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ASUS MeMO Pad ME172V
The budget-friendly 7-inch Android tablet has been around in Malaysia since the
end of January
for a price tag of RM 499. At a price under RM 500, the tablet is
really a steal and is easily one of the best quality branded-tablet that
the market has to offer right now. Recently, we got our hands on a loan
unit of MeMO Pad. Yes, thanks to ASUS Malaysia for loaning us the
tablet for reviewing purpose.
In this article, we are going to look in-depth (sort of) at this
tablet on its design, build quality, hardware, notable features,
battery life as well as the the device performance while running apps
and games. However,dontgive high expectation to MeMO Pad as the
tablet is just an entry-level and the cheapest Android tablet produced
by the Taiwanese company.
Design and Hardware
Despite being an entry-level Android tablet, the MeMO Pad
does not look like a cheap tablet at all, although its mainly made
of plastic. ASUS has a good track record of producing great quality and
well-designed devices. The MeMO Pad is no exceptional. The design of the
MeMO Pad is inspired by ASUS-built Google Nexus 7. Take a look at the
back panel and you should notice the similar textured design between the
MeMO Pad and Nexus 7. The diamond checkered finish ensures a good
secure grip on the tablet and somehow gives a premium (plus solid) look
and feel to the tablet, even though its not as premium as the Nexus 7.
The MeMO Pad is measuring at 11.2 x 119.4 x 196.4 mm and weighs at
370 grams. When you compared the tablet with Nexus 7, the MeMO Pad is
slightly thicker than the latter and it is heavier too (by 30 grams).
The power button and volume controls are located on the top left. A
3.5 mm audio jack at the top while on the bottom, you should find a
microUSB and microSD slot. The microSD card slot lets you expand the
storage for up to 32GB. FYI, Nexus 7 doesnt offer such slot.
There is a1MP front-facing camera capable of recording 720p video on
its front. Meanwhile, the speaker resides on the back and comes with
ASUS-exclusive SonicMaster-enhanced audio. We are
pretty much satisfied with the audio quality produced by the speaker.
During our test, we can hear the song playback loud and clear. Thumb up
on the audio quality.
ASUS MeMO Pad has a 7-inch WSVGA display with 1024 x 600 resolution
at 169 ppi (pixels per inch) and 350 nits brightness. The ppiis no
match to Nexus 7 (216 ppi) but still win the Apple iPad Mini (163 ppi).
MeMO Pad produces decent display with a rather limited viewing angle of
140 degrees. Nexus 7 has 1280 x 800 resolution with a 178-degree
Reading texts and emails, view images, watch movies and even play
games on MeMO Pad is not that a pleasant one. The texts and images are
not very crisp and clear. The tablet also produces decent colour gamut
and accuracy. Anyhow, note that MeMO Pad is just an entry-level tablet.
MeMO Pad runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has full
access to Google Play Store for downloading apps and games. Google Play
Music, Books, Magazines and Movies are not available yet to users in our
The tablet ispreloadedwith a suite of ASUS productivity apps,
including SuperNote Lite note taking app, BuddyBuzz social media
manager, ASUS WebStorage (provides 5GB free cloud storage), AudioWizard
audio profile manager, ASUS Story, ASUS Studio photo editing app,
MyPainter drawing app and WebStorage Office.
In addition to that, there are floating apps for multitasking.
Floating apps are displayed on-top of your current running application
for quick access. Some default floating apps include AudioWizard,
Browser, BuddyBuzz, Calendar, Calculator and Stopwatch. To access
floating apps, simply tap on the right-most icon on the navigation bar
(next to recent screens icon).
The video belowshowcases some of thepreinstalledapps on MeMO Pad.
Performance and Battery Life
ASUS MeMO Pad is powered by a single-core VIA WM8950 1GHz Mali 400
CPUwith 8GB of internal memory (16GB model is not available) and 1GB of
RAM. There is a microSD card slot to expand the storage by up to 32GB.
In addition to that, you get additional 5GB life-time ASUS WebStorage.
The tablet only offers802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, lacking on 3G and
With a slower but still acceptable processor and 1GB worth of memory,
we can handle games (except high graphic games) and apps quite well on
MeMO Pad. The size of RAM is deem sufficient to give you a good gaming
experience on the tablet. Weve played a bunch of decent graphic games
on MeMO Pad like Temple Run 2, Subway Surfers and Candy Crush Saga, with
minor lag issues. Tablet input works well and is fairly responsive too.
However, you shall notice slower launching of apps on MeMO Pad as
compared to other higher-end tablets. Also, switching between portrait
and landscape orientations takes a longer time than usual.
We ran a benchmark test on MeMO Pad using the AnTuTu Benchmark app.
The tablet scored a total of 4083 points, among the lowest in ranking
for Android tablet category. Google Nexus 7 has a score of 12726 while
Amazon Kindle Fire around 4500 points.
As for battery life, the tablet comes with a 4270 mAh battery, enough to provide
the tablet a close to 7 hours of battery life.
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