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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 - Software, Apps and Internal Speaker

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7

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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Software

Most of Asus’s tablets don’t ooze ego – there’s generally little attempt to make their interfaces vary much from vanilla Android, which is how manufacturer's usually put their 'stamp' on a tablet. The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 is no different.

It looks just like vanilla Android 4.2 (the version the tablet runs), apart from a few little tweaks. The most obvious gets its own spot on the main nav bar – where you’ll also find the usual back, Home and multi-tasking shortcuts.

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The extra one opens-up a tray of widget apps that sit on top of your home screen, rather than ‘in’ it like most widgets. These include a stopwatch, video player, calculator and a half-dozen other little utilities. We didn’t find them desperately useful, and this toolbar is one of the few parts of the interface that’s sluggish to operate, but it’s an inoffensive addition.

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Asus's widgets in action

There are also optional power switches you can put into the standard drop-down notifications bar, for things like Wi-Fi, autorotate, and an easy screenshot function (hold down the multitasking button).

Many people may not even notice these alterations, but that’s no bad thing when Android 4.2 by itself makes the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7’s UI seem pretty intuitive and clean-looking.

Asus’s other additions are more traditional apps, and there’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

App Locker lets you password protect some or all of your apps, App Backup lets you install your apps to a memory card and Audio Wizard offers some digital signal processing modes to get the internal speaker sounding a little better depending on what you’re listening to. These are all basic utilities.

The other extra apps are the fluffier sort, which most tablet fans will likely want to replace with alternatives from Google Play. You get a photo editor, a basic painting app, a to-do list and Asus Story, which lets you create a ‘story’ flipbook using your own photos.

None of Asus’s apps impressed particularly – there are better options out there – but none are invasive enough to really affect how the tablet it to use. And, for a tablet of this price, it runs like a dream.

Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Apps, Games and Performance

The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 has a quad-core Mediatek MT1825 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM. This is a way below the top Android devices, which now have 2GB of RAM and much faster processors. If the quad-core revolution has taught us anything, it’s that just because a processor is ‘quad-core’ doesn’t mean it’ll trample a dual-core one.

Despite being quad-core and having an up-to-date 28nm, it seems to be geared-up for efficiency rather than raw power.

However, general navigation is mostly lag-free – far better than we’re used to for a tablet of this price. There are occasional loading stutters shortly after the tablet is awakened, but otherwise it’s a nippy little thing. Asus MeMO Pad HD 7

Testing the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 a little more rigorously, with high-end 3D games and performance benchmarks, the tablet competes reasonably well with mid-range Android phones and tablets.

It scored 12,800 in the AnTuTu benchmark, which is roughly on-par with the first Nexus 7 (but around half the score of a 'high-end' quad-core chip like the Galaxy S4's), and it can handle fairly impressive games, if not without frame drops in some titles. And our usual gaming benchmark Real Racing 3 continually crashed before we got to the tarmac. For pure gaming, the first-gen Nexus 7 is superior.

Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 – Video, Internal Speaker and Audio

As with most tablets, you’ll need a third-party app to get the most out of the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 as a video player. Its video file support is much better than Android devices running an earlier version of the software – with integrated support for MKV – but it still failed on rare occasions to play either the audio or video track when certain codecs are used.

With MX Player, an app that fills-in support gaps using software rendering, the MeMO Pad HD 7 can play virtually any video file. The quad-core Mediatek CPU may not be a true powerhouse, but it can handle HD video at full speed. Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 10

We find the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 a pretty great little video buddy. It’s portable, but has a large enough screen to make watching a movie an enjoyable experience. Having a microSD card slot to hand is also a massive bonus – letting you carry a pretty sizeable movie/TV collection around with you.

The biggest issue is the reflective screen, which does become an annoyance when the tablet is taken outside.

The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7’s internal speaker is, much like the Asus-made Nexus 7, isn’t too great either. Volume output and the power of the sound have been improved significantly – it’s no longer weedy-sounding – and uses a stereo driver rather than a smaller mono one.Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 11

However, in another respect it might as well be mono. Both speakers sit along a thin grille on the bottom of the tablet’s rear (when the tablet is held upright). This is a fairly poor setup for movie-watching, as it has no hope of creating anything approaching a stereo effect. Its highly positional output gives a definite impression of the sound coming from one edge of the tablet when it’s held on its side.

For upright casual games, though, this is a pretty good speaker for a budget tablet.

Asus has also appeared to have addressed another complaint made about the Nexus 7. Output from the headphone jack is no longer depressingly low. It’s not hugely loud either, but only truly hard-to-drive headphones should have problem with the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7’s output.

Javier

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

dhj

August 28, 2013, 4:57 pm

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

LB

August 29, 2013, 10:21 pm

It's £129 at Curry's

jonathan

September 5, 2013, 7:20 pm

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

Guest

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.

Guest

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.

Chris

October 3, 2013, 1:48 am

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

ShaDanDus

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.

qwerty

November 9, 2013, 9:40 pm

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

davey

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.

pete

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.

pete

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.

davey

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.

Morfy Dau

August 17, 2016, 5:46 pm

Me home security company gave me a MeMo Pad HD7 when I upgraded to 4G network. Was a spot above 80 quidgies, but doing fine half above the pasties.

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