ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 171 - Got The MeMO?

6/14/2012 11:28:05 AM

This 2-in-1 tablet-phone combo is an interesting concept, if not a little lacking

There's a strange, definite charm to the way the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 171 presents itself. Maybe it's the honesty, like a steadfast believer of its own creation. It's a 7-inch tablet with a bundled little Bluetooth phone, and that's what it's gonna be. The concept here is undeniably interesting, but is it actually a good one?

We like the way the MeMO tablet is designed, which takes up the design and form factor of a pocket notebook. There's a business air to it, which we believe is what the MeMO is largely targeted towards. It's not the slimmest though, perhaps a little bulkier than we liked, though it's not exactly heavy. The build is solid and it holds comfortably in one hand.

Description: ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 171

It's an otherwise pretty standard tablet. The screen displays decently, and the IPS panel is worthy of mention. You can extract a stylus from a compartment and use the device like a notebook. It's a commendable approach, though the stylus itself is just a simple rubber-nub one that doesn't work as well as proprietary tablet styluses.

Under all that is a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor running the show. The MeMO's performance is pretty decent, and it runs apps just fine and lets you enjoy videos without much hitches. It does lag and stutter a little, but otherwise it's well enough for your tablet needs.

Now, the bundled Bluetooth phone. Called the MeMIC, this little device starts off looking cool, thanks to its translucent screen. It has four navigational buttons, a confirm key, two keys for receiving/ending calls and one back button. The MeMIC connects to the MeMO via Bluetooth and the MeMIC app, after which you can make calls or use it as a media streamer. It's an interesting concept: we see the appeal towards business tablet users who only needs a basic phone. Unfortunately, it's rather difficult to view what's on the MeMIC screen without much light.

Description: ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 171

ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 171

Price $495




Operating System: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)

Processor: Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor

Frequency: HSDPA 2100 / 1900 / 900 EDGE / GPRS / GSM 850 / 900 /1800 / 1900

Screen: 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS Panel

Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB2.0, Wi-Fi, microSD, 3.5mm audio, SIM Card,

Others: 5-megapixels camera (rear), 1.2-megapixels (front)

Dimensions: 200.5 x 118 x 12.85 mm

Weight: 400g

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