Asus is one of the few companies that knew beforehand to put all their efforts and talent into tablets and are now enjoying a very good reputation for its Android tablets.
Could Asus MeMO Pad 8 be following the same pattern? You can find the answer in this review.
When you unbox it you can find the actual tablet, a micro USB cable –USB 2.0 and a USB 2.0 charger and an instruction manual. This is how ASUS Android tablets have accustomed us: not finding headphones on 3.5 mm jack, but the good news is you can find a lot of them at very good prices.
The corners of MeMo Pad 8 are somewhat more rounded than those of Nexus 7 2013, the 8 inch screen edges are slightly glossy; the back is made of matte, rigid plastic.
It doesn’t make noise when you squeeze it firmly, and its joints are of good quality, the back gives it a good grip and it doesn’t appear to be easily scratched. It weighs 350 gr. and is 10 mm. thick.
ASUS MeMO Pad 8 is a well-designed tablet for its price category. It was mostly based on simplicity, no useless artifice and durability to extended usage.
The 8 inch IPS display with a 1280×800 pixels has a good viewing angle but suffers at brightness wich is very low compared to other slates. The sound comes from a big speaker placed on the back of the tablet which stands out with a powerful, well-calibrated sound. The 3.5 mm jack is placed on the upper part and the volume button is placed on the right side under the power button.
CPU-Z informs that ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has a Rockchip quad-core on ARM Cortex –A9 at 1.6 GHz, Mali-400.
The rest of the hardware specs include 1GB RAM, 16 GB storage space and a microSD slot of up to 64 GB.
Notice that ASUS doesn’t mock us with 4 or 8 GB storage space, good point. The Rockchip quad-core CPU that we also saw in the InfoTouch iTab Raptor 10, which also has 1GB RAM and Mali-400 MP for graphic accelerator.
In benchmark tests it ranks above the MediaTek CPU on ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, but when it comes down to day to day use it is below MediaTek. I think that a firmware upgrade would be desirable and will come in the future. There are times when the tablet is slower than expected from this cpu .
Software and apps
It runs on Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean with ASUS graphic interface. At the base you can see the touch display type buttons with Recent Apps , Start screen, Back and a shortcut menu which can be customized with your favourite apps .
By default in the shortcuts menu you have the calculator, Audiowizard settings, Unit Converter, Stopwatch, and Compass.
How does ASUS MeMO Pad 8 behave in browsing, games, etc ?
It behaves decently but it doesn’t impress us. The hardware configuration chosen for this tablet has its limitations , unfortunately. be ergonomic; I could easily adjust to it and didn’t need to use the Google keyboard.
Among the preinstalled ASUS apps we have :
App Locker – protects all the apps with a password,
Tasks – you set your tasks and you get reminders,
Story – it organizes clips, photos, various files into albums,
File Manager – it’s self-explanatory,
App Backup – it backs up the apps installed using the cloud service powered by ASUS,
Parental Lock – where you can set what your child has access to and for how long, etc,
Mirror – it activates the front camera and the tablet transforms into a mirror,
SuperNote – a kind of Evernote of the taiwaneze company,
Zinio – a magazine app in digital format.
No data plan for Memo ..
3G is missing and there is no MeMO Pad 8 version with this connectivity element. On the missing elements list there is also the microHDMI connector which is common on the ODM tablets . On the other hand, the ASUS tablet has Wi-Fi in b/g/n standard, 3.0 Bluetooth.
Let's take a photo..
The main camera has a good 5MP resolution and records movies at 720p . The front camera has only 1.2 Mp .
We took a few photos, but it’s not quite practical when you do that with an 8 inch device. On the other hand I have seen many intrepid people taking photos with a 9.7 inch iPad.
The app interface for the photo and video camera amazes by complexity. ASUS MeMO Pad 8 does quite well in this area.
Battery life for Asus MeMO Pad 8 inch
A big display , quad-core CPU …. together they seem to be a nightmare for the 3950 mAh battery but ASUS proves that it handled the problem of autonomy in a professional way.
With maximum luminosity, a lot of synchronizations in the background, browsing and a couple of benchmark tests it passes the threshold of 7-8h of autonomy.
ASUS MeMo Pad 8 is a tablet with an interesting price- specs report. The tablet has a low price with good hardware and build quality .
Pro : decent display; clear sound; entertainment and gaming focused tablet; photo abilities; decent autonomy.
Cons : low brightness ; the price is too close to Google Nexus 7; lack of a 3G version.