Review Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG Tablet

Manuel Masiero (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 11/13/2013

Telephone tablet. The name says it all: On the outside, the Asus Fonepad 7 is an Android-based 7-inch tablet, but its inner parts contain a full-blown telephone module. As our review shows, the mid-class device's performance makes a good name for it too.

For the original German review, see here.

The 7-inch Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG is simultaneously a smartphone and a tablet, and Asus wants it to shine in both categories. In terms of equipment, the Android 4.2.2-based Fonepad 7 classifies itself as a mid-class model, sporting an IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The foundation for the device's performance consists of a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 SoC, a PowerVR SGX544 graphics chip and 1 GB of RAM. Depending on the model, it comes with between 8 GB and 32 GB of mass memory. Right in the middle, our 16 GB model is the third variant. Even so, it offers ample storage space. The storage can be expanded to up to 32 GB via the microSD card slot. The Fonepad 7 is the second generation of Asus' Fonepad product line to appear on the market -- we reviewed their first model, the Asus Fonepad ME371MG, back in May.

Case

7-inch display, 10.5 millimeters thin: the Asus Fonepad ME372CG
7-inch display, 10.5 millimeters thin: the Asus Fonepad ME372CG

The Asus Fonepad 7 wraps its hardware in a high-quality, well-manufactured case. With its 7-inch (unfortunately not scratch-resistantdisplay, the top side of the device is certainly attractive. The pattern on the backside gives it a nice aesthetic touch too, but because it is made entirely of sleek plastic, it does not offer your fingers a very frictional surface to grip. Additionally, due to the fact that the backside of the device is permanently affixed to the case, we cannot get inside -- which means the battery cannot be switched out.

At a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs) and a thickness of 10.5 millimeters (~0.41 inches), the Fonepad 7's measurements are not substantially different from those of other 7-inch tablets. The Asus Memo Pad HD 7's numbers are almost exactly the same. But it is possible to get simultaneously lighter and flatter -- star examples of that are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (300 grams, 0.66 lbs; 9.9 millimeters, ~0.39 inches) and especially the Google Nexus 7 (290 grams, 0.64 lbs; 8.65 millimeters, ~0.34 inches).

Connectivity

Asus equips their Fonepad 7 with a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 SoC. This chip runs at a clock frequency of 1.6 GHz and is commonly used in today's mid-range smartphones and tablets. A PowerVR SGX544 integrated graphics chip and 1 GB of RAM support the dual-core processor.

The Fonepad 7 is available with three different levels of storage space: Alongside our 16 GB test device, versions of the tablet with 8 GB or 32 GB of storage are also on the market. The Android operating system and preinstalled apps take up about 5 GB of storage space, so our test model has about 11 GB left over for more apps and other kinds of user data. If that proves to be insufficient, the tablet's storage can be expanded to up to 32 GB via the microSD slot.

Left: Micro SIM card slot
Left: Micro SIM card slot
Right: MicroSD card slot, Volume rocker, On/off button
Right: MicroSD card slot, Volume rocker, On/off button
Top: 3.5 mm jack
Top: 3.5 mm jack
Bottom: MicroUSB 2.0 port
Bottom: MicroUSB 2.0 port

Software

Asus made some minor modifications to the version of Android 4.2.2 that runs on the Fonepad 7. The device's start screen, for example, is their own. Asus also preinstalled several apps along with the OS, the majority being Google programs like Maps, Gmail and Google+. Others include apps for the Kindle and Facebook, as well as a memo pad that you can write on with your finger.

GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Indoors
GPS Test: Indoors

Communication & GPS 

As its name suggests, the Asus Fonepad 7 contains a full-blown telephone module. The Android tablet supports GSM quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) as well as UMTS quint-band (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100), which means it is very flexible and can be used almost anywhere. It is also possible to surf and download quickly: According to the manufacturer, over UMTS with DC-HSPA+, the Fonepad 7 reaches transfer speeds of up to 42 Mbit/s. Within local networks, the Android tablet communicates over the Ethernet standards 802.11a/b/g/n and supports Bluetooth 3.0.

To determine the device's location, both A-GPS and GLONASS stand at the Fonepad 7's command. In order to investigate how precisely the Asus tablet is able to position itself, we rode down a pre-determined bike path and compared the Fonepad 7's results with those of the Garmin Edge 500 navigation device. All in all, the Asus tablet did quite well, though it had problems differentiating between paths that lay very close to each other, and its calculation of the total distance traveled and maximum speed was slightly off. To be fair, we must say that the Garmin Edge 500 did not perform perfectly either.

Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG: Survey
Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG: Survey
Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG: Bridge
Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG: Bridge
Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG: Forest
Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG: Forest
Garmin Edge 500: Survey
Garmin Edge 500: Survey
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Forest
Garmin Edge 500: Forest

Telephone Function

Since the Fonepad 7, true to its product name, wants to be a phone and not just a tablet, we looked at its telephone functionality a little more closely. The phone app offers just the standard numeric keypad and contact list, but that means its operation is intuitive. The telephone module's flawless voice quality is certainly an attractive feature.

Cameras & Multimedia

The Asus Fonepad 7 has two cameras at its command. According to the manufacturer, these cameras ought to shoot “perfect pictures”. If you lower the bar a few notches, you will not be disappointed -- the camera modules snap decent photos, but the image quality does not soar above the competition. The webcam, which sits over the display offers a maximum resolution of 1.2 megapixels (1280x960 pixels), while the main camera, located on the back of the device, can capture images up to 5 megapixels in size (2592x1944 pixels). The webcam's image quality is sufficient for snapshots and video calls, but it is better to switch to the main camera for “serious” photos. The main camera does its job well enough, but some of its photos turn out pale or lacking in contrast, and during indoor photo shoots, image noise quickly encroaches.

Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Main camera
Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Main camera
Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Webcam
Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Webcam
Reference camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS
Reference camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS
Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Main camera
Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Main camera
Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Webcam
Asus Fonepad ME372CG: Webcam
Reference camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS
Reference camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS

 

 

Accessories & Warranty

In the Fonepad 7's packaging, you will find a modular power supply, a micro USB cable, a quick-start guide and a needle to assist you in accessing the SIM card slot. Asus does not offer any accessories specially designed for their tablet on their website. Within the German-speaking area at large, the manufacturer affords the device a 24-month warranty.

Input Devices & Operation

The Asus Fonepad 7's 7-inch touchscreen reads input from up to 10 fingers simultaneously, and achieves high scores in our tests for its quick reaction timesfast rotation of the display content, and precise controls. The three soft keys also function without the least delay, regardless of which application is currently running. The virtual keyboard keeps the tablet on a roll -- even in portrait format, the keys are large enough that it is easy to type quickly and accurately. The row of numbers that sits above the letter keys is also a convenient feature. Overall, the Fonepad 7 is just plain fun to operate -- there are not any glitches, and the device reacts with the precision you expect.

Keyboard in portrait format
Keyboard in portrait format
Keyboard in landscape format
Keyboard in landscape format

Display

The Asus Fonepad 7 is equipped with a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels -- the exact same specs as the Asus Memo Pad HD 7. With the same display size, the Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 only offer 1024x600 pixels, while the Google Nexus 7, at 1920x1200 pixels, provides even more pixels than the Apple iPhone 5.

At 295.6 cd/m², the Fonepad 7's brightness is just average, which leaves it in last place in comparison to the competition. The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 (332.1 cd/m²) shows that it is possible to do better, and the Google Nexus 7 is a shining example at its 513.4 cd/m². The display's poor brightness distribution (only 70% similar across the screen) leaves something to be desired as well -- competitors, like the Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H, manage at least 85%. On the other hand, the display's black value of 0.53 cd/m² and contrast ratio of 594:1 are respectable.

245
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 345 cd/m²
Average: 295.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 70 %
Center on Battery: 315 cd/m²
Black: 0.53 cd/m²
Contrast: 594:1

Subjectively speaking, the Asus Fonepad 7 appears to display its screen content in realistic, vivid colors. If you want to evaluate the IPS panel objectively, however, things look a little different: Our tests with the CalMAN 5 software show that the 7-inch monitor displays reds and blues too weakly, while it slightly overemphasizes greens. At a DeltaE of 6.21 on both accounts, neither our test device's colors nor its grayscale line up with the ideal values, but during practical everyday use, these color discrepancies should be hardly noticeable.

Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Color display
Color display
Grayscale
Grayscale
Color saturation
Color saturation

Despite its comparatively low brightness, the Asus Fonepad 7 is definitely fit for outdoor use. In unfavorable lighting conditions, however, the highly reflective display surface can dim the display content or even render it invisible. When it comes to viewing angles, on the other hand, there is nothing to complain about. Even at very sharp angles, text, pictures and icons are still easily recognizable, and the display content remains unaltered in every way -- even its color intensity remains stable.

Outdoor use Asus Fonepad ME372CG
Outdoor use Asus Fonepad ME372CG
Viewing angle Asus Fonepad ME372CG
Viewing angle Asus Fonepad ME372CG

Performance

The Intel Atom Z2560 SoC provides a solid foundation for the Asus Fonepad 7's performance; our benchmarks across the various disciplines show just how solid. Beginning with the synthetic benchmarks, we see that the 7-inch tablet leaves the majority of its competition behind, in some cases far behind, and in Epic Citadel and Linpack it even gains a considerable lead. Only the Google Nexus 7, with its Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A SoC, is able to reach a similar level of performance. The two devices are more or less on par with each other overall.

3DMark (2013) - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
6535 Points ∼4%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
3138 Points ∼2% -52%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
11828 Points ∼8% +81%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3190 Points ∼2% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
2161 Points ∼1% -67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3098 Points ∼2% -53%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - 1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
6.8 fps ∼1%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
2.6 fps ∼0% -62%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
16 fps ∼2% +135%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2.7 fps ∼0% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
2.5 fps ∼0% -63%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3.9 fps ∼1% -43%
Epic Citadel - Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
46.3 fps ∼77%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
23 fps ∼38% -50%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
38.5 fps ∼64% -17%
Linpack for Android - Multi Thread (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
214.589 MFLOPS ∼15%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
89.716 MFLOPS ∼6% -58%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
89.716 MFLOPS ∼6% -58%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
253.634 MFLOPS ∼18% +18%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
116.805 MFLOPS ∼8% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
75.268 MFLOPS ∼5% -65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
95.942 MFLOPS ∼7% -55%

In the browser benchmarks, the situation is not quite as clear. Here, too, the Asus Fonepad 7 proves to perform well and battles on the front lines, but it cannot take a decisive lead. All in all, however, the Fonepad 7 is the first to break the tape, though closely followed by the Google Nexus 7. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 comes in third, after a bit of a gap.

Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
2853 Points ∼16%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
1339 Points ∼7% -53%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2248 Points ∼12% -21%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1222 Points ∼7% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
1422 Points ∼8% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2154 Points ∼12% -25%
Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
2279 points ∼32%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
1864 points ∼26% -18%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2380 points ∼33% +4%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1841 points ∼26% -19%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
601 Points ∼10%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
523 Points ∼8% -13%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
611 Points ∼10% +2%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
567 Points ∼9% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
458 Points ∼7% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
712 Points ∼11% +18%
Octane V1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
2847 Points ∼14%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
1484 Points ∼7% -48%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2283 Points ∼11% -20%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1279 Points ∼6% -55%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
1338 Points ∼6% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1873 Points ∼9% -34%

On the other hand, with just an average performance in reading and writing operations, the Asus Fonepad 7 has to watch the other tablets pass it by. With the exception of the 4 KB random write test results, however, the distance between our review device and the rest of the competition is rather small.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
50.02 MB/s ∼30%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
48.25 MB/s ∼29% -4%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
59.73 MB/s ∼36% +19%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
61.86 MB/s ∼37% +24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
38.08 MB/s ∼23% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
45.86 MB/s ∼27% -8%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
10.75 MB/s ∼19%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
11.76 MB/s ∼20% +9%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
13.97 MB/s ∼24% +30%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
13.53 MB/s ∼23% +26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
14.9 MB/s ∼26% +39%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
20.07 MB/s ∼35% +87%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
10.6 MB/s ∼51%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
12.07 MB/s ∼58% +14%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
11.99 MB/s ∼57% +13%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
13.63 MB/s ∼65% +29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
10.56 MB/s ∼50% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10.94 MB/s ∼52% +3%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Asus Fonepad ME372CG
SGX544MP2, Z2560, 16 GB SSD
0.57 MB/s ∼20%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
SGX544, MT8125
0.71 MB/s ∼24% +25%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
0.82 MB/s ∼28% +44%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
0.61 MB/s ∼21% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 inch
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA986, 8 GB SSD
0.99 MB/s ∼34% +74%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
Mali-400 MP4, 4212 1.5 GHz, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1.88 MB/s ∼64% +230%

Games

The CPU/GPU duo at work in the Asus Fonepad 7 renders current games fluidly on the LC display. That applies both to older/less graphically demanding games, like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope, as well as to today's top games, including Iron Man and Shadowgun: Deadzone. Because of its high-performance hardware, the Fonepad 7 is also well equipped for the coming generation of tablet games.

Effortless: The Asus Fonepad ME372CG renders even graphically demanding games like Iron Man 3...
Effortless: The Asus Fonepad ME372CG renders even graphically demanding games like Iron Man 3...
...or Shadowgun: Deadzone fluidly on the screen.
...or Shadowgun: Deadzone fluidly on the screen.

Emissions

When it comes to the Asus Fonepad 7's temperatures, there is nothing to complain about. At a maximum of 40.2 °C (104.4 °F) under full load, our test device remains somewhat cooler than the Google Nexus 7 (45.8 °C; 114.4 °F), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (43.2 °C; 109.8 °F), and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (42.6 °C; 108.7 °F). The Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H (37.3 °C; 99.1 °F) and Asus Memo Pad HD 7 (37.0 °C; 98.6 °F), on the other hand, never grow warmer than the temperature of your hands.

Max. Load
 36.2 °C32.0 °C29.3 °C 
 38.4 °C32.6 °C29.7 °C 
 38.5 °C32.6 °C30.1 °C 
Maximum: 38.5 °C
Average: 33.3 °C
28.0 °C32.7 °C37.5 °C
29.9 °C34.4 °C40.2 °C
29.4 °C33.5 °C39.1 °C
Maximum: 40.2 °C
Average: 33.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  45.3 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

On the two slender sides of the Fonepad 7's case, Asus has planted speakers that generate a relatively good stereo sound. The two speakers render high and mid-tones very well, and they have considerably less trouble producing bass tones than the speakers on many other mobile devices. Overall, the tablet's sound is incredibly rich and robust, though it distorts at high volumes.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

At a power consumption rate of between 0.7 and 1.9 Watts in idle mode, the Asus Fonepad 7 is one of the least power-hungry 7-inch tablets. Considerably bigger eaters here are for instance the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (up to 3.9 Watts), and the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 and Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H (both up to 4.3 Watts).

Under load, the Fonepad 7's power consumption rises to between 3.4 and 5.5 Watts, which is the typical range for the tablet's battery type. The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 reaches the same max energy consumption rate, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H (both 5.8 Watts) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (6.2 Watts) require a little more power.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 0.7 / 1.4 / 1.9 Watt
Load 3.4 / 5.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The permanently installed 15 Wh battery provides the Fonepad 7 with a lot of steam. In our maximum battery life test (minimum display brightness, energy-saving mode activated, all wireless modules except Ethernet turned off), the Asus tablet ran for 17 hours and 2 minutes. At that run time, our review device is near the top of its game, accompanied by the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 (16 hours and 55 minutes). Still, the Google Nexus 7 remains unrivaled in this discipline with its incredible run time of 44 hours and 8 minutes.

The Fonepad 7 continues to prove its mastery of this discipline in the minimum battery run time test (maximum display brightness, all wireless modules activated). At 4 hours and 43 minutes, our review device is only beat by the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 (4 hours and 56 minutes). The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has the least amount of steam, petering out after only 2 hours and 22 minutes.

Our WLAN test (display brightness set to 150 cd/m², energy-saving mode activated, new webpage automatically loaded every 40 seconds) is conceived to determine a device's battery life in a more realistic scenario. The Asus Fonepad 7 passes this challenge with flying colors, and with a run time of 7 hours and 55 minutes, it can take its place at the very top of the competition. The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 (7 hours and 44 minutes) the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (7 hours and 43 minutes) and the Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H (7 hours and 26 minutes) all hold out for about the same length of time. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, on the other hand, runs out of steam first, after a mere 5 hours and 46 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
17h 02min
WiFi Surfing
7h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 43min

Verdict

The Fonepad 7 is a well-made mid-range tablet from Asus. Despite the fact that it is moderately priced, its performance is still strong. The Intel Atom Z2560 SoC and the Power VR SGX544 graphics chip are responsible for the tablet's solid performance base, and they provide not only enough power to run apps and games fluidly, but also give the 7-inch tablet what it needs to react quickly and smoothly to user input. We are also fans of the long-lasting battery and comfortable virtual keyboard with its extra number row.

Still, buyers will have to make a few compromises. The Fonepad 7's case looks stylish, but it also exudes a certain plastic charm and comes with a slippery back. The 1280x800-pixel LC display is bright enough for outdoor use, but it could be brighter, as it proves to be insufficient in strong sunlight. We also would have preferred for the device to have a replaceable battery.

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In Review: Asus Fonepad ME372CG. Test device courtesy of Asus Deutschland.
In Review: Asus Fonepad ME372CG. Test device courtesy of Asus Deutschland.

Specifications

Asus Fonepad ME372CG

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
PowerVR SGX544MP2, Core: 400 MHz
:: Display
7.0 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, 10 point touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB SSD, 16 GB eMMC, 11.3 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 32 GB, Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, A-GPS, GLONASS,
:: Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth, GSM Quadband (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS-Quintband (850/900/1700/1900/2100), With DC-HSPA+ upload 5.76 Mb/s, Download 42 Mb/s
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.5 x 197 x 120
:: Weight
0.328 kg Power Supply: 0.03 kg
:: Battery
15 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 28 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 840 h
:: Price
230 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 5 MP with autofocus, Front: 1.2 MP, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Virtual, Keyboard Light: no, Modular power supply, USB data cable, Quick-start guide, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The Asus Fonepad ME372CG's display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
The Asus Fonepad ME372CG's display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
A pattern embellishes the glossy backside.
A pattern embellishes the glossy backside.
The Asus Fonepad ME372CG has undergone a high-quality manufacturing process.
The Asus Fonepad ME372CG has undergone a high-quality manufacturing process.
Normal weight: The scale reads 330 grams under the tablet.
Normal weight: The scale reads 330 grams under the tablet.
The 5 MP main camera, equipped with auto-focus, takes photos at a size of up to 2592 x 1944 pixels.
The 5 MP main camera, equipped with auto-focus, takes photos at a size of up to 2592 x 1944 pixels.
The webcam offers a resolution of up to 1.2 megapixels (1280 x 960 pixels).
The webcam offers a resolution of up to 1.2 megapixels (1280 x 960 pixels).
Speakers sit on either side of the Asus Fonepad ME372CG's slim case.
Speakers sit on either side of the Asus Fonepad ME372CG's slim case.
One of the stereo speakers up close.
One of the stereo speakers up close.
On the right side of the case...
On the right side of the case...
...you'll find the SIM card slot.
...you'll find the SIM card slot.
On the left side: The slot for microSD cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB.
On the left side: The slot for microSD cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB.
In the packaging you'll find...
In the packaging you'll find...
...a modular power supply, a micro USB cable, a quick start guide and a needle to assist in opening the SIM card slot.
...a modular power supply, a micro USB cable, a quick start guide and a needle to assist in opening the SIM card slot.
Clean: the Start screen.
Clean: the Start screen.
Numerous apps are preinstalled.
Numerous apps are preinstalled.
Generous: More than 11 GB of free storage space are available to the user.
Generous: More than 11 GB of free storage space are available to the user.
Android version 4.2.2 runs on the Asus Fonepad ME372CG.
Android version 4.2.2 runs on the Asus Fonepad ME372CG.
The telephone app has a smart dialer function.
The telephone app has a smart dialer function.

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Sufficiently bright display
+Lots of free storage space (11 GB)
+High performance for apps and games
+Quick to react
+Good virtual keyboard
+Stereo speakers
+Long battery life
 

Cons

-Backside of the case is glossy, therefore slippery
-Display isn't scratch-resistant
-Display's brightness is a little weak and not evenly distributed
-Battery can't be switched out

Shortcut

What we like

The good overall package Asus wrapped up in the Fonepad 7: The device earned very few minus points and proves to be a light, long-lasting and quick tablet.

What we'd like to see

We would like to have seen a somewhat better camera module, as well as a rubberized backside to make the tablet easier to grip. LTE would be a little too much to ask of a tablet in this price class.

What surprises us

Despite the fact that the Asus Fonepad 7 falls in the mid-range tablet category, it works at surprisingly high speeds. The quick-to-react tablet has more than enough performance reserves to run both current and future apps and games fluidly.

The competition

Asus Memo Pad HD 7
Google Nexus 7 16 GB
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Rating

Asus Fonepad ME372CG
10/29/2013 v3
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
61%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
40%
Weight
100%
Battery
97%
Display
74%
Games Performance
42%
Application Performance
55%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Add Points
83%
Average
75%
85%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Manuel Masiero, 2013-11-13 (Update: 2014-06- 4)