If you are looking for a budget tablet that comes from big names, the HP Slate 7 or the ASUS Memo Pad might be for you. These two 7-inch Android tablets can be purchased for less than $200, yet they are packed with enough features that would entertain you for hours. If you are to choose between these two, which one is it? We compare the HP Slate 7 vs. the ASUS Memo Pad and find out which is the better one to buy.
There’s not much physical difference between the Slate 7 and the Memo Pad. They dimensions are almost similar (see table below) including their respective weights. In terms of aesthetics, the winner would be decided on how the back of the tablets look. The Memo Pad is very similar to the Nexus 7 but it doesn’t have the same material on the back. Rather, its rear is covered by a bumpy and not-so-comfortable texture. The Slate 7 has that leathery soft material we are referring to and it looks solidly built overall so we give it the medal for better design.
|Device||HP Slate 7||ASUS Memo Pad ME172V|
|OS||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Display||7" 1024 x 600 FFS-LCD||7" 1024 x 600 LCD|
|CPU||1.6 GHz Dual-core Cortex A9||1 GHz Dual-core VIA WM8950|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Storage||8 GB w/ microSD slot||8/16GB w/ microSD slot|
|Dimensions||7.76 x 4.57 x 0.42 in||7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44 in|
|Weight||13.12 oz||13.05 oz|
The HP Slate 7 is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU while the ASUS Memo Pad runs on a 1 GHz dual-core VIA WM8950 chip. This gives the Slate 7 a slight edge in performance although it is not at par with tablets having better CPUs, like the quad-core Nexus 7. It’s sad that the ASUS Memo Pad fared poorly in our gaming tests. Sluggishness is almost always expected in 3D games particularly tilt and touch controls. The frame rate is usually slow and 2D games like Angry Birds are often pixely. The HP Slate 7 also had lags on the same games but not as often as we had experienced with the Memo Pad.
Both tablets have 1024 x 600 screens but that doesn’t mean they are at equal quality. The Slate 7 utilizes FFS technology on its display which makes it insusceptible to low-light or harsh-light problems. But compared to much more expensive tablets, the colors on the Slate 7′s display are paler and less vibrant. The same can be said on the Memo Pad’s display but besides this, it also suffers from poor viewing angles — the colors and details become very difficult to see when viewed from the tablet’s side, bottom or top.
In terms of battery life, the ASUS Memo Pad lasts longer than the HP Slate 7. On our test, (which includes browsing the web, playing games and watching videos), the Slate 7 had to be recharged after 5 hours while its 7 hours for the Memo Pad. Take note that more expensive tablets lasts around 10 to 11 hours.
Between the two, the HP Slate 7 is the one that looks decently well-made as it has a better design, display and CPU. Unsurprisingly, it is also $30 more than the ASUS Memo Pad. The Memo Pad seems built for simple tasks like reading emails, taking notes and browsing the web. I say that $30 for an upgrade in performance is worth it. But honestly, I’d rather spend $199 for a Nexus 7.
Note: ASUS has announced an improved Memo Pad, the Memo Pad HD7.