What's also interesting in the land of tablets is the emergence of Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8/RT software. Microsoft made a concerted effort to build a unified platform that's just as capable on mobile devices (if not more so) than it is on the desktop, and that's given rise to a new generation of Windows hardware, including tablets and hybrids. In addition to the MeMO Pad mentioned above, Asus sent us its VivoTab Smart, another 10.1-inch tablet, only it's built on a x86 foundation and is running a full version of Windows 8 -- gnarly.
It's a tale of twos: Two different tablets running two totally different operating systems on two different architectures. In all reality, they're aimed at two distinct demographics, including one that's more interested in content consumption (MeMO Pad Smart 10) and another that aims to get work done before it's time to play (VivoTab Smart).
Of course, there's some overlap there, and on the following pages we'll compare the two tablets and tell you the pros and cons of each. Let's start with the MeMO Pad Smart 10.
||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
||10.1-inch LED backlight WXGA (1280x800) IPS screen, 10-finger multi-touch support|
||NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, 1.2GHz
||16GB eMMC flash storage + 5GB lifetime Asus Webstorage
Bluetooth v3.0+EDR +A2DP
||Dual stereo speakers
1.2MP front-facing camera
5MP rear-facing camera w/ auto-focus
|Ports and Expansion
Micro HDMI 1.4a
Micro SD card slot
3.5m headphone/microphone-in combo
||1.27 pounds (580g)
||10.35 (W) x 7.11 (D) x 0.38 (H) inches (263 x 180.8 x 9.9 mm)
||19Wh Li-polymer battery (8.5 hours)|
||G-sensor, gyroscope, e-compass, ambient light sensor, GPS|
||ASUS MeMO Pad Smart
- $279.99 on Amazon
ASUS tapped NVIDIA's Tegra 3 platform to provide its MeMO Pad Smart 10 a performance punch that belies it's entry-level price tag, and we're also excited to see an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel in this price range, albeit the resolution isn't quite high enough to watch Full HD 1080p movies in their glory.
What ASUS essentially did here was take the features that are commonly found in high-end 7-inch slates and pour them into a 10.1-inch container. In fact, the MeMO Pad Smart 10 is strikingly similar in spec to Google's Nexus 7, hardly surprising since ASUS builds both tablets. It's not a carbon copy, however, as the MeMO Pad Smart 10 is obviously physically bigger, features additional ports, and has a 5MP rear-facing camera.
The ASUS MeMO Pad Smart 10 is large, but is it in charge of the low(er)-cost Android space? Let's find out starting with a closer look the tablet.