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The $149 Asus MeMO Pad Tablet Is No Nexus 7 Competitor

By Jeremy Hill

[1]Asus recently revealed its new MeMO Pad tablet that’s going to be released in “emerging markets” this month, and the United States in April. This 7-inch tablet will be priced at $150, and it specifications go right along with its budget price. The MeMO Pad isn’t meant to lure anyone away from the Nexus 7 (which Asus also manufacturers) but those looking to save a little money may find this device enticing.

The MeMO Pad has a 7-inch 1024×600 display, 1GB of RAM, a 1GHz processor, 8GB-16GB of expandable storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  This tablet also differs from the Nexus 7 in terms of pre-installed applications. While Asus doesn’t appear to have made any major customizations to Android in general, it has pre-installed apps such as SuperNote Lite, MyPainter, MyBitCast, Asus Studio and others. You’ll also get 5GB of online storage if you use Asus WebStorage.

As the image suggests, there will be a few different colors to choose from including titanium gray, cherry pink and sugar white.

As far as budget tablets go, you can do much worse than the MeMO. The problem is that for $50 more, you can get the best 7-inch Android tablet ever created without all the bloatware.

Note: This article was originally published on the Technology Tell [2] network.

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2 Comments To "The $149 Asus MeMO Pad Tablet Is No Nexus 7 Competitor"

#1 Comment By Deran On January 14, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

Overall, even if this machine has software bloat, Jelly Bean has some great advances in access by blind/visually impaired people like me. google’s OS is still not as accessible as Mac OS with its VoiceOver, but Jelly Bean is a great step forward. There are several good reviews online on the Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean from a visually impaired ebook reader perspective.

#2 Comment By Genaro On January 14, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

Technically it is the same device but with weaker specs.