The Asus Memo Pad was recently unveiled and will be available to buy in 7 inch and 10 inch models on March 7th. The smaller version of the Memo Pad is priced similarly to Google's Nexus 7 , which is also made by Asus !
Choosing between the two tablets isn't that easy so we have decided to help you out by comparing Asus's Memo Pad and Google's Nexus 7. This should go some way to helping you decide on which tablet to buy.
How Much Do They Cost ?
Before we begin comparing the tablets it's really important for us to make clear that there is a price difference between the two devices. Asus's Memo Pad costs £129 while Google's Nexus 7 is priced at £159 , so it natural for Asus's device to have a slightly lower specification.
Which Has The Sharper Display ?
Both tablets have 7 inch touch-screens which makes them great for watching multimedia content , while still remaining extremely portable. However, Google's Nexus 7 runs at a resolution of 1280 * 720 pixels, while Asus's tablet runs at the lower resolution of 1024*600 pixels.
This gives the Google Nexus 7 a pixels-per-inch (PPI) rating of 216 compared to 169ppi. Things get even worse for Asus's tablet because it comes with an inferior TN panel , while Google's tablet has a LCD IPS display.
Which of the two tablets is more powerful ?
Asus's Memo Pad is powered by a single-core 1 GHz processor , while Google's tablet has an Nividia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor. Google's tablet also has an Nvidia Geforce graphics chip enabling you to play the latest games, while the Memo Pad comes with a VIA chip which isn't in the same league as Nvidia's chip.
This makes the Nexus 7 an easy winner when it comes to power , even when you factor in that both ship with 1GB of RAM.
Connectivity & On-board Memory
Those looking for a tablet that supports 3G only have only once choice because Asus's Memo Pad only supports WiFi. While, the Nexus 7 is available in either WiFi or WiFi & 3G models although you'll have to pay more for the 3G version (£239 for the 16GB model).
Both the tablets come with 16B of on-board memory, although Asus's device has the edge because it supports microSD cards. However, it should be noted that the Google Nexus 7 is available in a 32GB model with prices starting at £199.
Asus Memo Pad v Google Nexus 7 - Conclusion
Google's Nexus 7 has a higher resolution, better quality touch-screen display and is a much powerful device than Asus's MemoPad. While, Nexus 7 owners are guaranteed to get new versions of Android ahead of other tablets because the tablet is made by Google themselves.
Asus's Memo Pad is a solid device and is suitable for those who just want to browse and play simple games on their tablet. However, in our opinion it's worth paying the £30 extra for Google's Nexus 7 and it still remains the best value tablet on the market !
By Simon Thomas on 28th February, 2013