Google and Asus may have partnered together to create Google’s Nexus 7 tablet but that didn’t prevent Asus from introducing their own Android tablet. The Asus MeMo Pad is a 7” tablet that has marketed itself as the more affordable version of the Nexus 7. And while it might not stand out from the budget tablet crowd, it does offer smooth basic performance and a solid design.
For consumers who like the look and feel of the Nexus but not the price tag, the MeMo Pad delivers on the aesthetic front. The tablet itself practically has the same dimensions as the Nexus 7 and a similar textured back. But that’s where the similarities end.
Unlike the HD Nexus, the MeMo Pad screen resolution is not HD quality as it maxes out at 1024x600. Most average consumers might not be able to tell the difference, however it is noticeable to people who are used to 720p or 1080p screens. Like most tablets in its class, the MeMo Pad offers a responsive touch screen, WiFi and a forward facing camera for video chat. In addition, the MeMo Pad offers a choice of 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage as well as an expandable micro-SD slot. The VIA WM8950 Single core 1 GHz processor functions smoothly with simple tasks like surfing the internet or checking emails. Unfortunately, it does have issues with graphics or memory intensive apps like games.
Aside from the non-HD screen quality and poor processor speed, another major drawback of the MeMo Pad is its battery life. When used normally, the tablet lasts around three hours. While not horrible, it certainly is not convenient for people who depend on their tablet for updates via email or calendar notices when they are traveling. The tablet also has connectivity issues as it does not allow for bluetooth syncing and the WiFi card only connects to 2.4 GHz bands.
For the price, the MeMo Pad is a decent tablet in its class. While the specs and software cannot rival the Nexus 7” or other premium tablets, the MeMo Pad is still a decent tablet for consumers who simply want to surf the web and listen to some music on the go.
The Good: Expandable micro-SD slot, low price, sleek design and sturdy build.
The Bad: Poor battery life, non-HD screen, poor CPU performance when playing gaming apps.