Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Asus. But the thoughts and opinions are all based on my personal experience. Kindly note that this is not a comprehensive tech review.
A month ago I had received a request to review the Asus ZenPad 7.0. After a long silence two weeks ago I was taken by surprise when the ZenPad arrived in courier. So here’s what I think.
Tab with audio cover attached
First a quick introduction to the tablet.
- Screen size – 7 inches (1280*800)
- Processor – Intel atom quad core
- Storage – 16GB (expandable)
- Memory – 2GB
- Connectivity – 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, Miracast
- Camera – 8 MP Rear & 2MP front
- Operating system – Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZEN UI
- Audio – dts-HD
- Audio cover – 5.1 surround sound
For complete specs checkout – https://www.asus.com/in/Tablets/ASUS_ZenPad_70_Z370CG/
I received the ZenPad along with the audio cover (which is an accessory) in my package. Even though the tab looks pretty ordinary the back casing and the audio cover has a luxurious finish. When closed, with audio cover it looks more like a premium wallet than a tab. The audio cover also doubles up as a stand.
In terms of camera their default software is brilliant, as it gives a lot of manual control (ISO, Exposure, Metering mode) and features (Depth of Field, Time Lapse, Miniature, GIF Animation, HDR etc.). Too bad that the hardware cannot keep up with it, which didn’t allow me to test the full potential of the software. The camera performs decently in day light, but its low light performance is poor and the dynamic range is very limited. Overall it’s yet to catch up with their own smartphone cameras.
It is a hassle to transfer files from the PC to the tab. The only way to transfer files is through the sharelink software provided. It robs me of the choice to choose between installing a software and simply transferring through a USB cable.
Photos and movies look great on this display. Coupled with the audio cover, movie watching is a great experience. The 5.1 surround sound performs really well for a tab speaker. Since the audio cover contains its own battery the tab battery lasts longer. This has become my primary device for reading e-books and watching videos.
To sum it up this is a great device for entertainment on the go.