Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review

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

5
Price when reviewed 
130

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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.

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Detail

Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical

Dimensions121 x 12 x 195mm (WDH)
Weight308g

Display

Primary keyboardOn-screen
Screen size7.0in
Resolution screen horizontal800
Resolution screen vertical1,280
Display typeMultitouch, capacitive
Panel technologyIPS

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz1.2GHz
Integrated memory16.0GB
RAM capacity1.00GB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating5.0mp
Focus typeAutofocus
Built-in flash?no
Built-in flash typeN/A
Front-facing camera?yes
Video capture?yes

Other

WiFi standard802.11bgn
Bluetooth supportyes
Integrated GPSyes
Upstream USB ports0
HDMI output?no
Video/TV output?no

Software

Mobile operating systemAndroid 4.2

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