For those who purchased Google’s Nexus 7 might just be upset. I know I kind of am. If you didn’t know your Nexus 7 or 10 was manufactured by Asus? You do now. Here’s the kicker Asus is to reveal rumored this August with a cheaper version called the Memo Pad 7 and 10.
MeMO Pad HD 7 and MeMO Pad FHD 10 Android tablets. With an MSRP of just US$ 129 for 8G and US$149 for 16G, the MeMO Pad HD 7 is a 7-inch tablet that offers incredible value, with a quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, and 1 . 2-mega pixel front and optional 5-mega pixel rear cameras. MeMO PadTM FHD 10 is a 10-inch tablet with the new Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor, 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS display and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology. MeMO Pad HD 7 also has 16GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot, plus 16GB ASUS WebStorage free for one year. Together with the ASUS WebStorage Office, users can view, create, edit and share Microsoft Office documents online. And it has a lithium polymer battery that lasts for up to 10 hours with 720p video playback.
The big news here, however, is the price. As Chairman Jonney Shih said during its reveal, we needed our cameras, because it’ll arrive priced at a pretty incredible $149 for 16GB and $129 for 8GB. In addition, he clarified that the super-low-cost $129 version is aimed at emerging markets for now, though the $149 model is headed to the US and elsewhere.
You can check out the specks for the MeMO Pad 10, but there haven’t been any reports on the price of this.
I know with my little 7-inch Nexus, I love how I can hold it for a long period of time and use a thumb keyboard to type and all that jazz. It is light and not as heavy as the first gen Asus Transformer 10inch. Good thing I’ve got a belly because it was my tablet rest when I used that thing. 7 inches is small, but I’ve survived these last 8months with it. I know for sure I’ve gotten more work done then with the 10inch.
I was upset, but I’ve gotten used to not having a front-facing camera. I don’t like pictures of me or to Skype so the other camera is useless. I just used it to read, write and social networking. I see that I will like this cheap Asus tablet just wish I would’ve waited a bit. Maybe they get all the bugs out because my Nexus battery stinks (I have to charge it at least two to three times daily), and it has to be reset every few months due to a screen flutter and snow. If it wasn’t for Google’s search, and my semi tech know how I would have a brick right now.
I know I look forward to checking this MeMO Pad out in the next couple of months to see how it competes to the Nexus 7. But it’s been a year since the Nexus 7, so I think it might just be worth the cash. I love new technology, but I hate how just weeks or months later its old tech.
By: Forrest L. Rawls
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