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Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review

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Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
Introduction:

Never afraid to experiment with different form factors and styles, we’ve seen Taiwan based manufacturer Asus frequently delivering a wide range of tablets that fit different lifestyles and models. At one extreme, they’re renowned for coming to up with fantastic and memorable slates like the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, while on the other, they never shy away from going with something more modest – like the Asus Transformer Pad 300. Going back to the latter premise, the recently available 10.1-inch slate in the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 aims to win over people with its ample hardware and affordable price point.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

By no means is the MeMO Pad Smart 10 a premium slate, especially when you factor in its average price point of $300, since its design language follows similarly to what we’ve seen in the Transformer Pad 300 already. Employing a 9.9mm thin all-plastic casing, which strangely gets dirtied very easily, we’re humbled by its light weight (580 gr) and rounded edges – making it very comfortable to grasp with both hands. Overall, it chooses to stick with a cookie cutter approach with its design, which makes it all too conventional, but at least it doesn’t entirely come off as being cheapo.
The Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 is very comfortable to grasp with both hands - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
The Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 is very comfortable to grasp with both hands - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review

The Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 is very comfortable to grasp with both hands


Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review


Much like the other Android slates from its stable, the MeMO Pad Smart 10 maintains a very clean appearance on the surface, as the only thing evident from up front are the “Asus” logo and front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera.

Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
The front-facing camera - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
  

The front-facing camera


Around the edges of the tablet, we’re thankful to know that it doesn’t skimp out on the usual ports that are typically akin to higher end models – like its microSD card slot and microHDMI port. In addition, we spot its tactile and distinctive power button and volume control, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity.

The sides of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
The sides of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
The sides of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
The sides of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review

The sides of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10


Flipping it onto its back, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera there enabled for 1080p video recording, but lacks an LED flash. Along the left and right edges, the tablet’s left/right speaker grills are slightly recessed – giving it stereo output.

Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
Rear camera - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
  

Rear camera



Display:

Indeed, it’s not something galvanizing amongst other things, but the 10.1-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS LCD panel of the MeMO Pad Smart 10 is still pleasant enough to accept. For most people viewing the tablet from a normal distance, they shouldn’t find much trouble making out certain things – and that’s despite having a pixel density of 149 ppi. On the color reproduction side, it lacks the delicious iridescent tones seen with other panels, but at least it doesn’t exhibit too much distortion, which is attributed to its 170-degree wide viewing angles. Using it outdoors though, we find the need to shield it from the sun in order to view things properly. All in all, we’re totally not blown away by it, of course, but like we said, it’s ample enough for us to like.

Viewing angles of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
Viewing angles of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review
Viewing angles of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 - Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 Review

Viewing angles of the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10




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posted on 27 Feb 2013, 07:26

1. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It' like a Nexus 7, but with 10 inch screen and rear camera. Good entry level 10'' tablet IMHO!

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 07:33

2. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Why not 8?

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 09:41

3. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


but clearly nexus 10 beats it for some more price

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 10:49

4. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


of course, but the nexus 10 is not sold everywhere...

posted on 07 May 2013, 22:05

13. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


While the Nexus 10 definitely beats the Memo Pad 10. I rather have the additional storage space with the microSD slot. Besides I don't need a top of the line tablet like the Nexus. The Memo 10 will do me just fine.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 12:52 1

5. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


i first time seen a keyboard con.. lol

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 18:11 1

12. chaplainpilot (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


If you want a sleek, useable tablet that is simple to use with some extras you won't find on other tablets above this price range, this is it! No, it doesn't have the highest resolution screen, but it is more than adequate, especially for a first time tablet purchase. You can't go wrong.

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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 3, Quad core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size10.35 x 7.12 x 0.39 inches
(263 x 180.8 x 9.9 mm)
20.46 oz  (580 g)

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