Eric Mantion

ASUS MeMO Pad™ #IntelTablets Review: The Speed You Need Today!

Intel is working hard to do well in the tablet space. As such, there is program within Intel that gives Intel based tablets to employees and we get to try them out to see how well they work.

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In my case I got the ASUS MeMO Pad™ FHD 10, specifically the ME302C with the Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor (1.6GHz) & 16GB of on board storage. As a name would imply, it has a fairly decent sized screen, 10 inches, which is always felt like the perfect size for a tablet screen to me. There are things I really do love about this wonderful little device, so, of course, I will start with the processor.

Amazingly Quick Processors

I love the inherent speed and quickness that the Intel Atom processor brings to the Android operating system. As part of my job, I get to attend a lot of trade shows and it is always interesting when attendees come up to the Intel booth and start to play with some of the tablets and phones using our processors. The most common response I hear is how amazingly quick and fast these devices seem. Aside from the processor, there are a lot of other hardware features that I like about this tablet. First of it is an incredibly light tablet, weighing in at 580 grams, or just under 1.3 pounds. It also has a microHDMI port, plus an microSD card port, a microUSB port for both charging (an Intel-based tablet powered by JUST 5V is amazing!) and for file transfers and, of course, an audio port for a headset!

Apps Galore

On the software side of things, this is where I think this tablet has the biggest advantages. Not only does it have access to all those myriad of Android apps from the Google Play Store, but it also has access to the Amazon App Store. In my experience, between those two stores, you will probably find an app to do just about anything you want to do.

In the world of apps, this tablet supports everything you think it would, from Facebook and Twitter, to almost an uncountable number games plus the usual variety of wonderful Google made programs.

Get More Done Fast When you Dictate Letters, Blogs, Email, etc.

Another amazing hidden feature that is often not spoken about available Android today is the Android keyboard. Believe it or not I have written this entire blog entry simply by talking to my tablet. I’ve had to do some editing here and there, but the speed at which I can “write” by speaking is dramatically faster than “writing” by typing.

Plus, with the release of KitKat, Google has made it widely available for just about anybody to be able to get QuickOffice. So that means that if you get a file that was created using Microsoft Office you can actually open those files on your tablet and edit them in any way you see fit.

When you put the two together, you can start to draft large documents in the comfort of your own bed or recliner or wherever you are simply by talking to your tablet and then you can always clean files up later when you get back to your office and open your Ultrabook.

Stream Movies Wirelessly

Another wonderful feature that the tablet comes with inherently is the ability to stream the contents of your tablet to a wirelessly enabled display such as many of the smart TVs available on the market today. So you could literally use the Netflix, Hulu, or whatever other kind of video streaming apps you have, and have the signal go right from your tablet to your very large TV.

Give Business Presentations with Ease

Or in the business world, if you had a WiDi enabled projector, you could also do your presentations from QuickOffice on that projector all while holding your tablet that would act as both the source of your presentation and your controller. To me that feels like a wonderfully preferable solution compared to traditional plugging your Ultrabook into a projector and then having to use an external clicker to change the slides.

Never Have to Hear the Same Movie Over and Over Again

Finally there are the wonderful capabilities that Bluetooth 3.0 brings to this tablet. As you would expect, you can connect a Bluetooth headset, to the tablet so that you can hear everything that’s going on. Specifically in my situations, I can place the tablet very neatly on the elliptical equipment I’m using in the gym and listen to the YouTube video I downloaded without having to worry about any wires connecting the tablet to my head while I’m exercising. Another obvious example would be if you’re doing a road trip to Grandma’s house (given the time of the year it is) with your kids and if each child had his or her own tablet, then he or she could enjoy the show or game they’re playing via Bluetooth headsets so that the parents wouldn’t be driven crazy hearing the same movie over and over and over again.

Overall, I really enjoy this tablet, but let me give a few negatives.

A Few Drawbacks

No full size USB port. Having used both Windows 8 and Android tablets for a few years now, that would be one area where I would give the advantage to Windows 8, since it seems like most of those tablets have a full size USB port. However, on the positive side, it does have a Micro USB port (which is used for charging the Tablet!), so you can always connect your Tablet to your Ultrabook via that cable & transfer files. Plus there is also the Bluetooth option if it is just a few pictures.

Asus, unfortunately, put the audio port on the opposite side of the rest of the ports. So if you have both a headset plugged in as well as the charging cable connected, you can’t really sit the tablet on your chest while lying in bed in portrait mode. That is probably a relatively minor thing to some people, but it has been something I’ve noticed that gets annoying occasionally.

Android 4.4 KitKat has been available for one month, and yet it still doesn’t seem to be line of sight as to when this tablet will get upgraded from 4.2.2 to the chocolatiest and the newest form of Android. In my experience, I would really like it if OEMs would get in the habit of publishing a roadmap of all of its products as to when or if they are slated to get upgraded to the newest version of Android. In my opinion, this is still the single greatest weakness of the Android product offerings because so many manufacturers don’t continue to upgrade the OS of the products they produce for more than a couple of years. Hopefully this will improve soon!

In Summary

This is my review of the ASUS MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 tablet. Aside from a few little hardware aspects that I would have changed if I could and the lack of a KitKat update, I think this is an absolutely magnificent tablet that performs quickly and does every single function I could want it to do and yet still remains remarkably light and versatile.

I’ve been using this tablet for the better part of two months now and I can honestly say I love it.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have this tablet what do you like or don’t like about it? If you don’t have this table, but are thinking about getting it, let me know what questions you have in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Thanks for reading!

Eric Mantion

About Eric Mantion

Eric is a Software Community Strategist for Intel's Software & Services Group. You can find him online at: - www.Twitter.com/CaptGeek - www.Linkedin.com/in/ericmantion | Eric graduated from the US Naval Academy, with a bachelor of science in Physics. He has served on Nuclear Powered Submarines and was attached to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE. He has worked in the Semiconductor Industry for over 10 years and has held positions as a Product Marketing Engineer, a Senior Industry Analyst, a Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst, and a Technology Evangelist. In whatever spare time he has, Eric loves spending with his family, working out, tinkering with computers, dabbling with Linux, exploring Android, and playing video games (especially StarCraft II & DOTA 2)

2 Responses to ASUS MeMO Pad™ #IntelTablets Review: The Speed You Need Today!

  1. Great detail in your comments on the Asus tablet, however, I did not see any cost comparison or even a price for the tablet. I’m sure you have a good reason. Perhaps it is a trial demo from Intel to check out. It would be nice to know your thoughts on the pricing versus performance.

  2. adrian says:

    I love the speed of win8.1 tablet with Bay Trail chip inside. I wish Intel would support more touch-capable games in windows 8.1. After all, games helps system to sell.

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