The Asus MeMo Pad 7 runs Google’s Android operating system, and it’s the latest version too (4.4.2, better known as KitKat). That means access to lots of apps, games, your email, web browsing and all the usual touch-screen antics you would expect from a tablet. Much like an enlarged phone minus the calling features and there’s no roaming possibilities either – this is a Wi-Fi only tablet.
Asus has dressed the operating system with its own ZenUI user interface, but it has minimal impact. If you’ve used Android before then you’ll know your way around. Or if you’ve used any current touchscreen system you’ll feel at home in little time.
At about the same price, my Tronsmart PS7 blows the Asus unit away on every level – and it’s an unlocked smartphone as well, that worked seamlessly on my AT&T network. All I had to do was switch the SIM card from my old phone to the new one.
And given the paucity of public wifi connections in my current locale (the “coffee shops” tend to close by five in the afternoon) I ended up using my Tronsmart as my main computer much more than I would have imagined.
Especially on my flight in: seating space was so constricted I couldn’t even use my tiny Sony Viao Pro 11 once the jackass in front of me extended their seat back as far as it would go.
I will say that the Virgin Atlantic WiFi was much better than I expected, and I liked the change that let me use my phablet during takeoff and landing.