Performance Summary & Conclusion
The most impressive thing about the ASUS MeMO Pad Smart 10 is that it streets for around $280, yet it offers a 10.1-inch IPS display, Tegra 3 processor, and a thin and light design. It even looks like a premium tablet, plastic back notwithstanding. You don't get to that price point on a 10.1-inch slate without making some sacrifices, and the biggest one is screen resolution, which checks in at just 1280x800. If you want Full HD 1080p visuals, you'll need to utilize the mini-HDMI port
It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box and can be updated to version 4.2, giving you the latest and greatest features Google's open source platform has to offer. That's a plus, however it seems most of what the MeMO has to offer is good and sometimes very good, but not great any single respect. The camera shoots decent photos, sound is sufficient for watching movies and playing games, and there's enough pixel pushing pep to get your game fix. However, it's still essentially a Nexus 7 in a 10.1-inch chassis.
ASUS MeMO Tab Smart 10
We found it a little easier to get excited about the ASUS VivoTab Smart. Like the Android-based MeMO, the VivoTab Smart's main selling point is its price, which streets for around $450. In general, that's high for a tablet but cheap for a Windows 8 slate. Microsoft's Surface Pro, for example, costs two times as much.
So, how did ASUS do it? It's all about the hardware. Instead of a Core processor foundation, you'll find Atom hardware (Clover Trail) inside. The Atom chip holds the system back in terms of being an overall powerhouse, but it's able to navigate Windows 8 just fine. Surfing the web, typing up expense reports, watching videos, and even light gaming are all possible on the VivoTab Smart, and quite pleasant when you splurge on the TranSleeve Keyboard Cover accessory.
If you're considering a Surface RT, you should be looking long and hard at the VivoTab Smart.
ASUS VivoTab Smart