If you can't beat the B&H Photo.on features — and you probably can't at its price point — then you better offer a cheaper alternative to compel buyers to grab your Android 7-inch tablet. Such is the case with the new Asus Memo Pad, which was and is now showing up for sale at online retailers like
You won't get the sharper display (1,280x800) of the Nexus 7 with the Memo Pad, which tops out at 1,024x600 screen resolution. The other specs are likewise adequate, if not inspiring: a 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor with Mali-400 graphics, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You also get a microSD slot for additional storage, something that the Nexus 7 does not currently offer.
I say "currently" because Google is apparently working on the, which could feature a new processor and, more importantly to the Memo Pad, a potential $150 price point. In essence, Google could crush the 7-inch Android tablet market with such an aggressive pricing strategy, forcing companies like Asus to introduce even lower-priced models (at ever-slimmer profit margins) to have any chance of competing.
But that could be down the line. In the meantime, does the $149 Memo Pad have what it takes to be a success? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.