Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

9 Aug 2013

A fine budget compact tablet with a decent screen and excellent battery life

Price when reviewed: 
130(£130 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

Compact tablets are the technology industry's newest commodity items, and the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 is the latest addition. As you can probably guess from the name, it's a 7in tablet and, like most recent compact tablets, it comes in at well below £200.

It isn't quite as ludicrously cheap as the Barnes & Noble Nook HD, the price of which fell to £99 in July, but at £130, it's still low enough to make the HD 7 a close competitor.

Asus Memopad HD 7

Despite the budget price tag, it's a well put together product. There's no sign of metal in the chassis, but the gloss-plastic rear panel feels stout and capable of taking abuse. It looks smart, with the Asus logo carved into the rear, and is available in four colours – hot pink, white, bright green and dark blue.

Along the edges of the Memo Pad, there's a flap-free microSD slot on the left-hand side, large power and volume buttons sitting opposite it, and micro-USB and 3.5mm audio sockets on the top edge. All in all, it's a handsome device that certainly doesn't give the impression it was fished out of the bargain bin.

That's also true when you turn on the tablet. For starters, the display has a higher resolution than you might expect from a budget tablet. Apart from the Nook HD – which boasts a slightly higher pixel count of 900 x 1,440 – the HD 7, at 800 x 1,280, has the highest-resolution screen in the penny-pinching price bracket.

Asus Memopad HD 7

It's extremely sharp, excellent for everything from reading to gaming, and the quality is surprisingly good. Measured with a colorimeter, the maximum brightness hit 393cd/m2, a superb result that's only slightly behind the Nook, while contrast was recorded at a Nook-beating 914:1.

It nudges ahead of its rival on the camera front, too, offering both rear and front snappers, at 1 and 5 megapixels respectively, with 1080p video capture. Image quality isn't bad, either, although it becomes grainy in low light.

Detail

Price ex VAT £108
Price inc VAT £130
Warranty 1 yr return to base
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 6

Physical

Dimensions 121 x 12 x 195mm (WDH)
Weight 308g

Display

Primary keyboard On-screen
Screen size 7.0in
Resolution screen horizontal 800
Resolution screen vertical 1,280
Display type Multitouch, capacitive
Panel technology IPS

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 1.2GHz
Integrated memory 16.0GB
RAM capacity 1.00GB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp
Focus type Autofocus
Built-in flash? no
Built-in flash type N/A
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes

Other

WiFi standard 802.11bgn
Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes
Upstream USB ports 0
HDMI output? no
Video/TV output? no

Software

Mobile operating system Android 4.2

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