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Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

Asus follows its Nexus successes with another tiny for the budget market

Media

Unlike some Android devices, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 offers a simple range of media and entertainment based around the standard Google Play catalogue.

Unlike on the Nexus 7 and some other tablets, Asus has chosen not to pre-install the Play apps for movies and books, with only the Play Music app being installed from that set. There are no Play Store widgets on the home screen in the default setup either.

It's a simple matter to install the relevant apps and then you can view the content Google has on offer, either in the Play Store itself or via the Music, Movies, Books and Magazine apps.

Purchasing content of any type is made as simple as possible too, using your details stored in your Google account. Of course, any previously purchased content can also be accessed on the HD 7.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

The selection on offer is vast and now includes some TV shows. Generally it's well priced, but TV shows are an example of content that we consider overpriced. Nonetheless, all the media content can be stored offline and viewed later and the search facilities are simple and effective, as you would expect.

Once you have media downloaded, playing it shows off some nice features of the Memo Pad HD 7. Asus has done a good job making the screen comfortable to read on for extended periods as well as excellent for watching movies.

The speakers are loud and reasonably clear, and actually better than most tablets, which makes listening to music quite enjoyable.

Obviously there's very little stereo separation and the speakers face away from you, but output is still of a decent quality. Plug in a pair of headphones and audio is fine too. There are higher noise levels than we would like, but the maximum volume is more than enough.

Holding the tablet for extended periods of time to read or watch on isn't an issue. This is a light and well-sized device. The plastic back lacks some grip, but this isn't a major complaint.

Alongside the Google stores, other content providers can be used on the HD 7 including Amazon, with its impressive Kindle reading app and massive book shop. At this price, the screen and audio quality of the HD 7 are excellent, making the tablet a good choice for media consumption.

Camera

Taking pictures with a tablet is becoming a more common sight but I would still consider it nothing more than an emergency measure. The HD 7 is too large to hold inconspicuously, but its camera is quite usable. The shots are poor quality, but it's quick and simple to use, and convenient when you have nothing else to hand.

The interface covers all the bases and is self-explanatory. Taking a picture or starting to record a video can be done from the same interface, so there's no need to select what type of media you're capturing first. There are options for different modes such as panoramas, HDR, portraits and so on. You can adjust the effect, including a nice greyscale mode along with manual exposure adjustments. It's all well implemented and easy to navigate.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

Pictures from the rear camera lack detail and tend to be over-saturated, plus they have a fair bit of noise and sometimes appear out of focus. So shots are hardly spectacular, but about what we would expect for a simple camera on a budget tablet.

Videos can be recorded at up to 1080p and come out better than photos, but they still struggle to produce detail and hold focus especially well.

The front-facing camera is adequate for Skype or Google Hangouts calls, but little else. Your selfies are going to be grainy, noisy and basic, while videos can be recorded at 720p, though we wouldn't recommend bothering as the quality is again poor.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerMediaTek
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR SGX 544
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyMeMO Pad HD 7
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelMT8125
ColourGreen
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A7
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)302 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height10.8 mm
Width196.8 mm
Depth120.6 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product NameMeMO Pad HD 7 Tablet
Product LineMeMO Pad HD 7
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number90NK00B4-M01610
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationBEAUTY

The MeMO Pad HD 7 combines a beautiful glossy cover with a vivid 1280 x 800 display, to create a device you'll want to show off. The 5 megapixel camera on the back records all of the special moments in your life, and the 1.2 megapixel camera on the front provides smooth video calls with your loved ones.

SOUND

Experience rich audio on the MeMO Pad HD 7 thanks to the high-quality dual speakers, powered by ASUS exclusive SonicMaster audio technology. The speakers use a metallic construction and large resonance chambers to enhance sound power, fidelity, and balance.

Package Contents
  • MeMO Pad HD 7 Tablet
  • AC Adapter