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5.0 out of 5 stars samsung tab 2 vs asus memo pad, 23 April 2013
This review is from: Asus MeMo Pad ME301T 10.1-inch Tablet (Blue) - (Nvidia Tegra 3 1.3GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB Storage, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Android 4.1) (Personal Computers)
Tab 2 vs memo pad

I had the memo pad for a week before the wifi crashed and stopped responding....I exchanged it for another and it wouldnt pick up the wifi at all.....im going to put that down to my router and my room being a cold spot and presume your wifi will work.....I then exchanged it for a tab 2 which I have had for a week, so with that out the way I will continue to explain why the memo pad is far far superior to the tab 2 and the pros and cons of both....

When researching the two pads.....a glaring different is the asus quad core processor vs the tab 2 dual core....

Some reviews were stating that despite the asus being quad core that processor was now outdated.....well that outdated processor still beats the tab 2s dual core proccessor by a mile.....downloading a song on the memo pad takes around 10-20seconds vs up to a minute on the tab 2.....opening lots of apps and web pages on the memo pad is no issue vs the tab 2 it will slow down and become sluggish.....the asus processor is very impressive in general and it never makes you feel like your using a budget tablet....whereas with the tab 2 you feel you are getting what you paid for

Next is the asus speakers.....this is such a landslide its ridiculous....after enjoying the crystal clear sound and great depth and seeming base the asus speakers provide I was so shocked at the poor annoying sharp low quality 1 dimensional sound of the tab 2s speakers.....its unusable for music.....the audio wizard on the asus pad is also great it seems like a limited tool but each option offers dramatic changes in the sound that really alter your audio experiences if your watching movies or listening to music.....

Next up.....is the interface......the asus is basic and to the point.....the tab 2 comes with a bunch of bloatware and annoying widgets plastered all over 3 of 6 screens.....altho you can delete them as I promptly did....

The tab 2 also tries to offer slightly different screens.....the setting page has different animations than most standard android pages to put a little samsung spin on things.....however the asus trumps that again by offering much more user variety and customizable options and settings....

Downloading transporting and sorting files on the asus is a breeze.....heres an example of why.....I downloaded an album on the asus pad.....It was a zip file....the asus pad extracted and unzipped it with ease....and was clever enough to transport it to my music files....where I used the music player to play it with ease....repeat songs I want with ease or change tracks with ease

After gettin my samsung tab I downloaded the same album.....it couldnt unzip it.....I downloaded a program...androzip...to do it for me....it did it and it went god knows where....the music player on the tab 2 is confusing doesnt recognize everything and is poor at hiding itself without multiple clicks....it also comes with 2 players and they get in the way of each other......the asus pad has a file manager that is simple and efficent...the tab 2s not so much

Still on the interface....the asus has a taskbar lock at the bottom of the screen to stop you from pressing new tasks while your focusing on the page your on and trying to type something......as you all know the touchpad and task bar are very near to each other.....sooooo what does the tab 2 do about this ? It puts an arrow directly underthe space bar that leads you to a bunch of apps that you will undoubtedly press accidentally on numerous occasions which will cause you endless frustration.....

The one thing i prefer about the tab 2 is the rate or speed or fluidity of the touchscreen.....I feel the asus pad speeds through a page abit too fast whereas the tab to moves at just the right speed in response to your scroll/finger swipe movement......typing with two hands on the tab 2 is also better.....however just when you thought it had something going for it, it doesnt because....on the tab 2 sometimes you have to stab a link 10 times before it recognjzes it...and not just once in a while but allloooottt....u need to do it with the asus sometimes too but only sometimes and it only takes 1 or 2 pokes to get it to respond where as the tab 2 can take forever...

Neither have flash but u can get that thru the photon browser on google play for free so its still possible even though not supported from the start.....

Overall the asus memo pad just offers alott more for your money......and despite me being stuck with a tab 2 due to asus, s poor wifi...I cant deny it....sorry for the poor spelling and grammar errors I couldnt be bothered to go back thru all the text to correct it......no im not some jap/indian asus promoter from overseas who cant spell or use sentance structure just a regular lazy person who had both tabs for a week and cant be bothered to correct my errors :d

Edit - 2 things I forgot

The battery life......I feel the battery on the tab 2 is better.....it lasts longer and charges quicker but I have been using my tab 2 on power saver mode vs the asus on high performance mode.....also the asus has 3 power mode which are all very well displayed and look and respond impressivley vs the tab 2s power saver vs standard modes....

Whilst on the battery issue....the asus power cord is longer while both are pretty ashamedly short.....the major gripe with the tab 2 is that the charger cable connects right at the bottom of the tablet vs at the side of the tablet like the memo pad does...meaning you cannot possibily stand it on a table or upright while it charges....and if u were thinking of placing it upside down so it would charge with the cable connected at the top....and making use of the adjusting rotatable screen...well u cant do that either because it will then be sitting on the power and and volume buttons which will change uncontrolably as you browse through pages.....whereas the asus power button is located slighlty away from the edges of the tablet and the volume slider on the side of the tablet allowing you alott more mobility and variation in how you wish to position the device...

Another edit....because the more I use the tab 2 I get to realize what it does/doesnt do.....but I just noticed it doesnt have a micro hdmi port like the asus does.....which I think is a really good feature....basically if you have an hd tv (which I have about half a metre away from where I most commonly use my tablet) you can connect the micro hdmi cable and have your tablet screen show up on your tv and basically use it as a monitor....or if your streaming an hd movie on your tablet can then watch it through your much larger screen tv.....

Final edit.....I will make this my final edit, because ive had the tab2 for a month now, and I feel its unfair to judge the performance of something I used for a week (asus memo pad) to something ive used over a month (galaxy tab).....with that said, I also own an ipad, and it manages to work the same as it did the day I bought it.....

Issues with the tab2, its starting to shut down the browser, im not one for using online chat sites or gaming sites etc, so it doesnt bother me too much, but its still poor in terms of performance issues, and I could imagine if you were in the middle of an online poker game or on a site such as omegle or chatroulette it would probably infuriate you that the browser crashes and goes back to the homescreen quite often, meaning once you fire it back up if you were involved in something real-time vs a static page, you will lose all data /interaction.....

The music player also collapses sometimes, so if you had an album on full play through it may just collapse and stop by track 6 etc.....

A big reason for this is probably installing flash, using youtube on desktop mode, is now pretty unusable because the tablet struggles to load the flash content, its not very compatible with this device and to be honest cant be held against them because its not officially supported by samsung, I just feel like with the asus the quad core proccessor while not officially supporting flash has the ability to handle and integrate it....

The tablet has tottally shut down while in use, on only 2 occasions, which isnt bad but then again not exactly something to be proud of.

As stated before, I will stop with the edits, as I feel its unfair to compare the 2 after I have used one product alott more than the other, and honestly I have no preference towards either company.....just wanted to give a very hands on review to consumers, as most reviews are very technical and are constructed by people who only use the product for a very limited time before making an assesment......
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2013 20:22:16 BDT
Max says:
thanks a lot for the review, it was very helpful :-)

Posted on 30 Apr 2013 21:52:46 BDT
Morty Moose says:
Yes...thank you very much for your detailed review. Was particularly interested, as I was wondering about the difference between the Samsung and the Asus. Much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 22:33:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2013 22:36:08 BDT
Morty Moose says:
I don't know if you will see this in time, but I have just bought my first tablet (Lenovo IdeaTab A2109) but am finding it a bit too small. Am thinking about this Asus Memo Pad. Amazon seems to recommend the very short USB cable, but I have no idea what it would do? If I had time (30 day money back guarantee with QVC) and got the Asus in time, would it be possible to transfer my apps etc over to the Asus, and how would I do that...or would Google do that automatically. Purposely haven't put any music or docs on the Lenovo yet (probably wouldn't know how to anyway! LOL) so that doesn't matter. Also, would any of the 10" supported cases fit the Asus? I would need one with the flat bottom that is graduated to angle the screen. Need to have it on a cushion on my lap. Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 23:03:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2013 23:05:38 BDT
J. Khan says:
Google play should do it for you....and even if it didnt, whys it such an issue? Just reinstall them on the new tab......I like the lenovo pad you have but passed up on it for the same reason....as for the case get the asus pad case from amazon because the asus pad is the largest 10.1 inch ive seen....and standard cases wont fit

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013 15:33:55 BDT
Morty Moose says:
ok, thanks. Interesting that you passed up on the Lenovo because of the size. Nobody seems to mention that in reviews. I have the font changed to 'huge' on mine, but a lot of the text won't change size at all and you end up trying to read long bits of text in what is probably font size 6! Not great for the old eyeballs!!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2013 00:20:22 BDT
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Posted on 4 May 2013 19:48:44 BDT
Morty Moose says:
Having had the Lenovo and the Memo Pad, could I ask you if you noticed any difference between the two with regards to wi-fi connection. The local radio and tv stations are of a dreadful quality on the Lenovo, and the main tv catch up stations were having download problems too.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 02:19:34 BDT
J. Khan says:
I never owned it....just played with it alott in-store

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 19:51:10 BDT
Morty Moose says:
Hi again... have just returned my Lenovo and am going to purchase the Memo Pad soon. Could you please tell me which sd card you have in it? I have been looking at the SandDisk Ulta Android 64gb Micro SDxc Class 10 Bi-coloured Card with Adapter, but some people seem to have problems with it (although there is nobody using it for the Memo Pad). Thankyou

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2013 21:26:11 BDT
Hi I am looking at the Asus tablet, you mentioned about the micro HDMI facility. what functions can be used on the micro usb, I wanted to connect a portable dvd player so we can watch dvds. do you know if this functionality is available? many thanks Jim.
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