The tablet era has ended before it began. With smartphones going up to 6 inches, the tablet market has shrunk and today competing in the tablet market is down the priorty list of most device manufacturers. But, despite the market, some manufacturers still have their dogs in the race. Asus is one of them. Asus is leaving no stone unturned in creating a varied portfoilo in the market. If the full range of Zenfones wasn’t enough, the Asus ZenPad 7.0 and the Asus ZenPad 8.0 are offering tablet usability to the consumer.
We earlier posted our first impressions of the ZenPad and now we are ready with the full Asus Zenpad 7.0 review.
We got the Asus ZenPad 7.0 for review. In our usage of the device, we put it through both regular and heavy usage to find out how workable it is and generally found it to be satisfactory. Let’s delve in for a full review to find out what it offers.
ASUS ZenPad 7 (Z370CG) specifications:
- 7-inch IPS HD Display (1280×800 pixels resolution)
- 1.2-GHz Intel Atom X3 processor
- Adreno 405 Graphics
- 2 GB RAM
- Android Lollipop 5.0.2 with ZenUI
- 5 MP rear camera; VGA front camera
- 16 GB inbuilt storage with MicroSD expandable option
- 13 Wh Li-Polymer Battery
The Asus ZenPad 7 comes with a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280x800p resolution. While nowadays the trend is leaning towards 2K and 4K displays, it does sound low on the outset. But keeping in mind the price of the tablet, it sounds okay. The display is what we w0uld call an HD display. The Asus ZenPad 7.0 display lights up well.
It has good viewing angles, although the reds are more prominent than the blues. The display works well usability-wise, and whether you are into regular gaming, watching videos online or just browsing. It is not an out-of-the-world display, but one that wouldn’t give you any hang-ups with regular functions.
The Asus ZenPad 7.0 looks sleek and is a handy tablet. It is easy to hold and the weight is well-distributed all over. Unlike many economically priced tabs, the Asus ZenPad 7.0 is thin, yet does not feel cheap.
The sides of the ZenPad are thin and, lined with chrome. The display looks sleek because of this lining. Above the display, there is a speaker grille along with the 0.3-megapixel front cam. The ZenPad comes in a metal unibody, although, the back is removable.
You can also take out the back cover and attach an audio cover.
The left side of the Asus ZenPad has been kept plain while the right side accommodates the volume rocker and power button. Both buttons are easy to reach in the portrait mode but not so much in the landscape mode.
The 3.5-mm audio jack is located at the top of the device while the MicroUSB slot is located the bottom.
The back is made of textured plastic, which covers 3/4th of the back. It is mostly plain and accommodates the 5-megapixel rear cam. When you remove the back cover, you will see the SIM slot, MicroSD slot and an attachment slot for the audio cover. There are a lot of clasps to firmly secure the back cover.
Under the hood, this tablet comes with a 1.2-GHz Intel Atom X3 processor along with 2 GB RAM. Both perform well.
In terms of software, the Asus ZenPad 7.0 looks quite similar to the software on Asus Zenfone series. It retains the Zen UI look and customizability.
It runs on Android Lollipop.
There is well, a lot of bloatware onboard. There are actually two apps for every thing for example, along with a Google Music app, there is also a residential Asus Music app.
Apart from this, there is an Audiowizard that lets you customize the music playback, a browser and an Omlet Chat app. The PC and Remote Link let you control your PC from the device remotely. The Share Link lets you share stuff between devices. There is a resident sound recorder app, social sharing via ZenCircle and 5 GB free cloud storage available via Asus WebStorage.
You can also customize the Homepage and create groups of apps using the smart groups feature.
In terms of software, most of your software needs would be met without downloading third-party apps, which is great.
The Asus ZenPad comes with a 5-megapixel rear cam and a VGA front cam. The cameras like on any tablet, are there not for regular usage, but only for use here and then or usage with third party apps such as barcode scanners etc.
The rear cam could have been of better use, if it could have had an accompanying flash. But, does anyone really use cameras on a tablet?
In terms of performs, the Asus ZenPad performs decently. The touch response is great and the display responds well. Switching between apps is easy as well.
The sound is not too loud, but it is clear. You can also seperately buy an audio cover, although we would recommend relying on the audio onboard only.
In terms of gaming response, we discovered that this tab is not designed to be a gaming app. High-end gaming wasn’t comfortable, but you can work around regular games such as Subway Surfers etc.
The display is definitely one of the high points of the Asus ZenPad 7.0. The screen response is generally good.
Since it is a calling tab, we tested out the call quality and it generally worked well.
Overall, in terms of performance, the Asus ZenPad 7.0 does decently unless you want to use it for gaming.
The Asus ZenPad 7.0 is one of the most decently priced tabs out there. It is a great tab for regular usage. The screen is something that would delight a regular user. There are also a lot of apps and some freebies from Asus onboard. The performance is mostly good, while in terms of looks, the Asus ZenPad 7.0 looks sleek.
Overall, for a price of Rs. 11,999, the Asus ZenPad 7.0 is a decent buy. It is something that you can use for regular browsing and other needs. Asus has concentrated on executing limited usage well and it has done it brilliantly.