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Old October 6, 2013, 04:51 PM
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Has anybody played with both of these 7" tablets? If so what were your impressions?

I'm considering a couple of tablets as Christmas gifts and have been very happy with my nexus7, but now I'm looking at the new ASUS Memo and it appears to have everything the original nexus7 has but also includes a rear facing camera as well as a micro SD slot....

Top it all off, the Nexus7 is currently on sale at NCIX for $209, while the Asus unit is only $160....

Assuming I can't squeeze in the extra $100+ that popping for two of the newer nexus7 units, what appears to be the better choice to you?

(I'm really leaning towards the Asus unit because of the rear facing camera and microsd slot, but am more than willing to listen to opposing opinions.... :) ).
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On the hardware side the newest Memo pad is essentially last gen's Nexus 7 with a different but similar processor and the extras that Google thought were unnecessary. On the software side it's basically a question of how important bare Android is to you. (I personally hate Asus's implementation of Android)

If you really want that out of the box "Google" experience I would consider the newer Nexus 7. You can still get external storage via USB OTG so you're really just sacrificing space for apps.

It's really just a software question IMO.
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Old October 6, 2013, 05:22 PM
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What don't you like about the ASUS Android vrs the stock google one?

edit: Is isn't the storage that has me thinking of the asus, it's the rear facing camera... IMO that was the only thing holding back the original nexus7.
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Hrmmmmm.......

Got my hands on one at the local staples and I'm now leaning towards picking up a couple of the original nexus 7's at the $210 price as opposed to the $160 for the memo pad... deciding factor????? The Memo doesn't have corning glass which makes a huge difference in how the touch screen feels while you're using it... the non-corning almost feels gritty like fine sandpaper when compared to the gorilla glass on the original nexus 7.

edit: Not completely decided, but really strongly leaning towards the Nexus, and who knows... maybe I'll take a fit and shell out the cash for two of the newer models which will get me everything but the micro SD slot, as well as a much higher res screen.... :)
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AFAIK it's actually the same glass minus the oleophobic layer on the Memo. I guess it would make a big difference if you don't have really dry hands.

As for the software, like many Asus products the Memo comes with a ton of extra features. Most of these features make sense and are quite innovative and useful. Problem is there's so many they don't take the time to really polish most of them. For example, their guest user feature is a great idea (and something fairly unique to Asus) but they didn't take the time to make sure there wasn't any security bugs in the feature.

IMO the older Nexus isn't worth it when it's not on clearance sale, the Memo can be had for ~$145-$155 and for the massive price savings you can buy something oleophobic like Dynaflo and still end up with leftover cash. The newer Nexus OTOH is really quite polished in every aspect and really comes close to that "Apple" experience - well worth the price premium if that's what you're looking for.
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I personally wouldn't touch the memo pad. It has a vastly inferior CPU compared to the OG nexus 7, the screen is much worse and it's not AOSP.
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AFAIK it's actually the same glass minus the oleophobic layer on the Memo. I guess it would make a big difference if you don't have really dry hands.

As for the software, like many Asus products the Memo comes with a ton of extra features. Most of these features make sense and are quite innovative and useful. Problem is there's so many they don't take the time to really polish most of them. For example, their guest user feature is a great idea (and something fairly unique to Asus) but they didn't take the time to make sure there wasn't any security bugs in the feature.

IMO the older Nexus isn't worth it when it's not on clearance sale, the Memo can be had for ~$145-$155 and for the massive price savings you can buy something oleophobic like Dynaflo and still end up with leftover cash. The newer Nexus OTOH is really quite polished in every aspect and really comes close to that "Apple" experience - well worth the price premium if that's what you're looking for.
Hrmmmm.... if the Dynaflo will provide a similar "glide" (or smoothness) then I may have to pick up at least one to test it out and then go from there. That's really what turned me off when I tried it in store. At $160 with an SD slot and a rear facing camera it's mostly a no-brainer if that glass treatment can be fixed.

Hell.... for the $50 difference I can pick up the dynaflo, a case/sleeve, and a microSD card.

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I personally wouldn't touch the memo pad. It has a vastly inferior CPU compared to the OG nexus 7, the screen is much worse and it's not AOSP.
I'm not sure the reviews I've seen would call the cpu a vastly inferior one, but yes it's not quite as peppy. That said... how many folks actually play games on their tablets? I see them mostly as browsers and social media devices and/or media players.

What bad things have you heard about the screen when compared to the original nexus7? Aside from the surface treatment I didn't notice anything glaring (pun intended as I didn't take the unit outside.... ;) ).

As far as not being vanilla Android goes... that is a valid point, but isn't ASUS's version pretty close to stock anywise, and it's not like the google play store is crippled in any way shape or form.

edit: Well there you are... first Christmas gift of the season purchased..... ;)
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If you are leaning towards non clearance last year N7 its not a huge leap just to get the new one. I think I picked up one for $240 vs what you are saying is $210 for last years model. Not sold on Android but need one for some work I am doing.
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If you are leaning towards non clearance last year N7 its not a huge leap just to get the new one. I think I picked up one for $240 vs what you are saying is $210 for last years model. Not sold on Android but need one for some work I am doing.
Pretty sure the $240 2gen units are 16G vice 32G. That's a huge difference for something that doesn't have a SD slot. Prices I've seen for the 32G units are a lot closer to $280 which would come out to an extra $140 + tax for two units.

I was able to come up with tablet (memo HD), sleeve, dynoflo, and a 32G micro SD card for very close to $200 + tax.
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AFAIK it's actually the same glass minus the oleophobic layer on the Memo. I guess it would make a big difference if you don't have really dry hands.

As for the software, like many Asus products the Memo comes with a ton of extra features. Most of these features make sense and are quite innovative and useful. Problem is there's so many they don't take the time to really polish most of them. For example, their guest user feature is a great idea (and something fairly unique to Asus) but they didn't take the time to make sure there wasn't any security bugs in the feature.

IMO the older Nexus isn't worth it when it's not on clearance sale, the Memo can be had for ~$145-$155 and for the massive price savings you can buy something oleophobic like Dynaflo and still end up with leftover cash. The newer Nexus OTOH is really quite polished in every aspect and really comes close to that "Apple" experience - well worth the price premium if that's what you're looking for.
Happy to report that the dynaflo seemed to do the trick and was able to come awfully close to replicating the "glide" of my v1 Nexus7. Good enough that the memo HD is going to be Christmas gifts all around this year...... ;)
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