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ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C)

ASUS MeMO Pad 7ASUS has a new MeMO Pad out with a 7 inch screen, and powered with Intel’s Atom processor at speeds between 1.3 GHz to 1.86 GHz, depending on the model you purchase.  The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 is shipping with Android 4.4 (KitKat) right out of the box.  With your choice of either 8GB or 16GB models, both with up to 64GB external storage on the SD card.  ASUS sweetens the deal with 5GB of free cloud storage for life, plus 11GB for the first year.

OK, so ASUS is pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to tablets, so a new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 inch, with 16GB would be about the best 7 inch tablet you can buy – at least as of today.

Check out these specifications:

  • 7″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) ScreenIPS Panel
  • 10 finger multi-touch support
  • Anti-fingerprint coating
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z3745 Quad-Core, 1.86 GH
Operating System AndroidTM 4.4
Memory 8GB/16GB eMMC5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space; with an additional 11GB for the first year
External Storage microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera / Flash 2 MP Front Camera5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus( 1080p Video Recording )
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V4.0
  • Support Miracast
Inputs / Outputs
  • 1 x Micro USB
  • 1 × 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • 1 × Micro SD Card Reader,up to 64GB
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
Dimension, Weight 113.7 x 189.3 x 9.6 mm (WxDxH)295g
Battery 9 hours battery life , 15Wh Li-polymer Battery
Other Features & Applications Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology

ASUS Fonepad 7 (ME372CG)


ASUS Fonepad 7

ASUS Fonepad 7The ASUS Fonepad 7 is a 7 inch mobile phone with full tablet functionality loaded with Android 4.2.

  • Built-in full phone and cellular 3G data function
  • High quality 7-inch HD (1280×800) IPS panel with 178 degree view angles
  • Intel Atom™ Processor for lightning-fast web and application loading
  • Enjoy an immersive entertainment experience with dual front speakers
  • 8/16/32GB of internal storage
  • High quality pictures are a snap with 1.2 MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera

Enjoy great sound from this 7 inch tablet featuring SonicMaster from ASUS.  The Intel 1.6GhZ Atom processor gives amazing speed in this small tablet.

Display 7″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen IPS Panel 10 finger multi-touch support
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
Operating System Android 4.2
Memory 1GB (RAM) + 8GB/16GB/32GB Storage
External Storage microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera / Flash 1.2 MP Front Camera ( 720p Video Recording ) 5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus( 1080p Video Recording )
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V3.0
  • UMTS DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps
  • 3G
  • WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • 2G
  • EDGE/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900,
Inputs / Outputs
  • 1 x Micro USB (USB OTG support)
  • 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • 1 x MicroSD, supports up to 64GB of additional storage
  • 1 x Micro SIM*4
Sensors G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity & Light sensor, Hall sensor, GPS, GLONASS & AGPS
Dimension, Weight 120 x 196.8 x 10.5 mm (WxDxH) 328g
Battery 10 hours; 15Wh Li-polymer Battery
Other Features & Applications Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology

What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?


Small or Large Screen, which works best for you?

What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?

Tablet PCs are available with screen sizes from 3.2 inches up to 12 inches.  The most common are 6 or 7 inch for eReaders like the Barnes and Noble Tablet, or the Amazon Fire.  And among Android tablets, the most common are 7 or 10 inch tablet PCs.  Samsung has also added a 7.7 inch, 8.9 inch, and 11.6 inch tablet PCs into the mix; plus ASUS has a dual 10 inch screens for one of their tablets.  What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?

Dell was the first to come out with a 5 inch tablet, which most felt like it was too small to be a tablet, and too big to be a phone.  Archos also offers tablets as small as 3.2 inches in addition to their 4.3, 4.8, 5, and 7 inch tablets.  The Archos low cost tablets, with the smaller screens,  all run older versions of Android and have limited functionality.

With so many screen choices, which is best for you?  Here are some considerations to think about.

  • The 10 inch tablet….
    • is great for the more serious users, or
    • for people who will primarily use it for playing games.
    • watching movies or videos is much easier to see on the larger tablets, plus the sound can be much better coming from the larger speakers.
    • using the back camera for taking pictures or capturing video is nicer on the larger tablet, with the bigger screen it is easier to perform editing functions.
    • Surfing the web is by far easier on the larger tablet screen.  With the larger images, touching links is easier, images are more clear, and typing URL addresses is easier.
    • Men like the 10 inch size since it fits more comfortably in their hands and the larger on-screen keyboard works better for the larger hands and fingers.
    • Men also are not concerned so much about size since they generally don’t have a purse they need to fit it in.
    • Older people will enjoy the 10 inch tablet so they can increase the default font size to make it easier to read.
  • The 7 inch tablet….
    • can do anything a 10 inch tablet can do, just with a smaller screen.
    • Women find the 7 inch size to be more comfortable and fits in their purse better.
    • The 7 inch tablet can fit in the inside pocket of most men’s suit coats so can be very convenient for travelers.
    • Although the screen resolution is less on most 7 inch tablets, the smaller screen size will look just as nice with the lower resolution as a 10 inch with a higher resolution since they will be using the same number of pixels per inch on the screen.  The new Toshiba 7 inch Thrive has a 1280 x 800 resolution, the same as the larger tablets, which for the smaller screen would be a nice picture.
    • if you are primarily using the tablet for reading, or email, calendar, to-do lists, etc.  The smaller screen size is nice and easy.

So, there you have it.  My choices for screen sizes would be the Barnes and Noble 7 inch Tablet for eReading; the Motorola Xoom 10.1 inch for games, internet, etc.; and the Samsung Series 7 11.6 inch tablet for Windows applications.

ASUS Fonepad – 7 inch


ASUS FonepadASUS has announced that they will be releasing a 7 inch tablet that will function as both a full featured tablet, and phone.

Wasn’t it a couple of years ago that Blackberry released a 5 inch phone / tablet?  And it failed because it was too big to be used as a phone?  People complained that the size was impracticable, too big, some said they could not hold it in their hand.

Then Samsung released a version of their 7 inch Galaxy Tab II that has phone support, then Samsung released the 5 inch Galaxy Note, then a 7 inch Galaxy Note, both of which supported phone features.  AND buyers were gobbling these up by the millions.

Now, ASUS has announced a 7 inch variety that will do the same thing.  Blackberry was, indeed, ahead of its time.

I doubt that anyone will actually be holding this 7 inch tablet up to their head to make or receive a phone call.  So we are reverting back to the Bluetooth era.  We will be seeing people walking around with a tablet in their purse or portfolio and an ugly thing protruding from their ear.  It always gives me the creeps when I walk by someone who is talking to apparently no one, and after a double or triple take, I realize they have a Bluetooth R2D2 thing in their ear and actually talking on a phone.

Thanks to ASUS, we may be seeing more of these, but not in the USA since the phone carriers there are not “in tune” with using tablets as phones.

Enter the ASUS Fonepad with an Intel Atom x86 processor.  This is another interesting element since nearly all Android devices use an ARM processor.  The Fonepad is using an x86 processor previously used exclusively by Windows devices.

Here are more specifications about the new ASUS Fonepad:

  • 7-inch screen, 10-point multi-touch, 1280 x 800 HD resolution. IPS technology, 178-degree wide viewing angles
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system
  • Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor
  • 340g weight and slim 10.4mm
  • Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data
  • available with 8GB or 16GB of storage
  • SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage
  • Front 1.2-megapixel camera, optional rear 3-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording
  • SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing
  • SuperNote lite for handwritten notes and drawing
  • 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage

New Android Tablets Announced – Sony, HP, and Samsung


New Android Tablets

New Android Tablets

HP is getting back into the Android arena with their announcement of the HP Slate 7.  AND they are slapping the competition with a price tag of only $169.

The tablet will have limited hardware features, but will be running the full version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The 7-inch screen will have a resolution of 1,024 x 600, and will have 8 GB of storage.  The microSD memory card slot allows for expanded storage space.  The 1.6 GHz dual-core processor will give it the power required to excel in the small tablet market.

New Android Tablets

Sony also announced more information about their Xperia Tablet Z.  The 16-GB model starting at $499 and $599 for the 32-GB version, both will be available in the Spring.

Some features include:

  • 10.1-inch LED, 1,920-by-1,200 resolution, is 0.27-inches thick
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • And also has a infrared remote
  • The coolest feature: It can be submerged up to three feet underwater for up to 30 minutes.

I don’t recommend using the tables under water, but if you’re in the rain, or happen to drop it in the toilet, you’re OK.

New Android TabletsIn the wake of middle sized tablet PCs, Samsung has announced an 8 inch model of their Galaxy Note, called the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung has had so much success with the Galaxy Note line of tablets, it makes since to create an 8 inch version of it.  Some features include:

  • 8 inch LED, 1,280 X 800 Resolution
  • S Pen stylus
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • 16-GB and 32-GB models
  • Infrared blaster to function as a remote control for TV, DVD, etc.

Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet – Now Available


Great Little Tablet at a Great Little Price

Google Nexus 7 Tablet PCGoogle’s Nexus 7 tablet PC is now available to purchase from many sources. The $199 8GB version is only available so far from the Google Play website, but the $249 16GB version is available at other sources. Amazon has the 8GB version for sell for $279, seems that they don’t like the $199 competition.

Is this the best tablet so far? No, not really when you look at the ASUS 700T, the Nexus 7 is a toy.  However, as far as 7 inch tablets go, this is the best thing to hit the market.

Amazon shook up the market when they released their $199 Fire tablet, however, it uses a highly customized version of an old version of Android.  So its features and functions are limited.  But that is what Amazon wanted, limit the customer to be only able to use Amazon’s products.  Sell the tablet for under cost, but make up the profit with the selling of Amazon music, videos, Prime, books, etc.  Well, it worked.  This is actually Apple’s business model that they used for the iPad.

Google is taking the same model forward with the Nexus 7, however, they are not putting limitations on the hardware or operating system like Amazon and Apple did.  This is a full featured and fully functional tablet PC that can do everything the Fire and iPad and do, plus much much more.

Of course, Google has pre-installed their apps that make it easy to connect to Google Play so you purchase their products such as movies, books, apps, etc.  But, you can also download and install Amazon’s Android version of their software and have full access to all their products.  But, wait, you can also download and install Barnes and Nobel’s Android app and have full access to all their stuff also.  And Kobo, Netflix, Full Movies, etc. etc. etc.

Amazon is feeling the pressure and there are many rumors about new Amazon tablets to meet the competition, plus, there are also rumors about Apple coming out with a 7 inch product.  But, all of the apps for iPad are built for the larger screen.  So Apple will also need to release a new OS version that will automatically reformat all the apps to fit on the smaller screen.  Google as already done that, so Android is already a step ahead of iOS.

Here you have it, one 7 inch tablet that can do it ALL!!  And it will fit in your purse, or if you don’t carry a purse, maybe a large pocket, or fanny pack, carrier bag, front basket of your bicycle, or something.  It’s small, does lots of stuff, and is much better than a freaking iPad or Fire.

Google Announces Nexus 7 Tablet PC


Google Makes the Nexus 7 Tablet Official

Google Nexus 7 Tablet PC

Google finally made the rumored Nexus 7 tablet PC official with its announcement at the Google I/O conference. The introduction of this tablet will shake up the industry even more than the Amazon Fire release.

When Amazon released their Fire tablet PC for $199, it shook things up since it was the first well supported tablet released at such a low price.  However, it contained limited functionality since it was using Amazon’s trimmed down, and highly customized version of Android for an operating system.

Enter into the market the Google Nexus 7 tablet PC.  This is a fully functional advanced piece of hardware, but is also selling at the low price of $199.  Did you get that? FULLY FUNCTIONAL ADVANCED tablet with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, 1280 x 800 HD Display, with full access to Google Play.

Amazon needs to so some scrambling to compete with this.  No, not just Amazon, all the tablet PC manufacturers need to step-up and do something about competing with this.  Samsung is at least in the same league, with their 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2, but they will have to upgrade to a quad-core, and drop their price more to be in the same ballpark.

Here is a video released by Google talking about this cool new tablet:

Google is going after the same marketing model created by Apple with their island effect – buy an Apple iPad and get all your apps, music, video, etc from Apple.  Amazon did the same thing with their Fire product, now Google is getting into the game by delivering full integration with their Google Play store.  I’m not sure how this is different from the other Android tablets since they all have the apps to access Google Play, Google Music, Google Video, Google Books, etc.

Today, you can pre-order the Nexus 7 from Google Play, time will tell us what other distribution channels will be available.

Tablet PC for Children – ChildPad – Now Available


Archos announces the “Kid Friendly” ChildPad – $129

Archos ChildPadClick HereUpdate 05/30/2012: The Archos ChildPad is now available for purchase.

I was certain that a company would be coming out with a tablet PC designed specifically for the demands of children. And, here it is for only $129.00.

Archos, a manufacturer of low priced tablet PCs, has been manufacturing tablets far longer than most other manufacturers.  Archos has not been afraid of innovative designs featuring tablets with a screen as small as 2.8 inches, and also currently has a 9 inch Windows tablet on the market.  Archos currently as 15 tablet products for sell, including 2 eReaders, and a Windows slate.  Click to see the products Archos currently has available –> Archos Tablet PCs.

The ChildPad is scheduled with a release date of the end of March, 2012 and has a suggested retail price of $129.00.  This is a great idea, I will buy one just to keep the nieces and nephews off my expensive tablet.

Even though the ChildPad is not exhaustively equipped, it has enough to do the job.  With a 7 inch display, 1GHz processor, 1GB storage, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the simple apps for children should work well on this tablet.

The ChildPad will come with 28 kid related apps pre-installed and have access to the Kid App Store with over 10,000 kid related apps, including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

According to Archos’ press release:

ARCHOS has created a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.


Google’s 7 inch Tablet PC


More Rumors about Google’s 7 inch Tablet PC

Update 5/30/2012: This rumored Nexus Android tablet is showing up on some benchmarking tests.  When a device access a server, it also sends identifying details about the device.  In this case, the identifying markers are showing up as:

  • OS – Android
  • Model – Nexus 7
  • Hardware – Grouper (which falls in line with Google giving code names of fish for its hardware)
  • Manufacturer – ASUS
  • Device – Grouper
  • Brand – Google
  • Display – user debug 4.1 JRN51B ……
  • Version-SDK – 4.1

Probably the most interesting parts of this is the JRN51B and the 4.1.  These indicate a whole new version of Android.  If this was using an Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the Display code would start with an “I”, but it is starting with a “J”, which means that 4.1 may be Jelly Bean.  Speculation at its best, to be sure.

Other details uncovered, which confirms previous rumors, are showing the tablet using NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz processor, a NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor, and a screen resolution of 768 x 1280.

Many of these details came from research by the Android Police, many thanks for sharing.

Original Text:

A DigiTimes’ Taipei post is reporting from their contact’s in the upstream hardware manufacturing business that ASUS and Google will be shipping 600,000 7 inch tablet PCs under the Google brand in June with expected delivery to consumers in July.

This low priced 7 inch tablet is expected to have a price tag in the $150 – $200 range.  Previous rumors say it will feature a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Amazon began the tablet low price war when they introduced the Amazon Fire for $199.  They sold millions of them.  This woke up other manufactures to the realization that price means more to buyers than features.

Google is planning to offer both with a fully featured 7 inch tablet with a great price.  It is also rumored that Google will be selling this tablet on their Play Store website.  I’m sure more manufacturers will follow with their own 7 inch low priced versions.

Samsung has already joined the low price ranks with their Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch, which features Android 4 and a dual-core processor, and has a price tag of $249.  They will need to drop that price to compete with Google’s quad-core at an anticipated lower price.

Let the battle begin – lower prices, more features – even Amazon is reconsidering their position with the Fire and its limited features.