Pros: - Build quality is excellent. Light and slimline. The Asus brand means you'll get a well made bit of kit. I've always used their motherboards for building PCs. - The IPS display is clear, bright and gives good viewing angles. The size and resolution is perfect, especially if you like watching movies and playing games on the go. - Good battery life, used it for just over eight hours before it needed charging again. - Quad-core processor is nippy and has not struggled at all with anything I've thrown at it so far. - Stereo speakers - Despite being rear-facing they are powerful and clear, surprisingly even when placed on a flat surface. Asus also provide a neat wizard app to help you tweak the audio settings. - Two cameras - I know this is standard these days, but for a tablet in this price range I think it's excellent. However if you're an avid photographer then I wouldn't expect a great deal. Good for point-and-click and skyping. - MicroSD slot can take up to 64GB SDXC cards in both FAT and NTFS formats... I'm going to Turkey on holiday soon and will use this to take some movies and music for the flights there and back. - Micro HDMI port v1.4a - With the addition of a HDMI cable you can instantly turn a standard TV with a HDMI port into a SmartTV. I can see this being useful for holidays and trips as well, especially if you're in a hotel with WiFi access. - Micro USB port for charging and direct connection to a PC. No need to fork out extra for non-standard cables. Micro USB is a widely used connection type by many manufacturers. I have loads of these cables already for other devices including my mobile. You can even get them from the pound shops these days! FYI: If you intent to use another power source other than the supplied charger, then it must have an output of 5v 2.0A of power. - WiFi a/b/g/n has excellent range and signal strength! - Bluetooth. - Built-in GPS means you can make real use of the location services and navigation apps while on the go. - Latest version of Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 (after running a system update) is smooth and reliable with tons of free apps. You can also browse websites with Flash content using FireFox and Flash player for Android which you can download from the web (Google it). - Asus provide a tidy suite of apps to manage the tablet from backup tools, parental controls, energy saving to audio tweaking tools. - Asus also give you 5GB of web storage for free with this tablet. - The price - At £230 compared to the iPad it's awesome value for money!
Cons: - Looks - It's not going to stand out when viewed in amongst a row of other tablets, nor win any coolness awards... Plastic back cover isn't wonderful and is in dark-blue. Personally I would have preferred a metal back either in black or graphite. However, this isn't such a big deal for me, especially as I have also bought a slimline case for it. - Attracts quite a lot of finger smudges... Maybe that's just my grubby hands! :)
In conclusion I'd say that for the price, power and extra features this is easily head and shoulders above the iPad and Samsung Galaxy tablets. However, if you're after a pretty-looking iPad-like tablet, then this probably isn't for you. The real beauty of the Memo Pad is within.