June 2nd 2014 7:29 am

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A small, speedy tablet that cuts a few corners

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Of the two MeMO Pads, I'd choose the 8-inch model without hesitation, as it's simply a better bargain. Spending $50 more nets you better cameras, longer battery life and that all-important larger display. The 7-inch system offers superb speed for a $150 tablet, but it's somewhat hobbled by the downgraded cameras. I'd make the sacrifice, as I rarely snap photos with any tablet, but it isn't as well-rounded as last year's MeMO Pad HD 7.

It's a harder call when pitting ASUS against its opponents. While it should be clear by now that the MeMO Pads can take on most any task you'd expect from a mobile tablet, they're not the best at everything; you can find nicer screens and cameras without much difficulty, especially if you're willing to go beyond the $200 mark. I don't think that specs alone tell the whole story, though. ASUS makes a good case for custom Android interfaces. ZenUI is more helpful than the largely stock Android implementation on the Dell Venue 7 or 8, yet it never gets in your way. I can comfortably recommend both the MeMO Pad 7 and 8, but you do have to be aware of what you're giving up -- these aren't so much sleeper hits as they are wisely calculated trade-offs.

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7.0
Engadget Aug 1, 2014

The MeMO Pad 7 is easily one of the fastest 7-inch tablets you can get for under $200, but you'll miss out on extras like high-quality cameras and video output.

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8.0
PC Advisor Jul 3, 2014

In addition to a good-looking and sturdy build, it also boasts hardware that rivals tablets with higher price tags. If you're looking for a budget 7in tablet, it's definitely worth investigating this one.

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7.0
PC World Australia Mar 7, 2014

Asus' MeMO Pad 7 is best tablet for its $229 price. Asus has found ripe middle-ground with its Android overlay, the design is the kind you’ll want to flaunt and there are a tonne of features. The Nexus 7 is the budget tablet we recommend, but many will ... pick this up instead.

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9.0
ChipChick Jul 3, 2014

There have been no real sacrifices made here - you’re getting both a front facing and rear facing camera, solid build quality, a pretty good display, and thanks to Intel's Bay Trail Atom processor - you’re getting incredible performance too.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Jul 9, 2014

The Asus Memo Pad 7 is a sturdy and reliable little tablet with good stamina, but at this point Asus needs to think about upgrading to a 1080p screen.

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8.0
HotHardware Jul 11, 2014

What makes the MeMO Pad 7 worthwhile is that it has few weak spots. It’s solid on performance, battery life, and user experience. It won’t take top honors in any category, but at $149.99 it’s a good value tablet offering indeed.

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