Asus MeMO Pad 7 Arrives, $50 Less than Nexus 7
The Asus MeMO Pad 7, the company’s inexpensive 7-inch Android tablet is now available for $149, $50 less than the Nexus 7.
Asus’ new Android tablet has a 7-inch screen similar to that of the Nexus 7, though it has a lower-resolution 1024×600 display. Because both the new MeMO Pad 7 and the Nexus 7 come from the same manufacturer they look almost exactly the same at first glance, at least when turned off.
The Asus MeMO Pad 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a custom skin laid over it. Like other Asus Android skins, it loo fairly similar to stock Android with a few added widgets and an extra virtual button for floating apps such as a calculator, stopwatch and small browser window.
Asus also loads a number of apps onto the MeMO Pad 7 including SuperNote Lite for taking handwritten notes, MyPainter for sketching and Asus Studio for photo editing.
The tablet can also access Asus WebStorage Space, Asus’ cloud storage option. The tablet comes with 5GB of free cloud storage for storing files as well as editing office documents. Asus WebStorage Online Office lets users view and edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on the cloud service similar to Google Drive.
Inside the Asus MeMO Pad 7 is a 1GHz VIA processor and 1GB of RAM, which likely means the tablet is slower than the Nexus 7 that uses an NVIDIA Tegra 3, and is just $50 more. The MeMO Pad 7 has 16GB of internal storage, the same as the base Nexus 7. There’s also a 1MP front-facing camera that can shoot 720p video for video chats.
Unlike the Nexus 7, the MeMO Pad 7 comes in a variety of colors including grey, pink and white. Users who want colors on their Nexus 7 have to buy a cover for the tablet for an extra $20.
At $149 the Asus MeMO Pad ME172V is hard to recommend over the only slightly more expensive Nexus 7 (especially with a new Nexus 7 potentially coming soon), but it’s likely a decent option for those who can only afford a $150 tablet.
04/09/2013 at 1:40 pm
A much better deal is the new Novo 7 Venus… an Android tablet for $149 that’s available in the U.S. through a site called TabletSprint — and compares closely to the Nexus 7 — featuring a Quad Core processor and 1280×800 HD IPS Screen, while also offering a 2-Megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, and an HDMI 1080p port; plus 3G internet connection through its USB port, all of which aren’t featured on the Nexus 7.
Also launched recently by the same manufacturer is the Novo 10 Hero II – a Full Size 10.1 inch tablet for only $219 that also features a Quad Core processor and a 1280×800 IPS screen, along with 16GB memory, a strong battery (8000 mAH), front and rear cameras, a MicroSD memory card slot, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, Google Play installed – with access to 400K+ software Apps, a MicroUSB port for connection to printers and other electronic devices, HDMI – to view personal videos and download movies to watch in full 1080p (HD) on to a large screen TV, WiFi, and an option for 3G/4G connection. The site TabletSprint also offers a Compact Case with built-in Keyboard for both tablets for around $25, which easily transforms a tablet into a mini-laptop.
Both tablets are made by Ainol Electronics – which won runner up for “Best Tablet of the Year” 2012 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – and TabletSprint also offers $25 in Bonus Apps; as well as features a promotion with a free 500MB monthly Data plan for 3G internet access that includes a free 3G USB adapter.
04/10/2013 at 4:16 pm
There is a reason the nexus 7 has a nexus on it and is not worth paying 50 dollars less.