as well as Birthday Reminder, PinPal (another social networking aggregator) and Watch Calendar. ASUS indirectly compensates for those titles' absences by throwing in DRM support for primarily US-oriented streaming video services such as HBO Go, Hulu Plus and Netflix. Combined with the included Amazon Kindle and Zinio apps, there's enough to get owners started without overwhelming them or chewing up too much free space.
We're still of the opinion that many cameras on tablets are sub-par... and frankly, the MeMo Pad HD 7 doesn't do much to improve their reputation. Like the Nexus 7, the 5-megapixel, f/2.4 rear camera can produce sharp photos with vivid colors, but only if all the stars align; you'll need reasonably bright light, a low-contrast background and a slow-moving subject. Life only sometimes provides those circumstances, of course, and most of our photos fall short of those from cameras on premium-priced tablets, like the Galaxy Note 8.0 or iPad mini. %Gallery-194958%
We most often noticed the poor dynamic range, as the MeMo Pad tends to blow out highlights (such as bright skies) and doesn't extract much detail from shadows. The tablet has a tendency to wash out colors in these situations, too. While there is autofocus, it occasionally misses a prominent subject and requires a tap to get a proper lock. Moderately fast subjects tend to blur. And you'll want to rule out low-light photography in general: shots are noisy, and there's no flash (like on the Sero 7 Pro) to bail you out. We did get some good photos, primarily up-close, but it's clear that the rear camera is more a bonus than a selling point.
The front 1.2-megapixel, f/2.4 camera faces similar problems, although it's more forgivable given the lower standard for front cams. It's only really present for the sake of video chats and the occasional selfie, and it does an adequate job so long as you're not trying to host Google Hangouts in the dark.
ASUS' camera software partly compensates for the lackluster output. The shot-to-shot times are relatively fast in good lighting, and it's possible to shoot still photos while capturing video. While customization is largely limited to basics like exposure, ISO sensitivity and white balance, it's easy to find and change these settings on the fly. Our chief gripe is with the relatively crude approaches to special features: the high dynamic range mode overcompensates for dark subjects and produces a "burnt" look, while panoramas can appear slightly jagged.
If there's a strong point to the tablet's camera system, it's video. Known image quality issues aside, the HD 7 captures 1080p video at a 18Mbps bitrate -- much higher than the Nexus 7's 12Mbps, and enough to produce sharp footage worthy of the "HD" label. You do have to watch how quickly you pan the camera, though. The wobble of the rolling shutter effect is visible if you spin the camera too quickly, and the HD 7 doesn't always refocus properly when subject distances change.
Performance and battery life
|ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7||Google Nexus 7 (2013)||Hisense Sero 7 Pro||HP Slate 7|
|GFXBench 2.5 Egypt Offscreen (fps)||3.7||40||11||12|
|SunSpider: lower scores are better|
Let's get the obvious comparison out of the way: the MeMo Pad HD 7's quad-core, 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 processor is no match for the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro in the Nexus 7. Paying extra for Google's official tablet gets you much better performance across the board, especially in web browsing and graphics. Although some would lump both devices into the entry-level category, they're ultimately in different leagues.
So how does the HD 7 fare against its more direct competitors, then? That's a tougher call. It's faster than the dual-core Slate 7 in most respects, but it's typically outpaced by Tegra 3-based tablets like the Sero 7 Pro. Get a load of that browsing performance in the SunSpider test, though: whether we used Chrome or the plain Browser app, the new MeMo Pad was noticeably quicker than similarly priced challengers. There weren't significant performance issues in general use, either. Although we caught the very occasional stutter during an interface transition, the device didn't feel overburdened, even when running mini-apps alongside their full-size siblings.
Just don't pick up the MeMo Pad if you're a gamer. Its variant on Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX544MP graphics isn't up to snuff for the latest 3D titles. While an older game like Riptide GP runs smoothly, modern releases like Real Racing 3 barely achieve playable frame rates. Although we weren't expecting a visual powerhouse, it's clear that the similarly priced Sero 7 Pro is a better pick if you're willing to make a few sacrifices for some additional 3D prowess.
ASUS makes up for that deficiency through battery life. The company estimates 10 hours of runtime from the MeMo Pad HD 7's 15Wh battery, and indeed, our unit was almost exactly on target. Our battery rundown test, which involves looping a 1080p video with the brightness set to 50 percent, ran for nine hours and 56 minutes. That's longer than every small tablet we've tried short of the iPad mini. It's also far ahead of the new Nexus 7, but there's a necessary disclaimer here: the Nexus has a decidedly brighter LCD, so it may be using more backlight energy at the same setting.
|ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7||9:56|
|Apple iPad mini||12:43 (WiFi)|
|Apple iPad (late 2012)||11:08 (WiFi)|
|Apple iPad 2||10:26|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime||10:17|
|Apple iPad (2012)||9:52 (HSPA) / 9:37 (LTE)|
|Nexus 7 (2012)||9:49|
|Microsoft Surface for Windows RT||9:36|
|ASUS Transformer Prime Infinity TF700||9:25|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1||8:56|
|Sony Xperia Tablet Z||8:40|
|Hisense Sero 7 Pro||8:28|
|Galaxy Tab 2 7.0||7:38|
|HP Slate 7||7:36|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0||7:18|
|Nexus 7 (2013)||7:15|
|RIM BlackBerry PlayBook||7:01|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1||6:55|
Suffice to say that the real-world longevity is at least as good. We managed a full day of intensive use that included browsing, social networking, snapping a few dozen photos and recording five short movies. Less demanding owners can get away with closer to a day and a half of frequent use, and we suspect that once-a-day users could go a week between top-ups. It's just as well that the MeMo Pad lasts so long, since it takes four hours to recharge from empty.
We said earlier that the MeMo Pad HD 7 and Nexus 7 don't really exist in the same category, but we also know that some shoppers will invariably compare the two. And we'll be honest: if you can afford the $230-plus for the Nexus 7, you'll likely be happier with that in the long run. It's faster, carries an exceptional display, runs Android 4.3 and has options for both 32GB of built-in storage and LTE. Its software upgrade strategy will also appeal to some. As a Nexus device, it's likely to get updates both sooner and across a longer period of time. Despite ASUS' good reputation for upgrading its non-Nexus devices in a timely fashion, there's little doubt that Google's flagship will get those updates first.
The MeMo Pad doesn't just have a price advantage: both microSD storage and software customizations work in its favor.
It's not a clear-cut victory for the Nexus, mind you. The MeMo Pad doesn't just have a price advantage: both microSD storage and software customizations work in its favor. If you regularly swap memory cards or prefer ASUS' modifications to Android, there's no direct substitute for those features. The cheaper tablet even outperforms its counterpart in video recording, although we wouldn't buy it solely for that reason. There's also the question of the return on investment. If you don't plan to do more than read e-books, check Facebook or watch the occasional YouTube video, the Nexus 7 may be overkill.
As you may have gathered from the review so far, we see the $150 Sero 7 Pro as the most directly comparable opponent. Hisense ships it with a paltry 8GB of built-in capacity, but it's otherwise a strong contender between its faster graphics and the inclusion of perks like HDMI, microSD expansion and a camera flash. Those who would prefer to get closer to stock Android will also get their fix here. If you're not big on gaming, though, the MeMo Pad is arguably the better purchase with its increased storage and longer battery life.
If anyone walks out of this fight with a black eye, it's HP and Samsung. The Slate 7 is a tad cheaper at $140, but it's so far behind on display quality, performance and storage that we can't honestly recommend it. Meanwhile, the $200 Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is simply too expensive. You'd have to be a dedicated fan of Samsung's TouchWiz interface to pick the Galaxy Tab over the cheaper, more powerful MeMo Pad.
Make no mistake: ASUS isn't working miracles. The MeMo Pad HD 7's mixed performance, mediocre cameras and minor design issues remind us that the tablet is built to reach a certain price point. If you're looking for the best that ASUS has to offer this year, you'll still want to consider the Nexus 7 or wait for the Transformer Pad Infinity.
Still, we can't help but think that the company has delivered a pleasant surprise. The HD 7's battery life, display, software and storage are all above-average in the budget realm; for $150, ASUS' tablet provides an experience that some companies can't manage in devices that cost $200 or more. There's a good chance that some will prefer the Sero 7 Pro's processor or Samsung's familiar software, but the rest of us should be well-served by what the MeMo Pad HD 7 has to offer.
Edgar Alvarez contributed to this review.
Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance
Its performance is meekly mediocre, and consistent lagging combined with a sometimes unresponsive touch screen make the tablet best suited for simple tasks like browsing and reading.
That said, the HD 7 is a refreshing upgrade from its predecessor and its best feature is the 7-inch IPS screen that displays an impressively wide range of colors which facilitate a visually richer experience than the original Nexus 7.
The 7-inch tablet also comes loaded with screen calibration and audio enhancement apps that actually turn out to be quite useful.
If you're on a strict budget, the Asus Memo Pad is an inexpensive and functional small tablet, but if you can spare the change, a new Nexus 7 is the better choice.
Editors' note: Our version of the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ran with Android 4.1.2. Asus says an OTA update to 4.2.2 will be available for the tablet by its release in early August. If the update improves performance, we will adjust its subrating accordingly.
Asus Memo Pad HD 7's colorful screen, useful features barely outshine slow performance (pictures)See all photos
Even though the tablet shares similar dimensions with the Nexus 7, it's nowhere near as sleek or comfortable in design. The tablet fits fine in one hand, even for people with smaller hands like me, yet, despite its light weight, the design doesn't lend itself to comfortable holding over lengthy periods of time.
The back panel protrudes slightly, and the corners slightly dig into your palms when holding it in both hands, instead of the flush, smoothly curved edges of the original Nexus 7. I often found myself wanting to put the device down after using it for awhile -- not because I was done using it -- but because holding it became tiresome.
The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 comes in navy blue, white, hot pink, and lime green. The navy blue version is the only one that has a back with a matte finish. The dark shade of blue attracts a minimal amount of fingerprints that are only highly visible from certain angles. The back panel is smooth and comfortable to the touch but can be a bit slippery without a tight grip.
In comparison, the reflective plastic back sides of the other colors look less chic, but the texture helps one grip the device significantly better than the matte finish does. I personally prefer a back panel with a grippier texture, like the one on the Nexus 7 (2012), because it enhances my comfort level in a way that extends the amount of time I can hold the device.
Since they're both made by Asus, the Memo Pad HD 7 and the Nexus 7 (2012) share similar design elements. The power button and volume rocker on the right edge look almost identical in shape, while the rear speakers are similarly located toward the bottom edge of the tablet.
|Tested spec||Asus Memo Pad HD 7||Google Nexus 7 (2012)||Apple iPad Mini||Amazon Kindle Fire HD|
|Weight in pounds||0.66||0.74||0.68||0.86|
|Width in inches (landscape)||7.8||7.8||7.9||7.7|
|Height in inches||4.7||4.7||5.3||5.4|
|Depth in inches||0.4||0.4||0.3||0.4|
|Side bezel width in inches (landscape)||0.9||0.8||0.8||0.9|
The front of the tablet is typically simple, with an Asus logo on the bottom bezel and a front-facing camera on the top. There is no ambient light sensor, therefore no automatic brightness setting.
The Memo Pad HD 7's headphone jack, microphone pinhole, and Micro-USB port are all located on the top edge, with the microSD expansion slot -- which is expandable up to 32GB -- around the corner on the left edge. There are no ports on the bottom edge, but the speaker sits on the bottom of the tablet's back, keeping the 5-megapixel rear camera on top company.
Asus Application Suite
The tablet comes loaded with the Asus Application Suite and features apps that range from useful to creative. The simple additions include a calendar, to-do list, and file manager, and it comes with 16GB of Asus WebStorage cloud service for one year.
Some of the apps that are geared towards family use include App Locker, which allows you to put passwords on specific apps; Asus Artists, where you can create "paintings" or greeting cards; and Asus Story, which helps you organize your photos into albums, or as they call them, "stories."
The tablet comes with Power Saver, a battery-saving feature that comes in handy if you're trying to squeeze the most out of a low battery.
The custom mode lets you pick the specific functions that the power-saving option affects. For example, you can set a low screen brightness for listening to music, a higher one for watching video, and no power-saving function for reading books. When enabled, it significantly helped extend the battery life when it was low.
One of the most interesting and useful features on the tablet is the floating menu. On the Android navigation bar, there's a button to the left of the back button that activates the floating menu.
When activated, a small menu pops up above the navigation bar that contains a selection of floating apps that you can quickly access without having to close whatever app you're currently using. Since the apps "float" on the screen, on top of whatever is already open, it's almost like a multiwindow option, but they can only perform simple tasks and can't compare to the multiwindow functions that the Microsoft Surface or some of the Samsung Galaxy tablets provide.
Floating apps are an easy way to multitask, and I liked the ability to use the browser while watching video, but not all streaming video services continue to play while a floating app is open. With the exception of a few floating apps, including the calculator and compass, Netflix did not let me use most of the floating apps while simultaneously watching video, although YouTube did.
Despite providing an easy way to multitask, the floating apps don't have the same functionality as the full-screen app and are limited in their capabilities; the YouTube app only shows recommended videos -- you can't search -- and the Twitter app displays only one tweet at a time. There is a limited amount of floating apps, and although the floating menu is customizable, not all downloaded apps have the ability to be floating ones.
The Memo Pad HD 7 houses stereo speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio technology and Audio Wizard software. Although the speakers aren't great, the number of specific audio settings are. The tablet allows you to manually adjust separate volume settings for app audio, notifications, and alarms.
In addition, using the Audio Wizard feature is an almost essential tool for a multimedia experience, if using the speakers (the Audio Wizard doesn't work with wired or Bluetooth headsets); it has five settings: music, movie, gaming, speech, and recording. These settings not only enhance the audio for their specific purposes but they also generally increase the volume of the speakers.
When the Audio Wizard function is not in use, it switches to power-saving mode and, like most tablet speakers, audio is tinny at its loudest volume. The natural cupping of the speaker that happens when holding the tablet in two hands helps provide some fullness to the audio -- or muffling, depending on how you're gripping it.
Movie mode makes the audio rich with subtleties. Soundscape noises like street traffic, footsteps, and the jingling of keys were all more pronounced using the movie mode. When the setting is off, most soundscape noises are almost muted and too quiet to notice.
The music setting works best with vocal-centered music that isn't overproduced. Music mode significantly enhances and highlights vocals. Without the setting, music sounded overall flat and comparable to FM radio. For certain genres the vocals overpowered the instrumentation.
In some cases, where the vocals were already at the forefront of the song, the enhancement was too much and made well-produced songs sound like amateur GarageBand demos. This was especially true for any lo-fi music.
Certain instruments such as screeching guitars or crashing cymbals were unpleasant to listen to at full volume on a flat surface, but bearable from a distance and at low volumes. Bass heavy music sadly lacked oomph, and I found the recording mode to provide a better, fuller sound for that type of music.
The Memo Pad HD 7 houses a 1.2GHz quad-core Mediatek MT8125 CPU, a single-core PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with about 11GB of free space. The tablet also features an accelerometer and Bluetooth 4.0.
The tablet has a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera with a rear 5-megapixel shooter on the back. The front-facing photos were washed out but relatively clear.
The rear camera has many built-in features like HDR, panorama, and color filters, but they don't cover up the camera's poor photo quality. It didn't take very sharp photos and often had a hard time focusing on a subject.
The Memo Pad HD 7 dons the same 1,280x800-pixel resolution as the first Nexus 7, at 216 ppi, and, in comparison to both Nexus 7s, its viewing angles aren't as good, but its accurate color portrayal, even without using Asus Splendid calibration software, blows the Google tablets out of the water.
When it comes to screen quality between the original Nexus 7 and the Memo Pad HD 7, the difference is in the details. Its screen is just as sharp as the original Nexus 7, but due to the wide range of color, bright spots that are too bright and blown-out on the Nexus 7 are accurately portrayed with detail on the Memo HD Pad 7. Color richness and accuracy provides more nuanced detail in photos and videos that is only greatly noticeable when viewed side-by-side.
|Tested spec||Asus Memo Pad HD 7||Google Nexus 7 (2012)||Apple iPad Mini||Amazon Kindle Fire HD|
|Maximum brightness||353 cd/m2||288 cd/m2||399 cd/m2||394 cd/m2|
|Maximum black level||0.57 cd/m2||0.28 cd/m2||0.49 cd/m2||0.41 cd/m2|
|Maximum contrast ratio||619:1||1,028:1||814:1||960:1|
The new Nexus 7 has a 30 percent wider range of colors than the first model, but it still doesn't compare to the wide range that the Memo Pad HD 7 produces. The colors are vibrant but not oversaturated, and the detail in video and images due to the wide range of colors is dramatic and impressive for such an inexpensive tablet.
The screen's responsiveness to touch wasn't always on point. It sometimes didn't recognize my swipe or gesture, especially if the screen had any type of oily substance on it. Don't get me wrong -- it's not like I was eating chicken wings while using the tablet; any type of slippery residue on your fingertips transferred onto the screen and caused a significant decrease in responsiveness.
Most of the downsides to the Memo Pad HD 7 are due to its cheap build, and its best feature is no exception. Smudges tend to be very visible on the screen and become distracting when combined with glare. It's easy to acquire a hazy layer of fingerprints, which makes the screen appear noticeably more dull, and in comparison with the screens of other tablets, it takes a little more elbow grease to clean it well.
The Memo Pad HD 7 ships with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1, although Asus states that an OTA update will be available by its early August U.S. release date. The update is supposed to significantly improve swiping, which is a much needed fix.
The tablet's performance is functional for most simple tasks but lacks speed. It usually lags, especially when switching orientations, and performance dramatically slows if many apps are open at one time.
Aside from occasional unresponsiveness to swipes and gestures, it sometimes lagged for so long that it appeared as if a tap was unrecognized, resulting in accidentally double-tapping the same area and unintentionally activating another app or option.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Google Nexus 7 (2012)
Asus MeMO Pad HD 7
Riptide GP ran smoothly, however, the accelerometer lacked precision and playing the game required more tilting and exaggerated movement than with the Nexus 7 tablets. The tablet is geared toward more casual gaming, and this was evident when running N.O.V.A 3. The first level was extremely sluggish to load -- it took over four minutes each time I tried-- and frame rates were consistently choppy.
Here are our official CNET Labs-tested battery life results. More tablet testing results can be found here.
|Video battery life (in hours)|
|Asus Memo Pad HD 7 (Performance mode)||9.7|
The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 is a good, but not great, small tablet option if you're on a budget. In typical "you get what you pay for" fashion, its build looks and feels inexpensive, and its performance is mediocre at best. If you can get past that, the screen's impressive range of color and the abilities to customize and enhance your multimedia experience while maximizing your battery life make it a worthy, inexpensive buy.
Your next best option in the 7-inch tablet category, the new Nexus 7, is $80 more -- almost half again the cost of the Memo Pad HD 7-- although it is a significant upgrade. If you're limited by a budget, the tablet is a good option for casual use and multimedia viewing, but if you're not, treat yourself and go with the Nexus 7 for faster performance and a slimmer build.
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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Troubleshooting
No matter what you do, you can't get your tablet to turn on.
Your tablet will not turn on because your battery is dead. Charge the battery of your tablet by using a micro USB cable. Plug one end of the cable to the appropriate port located at the top of your tablet and plug in the other end to a computer or outlet converter that is plugged into a working outlet in the wall.
Your tablet will not turn on because your battery will not charge and is dead. In this case, you must replace the battery. Once you have your new battery, please follow this guide to install it correctly: Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Battery Replacement
It is possible that it appears nothing is happening because the display is in need of repair or replacement. If replacing the battery fails to fix the tablet not turning on then you may need to replace the display screen.
If both the battery and display are working than you need to replace the motherboard. This is usually the last resort so start with the guides above. If they do not work then replace the motherboard using this guide: Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Motherboard Replacement
No pictures are produced from the camera.
If pictures are blurry or do not come out clear it is possible your camera lens is cracked or damaged. Turn the device to have the screen facing down. Check the lens to see if it is visibly damaged/cracked. If it is use this guide to replace it: Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Front Facing Camera Replacement
If your camera will not take pictures you can check to make sure the camera app on the device is working. If not you can download additional camera apps from the Google Play Store for Android. Also make sure that the lens is free from all obstructions. Clean dirt and screen using a microfiber cloth if necessary. If that fails to solve the issues than replace the camera using this guide: Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Front Facing Camera Replacement
Buttons don't respond or get stuck.
If the buttons are sticky it can be caused by dirt getting underneath them. Try cleaning around the buttons with a cotton ball and some cleaning solution to remove the dirt.
If something is stuck underneath your buttons you will need to remove the back panel. You will then be able to clean anything underneath the buttons. If they are still unresponsive you will need to replace.
Screen is cracked or damaged.
If the touchscreen is still responsive then you only need to replace the outer glass.
If the touchscreen is unresponsive to touch then you will also need to replace the digitizer.
Screen still works but does nothing when you touch it.
If turning off the power and restarting the device does not fix the issue then you will need to replace the digitizer.
The screen is dim or hard to see.
Refer to the user manual of your device to determine how to adjust the brightness. If the screen is still dim then you will need to replace the back lighting.
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
|Release date||July 2013|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
1.2 GHz, Mediatek MT8125 chipset
|Memory||1 GB DRAM|
|Storage||8 GB or 16 GB|
|Display||7-inch (180 mm) diagonal IPS|
LEDcapacitive touchscreen, 1280x800 pixels resolution, 216 ppi
|Sound||MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA|
|Connectivity||3.5 mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz), Micro USB2.0|
|Dimensions||196.85 mm × 120.65 mm × 10.92 mm (7.75 in × 4.75 in × 0.43 in)|
|Mass||302 g (10.7 oz)|
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ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 is a low-end low priced budget Androidtablet manufactured by Taiwanese corporation Asus. The tablet was announced in June and released in July 2013. The device runs the operating system Android 4.2 (codename: Jelly Bean). The specifications include a 7-inch IPS LED display, 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a storage of 8 GB (whereof Android 4.2.2 occupies just short of 3.5 GB) or 16 GB, and 5 MP rear camera.
A successor with the model name Asus MeMO Pad 7 ME176 was announced on June 2, 2014, which had a new 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 processor.
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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 Review
- Excellent value
- Strong screen
- Decent performance
- Near-vanilla UI
- Review Price: £129.99
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Mediatek MT1825 CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory, microSD slot
- Android 4.2
- 7-inch 1,280 x 800 pixel IPS screen
What is the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7?
The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet whose aims are very similar to the Nexus 7’s – it’s a versatile, portable and affordable tablet. But at £129 it’s a good deal cheaper than the new Nexus 7. And while there are clear compromises involved, it’s one of the very few sub-£150 tablets we recommend.
Got more money to spend? Head to our best Android tablets for your options.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Video Review
Want to see the MeMO Pad HD 7 in the flesh? Check out our video review below.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Design
The most obvious element that has been kept simple in the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is its hardware design. You’re not going to be bowled-over by its look or feel.
To give it a more high street-friendly look, the tablet comes in a bunch of colours – none black – including dark blue, green, pink and white, but otherwise the tablet keeps things basic. The back is curvy plastic, where the first Nexus 7 had an almost leather-like textured rear and the £50 more expensive Asus Fonepad uses metal.
The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is also not super skinny. At 10.8mm thick, there’s a reassuring amount to grab onto here, although with a weight of just over 300g, it’s easily light enough to hold one-handed comfortably for a while.
This will become a theme of the review – the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 isn’t flash, but using it is mostly a joy.
Looks-wise, it’s similar to the first-generation Nexus 7, with a pretty generous expanse of screen bezel to each side of the display and the tablet-standard innocuous black front. In a couple of ways, the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is quite different from the Nexus 7, though. The most significant exterior one is that it has a microSD memory slot on the left edge.
You get a reasonable 16GB of storage, 11GB of which is accessible.
That’s pretty generous for a tablet this cheap. And if you want to carry
around a chunky movie or music collection, you can always slap in a
microSD memory card of up to 64GB extra memory – there’s an exposed
microSD slot on the tablet’s side.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Screen
The name alone tells you a fair bit about the MeMO Pad HD 7’s screen. It’s seven inches across and has more pixels than the first 7-inch MeMO Pad.
However, calling it ‘HD’ might be considered a tad misleading. The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 has a 1,280 x 800 pixel screen, on-par with the first-generation Nexus 7. Google’s second 7-inch Nexus tablet has a 1080p display, giving it much more credibility as an ‘HD’ gadget. This is one of the main reasons this new Asus tablet has managed to sell for £70 less than the new Nexus 7 – read our Nexus 7 2 vs Nexus 7 comparison to see how the two differ.
It’s a compromise, but this is undoubtedly one of the best tablet screens you get at the price – Asus shows us how things should be done here. It uses an IPS panel, which supplies much better viewing angles and better colour than many ultra-budget tablets.
Black level and colour reproduction have been significantly improved over the first-generation Nexus 7. According to Asus, the panel comes from a different supplier this time around, and there’s no contrast-limiting (but battery-improving) Nvidia Prism imaging engine to stymie the vividness of images. The screen image is altogether much more satisfying.
The 215ppi screen isn’t pixel-rich enough to create ultra-smooth Retina-style effect of something like the New Nexus 7 or iPad with Retina display, but text and images are nevertheless fairly sharp. At the price, we’re impressed.
What the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 doesn’t have, though, is a decent anti-reflective screen coating. Consequently, it doesn’t fare too well outside. You’ll need to set the brightness to maximum for the screen to be anything approaching comfortable to view. Top brightness is good for a tablet this cheap, though.
One very neat Asus-specific feature of the MeMO Pad HD 7’s screen is provided by a little app called Asus Splendid. The name may be silly, but its functionality is great. It lets you change either colour temperature or the screen’s hue and saturation. You can even turn it into a black and white tablet.
Generally, a manufacturer’s apps can generally be replaced easily with choices from the Google Play app store, but you’d need to root your tablet to get the sort of control Asus Splendid gives you.
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