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29 people found this helpful
on 31 July 2014
I was really excited about buying this tablet as on paper, this tablet seems like a perfect balance between price and specs but in reality, I returned this tablet just after one day of usage. First of all, if for anyone camera quality is important then stay away from this tablet, it's horrible. Less expensive Chinese tablets have much much better cameras. The initial Amazon's product description of this tablet was saying that it has 5mp rear camera and 2mp front camera. Well it's not, it's 2mp and 0.3mp respectively. Now the description looks different and it says that specs varies from country to country. Why not check the tablet and let us know which one is being sold??? Anyway, camera spec wasn't the greatest issue for me, the battery life was! Let me tell you why, I've left the tablet on stand by for 5.5h with no apps running in the background and with power saving option on (Asus software feature) and wifi on, which caused battery level to drop from 65% to just 32%!!! This is just shocking, I own the previous model of this tablet mc173x and the battery life is excellent! In the worst case scenario in the same situation the battery level will drop by just 5% to 10% max on the previous model. Maybe this particular tablet has some kind of issue with the battery as another buyer reviewed this new model and he was happy with the battery life. Intel cpu on this tablet is fast...at least on paper, it scored around 34000 on Antutu benchmark so you would expect a lightning performance especially when the famous Nexus 7 2013 scores only around 21000. Well, I borrowed one from my friend and run some tests side by side. In most cases Nexus was just as fast or faster than Asus. Maybe Asus's gui is to blame for lack of speed and performance over Nexus 7 2013. Also if you are planning to play a lot of games on this tablet then buying case is a must as the back around camera lens gets very hot to the point it becomes unpleasant to hold the tablet with your bare hand. I tried to play Real Racing 3 on it and the experience while lasted was very nice but every few minutes the game would close itself with no warning whatsoever. And finally onto the last issue, headphone socket. Apart from ok sound quality there was a problem with strange distortion, I've tried 4 different sets of headphones and every single time I could hear that distortion.
On the positive I liked the screen even though it's only 1200x800 resolution, the back has a nice rubberised feel to it. I also liked the size of this tablet as it was very comfortable to hold just in one hand...when wasn't hot that is. Another thing, mine arrived with a very small chip on bottom left corner...unlucky or some quality issues??? All in all my experience with this tablet is not allowing me to recommend this tablet. I would still go for Nexus 7 2013 after having tested both tablets side by side. Recent software updates on the nexus solved most issues that bothered this tablet.