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The Asus Memo Pad ME172V looks a lot like the Nexus 7 (pictures)

Despite their similar looks, the Asus ME172V is not the Nexus 7 in any sense.

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No

The Asus Memo Pad ME172V looks like the bizarro version of the Nexus 7, and given its performance issues, acts like it as well. The screen has a low resolution, a narrow viewing angle, and unstable performance. It'll only set you back $140 to $150, but it's ultimately not worth its issues.
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Vs.

It's difficult to see much a difference in screen quality between the Nexus 7 (left) and Memo Pad (right) in this pic, but trust me: in person, it's readily apparent.
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Bottom edge

Possibly the Memo Pad's only saving grace (beyond its price) is the small microSD slot on the right there.
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Left?

It may seem strange, but having these on the left edge of a tablet just feels weird.
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Bumpy

I really don't like the way this bumpy texture feels on my fingers. It makes me realize just how much the Nexus 7 nailed it in comfort.
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Angry and sluggish

Angry Birds Star Wars: Not the most taxing game in the world, yet on the Memo Pad, its sluggishness can't go unnoticed.

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