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Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 review

Verdict

Asus delivers another good-value tablet, but it’s outgunned by the Nexus 10 in the performance stakes

Review Date: 19 Sep 2013

Reviewed By: Jonathan Bray

Price when reviewed: £249 (£299 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £258
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Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

Performance
4 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

Asus has been putting out some great Android tablets lately, with the compact, low-cost Fonepad and Memo Pad HD 7 hitting the right notes. Now it’s the turn of the Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 to take the stage.

From the name, it’s clear what the headline feature is: a Full HD, 10.1in IPS display. In a tablet costing £300, that isn’t bad at all. Quality is decent too: although the top brightness of 325cd/m2 isn’t as high as the best tablets on the market, contrast hits a solid 1,016:1, and Full HD at this screen size is sufficiently sharp.

In fact, as long as you hold the tablet 16in or more from your eyes, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the FHD 10 and even the highest-resolution display.

Asus Memo Pad FHD 10

At this price, the Asus is in direct competition with the Google Nexus 10, but it isn’t far behind. In fact, in some ways, we prefer it to the Google tablet. For a start, its 566g body is 17% lighter, which makes it noticeably more comfortable to hold for extended periods. We also prefer the slightly softer, dimpled-plastic finish on the FHD 10 to the stickier plastic of the Nexus 10.

A quick glance around the edges reveals a micro-HDMI output and a microSD slot for expanding the tablet’s generous allocation of storage – two further points in the FHD 10’s favour.

When it comes to performance, it starts to fall behind. Powering the FHD 10 is a dual-core, Hyper-Threaded, 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, backed up by 2GB of RAM, and it runs Android 4.2.2, a version behind the Nexus 10. This combination delivers mixed results. Navigating even hefty web pages feels smooth and slick, as does moving around the operating system. However, we were perturbed to discover that, even on such a modern tablet, there was a degree of typing lag.

Asus Memo Pad FHD 10

Benchmarking and informal games tests also revealed a lack of oomph compared to the best of the tablet crop. In Geekbench 2 the FHD 10 scored 1,173 and it completed the SunSpider benchmark in 1,186ms - both figures lagging behind the kind of results we've seen from recent models.

Gaming ability was better, the highly intensive T-Rex HD test returning a frame rate of 6.8fps; this was backed up by smooth gameplay in Real Racing 3 and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. However, there’s a caveat to all this. As the Intel processor is x86-based, rather than ARM-based, it won’t be able to run every app and game on Google Play.

With similar battery life and camera quality to the Nexus 10, it’s difficult to separate the Nexus 10 and the Asus Memo Pad FHD 10. The FHD 10 has more storage, a slot for expanding it, and a more pleasing all-round design; the Nexus 10 has a better display, quicker performance, and boasts the most up-to-date version of Android. If it were our money, we’d choose the Nexus 10, but the FHD 10 has much to recommend it.

Author: Jonathan Bray

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User comments

Contradiction ?

"Asus delivers another good-value tablet, but it’s outgunned by the Nexus 10 in the performance stakes"

"At this price, the Asus is in direct competition with the Google Nexus 10, but it isn’t outgunned. "

By driver8 on 19 Sep 2013

Outgunned...

Thanks for the feedback, driver8. I think the confusion here may stem from the use of the word "outgunned" in two separate contexts.

In the Verdict it's used specifically to refer to performance. In the body of the review it's used to refer to the the all-round design and specification. I'll alter the review for clarity.

Regards,
Jonathan Bray,
Reviews editor,
PC Pro.

By JonBray on 19 Sep 2013

The Asus FD10 price £200
The Nexus 10 Price £319(16GB) £385(32GB)
Methinks this puts the Asus ahead as for over £100 more I would expect the Nexus to be better. Please compare tablets in same price range to be a fair review.

By curiousclive on 20 Sep 2013

I'd love to know where you got you pricing information on the asus from curiousclive.... as far as i can see they are the same price, (to within 20ish pounds) and therefore the comparison is relevant

By MrP77 on 22 Sep 2013

Nexus: "In SunSpider, this combination returned a quick time of 1,362ms"
Asus: "completed the SunSpider benchmark in 1,186ms - both figures lagging behind the kind of results we've seen from recent models."

Unless I've missed something, 1186 milliseconds is faster than 1362 milliseconds. You then used different other benchmarks on each making it hard to do a proper comparison. Any chance of revising the reviews with benchmarking that we can draw a direct comparison on?

By mrmellie on 26 Sep 2013

@MrP77
Got the Nexus 10 prices from the Google play store and the Asus price from his blog which at time of post was stated as £200. The blog has now changed the price to £300 so nullified my post.

By curiousclive on 9 Oct 2013

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