Besides food my other true love is geekdom. I’ve been a nerd most of my life. Its why I found about Game in the first place. Being a 21 year old virgin some years ago, more interested in computers then women, pushed me to turn to my old friend the Internet for answers. With time I found Roosh, VK, and many of the men in the Mansophere. But I digress. I’m here today to talk about tech.
As a nerd I looked forward to (and still do truthfully) spending my money not on something for my car or a night out, but on gadgets and upgrades for my computer(s). I consider myself pretty tech savvy and knowledgeable enough to guide people through the maze that is the modern technology market, helping them get the most money for their dollar with the best quality for a budget.
This brings me to the Asus MeMO. Now firstly I’d like to talk about Asus as a brand. They are very good. If the only thing you take away from this article is “buy Asus” then I’ll consider it a success. Their portable computing is second to none in my eyes (and oh yes I know some of you are going to tell me exactly how wrong I am).
Since purchasing my first Asus laptop about 5 years ago I’ve never gone with another brand. I’m very hard on my electronics. As I said, I’m a nerd, and a gamer. I put more work through a CPU in a week then most people do in a year, and while time and again I’d be “under the hood” of my buddies laptop, someone who’s most strenuous computing task is watching movies, mine held up fine, despite the abuse I would put it through.
I like Asus so much that when I found out they had an affordable tablet out at a time that I was in the market for one, I jumped on it. I’d like to emphasize affordable- the ASUS MeMOP costs $130, brand new. Compare that to an ipad mini- it’s less then half the price. Now I’d be highly skeptical if this was an off brand, but this is Asus so I got right on that and have not been disappointed.
It runs Android “Jellybean” 4.1.1 and benefits from a lot of the features that have made Android my preferred mobile OS. The homescreen is very customizable, with the ability to “folder” apps together for organization as well as four main apps or folders at the bottom of the homescreen pages, allowing you to keep your highly used apps easily accessible at all times. You can also see three very useful stock widgets, the battery life display, the task manager and the Google Music manager, making control of all aspects of the tablet quick and easy.
Regarding controlability, the main drop down menu, accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen (relative to orientation) has many features that again make controlling the tablets features incredibly painless and easy, even for those who are not tech savvy. You can control the screen orientation, wifi, syncing, and place the tablet into silent mode from this menu, as well as adjust the display brightness and you can change the processor settings to adjust battery life, as well as view you’re currently running apps.
Navigating your running apps is quite easy, by hitting the button third from the left on the bottom on the screen you can quickly access this menu that displays running apps in a tabbed format. This is available even while running full screen applications that normally take over all aspects of the display, making jumping from one app to another incredibly easy. You can go from killing time with a game, to checking your email without having to back out to the home screen, this makes using the tablet much more fluid, as your not in a constant state of stop-and-go as you go from one app to the next.
The last feature I’d like to talk about is accessed by pressing the homerow button on the far right. It brings up this menu of “mini apps” such as calculators, stop watches, calendars, notes, email and more. These will display over all the apps I’ve used, even full screen apps like games, allowing you to quickly change gears from one task to another and then back again.
Now for the cons. As is the case with technology as affordable as this, there are some drawbacks. Mainly two that I’ve noticed. Firstly, there is no back camera. The only camera you have is on the front above the screen- a selfie camera, if you will. This means if you want to use the tablet to take a picture of something besides yourself, you’re out of luck.
Besides the camera, I’ve run into a handful of apps that I would like to have installed but simply cannot as they are not supported by the MeMO. Now, I’m not sure if that’s related to the Android 4.1.1 operating system or the tablet itself, but either way certain apps, and in some cases fairly major apps, were not usable on the MeMO.
The last issue that I have is battery life. I would personally like the battery to be longer, though my daily use has multiple apps running in Balanced Mode for hours on end and the battery would die after about two hours. Now with lighter use and run in Power Saver mode I’m sure you could get closer to the advertised 7 hours of battery life.
All in all, the MeMO is not the perfect tablet, but when you consider the almost ridiculously low price, for anyone in the market for a tablet device to compliment a laptop or smartphone.
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