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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 review

Andrew Williams



  • Recommended by TR
Asus MeMO Pad HD 7


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  • Excellent value
  • Strong screen
  • Decent performance
  • Near-vanilla UI


  • Plastic body
  • Dull looks

Review Price £129.99

Key Features: Quad-core 1.2GHz Mediatek MT1825 CPU; 1GB RAM; 16GB internal memory, microSD slot; Android 4.2; 7-inch 1,280 x 800 pixel IPS screen

Manufacturer: Asus

What is the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7?

The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet whose aims are very similar to the Nexus 7’s – it’s a versatile, portable and affordable tablet. But at £129 it’s a good deal cheaper than the new Nexus 7. And while there are clear compromises involved, it's one of the very few sub-£150 tablets we recommend.

Got more money to spend? Head to our best Android tablets for your options.

Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Video Review

Want to see the MeMO Pad HD 7 in the flesh? Check out our video review below.

Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Design

The most obvious element that has been kept simple in the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is its hardware design. You’re not going to be bowled-over by its look or feel.

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To give it a more high street-friendly look, the tablet comes in a bunch of colours – none black – including dark blue, green, pink and white, but otherwise the tablet keeps things basic. The back is curvy plastic, where the first Nexus 7 had an almost leather-like textured rear and the £50 more expensive Asus Fonepad uses metal.

The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is also not super skinny. At 10.8mm thick, there’s a reassuring amount to grab onto here, although with a weight of just over 300g, it’s easily light enough to hold one-handed comfortably for a while.

This will become a theme of the review – the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 isn’t flash, but using it is mostly a joy.

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Looks-wise, it’s similar to the first-generation Nexus 7, with a pretty generous expanse of screen bezel to each side of the display and the tablet-standard innocuous black front. In a couple of ways, the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is quite different from the Nexus 7, though. The most significant exterior one is that it has a microSD memory slot on the left edge.

You get a reasonable 16GB of storage, 11GB of which is accessible. That’s pretty generous for a tablet this cheap. And if you want to carry around a chunky movie or music collection, you can always slap in a microSD memory card of up to 64GB extra memory - there's an exposed microSD slot on the tablet's side.

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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Screen

The name alone tells you a fair bit about the MeMO Pad HD 7’s screen. It’s seven inches across and has more pixels than the first 7-inch MeMO Pad.

However, calling it ‘HD’ might be considered a tad misleading. The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 has a 1,280 x 800 pixel screen, on-par with the first-generation Nexus 7. Google’s second 7-inch Nexus tablet has a 1080p display, giving it much more credibility as an ‘HD’ gadget. This is one of the main reasons this new Asus tablet has managed to sell for £70 less than the new Nexus 7 - read our Nexus 7 2 vs Nexus 7 comparison to see how the two differ.

It’s a compromise, but this is undoubtedly one of the best tablet screens you get at the price – Asus shows us how things should be done here. It uses an IPS panel, which supplies much better viewing angles and better colour than many ultra-budget tablets.

Black level and colour reproduction have been significantly improved over the first-generation Nexus 7. According to Asus, the panel comes from a different supplier this time around, and there’s no contrast-limiting (but battery-improving) Nvidia Prism imaging engine to stymie the vividness of images. The screen image is altogether much more satisfying. Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 13

The 215ppi screen isn’t pixel-rich enough to create ultra-smooth Retina-style effect of something like the New Nexus 7 or iPad with Retina display, but text and images are nevertheless fairly sharp. At the price, we’re impressed.

What the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 doesn’t have, though, is a decent anti-reflective screen coating. Consequently, it doesn’t fare too well outside. You’ll need to set the brightness to maximum for the screen to be anything approaching comfortable to view. Top brightness is good for a tablet this cheap, though.

One very neat Asus-specific feature of the MeMO Pad HD 7’s screen is provided by a little app called Asus Splendid. The name may be silly, but its functionality is great. It lets you change either colour temperature or the screen’s hue and saturation. You can even turn it into a black and white tablet.

Generally, a manufacturer’s apps can generally be replaced easily with choices from the Google Play app store, but you’d need to root your tablet to get the sort of control Asus Splendid gives you.

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August 14, 2013, 6:11 pm

Hello! I'm looking for a 7 inches tablet, that allows me to see video during my travels. Could be this Asus Memo Pad HD a good option to see MKV files? Biggers than 4gb?

Ahmed Musa

August 19, 2013, 3:13 pm

Yes, it should be able to run almost all MKV files. If not, there is most certainly a player in the play store that can.
The size of the files won't matter as long as they aren't 4000p


August 28, 2013, 4:57 pm

Doesn't the £200 price tag now preclude this from the sub £150 recommendation?


August 29, 2013, 10:21 pm

It's £129 at Curry's


September 5, 2013, 7:20 pm

Just received our today, its perfect pretty much the same as our nexus 7


September 5, 2013, 11:06 pm

Just ordered mine, cant wait. I've loved the original Nexus 7 but not having expandable memory has been a real pain.

Hayden B

September 10, 2013, 12:03 pm

I just ordered mine It should come in, in about 3 to 5 days now. I ordered because I broke my nexus 7 and struggled to fix it. on all tablets, the battery on the nexus 7 should last up to ten hours, but I read that after about a month, over time, the battery will drain. after that month or so of use, you only get an hour or two if your lucky! I really hope this doesn't happen with the memo pad.


September 15, 2013, 6:23 pm

That hasn't been my experience, my N7 is a year old and the battery does seem to take longer to charge and doesn't last as long, but I still got a good day's use from it. It depends upon what you are doing, if you're playing the latest graphically intense game then I'd expect no more than a few hours use on a full charge. Also 10 hours from a 2012 N7 is overly optimistic. My Asus MeMO HD7 has great battery life with the Smart Saver on.


October 3, 2013, 1:48 am

I just got mine for $85 at a big box store on sale. I think I did well.


November 6, 2013, 10:39 pm

I brought the ASUS 173X and it is nice concept,but I had to bring it back because it kept cutting off....and would not start up again...
I brought another one to replace that one and it is doing the same thing...it will not turn back on...I'm taking it back ASAP...it been only a day since I've brought it......
If they could iron out the bugs it would be a nice tablet...but I'm going to pass on getting another one

Tuco Ramirez

November 8, 2013, 11:40 pm

bought this tablet a while back. the plastic on this makes it feel extremely cheap. returned it and bought an open-box Nexus 7 FHD for $190.


November 9, 2013, 9:40 pm

I think you have bought the previous model, not the HD7.


November 22, 2013, 2:50 pm

Can the Asus 7 hd pick up BBC I player,ITV player ,RTE player from the wi-fi as my wifes Samsung Galaxy phone can.Also i wish to put the sound through a stereo speaker system in my studio.


December 2, 2013, 3:36 pm

With any tablet - or computer for that matter - it's not a case of 'picking up' anything from the wifi... it's not like picking up a radio station on a radio... rather, you install an app (e.g. bbc iplayer) and the app will then get its data (information, be it text, video, audio, whatever) from the internet connection that the tablet accesses via the wifi signal. So, you would be able to install bbc iplayer 'app' on the Asus 7 hd, launch it, and when it opens, find what you want, and play it. All the information/data/video/audio you see within the iplayer 'app' would be coming from the internet via the wifi signal.
Hope that clears things up for you.


December 2, 2013, 3:41 pm

In addition to my other post just now, forgot to say that you get the bbc iplayer 'app' in the first place from the 'Google Play' store - which is an app in itself, already pre-installed on the Asus tablet. Google Play store downloads and installs any app you select from the lists it displays to you (e.g. bbc iplayer). This whole process uses the wifi signal too, to get the data/files/etc related to the app you've chosen from the internet.


December 3, 2013, 7:14 pm

Thanks Pete for taking the time to answer,Sound quality is important to me,so I think ille go and visit a store and try the sound quality out with a pair of headphones,the HP Slate seems to have better sound enhancement. Ille test them out.Thanks.

Steve Harwood

January 6, 2014, 10:38 am

Picked my HD7 up for £69 ($112 US), brand new from local supermarket who had one day offer on :D got it with money I'd been given for Christmas.. already have Nexus 7 2012 model but wanted something new to play with, like the addition of camera for basic shots over my old Nexus and at third of price of new Nexus I'm happy :) going to use old Nexus at home as music player to Bluetooth box on hi-fi and control for Windows 8 media PC connected to 50" screen.

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