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.

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Review: Asus Memo Pad HD 7 - the price is right

Asus_memo_pad_hd_7When something is inexpensive, you tend to overlook small flaws that don’t exactly prevent things from getting done.

Take public transit, for example. For a few coins, $3 in Toronto, you can get from Point A to Point B. You might be standing for an hour, is a smelly streetcar, but it’s better than paying $20 for parking to get downtown.

Then, we have the Memo Pad HD 7 tablet from Asus. It costs only $160.

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Airlines to let us keep gadgets running during takeoff?

Could it be time for airlines to let us use devices during takeoff? If reports are correct, the FAA could be gearing up to allow just that.

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Could Smartglass, XBox Music regain ground for Microsoft?

Could Microsoft finally be getting it right? The company has been against the ropes for some time in consumer-focused areas such as music and mobile, but the stars seem to be aligning this fall. Blogs and news services are alight this week with the discussion of Windows 8, which is already shipping in some parts of the world. I'm more interested in what's happening in the living room – and of course, the two are related.

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What was the real reason for the early iPad 4 launch?

So, Apple has launched a slew of new products, including the underwhelming iPad Mini, and the superfast iPad 4. The unexpected launch of the new full-size iPad has Apple fans around the world fuming – at least, those who bought the iPad 3.

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Review: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE

PlayBook_bottom_angleRIM’s latest tablet computer has been released with an emphasis on speed, but how does the operating system’s ecosystem stack up?

The tablet feels speedy and responsive with the extra horsepower from a new dual-core 1.5-Ghz processor pumping clock cycles behind a 7-inch display. This PlayBook also has 1GB of internal RAM and 32 GB of storage space.

As the name suggests, this PlayBook connects using one of the latest standards for high-speed cellular data – 4G LTE. Compared to using a traditional 3G connection, this tablet sings through webpages and scrolls easily through fat inboxes, with a network experience almost like a Wi-Fi connection.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.