ASUS MEMO Pad 8: Solid Quad-Core Power to Low-Cost [Test]

MEMO Pad series benefits of Asus’ tablet-expertise and snuff sensible choice. But it is not enough to reap nothing but Roses.

Android is a preferred platform when building a tablet. The software is free, and you can customize the many applications according to taste. Why are Android tablets as both large and small, quirky and practical and rapid and sluggish. And so vary prices from the disturbing cheap to expensive.

Asus is no beginner in the tablet market, in fact, Asus, like no other, pioneered a myriad of tablet concepts. Phone-tablets, tablet-phones, tablet laptops and laptop-tablets it has become-inventiveness culminates in the ultimate phone-tablet-laptop hybrid.

Today’s Guinea pig brings us back to Earth. ASUS MEMO Pad 8 belongs to for the more price-conscious part of the market. Here is no tricks and hybrid functions, MEMO Pad is tuned to one thing: to provide reasonable performance at a price everyone can understand.

Specifications Asus MEMO Pad 8

Goals: 212x127x10 mm, 350 grams
Screen: 8.0 “1280 x 800 (189 PPI), TFT IPS-technology
Performance: Rock Chip RK3188, 1.6 GHz Quad-core, 1 GB RAM, Mali-400MP graphics
Camera: 5 megapixels f/2.4 optics, 720 p recording, 1, 2MP front
Storage: 16 GB + micro-SD up to 32 GB. + 16 GB Asus Webstorage.
Battery: 3950 mAh
Software: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Moreover: available in white, pink or grey.

The design seems familiar. The density and the shine on the gleaming white back for a flashback to Apple’s White Macbooks or iPods from the middle of the zeros. The soft shapes and the curved shape forces the impression.

It is actually not a bad design, but it seems like something that belongs to the past. A small hole reveals that the built-in 16 GB storage expandable with micro-SD, something that Apple would never have allowed.

From the front is not nearly as convincing impression of quality. The monitor’s glas’-cover is thin and malleable while the metal-like Groove around not fooling anyone – Asus MEMO Pad is plastic all the way around. Profile up 10 mm and weight of 350 grams is in the higher end but increasingly easy to hold with one hand.

Plastic is not without advantages. The budget-friendly tablet is screwed together well and we do not fear that it will shatter at first unfortunate drop.

When the display dazzled up is not nothing but pure joy for the eyes the MEMO Pad. The resolution of 1280 x 800 belongs to the budget class in year 2014. When colors the screen at the same time not pranger with colors and contrast, it is clear that we are talking about a budget device. On the other hand, the brightness is acceptable so that it can be used outdoor.

A lone speaker is mounted at the bottom on the back, where the buzz as best it can. The sound pressure level is approved, but details and speech will be slightly muddy.

You just never forget to MEMO Pad 8 is a budget device for image and audio touches it scraped.

Good for the web, bad for gaming

ASUS selects an unconventional Chinese manufacturer to deliver the horsepower to MEMO Pad 8. The processor is a so-called Rock chip RK3188-a cheap solution, but not completely without skills.

The four kernede processor 1.6 GHz and frameworks together with 1 GB RAM is enough for most household chores. Browsing takes place in a respectable pace, but an attempt to push it to juggle between many apps dropped balls.

2D games can also require of MEMO Pad, and they wound up without too much hesitation. In the 3D games, on the other hand, it squints. Real Racing 3 stutters so much that it actually becomes unplayable, while great games like XCOM Enemy Unknown-not supported.

3950 mAh battery has to give. It’s not much to keep alive a screen of this size. For comparison, the iPad mini and LG G Pad 8.3 4600 mAh and mAh 6300 respectively to give by.

In practice, it will be for between 6-8 hours of video or netsurfen. Presses to MEMO Pad in 3D-game plummet the operating time to under 4 hours.

Cool add-ons

Operating system in Asus MEMO Pad is Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It is the 2012 model and it irks the software has not been updated yet. But it works.
ASUS obviously not trying to reinvent the wheel in their adaptation of Google’s Android. Everything from icons to the separation between the home screens and app-Hill is well known for it’s almost equal to Google’s own design.

ASUS includes a number of apps that range from as usable for the quickly forgotten. Whats is the extra button you’ll find on the menu bar.

Here you get quick access to widgets which floats over the screen. Quite useful, it is, for example, to open a calculator, mail Inbox or contacts while surfing the Web. Really useful it becomes when you add widgets from one’s favorite-app.

Flipboard and forældrelås of apps is also worth to use. AudioWizard as a quick option to lydprofiler, either tailored for video, games or something even selected, is also useful.

I am more skeptical of the built-in browser which in no way differs from Google Chrome. Another appeal is that the low screen resolution makes the text less sharp than in more expensive tablets. It is as expected in a budget tablet, but Asus ‘ choice of a small font for icons makes them not just nicer or easier to read.

Finally, Mira cast support welcome in a unit in this price range, an infrared remote control which you URf.eks. find in LG’s G Pad 8.3 would also be welcome here.

Decent camera

Tablet cameras are notorious for their poor quality, and MEMO Pad does not break with the norm. But take the MEMO Pads budget roots in view, the situation is not so bad.

Here we have 5 megapixels to work with and Asus manages to get an acceptable resolution out of the cheap camera module. Colors are reasonable and sharpness is sufficient for platoons on social media.

Camera app is also rich in options that can fine-tune the picture – something that is unheard of in this price range.

Are there dark there is not much the camera can do, because there is no photo light and you are relegated to noisy images.

The video portion also exhibit good beats. Shooting in 720 p HD quality and it behaves better than what you would expect for the price. The sound is recorded in mono and introduces unfortunately tremendously much noise.

More equipment thank you!

ASUS MEMO Pad is a compromise. In order to hit the low daily rate on 1,300.0-crowns, targeted several places for cheap components and the experience will be then. Regardless of how the MEMO Pad is used, you will be reminded of its budget roots.

As a simple surf-machine is the most obvious, the low resolution and the matte screen pulls the dog down. For music and film is the basic sound and the anaemic colors lie ahead. The game lacks the power of the engine room. As e-book reader is the screen sufficient, but could also be sharper.

However, there are alternatives, ironically also from Asus, which is worth considering. The original Nexus 7 is to be found in the same price range and swapping the larger screen out with broader software support. There is some air in budget Asus ‘ recent Nexus 7 (2013) and LG’s G Pad 8.3 added price worthwhile.

But the price is low, the unit is sturdy, the software is smart, the four kernede CPU surfer unimpeded on the net, and you get after all the 16 GB storage space in the bargain.
ASUS should just give the MEMO Pad a little more extra equipment-so would the wholehearted recommendation is in the House.