Asus Memo Pad 7: First Impressions

On Saturday July 25, 2015 – I have received the Asus Memo Pad 7 to replace the Alcatel Pop 7 when the screen cracked. The tablet is to function as a secondary tablet which is intended to remain mostly home, and suit for some of the secondary application roles that the Pop 7 did. One exception will be music playing which an iPod Shuffle was acquired as a dedicated day time player. The tablet has an Intel Atom Dual Core 1.2Ghz CPU, 1GB of memory, 16GB storage with a micro-SD card support (64GB). The tablet has Wifi-N, and Miracast. There is a .2MP (VGA) front camera, and a 2MP rear camera. There is an headphone jack, micro-USB, power, and volume. The OS is Android 4.4.2 with Zen UI.

The Good

The good thing is price. Needless to say with my limited income, I couldn’t just simply buy a $500 tablet outright. And while I have been a little hesitant on sub-$100 tablets, I had little choice. Considering the price, the tablet is performing well enough. It can do most things I would need it to do, although hadn’t demanded too much on it.

The Bad

The worst thing is the 6 hour battery on it. I am guessing this is from the Intel Atom CPU, but this makes the tablet far from an all day performer. Thankfully, this will stay home most of the time – but this is at the least a major annoyance. And while some people like the ZEN UI interface – I am a purist and prefer as stock as possible. And it is not just the UI, but the apps that came with it. Amazon Kindle, eMusic, 2 different web browsers, 2 different photo viewing software, and a number of other apps all have their hand in that 16GB of storage. And anyone who bought an Android device that came preinstalled with software will know you can’t simply remove them. At least with exception of “Asus” Software, they kept it to a minimum.

The Ugly

Micro-USB Port on the top which will be an annoyance especially if I should have to do activity while plugged in. The micro-SD card slot is exposed, and that could lead to problems – at the very least dust getting into the card slot. The power button is below the volume rocker which is unconventional.

My Impression

It is good enough if you don’t demand much. I will be using it to play secondary accounts on a couple of games. It will also be used to hold the contacts that I may need to keep, but not worth having on my phone (this is done through a second Google Account). However, I will feel limited with the small battery capacity.

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