The tablet market is overcrowded with every manufacturer striving to claim a piece through Windows 8, iOS and Android offerings.
To get a sizable portion of the market, the manufactures must tactfully balance the elements such as design, price and specs.
Models with affordable price such as Google Nexus 7 go for $215 still this is a bit on the higher side for some consumers.
We take a look at Asus MeMO Pad 7 that was announced in Taipei this coming with a price tag of only $150.
We will break down its features so you can decide whether it is a good bet for you next purchase.
The MeMO Pad 7 is powered by an Intel Atom Soc and runs Android 4.4 spiced with Asus’ customizations.
Its design is not all that inspiring but it is quite fluid in performance. It weighs less than 300 grams and has a thickness of only 10.0mm, and is only 11.3mm thick where the camera is.
Its back is curved making it fit comfortably in your hands and the rubberized plastic of its casing gives it a soft feeling that is quite pleasing.
It is a bit of a disappointment that its two main speakers are found at the bottom portion in the rear poking through the casing as an indented line. The speakers lack stereo effect when you are playing games or watching videos in a landscape orientation though they are adequate in volume and quality.
The front facing speakers are missing. If you are interested in this feature you will have to dig deeper in your pocket and buy another model.
At its top are both a micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Asus MeMO Pad 7 lacks a full-size USB port so you can connect to external devices only via a micro to full-size USB adapter. It supports microSD card for memory expansion.
Both the power button and the volume rocker are found on the right-hand edge. This is a bit confusing since the power button is below the volume rocker; you may end up pressing the volume button in an attempt to power it on.
The device boasts a TFT IPS LCD display. This screen measures 7 inches (Diagonal) and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 215 pixels per inch. This gives enough clarity and easy to read text without any noticeable pixels whatsoever.
The display is not in the same league as those of high-end devices but it fits its price level. In all, it is one of the best panels in that price category.
The IPS technology used it the panel’s construction also makes it display in vibrant colours. The images look great by default with an outstanding level of detail and contrast and it also offers good viewing angles making the images not to blur when you look slightly from the sides.
The screen is bright enough for general indoor use. The only thing that is missing is an auto-detector for ambient lighting to help adjust its brightness.
Its minimum brightness is low enough to allow you read books or text in dimly lit environments without hurting your eyes. The maximum brightness isn’t comfortable to use while reading outdoors.