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Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10 provides great value for a large tablet

Asus_memo_pad_fhd_10While many eyes are on Apple's new tablets, people shouldn't forget that there is still competition from the Android camp.

And quite often, tablets running Google's Android operating system cost significantly less than comparable devices from Cupertino.

One of the newest on the market is from Asus, the MeMO Pad FD 10, available for only $349. By comparison, the Apple iPad 2 sells for $399.

With the Asus, you get a 10.1-inch LED backlit screen that displays relatively sharp and vivid images, even in bright sunlight. There are some better screens out there, but the difference isn't really noticeable (and is negligible in this price range).

The base model ships with 16 GB of on board storage space, though a 32 GB model is available (I'd go for the latter) and you can always bump it up even further with a microSD card. There is 2 GB of RAM.

But what's powering this tablet is different – there is an Intel chip behind the glossy screen.

Most competitors have a Qualcomm processor, not something from Intel.

The particular variety here is a dual-core 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom Z2560 chip.

This might be the tablet's weakest point. For most everyday tasks, such as checking email, browsing the web and surfing FlipBoard, the tablet worked just fine.

But when it comes to more intensive tasks, such as reading a magazine on Zine or loading levels in N.O.V.A. 3 (a taxing game), you have to be patient.

Internals aside, the volume rocker is well-placed along the top-right edge, as are the speakers found on the rear.

For a high-value tablet that's great for browsing the web, email and media consumption, the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10 is a strong contender – but look for more horsepower if gaming is a top priority.  



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