Asus Memo Pad 7, Jack of All Trades


Asus Memo Pad 7

Even though I’ve been mostly checking out recent or popular apparitions in the smartphone area, something different caught my attention and I’m going to say a few words about it. Well, actually, more than a few. I’m talking about the Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C, a capable little tablet with a 7-inch display that has plenty to offer for the small and attractive price that it holds. One of its most important features is its processor, an Intel Atom Z3745 chipset, which should grant a good performance and add some points to the overall user experience. If you’re looking for a capable and budget-friendly tablet, follow the next review and see if this one might come close to your needs.

In its retail box, the Asus Memo Pad 7 comes accompanied only by the basic accessories: a charger and a microUSB cable.

Now, let’s take a look at it. The Memo Pad 7 stands at 189.3 x 113.7 x 9.6 mm and has a weight of 295 grams, being a compact device that’s very easy to handle and carry around. The tablet is entirely made from plastic and has a pretty good build quality for a device that comes at this price. Its rounded edges, however, might not be everyone’s best friends when handling it with one hand. The tablet comes in 5 color tones: white, black, blue, yellow and red.

The Memo Pad 7 packs a 7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 216 ppi. Considering its price, the device offers a decent image quality, with good contrast and wide viewing angles, but I must add that using it outside will be tricky due to the screen’s high reflectivity. Also, the display doesn’t feature any kind of protection (like Gorilla Glass, for example), so you should consider getting something for avoiding the apparition of scratches and stuff like that.

When it comes to software support, the Memo Pad 7 ME176C is loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat which has been deeply customized by Asus. The classic Android lockscreen and homescreen are here, the latter featuring four icons (which is the maximum supported). You have Asus and Google folders for holding applications, the “What’s next” app for offering info regarding your events, reminders and others, the task switcher, notifications area, quick toggles and more.
In terms of performance, the tablet relies on an Intel Atom Z3745 chipset, having a quad-core 1.86 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and comes in two versions, with 8 or 16 GB of internal storage which can be bumped with a microSD card of 64 GB. Overall, the device does a very good job for its market segment and will offer a pleasant and hiccup-free user experience.

At  the connectivity area, the Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C holds support for Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-go for connecting other devices. The tablet isn’t a cellular device.

For taking pictures, the tablet holds a 5 megapixels camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and shoots 1080 videos. The quality offered by the photos or videos is nothing to write home about, being average to say the most. There’s also a front-facing 2 MP camera on board for enabling you to make video calls or take “selfies”.

For listening to music, the Asus Memo Pad 7 holds a capable audio player which has support for equalizer presets, options like surround sound and bass boost when the headphones are plugged in and you can also stream your music via cloud services .
The video player is pretty basic and supports the majority of popular formats (except WMV), but lacks subtitle support and has nothing to do with the AC3 audio codec.

For surfing the web, the Memo Pad 7 holds the standard Android browser and Google Chrome. While both of these are very capable, I would recommend using the second one for a faster and better user experience.

Some other features that might interest you are a GPS receiver with GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for finding your way via GPS, a Power Saver, file explorer and more.

The Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C features a 3,910 mAh battery and will stay alive for 11 hours of surfing the web and 15 of video playback, which is quite impressive.

Asus Memo Pad 7 Jack of All Trades


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