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Asus Memo Pad HD7 review

Fri Aug 09 2013, 00:05

Camera
The Asus Memo Pad HD7 features a decent 5MP rear-facing camera, a departure from the camera-less original Nexus 7. Image quality is good, albeit somewhat lacking in poor lighting, and the autofocus does a good job. Asus' Camera user interface is pretty snappy too, and the tablet offers some onboard image editing tools that proved useful.

Asus Memo Pad HD7 has a 5MP rear-facing camera
Image taken on the Asus Memo Pad HD7

While the camera performs well, as a 7in tablet device the Memo Pad HD7 can be awkward to hold when snapping images, and the lack of a camera key often makes it tricky to get that perfect shot.

The Asus Memopad HD7 also has a 1.2MP front-facing camera. As you'd expect, image quality isn't fantastic, but it's a nice addition to an inexpensive tablet for those who would use the device for video calling.

Battery and storage
Battery life on the Memo Pad HD7 is one of the tablet's greatest features, which is surprising given its low price. We found that over a weekend of average to heavy use, which involved watching videos, gaming and internet browsing on the WiFi-connected device, the tablet easily breezed through both Saturday and Sunday.

The Asus Memo Pad HD7 will be available in 8GB and 16GB internal storage models at launch. While some might bemoan the lack of onboard storage, and we had 12GB free on our 16GB model, the tablet comes with a microSD card slot allowing users to add up to 32GB of expanded storage.

In Short
If it wasn't for the new Nexus 7 we'd probably be more excited about the Asus Memo Pad HD7 tablet. Despite the device's impressive features, including a great IPS display, nippy performance and above-average battery life, we can't help but think that the Memo Pad HD7 won't be a huge hit, with Google's latest small tablet offering a more impressive set of features despite its similar budget price.

Asus Memo Pad HD7

Saying that, the Asus Memo Pad HD7 still might manage to find buyers, potentially luring younger tablet shoppers with its quirky, vibrant design, or attracting potential new Android tablet buyers with its lower price. 

Either way, the Asus Memo Pad HD7 is a good, affordable 7in tablet, and definitely worth the £129 price. µ

The Good
Great IPS touchscreen, mostly smooth performance, great battery life, plenty of storage.

The Bad
Can be laggy while gaming, cameras are average.

The Ugly
Will struggle to compete against the new Nexus 7.

Bartender's Score
7/10

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