It has been several months since the week that we shattered three out of the four touchscreen devices that we owned. In a three day span, Jacob cracked Janessa’s laptop screen, my phone screen was mysteriously shattered, and my iPad mini was obliterated by a PlayStation 4 controller that was strategically dropped on the Home Button. By the end of the digital massacre, only Maggie’s iPad would survive. It was such a strange week. I mean, really, what are the odds of destroying so many devices in a period of just three days?
Since that fateful week I have done without my beloved iPad Mini. It was my gift from Janessa, Maggie and Jacob the Christmas prior. The poor tablet didn’t even survive for a full year and I just couldn’t justify the cost to replace it. We all know that Apple products come with a premium price. I’ve missed having a tablet. It is so nice and convenient to lay down at the end of the day and watch a movie or TV show or play a game from the comfort of bed. Laptops are okay for this as well, but nothing quite matches the portability and comfort of a tablet you can hold with one hand.
I have been pretty excited since Janessa first told me that we had the opportunity to review the new AT&T ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE. I’ve reviewed an ASUS tablet before and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it and the Android operating system. In fact, I came to prefer it over the iOS operating system because of the increased control and the ability to manipulate it more. Basically, it is more similar to a PC operating system and is more “open-source”. For example, I can download an online file right to the device. With my iPad Mini, I’d generally have to dock and sync with my laptop to do such things. It wasn’t exactly convenient!
It didn’t take long for the MeMO Pad 7 to arrive. The first thing that stood out to me as I unpacked the new tablet was the build quality. It is difficult to describe, but it feels “solid”. You can tell that it is meant for entertainment upon the first glance. The MeMO Pad 7 has dual front-facing stereo speakers, a 7″ HD IPS+ display with an anti-fingerprint coating, and dual cameras (a 5MP 1080p on the back and a 2MP 720p on the front). As you use the display, you’ll discover the 178-degree viewing angle that keeps colors true.
I love multimedia so, naturally, the first thing I tried out was the performance of movies and games. The MeMO Pad 7 features a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Intel Atom processor in conjunction with an Imagination Technologies PowerVR G6430 graphics processor. I opened several windows of web using the Google Chrome app and then proceeded to open several other apps including a game (Marvel’s Contest of Champions), YouTube, and Play Music. The processor handled tabbing between the open apps without a hiccup. The Contest of Champions game seemed to be the most graphics-intensive when I downloaded it and the MeMO Pad 7 played it quite smoothly and easily. Any lag could be contributed to my internet connection rather than graphics processing on the part of the tablet. Depending on the load you put on the processor, battery life can last up to 10.5 hours with a standby time of up to 11.5 days. Charging is accomplished via micro-USB 2.0.
The camera software comes loaded with several cool features. With Time Rewind, for example, the rear-facing camera starts automatically recording images two seconds before and one second after pressing the shutter button to snap 31 images for you to choose from. Another feature, All Smiles, makes sure you get the best expression from everyone while Selfie mode detects a pre-entered number of faces and starts a countdown before automatically taking the picture. Additionally, there are several image styles to choose from including HDR, panorama, etc.
The size is a great feature too. I prefer tablets that I can hold with one hand and the MeMO Pad 7 fits perfectly. It weighs in at 10.5 oz and is just .39 inches thin. I can actually fit the MeMO Pad in my back pocket on most of my jeans or store it in my laptop bag or backpack without sacrificing much room.
The MeMO Pad 7 comes preloaded with several apps to help you keep to your busy schedule. Do It Later allows you to create a custom catalog where all of your tasks will be clearly listed so you can quickly see what’s on your to-do list. Another app, What’s Next, helps you to keep track & intelligently manage your schedule. What’s Next will immediately remind you about the next important task or event, identify items that need a special reminder, and reduce the number of distractions so you can focus on what matters.
The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE is available through AT&T. If you purchase it as part of a 2-year contract, you can pick up the MeMO Pad 7 for only $74.99 or, if you prefer to go without a contract, $174.99 as part of the AT&T GoPhone plan (a prepaid service). Either way, you are getting a great tablet and great service at a fantastic price!
I am ecstatic with my ASUS MeMO Pad 7 thus far! It is a competitively-priced LTE-enabled tablet with best-in class features that will appeal to price conscious customers who use technology for a broad range of needs and are looking to get many of the features typically only found on more expensive tablets. The ASUS can’t be beat in the bang-for-your-buck category! The best part is, I don’t miss my iPad Mini. The MeMO Pad has all the features I am looking for and I simply prefer the Android operating system over iOS. ASUS definitely has a winner on their hands with the MeMO Pad 7 LTE.
Buy It: You can purchase the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE from AT&T here!
Win It: One lucky winner will receive an ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE of their own! Come back tomorrow for the giveaway launch!