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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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Engadget Aug 1, 2014

The MeMO Pad 8 delivers a pretty big punch for a $200, 8-inch tablet -- just be aware that a few rivals offer sharper displays for similar cash.

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CNET Jul 2, 2014

The Asus MeMo Pad 8 is an affordable slate with tons of features, but if performance is king, faster options can be had for only $30 more.

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Liliputing Jul 24, 2014

While it doesn’t have a full HD display or a high quality camera, I don’t think either of those things are must-have features for an 8 inch tablet that sells for under $200.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 3, 2014

The MeMO Pad 8 is said to be the "world's lightest LTE tablet" and at just 299g they might well be correct. It's pretty slim too at 7.45mm.

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