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Digital Sound Noise Level Meter 30-130 dB Noise Monitor Decibel Pressure GM1351
Digital Sound Noise Level Meter 30-130 dB Noise Monitor Decibel Pressure GM1351
Offered by SEEM
Price: £10.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It actually works For Not Much Money :D, 7 May 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
To be honest i myself had to rely on the reviews here before i made my mind up. It indeed is a very good effective sound meter. Basically got it for my YouTube channel ( J TheAndroidFreak ) for smartphones sound testing. Its pretty simple and straightforward to use. You got two buttons on the front. Power button to the left and max button on the right. Max button can be used to measure maximum sound output. Once pressed it will only go to the maximum reading and they wont fluctuate like they would in a normal state without pressing the max button. Battery installation was pretty straightforward and i was up and running in no time. So far i have really enjoyed using it in my videos and i highly recommended it. No need to go for the expensive ones as i was tempted as well but this one just works fine and very accurate.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB Vodafone white unlocked
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB Vodafone white unlocked
Offered by Executivez
Price: £700.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Galaxy S6 Edge : The Shinning Star in Samsung's Galaxy, 2 May 2015
Whether its the home grown Exynos Octa Core Chip,pin sharp Super AMOLED screen or the outstanding camera Samsung has finally nailed it their newest iteration of the Galaxies. However we will be paying special attention to the unique and slightly different of the two "Galaxy S6 Edge". Its been long coming but finally we have one of the best looking phones ever made by Samsung. I am lucky enough to own it so we better find out the details so see how this beautiful smartphone has done so far

Design : (4.5/5)

Galaxy S6 Edge is of course the Edge screen variant of the two Galaxies released this year. The follow up to the S5 has been nothing short of outstanding and quite frankly astonishing. Galaxy S6 Edge ( Not the S6 ) has been the most beautiful and unique Galaxy phone i have ever owned. The design is unique with the dual curved edges ( First of its kind of course) and Samsung has truly reinvented the look and feel that many craved in the last few years. The phone is only 7.1 mm thin and 70.1 mm wide ( less then the HTC One M8 70.6 mm ) and is easy to grip. At 132 g its relatively easier to hold considering that the back is made of Gorilla Glass 4 surrounded by a metal frame.

There is no question that the handset oozes class. It matches the quality offered on both the HTC Flagship phones ( M8 and M9 ) and the iphone 6. The power button is on the right and the volume rockers are on the left( Please note HTC for your M9 ) with a nice tactile feedback and is nothing short of quality. IR blaster still exists at the top end and sim tray resides to the left. Nano sim is required for the phone and the sim tray is accessible via sim ejector tool only ( Thankfully Samsung does provide one in the box ).

There are two things which i didn't like on the S6 Edge as far as the design is concerned. Firstly the protruding camera at the back doesnt allow the phone to rest flat on a surface. There is a danger of you scratching the camera if not carefully handled. Even though a compatible case would solve the above matter but basic design aesthetics are flawed. Secondly the phone has no Micro SD card slot ( Removable battery was never an issue for me ) so make sure you get the higher specked model. I bought the 64GB version so that space was never an issue. Out of the total space approx 10GB is taken by the operating system so in the real world you will be left with approx 54GB. Any model bought will have the same amount of space taken so keep that in mind please.

Performance : ( 4.5/5 )

S6 Edge comes with an Octa Core Exynos 7420 chipset clocked at a max of 2.1Ghz and backed up by 3GB DDR4 RAM ( latest and fastest type ). This phone also has UFS 2.0 type of memory ( don't need to know what this if you dont understand ) which is very fast to read and write on. This memory type plays a big role in the speedy performance of the phone. The phone just zips around like anything. From opening apps to gaming or day to day tasks it just absolutely flies. I always hated Touchwiz on Galaxy devices because of the clutter and slow laggy performance but not anymore. Significant changes have been made this time around to make sure the performance is uncompromising. The phone is now indeed a beast and matches the speed on offer by HTC Flagship phones ( M8 and M9 ). However just recently i have started to see phone stutter a bit and apparently its the RAM management where it gets full up which causes the handset to lag occasionally. Samsung are aware of the RAM management problem and will be sending an update to address the issue soon. So keep an eye on my review as I will update it ( like my other reviews ) accordingly. Only a handful of handsets in the Android world run smoothly ( Xperia Z3,M8 and M9) and now finally S6 Edge has joined the A league as well. They have successfully reduced the clutter and made everything so much easier and simpler. Work still needs to be done but enough has been done this time around to offer superior performance and i am sure future updates will only improve things.

Gaming on this device is a very enjoyable experience as well. I tried several big titles like Real Racing 3, Implosion, UFC,Modern Combat 5 etc etc and the phone performed like a King. Surprisingly it didn't heat up as much as say HTC One M8 or Xperia Z3 would and it goes to show that the heat management is far superior on the Exynos 7420 ( Thanks to 14nm manufacturing ) as compared to Snapdragons. Samsung has been preparing for all this for a while and finally its all comes together in 2015. Well done Samsung for a superb performace and keeping the heat under check at the same time.

Screen : ( 5/5 )

The S6 Edge has a QHD 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED screen which is the best Samsung has ever produced. Its 5.1" in size and has an amazing 577 ppi pixel density and is a sheer pleasure to look at. I have never been a fan of AMOLED panels in the past but i was pleasantly surprised by the quality that is on offer here. Samsung have worked really hard to give us a world class experience on a smartphone. Viewing angles are superb and the contrast levels are outstanding. Whether you are browsing web,playing games,looking at pictures or watching films the colors just pop out. I did notice a bit of light pink hue around the edges when the screen has a white background which is not a hinderance in your day to day use but something which you do notice occasionally and nothing to worry about. All in all its one of the best screens on a smartphone that i have seen so far in 2015. Honestly speaking QHD to me is still an over kill on a screen this small specially when battery life is compromised which we will talk about in the battery section later.

Battery Life : ( 3.5/5 )

Now this is one area where the phone has definitely shown its weakness. The S6 Edge only has 2600 mAh battery which is 200 mAh less then last years model Galaxy S5. The battery life in short i would say is just average when you are using your mobile data. It wont give you more then 3 to 3.5 hrs of screen on time if you are gonna use it mostly on 3G/4G. But the story on WiFi is totally different as your screen on times dramatically increase to 4.5 to 5 hrs. Seems to me that the software is well optimized for WiFi but not as good for mobile data usage. The high powered QHD screen is definitely the culprit here and consumes battery the most then anything else on the phone. Samsung should really have either provided the same battery from last year ( 2800 mAh ) or bigger knowing that the QHD screen on offer is powerful and hungrier then last years 1080P Full HD offering.

The weak battery is somewhat compensated with a powerful Samsung's adaptive fast charger. It charges the battery at amazing speeds and is quite frankly the fastest charger i have ever seen on a smartphone. It has an output of 9V --> 1.67A as opposed to the regular out put of 5V-->1.5 A or 5V-->2.0A that you find on standard chargers in the boxes. Of course the S6 Edge supports Qualcomms Quick Charge 2.0 ( Despite of not having a Snapdragon chip set inside ) and hence is able to charge very very quiclkly indeed. Say if your battery was down to 25% and you felt like charging it before leaving office for home and you had less then hour left before commuting then you are in luck as you would be able to get up to 100% within that time. Its times like that when fast charging actually pays off and you come to realize how beneficial it is in your day to day life. Of course we all want our smartphones to last us at least a day ( which S6 Edge with heavy use quite frankly wont ) but to have the ability to boost the battery up this quick is a must for power hungry smartphone with a powerful QHD screen. HTC One M9 has an average battery life as well but it doesn't come with a fast charger so Galaxy buyers are going to be lucky.

Camera : (6/5)

My rating clearly says it all. Its the best camera on a smartphone that i have ever owned period. Its all also been declared officially as the best camera on a smartphone period. If you want the best camera in a smartphone then dont hesitate to buy this phone. Read on if you wanna know more details about the camera. Its a 16MP camera with OIS ( Optical Image Stabilization ) and an LED flash. Front camera is 5MP and both cameras can record 1080P video along with the back camera which can also record 4K video. As far as the performance is concerned both cameras are brilliant. Back camera takes really crisp and high quality photos and you can zoom in all the way on your photos and still the picture doesn't lose its quality. Front camera is also very capable and taking selfies is a sheer pleasure specially in well lit rooms. Back camera can record 1080P at both 30fps ( frames per second ) and 60fps ( 60 fps mode has no OIS ). Front camera can also record 1080P at 60fps ( no OIS ) and is also capable of capturing video at 2K which is amazing.

So far i have taken over 100 pictures at different resolutions and also recorded a few videos both at 1080P and 4K and the results are amazing. This camera is one hell of a capable unit and will completely change your perspective on mobile phone cameras. The shutter speed is quick,focus is fast and it takes no time before you end up with loads of photos. I like the convenience of just double tapping the home button and within no time ( 0.3 sec the official time from Samsung ) the camera is ready to take photos. Unlike the older Galaxies ,( S5,S4 and rest ) where you had loads of camera options, this time around all is made simpler and easier to access. Camera menus and options are straightforward and easy to access and that's exactly what lots of people out there want. A simple iPhone like fast and easy accessible camera ready to shoot straightaway and thats what Samsung has successfully delivered this time around. Well done Samsung for a fast and easy to shoot camera with exceptional results.

Conclusion :

The Galaxy S6 Edge is a brilliant smartphone only let down by a mediocre battery life. The fast charger definitely helps juicing things up real quick but nonetheless battery remains average. Camera is outstanding ( the best i ever had ) and the speaker is a definite improvement over the older iterations and is fairly loud if not precise. Build quality is superb and now matches the very best offerings from HTC,Sony and Apple. Software is fast as well which is a mega improvement for Touchwiz haters.

Lot of people reading this review are also wondering if its worth spending the extra cash over the regular Galaxy S6. In short i would say "yes" if looks matter to you and "No" if you want the exact experience in a cheaper package. Both the phones are identical and the only minor difference ( apart from the curved screen obviously ) is the battery size. S6 has a 2550 mAh which is only 50 mAh less from the offering on the S6 Edge and honestly it hardly matters as both phones have average battery life.

The simple fact is Samsung has remembered that it has what it takes to truly make a flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S6 Edge won't be for everyone but it should be more than enough for most. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have and i will try my best to answer as soon as possible.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64 GB UK Version SIM-Free Smartphone - Gold
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64 GB UK Version SIM-Free Smartphone - Gold
Offered by Wowcamera
Price: £491.00

19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Galaxy S6 Edge - The Shinning Star in Samsungs Galaxy!!, 2 May 2015
Whether its the home grown Exynos Octa Core Chip,pin sharp Super AMOLED screen or the outstanding camera Samsung has finally nailed it their newest iteration of the Galaxies. However we will be paying special attention to the unique and slightly different of the two "Galaxy S6 Edge". Its been long coming but finally we have one of the best looking phones ever made by Samsung. I am lucky enough to own it so we better find out the details so see how this beautiful smartphone has done so far

Design : (4.5/5)

Galaxy S6 Edge is of course the Edge screen variant of the two Galaxies released this year. The follow up to the S5 has been nothing short of outstanding and quite frankly astonishing. Galaxy S6 Edge ( Not the S6 ) has been the most beautiful and unique Galaxy phone i have ever owned. The design is unique with the dual curved edges ( First of its kind of course) and Samsung has truly reinvented the look and feel that many craved in the last few years. The phone is only 7.1 mm thin and 70.1 mm wide ( less then the HTC One M8 70.6 mm ) and is easy to grip. At 132 g its relatively easier to hold considering that the back is made of Gorilla Glass 4 surrounded by a metal frame.

There is no question that the handset oozes class. It matches the quality offered on both the HTC Flagship phones ( M8 and M9 ) and the iPhone 6. The power button is on the right and the volume rockers are on the left( Please note HTC for your M9 ) with a nice tactile feedback and is nothing short of quality. IR blaster still exists at the top end and sim tray resides to the left. Nano sim is required for the phone and the sim tray is accessible via sim ejector tool only ( Thankfully Samsung does provide one in the box ).

There are two things which i didn't like on the S6 Edge as far as the design is concerned. Firstly the protruding camera at the back doesn't allow the phone to rest flat on a surface. There is a danger of you scratching the camera if not carefully handled. Even though a compatible case would solve the above matter but basic design aesthetics are flawed. Secondly the phone has no Micro SD card slot ( Removable battery was never an issue for me ) so make sure you get the higher spec model. I bought the 64GB version so that space was never an issue. Out of the total space approx 10GB is taken by the operating system so in the real world you will be left with approx 54GB. Any model bought will have the same amount of space taken so keep that in mind please.

Performance : ( 4.5/5 )

S6 Edge comes with an Octa Core Exynos 7420 chipset clocked at a max of 2.1Ghz and backed up by 3GB DDR4 RAM ( latest and fastest type ). This phone also has UFS 2.0 type of memory ( don't need to know what this if you don't understand ) which is very fast to read and write on. This memory type plays a big role in the speedy performance of the phone. The phone just zips around like anything. From opening apps to gaming or day to day tasks it just absolutely flies. I always hated Touchwiz on Galaxy devices because of the clutter and slow laggy performance but not anymore. Significant changes have been made this time around to make sure the performance is uncompromising. The phone is now indeed a beast and matches the speed on offer by HTC Flagship phones ( M8 and M9 ). However just recently i have started to see phone stutter a bit and apparently its the RAM management where it gets full up which causes the handset to lag occasionally. Samsung are aware of the RAM management problem and will be sending an update to address the issue soon. So keep an eye on my review as I will update it ( like my other reviews ) accordingly. Only a handful of handsets in the Android world run smoothly ( Xperia Z3,M8 and M9) and now finally S6 Edge has joined the A league as well. They have successfully reduced the clutter and made everything so much easier and simpler. Work still needs to be done but enough has been done this time around to offer superior performance and i am sure future updates will only improve things.

Gaming on this device is a very enjoyable experience as well. I tried several big titles like Real Racing 3, Implosion, UFC,Modern Combat 5 etc etc and the phone performed like a King. Surprisingly it didn't heat up as much as say HTC One M8 or Xperia Z3 would and it goes to show that the heat management is far superior on the Exynos 7420 ( Thanks to 14nm manufacturing ) as compared to Snapdragons. Samsung has been preparing for all this for a while and finally its all comes together in 2015. Well done Samsung for a superb performance and keeping the heat under check at the same time.

Screen : ( 5/5 )

The S6 Edge has a QHD 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED screen which is the best Samsung has ever produced. Its 5.1" in size and has an amazing 577 ppi pixel density and is a sheer pleasure to look at. I have never been a fan of AMOLED panels in the past but i was pleasantly surprised by the quality that is on offer here. Samsung have worked really hard to give us a world class experience on a smartphone. Viewing angles are superb and the contrast levels are outstanding. Whether you are browsing web,playing games,looking at pictures or watching films the colors just pop out. I did notice a bit of light pink hue around the edges when the screen has a white background which is not a hindrance in your day to day use but something which you do notice occasionally and nothing to worry about. All in all its one of the best screens on a smartphone that i have seen so far in 2015. Honestly speaking QHD to me is still an over kill on a screen this small specially when battery life is compromised which we will talk about in the battery section later.

Battery Life : ( 3.5/5 )

Now this is one area where the phone has definitely shown its weakness. The S6 Edge only has 2600 mAh battery which is 200 mAh less then last years model Galaxy S5. The battery life in short i would say is just average when you are using your mobile data. It wont give you more then 3 to 3.5 hrs of screen on time if you are gonna use it mostly on 3G/4G. But the story on WiFi is totally different as your screen on times dramatically increase to 4.5 to 5 hrs. Seems to me that the software is well optimized for WiFi but not as good for mobile data usage. The high powered QHD screen is definitely the culprit here and consumes battery the most then anything else on the phone. Samsung should really have either provided the same battery from last year ( 2800 mAh ) or bigger knowing that the QHD screen on offer is powerful and hungrier then last years 1080P Full HD offering.

The weak battery is somewhat compensated with a powerful Samsung's adaptive fast charger. It charges the battery at amazing speeds and is quite frankly the fastest charger i have ever seen on a smartphone. It has an output of 9V --> 1.67A as opposed to the regular out put of 5V-->1.5 A or 5V-->2.0A that you find on standard chargers in the boxes. Of course the S6 Edge supports Qualcomms Quick Charge 2.0 ( Despite of not having a Snapdragon chipset inside ) and hence is able to charge very very quickly indeed. Say if your battery was down to 25% and you felt like charging it before leaving office for home and you had less then hour left before commuting then you are in luck as you would be able to get up to 100% within that time. Its times like that when fast charging actually pays off and you come to realize how beneficial it is in your day to day life. Of course we all want our smartphones to last us at least a day ( which S6 Edge with heavy use quite frankly wont ) but to have the ability to boost the battery up this quick is a must for power hungry smartphone with a powerful QHD screen. HTC One M9 has an average battery life as well but it doesnt come with a fast charger so Galaxy buyers are going to be lucky.

Camera : (6/5)

My rating clearly says it all. Its the best camera on a smartphone that i have ever owned period. Its all also been declared officially as the best camera on a smartphone period. If you want the best camera in a smartphone then don't hesitate to buy this phone. Read on if you wanna know more details about the camera. Its a 16MP camera with OIS ( Optical Image Stabilization ) and an LED flash. Front camera is 5MP and both cameras can record 1080P video along with the back camera which can also record 4K video. As far as the performance is concerned both cameras are brilliant. Back camera takes really crisp and high quality photos and you can zoom in all the way on your photos and still the picture doesnt lose its quality. Front camera is also very capable and taking selfies is a sheer pleasure specially in well lit rooms. Back camera can record 1080P at both 30fps ( frames per second ) and 60fps ( 60 fps mode has no OIS ). Front camera can also record 1080P at 60fps ( no OIS ) and is also capable of capturing video at 2K which is amazing.

So far i have taken over 100 pictures at different resolutions and also recorded a few videos both at 1080P and 4K and the results are amazing. This camera is one hell of a capable unit and will completely change your perspective on mobile phone cameras. The shutter speed is quick,focus is fast and it takes no time before you end up with loads of photos. I like the convenience of just double tapping the home button and within no time ( 0.3 sec the official time from Samsung ) the camera is ready to take photos. Unlike the older Galaxies ,( S5,S4 and rest ) where you had loads of camera options, this time around all is made simpler and easier to access. Camera menus and options are straightforward and easy to access and that's exactly what lots of people out there want. A simple iPhone like fast and easy accessible camera ready to shoot straightaway and thats what Samsung has successfully delivered this time around. Well done Samsung for a fast and easy to shoot camera with exceptional results.

Conclusion :

The Galaxy S6 Edge is a brilliant smartphone only let down by a mediocre battery life. The fast charger definitely helps juicing things up real quick but nonetheless battery remains average. Camera is outstanding ( the best i ever had ) and the speaker is a definite improvement over the older iterations and is fairly loud if not precise. Build quality is superb and now matches the very best offerings from HTC,Sony and Apple. Software is fast as well which is a mega improvement for Touchwiz haters.

Lot of people reading this review are also wondering if its worth spending the extra cash over the regular Galaxy S6. In short i would say "yes" if looks matter to you and "No" if you want the exact experience in a cheaper package. Both the phones are identical and the only minor difference ( apart from the curved screen obviously ) is the battery size. S6 has a 2550 mAh which is only 50 mAh less from the offering on the S6 Edge and honestly it hardly matters as both phones have average battery life.

The simple fact is Samsung has remembered that it has what it takes to truly make a flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S6 Edge won't be for everyone but it should be more than enough for most. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have and i will try my best to answer them as soon as possible. Thanks
Comment Comments (8) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 22, 2015 7:40 PM BST


HP 350 - Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (CB335EE)
HP 350 - Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (CB335EE)
Price: £10.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Product And A Pleasure To Use, 12 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Sometimes buying a genuine product can be an expensive but satisfying experience. The good news is that this product wasn't that expensive and was yet satisfying. All i had to do was to put the cartridge in my printer and it started working straight away ( Never had to even align it ). A reasonably priced product which wont disappoint you at all. My ink levels did drop a bit after printing out just over 20 pages and it goes to show that if you are going to print a lot then you might as well go for the XL Cartridge. I print occasionally so this one fits fine for my needs. Highly recommended!!


DelTex® Replacement Ear Pads Cushions For Bose QuietComfort® 3 (QC3) Headphones
DelTex® Replacement Ear Pads Cushions For Bose QuietComfort® 3 (QC3) Headphones
Offered by DMB Direct
Price: £12.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Fit For Bose QC3!! Highly recommended, 11 April 2015
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Was a bit sceptical about buying these as I had spent a lot of money on my Bose QC3 pair of headphones and didn't want anything cheap. But to my surprise they were a perfect fit and I ended up doing a video on my channel as well. Reviews here helped me a lot actually and a BIG thanks to all people who helped me made my mind up. For all owners of Bose QC3 headphones these babies are highly recommended. Do look at my channel ( J TheAndroidFreak ) should you wish to see the video showing how to replace the Cushions on Bose QC3. Good luck!!


Dpower Tripod Mount Standard Universal Cellphone Bracket for Smartphones
Dpower Tripod Mount Standard Universal Cellphone Bracket for Smartphones
Offered by E-Goal Store
Price: £1.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Got What I Was Looking For !!, 11 April 2015
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It took me a while to find one but eventually I did. Had lots of problems with the standard mount that came with the "KitVision Large Monkee Grip Flexible Foam Tripod " as I couldn't get my Xperia Z3 or the LG G3 to fit in. This mount solved my problem and I am so relieved now. This mount should be able to get almost all size of phones because of the width it can stretch to.

Galaxy S5 ( 72.5 mm ),LG G3 ( 74.6 mm ),Xperia Z2 or Z3 ( 73.3 & 72 mm respectively ) and the iPhones ( including the iPhone 6 plus 77.8 mm ) should all fit in easily without any issues. They never had this mount on Amazon before but I am glad that it actually exists now. Delivery was fast and on time. Thank You Team Amazon.
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Asus MeMO Pad 7 ME572C-1C014A
Asus MeMO Pad 7 ME572C-1C014A

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Midrange Tablets Of 2014!!, 19 Jan. 2015
Intel has been making a lot of noise in the last year or so about its newer generation of 64 bit Quad-Core chipsets and their performance and selling them at a cheap price tag as well. It has certainly got a lot of attention specially at budget end of the market and as a result we have tablets like the Memo Pad 7 ME176C and ME572C in existence. I own both and so far been very impressed with the Intel 64 Bit Quad Core chips on offer. However we will only be talking about the Asus Memo Pad 7 ME572C for now. I have had the tablet for a few weeks now so its about time i share my thoughts with you guys. Lets jump into it straightaway shall we?

Build Quality( 4.5/5 ):

The name Asus is quite well known in the Android world. I have had many of their tablets and have always found their build quality as decent and Memo Pad 7 ME572C is no exception in that department. Its well built and bolted together firmly and is clearly made to differ from the cheaper Memo Series before. Gone is the chunky curvy design of the ME176C and it has now been replaced with a much slimmer and sharper form factor. Corners are sharp but has the Lumia Phones finish around the edges. It seems as if you are holding a big Nokia Smartphone and thats not a bad thing to say at all. Its only 8.3mm thick and its remarkably easy and light to carry around ( 269g Wifi version ) which if i remember correctly makes it lighter then the Nexus 7. Its one of the lightest 7" tablets that i have held and is a sheer pleasure in your hands.

Its available in three colors ( Black, Champagne Gold and Burgundy Red ). I got it in Champagne Gold and it looks stunning. The Champagne Gold color is applied at the back of the tablet with the Asus logo engraved in the centre and the overall gold brushed aluminium effect looks beautiful and gives the tablet an elegant feel. If i was to complain about something on the design asthetics it would be the extra bezels on top and bottom. I dont see no reason why Asus would go for thicker bezels in 2015 when every other major OEM is trying to reduce the bezels and have a better screen to body ratio. Some people prefer the extra bezels as it gives them more space to place their hands whilst gaming. My Xperia Z2 tablet has extra bezels on all sides but it has never been a major problem for me. When you consider a 7" tablet then extra bezels can be a bit irritating at times but most people should be ok with that. There are two speakers one on each side of the tablet and they sound just about ok ( certainly not the loudest ). Tablet also comes equipped with a micro SD card slot expandable up to 64 GB should you require extra space. Front and back cameras are 2 & 5 Megapixels respectively and nothing to write home about.

Performance ( 4.5/5 ):

ME572C is equipped with an Intel Z3560 64 Bit Quad-Core chipset which can go up to a maximum clock speed of 1.86 GHz coupled along with 2GB RAM. Performance so far has been excellent and without any hiccups. PowerVR G6430 deals with the graphic side of things wonderfully well. I was impressed with older Intel Chipset Z3745 in the ME176C from before and the more advanced Z3560 on the ME572C is even more impressive with 2GB RAM. Benchmarks on the internet were a proof of that ( personally i am not bothered with Benchmarks as they dont depict the real world performance ) and my own Benchmark testing had fairly decent if not spectacular results. It clearly outperforms the Nexus 7 ( 2012 & 2013 ) and the Tesco Hudl 2 tablet and anybody looking to buy a tablet in this budget should serioulsy consider the Memo Pad 7 ME527C as the number one choice.

Day to day performance was very nice and after recieving a couple of system updates ( which i will mention in detail at the end of my review ) performance got even better then before. UI transactions were more fluid and ZenUI ( Asus interface ) felt more responsive. Its running KitKat 4.4.2 which is a bit sad and i wish Asus at some point ( not too late hopefully ) will update it to Lollipop 5.0 or at least Kitkat 4.4.4. I installed quite a few games on the tablet as well including Batman,Six Guns,Dead Trigger 2,Injustice: Gods Among us to name a few and found no issues whatsoever with frame rates or lag. I did read some reviews where they mentioned some games being incompatible with the intel chipsets but of the titles i have downloaded so far i didnt find any problems with them whatsoever. All in all perfomance was impressive with the ocassional lag here and there but nothing major.

Screen(5/5):

Memo Pad 7 ME527C comes with a Full HD 1080P screen and its a massive improvement over the the 720P offering on the ME176C. Its an IPS LCD roughly at 320 ppi and beats the Nexus 7 screen for both sharpness and contrast. I used to have the Nexus 7 2013 on me as well which i sold last year and i remember its screen very well. Memo Pad 7 definitely has the better screen and to be honest i dont remember seeing a screen this sharp in a 7" tablet. Even when browsing or scrolling around for various other activities the screen is a sheer pleasure to look at - thanks to that Full HD 1080P screen. You will probably struggle to keep it at full brightness as it gets really really bright and might not be good for your eyes. The only minor gripe ( if i had to be really picky ) would be the screen bleed around the left and bottom side that is visble only when the background gets black. Its not a problem at all whilst you are using the tablet for browsing or day to day stuff but mostly when you boot it up or watching a night scene in a film ( the black screen makes it visible ). I only noticed it a few days back. At such a cheap price point you obvioulsy dont expect ipad mini level of screen. Forgot to mention that the screen uses Gorilla Glass 3 for better protection. All in all 5 stars to Asus for creating a beautiful and a sharp screen.

Battery Life(5/5):

Memo Pad 7 ME572C has a 15W battery and i was unable to find the mAh rating but i have to admit that i have been very impressed so far with the battery life on the Memo Pad 7. Intel Z3560 is very power efficient and the battery drops down at a much lower rate as compared to say a Snapdragon Processor. So far the results are impressive and can easily get a day sometimes two if used moderately. Screen on times are well over 4 hrs on average and thats pretty impressive for a budget tablet costing next to nothing. I ended up watching two 1.5 hr films the other day with brightness set around 75% and still had 43% battery life left and that is not bad at all. Gaming obviously will drain the battery quicker like any other tablet. All in all i was more then happy by the strong stamina of the tablet and most of you will have no problem seeing this tablet through a full day.

Asus Memo Pad 7 ME572C is an impressive package with a strong performance,good battery life and a beautiful screen. For the price and performance its simply unbeatable and Asus have created a gem of a tablet which is gonna be hard to beat specially on price.

System Updates Received So Far :

Update 1 ( 05 Jan 2015 ):

This update was recieved straightaway as soon as i got the tablet out of the box. Size of the update was 66.83 MB and it only mentioned that it was sent to improve stability. Didnt see any major changes but what ever changes occured in the background ( i am sure they were for reasons known) didnt effect the tablets performance or battery life. Its always a good feeling to recieve updates on a regular basis as it keeps your tablet performing smoothly and efficiently. Asus generally have a good track record of updating their devices ( if not speedy enough ) and so far i am satisfied with what i got.

Update 2 ( 15 Jan 2015 ):

This update was received after 10 days of using the tablet. Size of the update was 83.89 MB and it did mention the following

- System UI improvements
- Stability improvements
- WiFi optimizations

Straightaway after the update i noticed that UI transitions were more fluid and the tablets overall responsiveness improved as well. So far the performance has been rock solid and i cant wait for Asus to update the tablet to even a newer version of Android ( Lollipop please!! )

If you have any questions people just fire them in the comments sections and i will be more then happy to help. I will update my review further once more updates start to hit the tablet. Thanks


ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME572C - tablet - Android 4.4 (KitKat) - 16 GB - 7"
ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME572C - tablet - Android 4.4 (KitKat) - 16 GB - 7"

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4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Midrange Tablets of 2014!!, 19 Jan. 2015
Intel has been making a lot of noise in the last year or so about its newer generation of 64 bit Quad-Core chipsets and their performance and selling them at a cheap price tag as well. It has certainly got a lot of attention specially at budget end of the market and as a result we have tablets like the Memo Pad 7 ME176C and ME572C in existence. I own both and so far been very impressed with the Intel 64 Bit Quad Core chips on offer. However we will only be talking about the Asus Memo Pad 7 ME572C for now. I have had the tablet for a few weeks now so its about time i share my thoughts with you guys. Lets jump into it straightaway shall we?

Build Quality( 4.5/5 ):

The name Asus is quite well known in the Android world. I have had many of their tablets and have always found their build quality as decent and Memo Pad 7 ME572C is no exception in that department. Its well built and bolted together firmly and is clearly made to differ from the cheaper Memo Series before. Gone is the chunky curvy design of the ME176C and it has now been replaced with a much slimmer and sharper form factor. Corners are sharp but has the Lumia Phones finish around the edges. It seems as if you are holding a big Nokia Smartphone and thats not a bad thing to say at all. Its only 8.3mm thick and its remarkably easy and light to carry around ( 269g Wifi version ) which if i remember correctly makes it lighter then the Nexus 7. Its one of the lightest 7" tablets that i have held and is a sheer pleasure in your hands.

Its available in three colors ( Black, Champagne Gold and Burgundy Red ). I got it in Champagne Gold and it looks stunning. The Champagne Gold color is applied at the back of the tablet with the Asus logo engraved in the centre and the overall gold brushed aluminium effect looks beautiful and gives the tablet an elegant feel. If i was to complain about something on the design asthetics it would be the extra bezels on top and bottom. I dont see no reason why Asus would go for thicker bezels in 2015 when every other major OEM is trying to reduce the bezels and have a better screen to body ratio. Some people prefer the extra bezels as it gives them more space to place their hands whilst gaming. My Xperia Z2 tablet has extra bezels on all sides but it has never been a major problem for me. When you consider a 7" tablet then extra bezels can be a bit irritating at times but most people should be ok with that. There are two speakers one on each side of the tablet and they sound just about ok ( certainly not the loudest ). Tablet also comes equipped with a micro SD card slot expandable up to 64 GB should you require extra space. Front and back cameras are 2 & 5 Megapixels respectively and nothing to write home about.

Performance ( 4.5/5 ):

ME572C is equipped with an Intel Z3560 64 Bit Quad-Core chipset which can go up to a maximum clock speed of 1.86 GHz coupled along with 2GB RAM. Performance so far has been excellent and without any hiccups. PowerVR G6430 deals with the graphic side of things wonderfully well. I was impressed with older Intel Chipset Z3745 in the ME176C from before and the more advanced Z3560 on the ME572C is even more impressive with 2GB RAM. Benchmarks on the internet were a proof of that ( personally i am not bothered with Benchmarks as they dont depict the real world performance ) and my own Benchmark testing had fairly decent if not spectacular results. It clearly outperforms the Nexus 7 ( 2012 & 2013 ) and the Tesco Hudl 2 tablet and anybody looking to buy a tablet in this budget should serioulsy consider the Memo Pad 7 ME527C as the number one choice.

Day to day performance was very nice and after recieving a couple of system updates ( which i will mention in detail at the end of my review ) performance got even better then before. UI transactions were more fluid and ZenUI ( Asus interface ) felt more responsive. Its running KitKat 4.4.2 which is a bit sad and i wish Asus at some point ( not too late hopefully ) will update it to Lollipop 5.0 or at least Kitkat 4.4.4. I installed quite a few games on the tablet as well including Batman,Six Guns,Dead Trigger 2,Injustice: Gods Among us to name a few and found no issues whatsoever with frame rates or lag. I did read some reviews where they mentioned some games being incompatible with the intel chipsets but of the titles i have downloaded so far i didnt find any problems with them whatsoever. All in all perfomance was impressive with the ocassional lag here and there but nothing major.

Screen(5/5):

Memo Pad 7 ME527C comes with a Full HD 1080P screen and its a massive improvement over the the 720P offering on the ME176C. Its an IPS LCD roughly at 320 ppi and beats the Nexus 7 screen for both sharpness and contrast. I used to have the Nexus 7 2013 on me as well which i sold last year and i remember its screen very well. Memo Pad 7 definitely has the better screen and to be honest i dont remember seeing a screen this sharp in a 7" tablet. Even when browsing or scrolling around for various other activities the screen is a sheer pleasure to look at - thanks to that Full HD 1080P screen. You will probably struggle to keep it at full brightness as it gets really really bright and might not be good for your eyes. The only minor gripe ( if i had to be really picky ) would be the screen bleed around the left and bottom side that is visble only when the background gets black. Its not a problem at all whilst you are using the tablet for browsing or day to day stuff but mostly when you boot it up or watching a night scene in a film ( the black screen makes it visible ). I only noticed it a few days back. At such a cheap price point you obvioulsy dont expect ipad mini level of screen. Forgot to mention that the screen uses Gorilla Glass 3 for better protection. All in all 5 stars to Asus for creating a beautiful and a sharp screen.

Battery Life(5/5):

Memo Pad 7 ME572C has a 15W battery and i was unable to find the mAh rating but i have to admit that i have been very impressed so far with the battery life on the Memo Pad 7. Intel Z3560 is very power efficient and the battery drops down at a much lower rate as compared to say a Snapdragon Processor. So far the results are impressive and can easily get a day sometimes two if used moderately. Screen on times are well over 4 hrs on average and thats pretty impressive for a budget tablet costing next to nothing. I ended up watching two 1.5 hr films the other day with brightness set around 75% and still had 43% battery life left and that is not bad at all. Gaming obviously will drain the battery quicker like any other tablet. All in all i was more then happy by the strong stamina of the tablet and most of you will have no problem seeing this tablet through a full day.

Asus Memo Pad 7 ME572C is an impressive package with a strong performance,good battery life and a beautiful screen. For the price and performance its simply unbeatable and Asus have created a gem of a tablet which is gonna be hard to beat specially on price.

System Updates Received So Far :

Update 1 ( 05 Jan 2015 ):

This update was recieved straightaway as soon as i got the tablet out of the box. Size of the update was 66.83 MB and it only mentioned that it was sent to improve stability. Didnt see any major changes but what ever changes occured in the background ( i am sure they were for reasons known) didnt effect the tablets performance or battery life. Its always a good feeling to recieve updates on a regular basis as it keeps your tablet performing smoothly and efficiently. Asus generally have a good track record of updating their devices ( if not speedy enough ) and so far i am satisfied with what i got.

Update 2 ( 15 Jan 2015 ):

This update was received after 10 days of using the tablet. Size of the update was 83.89 MB and it did mention the following

- System UI improvements
- Stability improvements
- WiFi optimizations

Straightaway after the update i noticed that UI transitions were more fluid and the tablets overall responsiveness improved as well. So far the performance has been rock solid and i cant wait for Asus to update the tablet to even a newer version of Android ( Lollipop please!! )

If you have any questions people just fire them in the comments sections and i will be more then happy to help. I will update my review further once more updates start to hit the tablet. Thanks
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