ASUS Memo Pad 7 LTE
|Operating System||Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)|
|Dimension (in)||4.5 x 0.33 x 7.8|
|Resolution (px)||1900 x 1200|
Bluetooth v.4.0; WiFi/2G/3G/4G/LTE connectivity; micro USB port, micro SD slot; front- and rear-cameras; SIM tray
|Battery Life||11 hrs|
To be fair, Asus does have a cheaper, entry-level version of the MeMoPad 7 (available for £99) with a different design and lower specs. However, if you're willing to put up a little bit more cash, the Asus MeMoPad 7 ME572C has much to offer. It's got a great Full HD (1,920 x 1,200) screen, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (upgradable via microSD).
The most immediately compelling thing about the Memo Pad, though, is the screen. Most cheap tablets have the same downfall: a pixelated, dim, or poorly-laminated screen that feels like you're looking at everything through a dirty window. The Memo Pad 7, on the other hand, has a 1920 x 1200 display that is in basically every way as good as a tablet needs to be. It has excellent viewing angles, beautiful and accurate colors, and at least some outdoor visibility.
As usual, Asus has stayed loyal to Intel and shoved a quad-core Atom processor into the MeMO Pad 7, backed by 2GB of RAM. And as usual, the experience is more than satisfactory. You can play the latest games and stream Full HD video with no drop in performance, while zipping around the desktops and menus is as smooth as you’d like.
The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 comes with a 15Wh Li-polymer Battery. This means that the MeMO Pad 7 comes with a battery that is similar to most other tablets on the market these days. The Intel Bay Trail processor that the MeMO Pad 7 does seem to have been well optimised and built for Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat). It can give a full and solid performance life during the day, meaning you won’t need to carry a MicroUSB cable with you if you’re at work or a power bank if you’re on the road all day.
The Asus Memo Pad 7 ME572C is a fine budget tablet. The design is appealing, and the display is both sharp and superbly bright. It suffers from a touch of lag, but this is something we could live with, and elsewhere it offers all you could expect of a tablet costing £150.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the tablet, with the exception of the inconsistent Wi-Fi performance. Since there are little or no successors to the 2013 Nexus 7, the MeMo Pad 7 ME572 seems like the best fit for a budget, mid-range performance 7” tablet.