Trying to repair the reputation of low cost tablets; the ASUS MeMO Pad 7

Subject: Mobile | July 14, 2014 - 03:46 PM |
Tagged: memo pad 7, memopad, asus, Android 4.4.2

The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 has a 7" 1280x800 IPS display, a BayTrail Atom Z3745 Quad-Core that can run up to 1.86GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with support for SD cards up to 32GB.  All in all this seems like the stats you would expect from a $150 tablet, but the challenge is to be usable enough to not be returned.  Legit Reviews tested out this tablet and were impressed by the graphics performance of the new Atom but were disappointed by the WiFi speeds which were significantly slower than their preferred tablet, the ~$200 Nexus 7.

You can also check out Ryan's review from June.

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"Budget friendly Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days, but they all aren’t created equally and there are some very bad tablets out there. When you get into the sub $150 tablet market you need to be very careful with what tablet you go with as companies start cutting costs by reducing the hardware specifications and that can lead to subpar performance and an overall bad user experience. If you’ve ever purchased an inexpensive tablet thinking that they were all the same, you usually find out in under three minutes that you screwed up and will be running to return it."

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July 14, 2014 | 06:46 PM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

Thermal issues in a tablet. Must have Intel Inside(tm).

July 14, 2014 | 07:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Or Nvidia.

July 14, 2014 | 09:07 PM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

Naw, they'd just put a fan in there and all cool about it whenever anyone asks why there's a fan in a tablet.

July 14, 2014 | 10:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Didn't Ryan review this exact same tablet?http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Mobile/ASUS-MeMO-Pad-7-ME176C-7-Atom-Z3745-Tablet-Review-Bay-Trail-Meets-Android

July 15, 2014 | 01:14 AM - Posted by collie

good catch

July 15, 2014 | 04:04 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Drat!  The tags failed me again ... updating

memo pad 7 not memopad 7 :(

July 15, 2014 | 01:16 AM - Posted by collie

I like this tablet but I wana know with X86 in there how easy/possible is it to root and change the android version. I prefer a clean install without all their bloatware and I know I'm not alone.

July 15, 2014 | 09:21 PM - Posted by razor512

The bad wifi speeds must be a software issue because I have a bottom of the line even for 3rd world country standards 7 inch $40 android tablet, and it can get around 30mbit/s down and around 28mbit/s up when connected to my netgear R7000 (ISP offers 50mbit/s down and 30mbit/s up)

Overall, if a cheap sub $50 tablet can do it using the cheapest stuff they can find on the shenzhen market, then I have trouble seeing how ASUS is doing so much worst when it comes to wifi performance.

I would like for a company to build a $50 android tablet with good build quality, as it is good to have a dirt cheap one for basic stuff like having it around while you work around the house and want to monitor the security cameras, or stream random videos while cooking and do not want to risk anything happening to an expensive tablet.

The main issues that the cheap wifi radios have is that the RF front end is not very good, so they easily get receiver overload. For example, if the china tablet is bought within 10 feet of my R7000, then the connection speed drops to less than 1 megabit (but if i drop the R7000 from 30dBm transmit power, to 17 dBm transmit power, then the speeds return to normal. With my somewhat higher quality HP touchpad, at the full 1 watt transmit power of the R7000, I do not see a speed drop until I am within 4 feet of the router, and dropping the transmit power to around 600mw returns the speed to normal.

(for the HP touchpad, the wifi radio while in webOS, tops out at about 80-85mbit/s, and when in android, the drivers are not as optimal and the throughput tops out at around 38-40mbit/s)

July 15, 2014 | 09:16 PM - Posted by razor512

edit: why did it double post?

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