Asus MeMO Pad Review

Interface and Functionality:

Something that’s surely going to be appreciated by Android aficionados, the MeMO Pad is running a mostly stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean experience. However, their presence is still seen throughout the UI in places like the notifications panel, and the various widgets they throw in. Furthermore, it’s nice to see that they’ve tweaked the multi-tasking portion of the experience, with its accessible widgets that are overlaid on top of anything you’re doing. As a whole, though, the majority of the available widgets aren’t as useful as other, but nevertheless, it’s just nice to have them on hand.

As we’ve noted already, the mostly stock experience of the tablet means that the core organizer apps are the ones we’re familiar using on other Android devices. Still, Asus again mixes things up with its own home brewed stuff, like the Asus Studio, which is a hub for most of the multimedia content on the tablet.

Seeing that this is a 7-inch tablet, we don’t have much of an issue using the on-screen keyboard – though, it’s the portrait one we’re using more, as our fingers are able to encompass the layout entirely. In landscape, it’s tougher to try and use it normally, seeing 7-inches is simply too cramped to type swiftly and with little mistakes along the way.

Processor and Memory:

Yet again, we find ourselves lamenting heavily over this tablet, mainly because its performance is a test of patience. Running a super outdated 1GHz single-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, we instantly recognize its sluggish nature in nearly every operation. On top of the choppy performance, it even shows its datedness when it comes to some simple tasks, such as opening up apps, which is accompanied by a noticeable amount of delay.

Needless to say, we can’t expect too much storage space with a $150 tablet, but it’s wonderful to find the MeMO Pad packing along a microSD card slot as well, which does nicely to complement its 8GB of internal memory.

Internet and Connectivity:

Having trouble executing even the most basic of tasks, the web browsing experience on the Asus MeMO Pad is affected tremendously. In fact, not only does it take an excessive amount of time loading up web pages, but its rendering is painfully slow – so much so that it hinders the experience to the point that it we’re put off by it altogether. Finally, other aspects of the experience, such as pinch zooming and kinetic scrolling, are also affected heavily by the dated processor.

At the moment, the Asus MeMO Pad is only available in Wi-Fi form – with a low likelihood of finding cellular connected ones down the road.

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