Asus Memo Pad ME172V Review

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Another standard priced tablet floats from Asus into the consumer hands. The new Asus Memo Pad ME172V is for your daily use- reading, watching and gaming. It is not something that has fancy features like that you might find on touchwiz. It is meant to fulfil your necessities and not your luxuries. If you want luxury then please turn over and read about Samsung Tablet or Apple Tablet instead.
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Design

Asus Memo Pad ME172V looks just like all the tablets do, rectangular with little curved corners. The back is rather flat with slight curves around the edges so that it fits right in your hands. The Memo Pad is rather light and being a 7 inch tablet assures you good portability and easy usage. It weighs just 370g. Bezel size is pretty large so it is not so easy for small handed people to hold the tablet fully in one hand if they wish to. The tablet comes in white, grey and pink.

Display

The display is pretty fine, not great. It features a 7-inch display with a resolution of 600×1024 pixels. Images look pretty nice. Video playback is also very average, nothing soothing. With pixel density of just 170ppi this display is not state of the art or something very beautiful. Reading experience is good, you can’t get that too wrong anyway. But we wish there was something like Smart Stay that we get on new TouchWiz that illuminates the display till your eyes are fixed to the display, very handy while reading. Gaming graphics look a little pixelated and it seems like they need effort to project.

Camera

Again something stupid has been done, something that Acer and a lot of other companies do. They give consumers a primary camera but not a secondary camera. If you are buying a tablet you don’t really care about the rear one but you would want one for the video calls which here my friends is missing. Asus Memo Pad has 1MP primary camera- highly noisy images. Don’t even bother looking. The sensor is just terrible.

Software

Asus has stuck to Android on their smartphones as well as tablets. The Asus Memo Pad features the Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. The software does not offer you any fancy features like mentioned before, it is pretty normal and meant for a very simple use. Get your apps from Google Play store and make full use of them on this nice interface they have provided you.

Performance

Since it was not made to give you a real powerful WOW experience, Asus has gone with just 1GHz processor. You have 1GB of RAM so that you can have more apps open and multitask with full effect without compromising speed. The tablet does lag here and there. Asus Memo Pad comes with 8GB and 16GB internal storage options. You better go with more storage on internal front so that you don’t slow down your tablet instead of using a microSD which can be expanded to 32GB.

Final Thoughts

For the standard use and nothing too fancy this is a very decent tablet. Decent display but pathetic camera and no front facing camera is more like hit in the guts. Dual core would have been a better option but I guess they have optimised this processor well enough. It feels good in the hands and the built quality is pretty nice. Buy it if you want “simple”.

Asus Memo Pad comes for Rs. 7599

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GENERAL 2G Network N/A
SIM No
Announced 2013, January
Status Available. Released 2013, January
BODY Dimensions 196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm (7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44 in)
Weight 370 g (13.05 oz)
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen
Size 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types N/A
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8/16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS No
EDGE No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 1 MP
Features Video-calling
Video Yes, 720p
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset VIA WM8950
CPU 1 GHz
GPU Mali-400
Sensors Accelerometer
Messaging Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio No
GPS No
Java No
Colors Sugar White, Titanium Gray, Cherry Pink
– SNS integration
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4270 mAh battery (16 Wh)
Stand-by
Talk time Up to 7 h (multimedia)

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Review Overview
  • Design7
  • Features7
  • Softweare7
  • Camera4
  • Performance7
  • Value for Money6
Total Score6.3

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