Review by Sunetra Chakravati,4/21/2015 10:53:31 AM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Premium looks | Full HD screen | sound battery | good processor | expandable memory
Still Android 4.4.2 Kitkat | too little too late | Bloatware heavy |
- By Sunetra Chakravarti
The logical successor to the Nexus 7, a cursory glance at online reviews from consumers who bought the MemoPad 7 shows this was their go-to product when their Nexus 7 died following the latest Lollipop update. Although the launch price was about £175, the cost has gone down considerably and given its solid battery and Intel 64-bit chipset, the Asus MemoPad 7 ME572C is a very strong contender in the budget tablet category.
With their screens side by side, there is no difference between the Asus MemoPad 7 ME572C and the Nexus 7, it is all under the hood.
Despite being a budget tablet, it has a nice feel to it and a mock-envelope effect clutch like back. Kinda like the clutch a girl would take to a party. Our review sample was soft-touch black rubberised one with a dull gold overlay, giving it a very premium appearance. There are a choice of three overlay options available: Rose champagne, Gentle Back and Burgundy Red and we could happily live with all three options.
Although the actual screen has rounded edges, the tablet itself has sharp corners and the volume rocker and the power button are both on the right-had side. Speaker grills are hidden away at the top and bottom of the tablet and the uncovered slot for the micro-SD card (memory expandable to 64GB) is on the left when the tablet is held in portrait mode.
The 7-inch LED backlit screen is full HD and with a 1920X1200 resolution, you are guaranteed crisp, clear and sharp viewing angles on your moving images. The screen has a type of oleophobic coating and it picks up fewer prints than some of the other tablets in its similarly priced peer group. However, the bezels are really thick. Like really really thick and even though it makes holding the tablet in landscape mode easier when consuming media, it bestows a 16:9 aspect ratio on the slate.
Of particular note is the angled view- although it means that your commute will be a really cosy one with all your fellow commuters huddling around your MemoPad, it makes second screening a breeze.
If you find yourself unimpressed with the colour balance on screen, Asus’ Splendid app will let you adjust saturation, colour, contrast and brightness levels to exactly your liking.
Gorilla Glass 3 will offer you peace of mind so that minor bumps and scratches glide right off the surface and for the price, the screen is spot-on.
A powerful battery is not good enough, an efficient processor helps shape the performance of a tablet and even though the 3950mAH battery on the MemoPad 7 is exactly the same as that of the Nexus 7, it does a lot better than the Google branded device owing to Intel’s Z3560 processor and a 64-bit chipset.
Annoyingly, the tablet comes pre-loaded with not just Google’s apps but also those from Asus, and so the amount of space is drastically reduced. On the 16GB tab, you get a shade over 11Gb to use so it is just a very happy fact that the memory is expandable.
The on-goings are sharp and crystal on Asus’ customised UI on top of Android 4.4.2. Thankfully the interface doesn't straitjacket Android at all and the experience is smooth, easy and without any lag.
The pn-board camera is 5-MP while the front-facing one is a 2-MP jobber. I do hope you are not one of those people who use tablets to take pictures. For video calls with families, the cameras do the job just right. Image editing and additional filters will ensure your average snaps get as many likes on your social media accounts as those clicked on better phone cameras.
Asus MemoPad 7 ME572C launched at the lower/mid spectrum of the tablet market at £179 but prices have since dropped down to £150. This puts it in the same league as the Tesco Hudl 2 (£129) and with better speed, looks and screen, the Asus wins that competition hands down.
However, it almost replicates all the features and everything that was really good about the Google Nexus 7. And that was released in 2013.
It brings style to the lower end of the market.