CNET First Look
Small and affordable Asus tablet with speedy LTE capabilitiesThe 7-inch Android is available on a two-year contract or via installment plans, as well as outright purchase.
If you're an AT&T customer looking for an inexpensive tablet, the Asus Memo Pad 7 LTE is exactly that. I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNET, let's take a closer look. Sitting at 7 inches, the small tablet is a nice compact Size for carrying around. It's a little heavy, weighing a little more than half a pound, and the construction feels a bit plasticky. It's still comfortable to hold though. The smooth matte finish on the back is comfortable against your fingertips, and its rounded edges help it conform to your curved palms and fingers. The volume rocker and power button are located on the right edge. The Micro USB port is on the top, the SIM and Micro SD slots are on the left side and the headphone jack can be found on the bottom. Feature wise it's a bit simple it runs a mostly pure version of Android 4.4 Kit Kat providing little pre-loaded software including Googles' and Asus' Of apps. The Metal Tag 7 houses a quad core intel Adam processor, one gigabyte if ram, and 16 gigabytes of internal storage, that's expandable up to 64 gigabytes via the aforementioned micro sd card slot. When using the tablet Tablet is limited to basic activity. Performance is smooth. I easily transitioned to checking my email, to surfing the web, or streaming video without any issues. Anything more labor intensive, like running large games and apps with other apps in the background causes a lag in performance. Understandable, considering its basic specs. The seven inch Asus tablet supports a 1280 by 800 pixel resolution with wide viewing angles. The range of colors is a bit flat and it's not very bright. But HD content is sharp enough to provide a satisfying experience. On the front it has a 2 megapixel camera good enough for video conferencing. And the rear 5 megapixel camera is surprisingly all right. Photos are rather sharp, with lifelike color. And there's an extensive amount of burst shot settings. It won't replace your DSLR or iPhone camera, but for a cheap tablet, it's not half bad. Currently going for 174.99, AT&T offers the option of installment plans or two year contracts. So far I've been satisfied with the consistent speedy coverage of AT&T's network, but I'm still trying it out. Stay tuned for the full review. I'm Tia Marco for CNET, and this has been a first look at the ASUS Memo Pad 7 LTE.