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A slate with swift cellular speeds

At 7 inches, the Asus Memo Pad 7 is as big as some smartphones. As a tablet, it's on the small side. Yet its affordable pricing and high-speed cellular capabilities set it apart from other small slates.

Click through the slideshow for a closer look and read the full review for more details.

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Big, yet small

The 7-inch Asus's design is nostalgic of small tablets from two years ago. Compact and portable, it's a bit girthy and heavy -- when compared to top mini tablets, that is.

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Life with a 7-inch screen

The 7-inch Asus tablet doesn't have phone call capabilities, but the idea of a phone this big seems a little far-fetched.

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Sly slots

On the top-left edge of the tablet you'll find a sneaky flap. Flip it open for the SIM and microSD card slots.

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Smooth and matte

The back panel features a smooth matte finish that has a pleasant feel. The Memo Pad's rounded edges also make it comfortable to hold.

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Dim and dimmer

The small screen suffers from low brightness. It's dim in bright environments and very difficult to see outdoors. It's also prone to heavy glare.

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High-five for 5-megapixels

The 5-megapixel rear camera on the Memo Pad 7 LTE is a nice surprise. The photos come out relatively sharp, well exposed, and with realistic colors.

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Front-facing speakers

Housing two speakers on the front, the Memo Pad 7 LTE is fine for streaming video when watching solo.

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Speedy 4G LTE

Running on AT&T's network, the Asus Memo Pad 7 LTE has fast performance in areas where 4G is available.

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