Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

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

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The Google Play store is now widely stocked, with all the popular apps and games you could want. However there remains a dearth of tablet apps, a space where Google has struggled to engage developers, especially when you compare it to the wealth of high-quality apps made for the iPad.

Seven-inch tablets suffer much less though, as many phone apps still work brilliantly at this smaller tablet screen size. With the popularity of the Nexus 7, many apps have been optimised for this screen size too.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

There is a category for tablet apps in the Play Store and all the top pick lists can be viewed as 'apps designed for tablets', so things are improving rapidly.

Other app stores are also available for Android devices and the HD 7 is no exception, but in general they offer limited exclusive apps and are often more useful for finding good deals..

Since this is an Android device, all of Google's apps are available including GMail, Google+ and Google Maps, all of which work well. The one app that doesn't work well (though it's not Google's fault) is Maps Navigation - Google's satellite navigation solution.

The MediaTek chipset in the HD 7 is well known for having GPS issues and Asus does not seem to have solved them. It took over five minutes to get a GPS lock on the first attempt and around one full minute thereafter.

Using the HD 7 as a sat nav when driving around presents some interesting challenges. The GPS occasionally loses your position. It is usable, but only just. It's possible this could be fixed in a software update, but it's hard to know for sure.

Battery life and benchmarking

Despite having a fairly small 15Wh battery capacity, Asus has managed to endow the Memo Pad HD 7 with decent endurance. In constant use, the tablet is easily capable of seven hours' screen time, which is excellent at the budget end of the market.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

This only tells part of the story however, as there are some serious weaknesses in terms of battery performance. The system should do well in standby, but it doesn't. The tablet was often out of juice having been left idle overnight, and it seems the Wi-Fi signal is to blame. When used without a wireless connection, idle drain is negligible, but with wireless connected it's a different story.

Despite their promise, the various power saving modes made very little difference. So overall I got a very mixed picture. But despite its lower capacity battery, it does feel like a tablet you can use all day with few issues.

It makes a good companion on a long haul flight and easily provides enough viewing time for two or three films. Thanks to its standard micro USB port, charging the tablet is easy: it accepts any standard cable and is fast to charge for a tablet. The only slight worry is that charging and using the Memo Pad HD 7 simultaneously does make it get quite hot.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerMediaTek
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR SGX 544
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
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
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 Address
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.


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