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The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7's colorful screen and useful features barely outshine slow performanceThe Asus MeMO Pad HD 7's screen features a colorful screen and a bevy of customizable options, but gets tripped up by sluggish performance.
Hi. I'm Xiomara Blanco, and this is the Asus Memopad HD 7. The tablet offers a great variety of useful features customization options and baked-in family-friendly apps. But suffers from lack less or performance. The 7-inch tablet ships with Android Jellybean 4.2.1 but Asus promises an over the air update for Android 4.2.2 by its early August release. It houses a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a 5 megapixel rear camera, microSD expansion slot, micro USB port, microphone pin-hole and headphone jack. Even though it's also made by Asus, it's overall build isn't as comfortable as the original Nexus 7. The back panel, which comes in a variety of color is slightly protrudes in a way that digs into your palm when holding it with both hands. However, the Memopad HD 7's 1280x800 pixel resolution screen is just as sharp as the first Nexus 7 and out performs it when it comes to color reproduction. The tablet has a wide range of colors which results in more new ones details visible in images and videos. In addition, the tablet is preloaded with Asus Splendid, which allows you to calibrate the screen to your liking. Another included app that optimizes the user experience is audio wizard. The feature allows you to enhance specific types of audio but only works when you're using the speakers. It's quite essential to getting the most out of your multimedia experience and the most notable setting is the movie mode. It increases the volume of the speakers and lets you hear sound-scape noises that would otherwise be so subtle to notice. The audio wizard is easily accessible from the floating menu which is activated by pressing the button next to the back button on the Android navigation bar. The floating menu and floating apps are an easy way to multi-task and they helps stimulate a multi-window experience.. It's a small window that pops up directly above the navigation bar in consist of a variety of apps that can function on top of whatever is currently on the screen. Instead of closing an app to open the browser, change audio settings or calculate an equation, you can easily use floating apps to perform those tasks without interrupting what you're doing unless you're using NetFlix. Most floating app will stop NetFlix from streaming video, although YouTube doesn't have this issue. The tablet also comes with a power saver app that goes above and beyond most baked-in battery saving features to insure that you squeeze the most out of a low battery. The downside to the Memopad HD 7 is its sluggish performance. Navigating between apps frequently results some lag, switching orientation slow and the screen responsiveness is inconsistent. The Asus Memopad HD 7 is chock-full of features that optimize your multimedia experience and it screen's wide range of color is impressive for a small tablet at a bargain price of $149. But its inexpensive built is evident with its mediocre performance and plastic design. Go to cnet.com for the full review. I'm Xiomara Blanco and this has been the Asus Memopad HD 7.