It's been a little quiet lately in the Android tablet market, but recently we've seen some movement again, especially among smaller and affordable tablets. The ASUS Memo Pad HD 7, which we're looking at today, falls into that category. The original 7-inch Memopad that we tested didn't manage to leave a very good impression, so it will be interesting to see how ASUS' second attempt turns out.
It's beginning to look increasingly likely that the 10-inch tablet market will eventually disappear. The big names for Android tablets are focusing more on smaller products. Samsung, for example, launched the Note 8.0, Acer has the 7-inch and 8-inch Iconia Tab B1 and A1, and ASUS hasn't introduced any new high-end 10-inch tablets after last year's Transformer Pad Infinity. The only recent larger tablet is Sony's Xperia Tablet Z.
The ASUS Memopad HD 7 is the second 7-inch tablet the Taiwanese company released in a relatively short time-frame. The original Memopad 7 was an example of cutting too many corners, the screen was subpar and the SoC was slow. It's a product we'd not recommend spending your money on.
On paper, the Memopad HD 7 already looks like a better product than the first one. Instead of a 1024x600 panel, it has an HD display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. That's a first for this price segment (the Memopad HD 7 has a recommended price of 169 euros). Aside form the fact that Android for tablets was developed with a 16:10 aspect ratio in mind (which 1024x600 isn't), the higher resolution also adds more workspace.