If that four-point-something-inch Android doesn’t give you enough real estate to lord over Draw Something and that full-sized tablet is a chore to handle, then the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo 171 may be worth a look.
The Ice Cream Sandwich tab, in its 7-inch, not-small-but-not-so-big-either glory, is already available (albeit exclusively) in the Philippines via PC Express. The suggested retail price? A not-too-shabby P19,995.
Besides the up-to-date operating system, the aptly sized panel, and the thick, metal stylus with a rounded rubber tip, several details stand out. These include the IPS display technology used for better color accuracy and wider viewing angles and the 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The ASUS Eee Pad MeMo 171 also comes with two cameras: a 1.2-megapixel front facer and a 5-megapixel snapper, the latter capable of recording full-HD footage at 1080p.
We’ve spent some time with the slate, and came away quite impressed. It’s relatively light and perfectly manageable even with one-hand use. The rear matte coating gives it a likable feel. In terms of hardware performance, it’s as good as advertised, sliding through home screens and apps quickly. The only letdown in this scenario is the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo’s front, which proves to be a real fingerprint and smudge magnet, drawing imperfections very easily. Still, we’re looking at another good tablet here.
ASUS Eee Pad MeMo ME171 specs:
- 1.2GHz dual-core CPU
- Adreno 220 GPU
- 7-inch IPS display (800 x 1280, 216ppi pixel density)
- 1GB RAM
- 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, 1080p video recording
- 1.2-megapixel front camera
- 199 x 117 x 12mm
- 389 grams
- 4,400mAh battery
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich
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