Model: ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176CX-A1-BK 7-Inch Tablet (Black)
Asus Memo Pad 7 series tablet is a new 2014 7 inch model that has improved performance and design over its predecessor. The back is now matte finish for firmer grip instead of the slippery glossy finish that was in the 2013 model. This Asus ME176CX-A1 design looks very elegant and ergonomic, and feels almost like a premium build.
The processor is an Intel Atom Z3745 running at 1.33GHz, a quad core chip which was released in the 2014 Q1 and targeted towards tablets and smartphones. The processor has and embedded graphics chip for fast gameplay. The tablet interface is fluid and movies and games can be played without slowing down or stuttering.
This resolution of the capacitive multi-touch 7” screen is 1280 x 800 pixels (WGXA), which, though not full HD (1920 x 1080), is more than adequate for a tablet of this size and has better resolution than tablets at this price range. Furthermore, the screen has IPS (In-Plane Switching) display, which is not only are costlier and has better color range than standard LCD display, but also provides wider viewing angles without the images seeming washed out when viewing from the side.
The internal memory is 1 GB for system files and has 16 GB flash memory as internal storage. For additional storage the micro SD slot can be used for expansion up to 64GB.
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The Asus ME176CX-A1 series of tablets have built-in Wi-Fi which supports all the standard (801.12 b/g/n) protocols. It also has Bluetooth and GPS. The headphone jack is on the top.
The resolution of the rear CMOS camera is a step down from the previous models from 5 megapixels to only 2 megapixels. The rear camera is the probably the only negative aspect of the new Memo Pad 7. On Asus website, the rear camera resolution is inaccurately listed as 5 megapixels. Even on Amazon technical details section, the resolution is listed inaccurately as 3MP. The resolution of the front camera remains the same at 0.3 megapixels, which is just adequate for using Skype and video chatting. You can also shoot video either at 720p or at 480 p.
Pros for ASUS ME176CX-A1
- Quad Core Intel Atom Z3745 Processor
- Embedded graphics chip for fast gameplay
- 7 inch multi touch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 resolution
- Internal memory of 1 GB, internal storage of 16 GB
- Micro-SD card slot for storage expansion up to 64 GB
- Integrated Wi-Fi with standard protocols (801.12 b /g / n)
- Latest Android Kit Kat 4.4, Google Apps and Google Play store
- Lightweight at 0.7 pounds, sleek and ergonomic design
- Battery life up to 9 hours
Cons for ASUS ME176CX-A1
- 2 megapixels rear camera, 0.3 megapixels front camera
- Slow initial loading
The latest version of Android operating system – Kit-Kat 4.4 is installed. You will have access to all the Google Apps as well as Google Play store to download and install thousands of other Apps like Netflix, Facebook and Tune-In Radio. It supports the Google ecosystem like Google Maps, Gmail and Google Drive.
At 0.7 pounds the Asus tablet is lightweight and has small footprint to be carried in your jacket pocket or purse. The back has a matte finish with rubbery feel, which helps in firmer grip. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery can hold charge up to 9 hours of moderate use.
Customer feedbacks have been extremely positive, and most of them have liked the responsive processor, the bright and clear display, as well as the premium-like portable design. Some have complained about the low resolution cameras, but the other great attributes and the price have outweighed this issue.
This latest Memo Pad 7 from Asus is one of the best tablets in the market at the price point. Its high resolution sharp and vivid screen is perfect for browsing, watching movies, and gaming. The quad core processor is powerful to handle fast navigation and application execution. With great battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and support for storage expansion, this Asus tablet is the one to have.
Asus Memo Pad 7 comes in five colors – Black, Light Blue, Red, White and Yellow. You can select the color once you are on the product page.
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