When we got our hands on the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0, our first thought was “does anyone still buy a tablet of this size?”. The newly launched ZenPad C 7.0 tablet is a 7-inch dual 3G SIM Android tablet that runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Weight just 265g, the slim 8.4mm thick tablet seems to be targeted at users who value mobility over performance. We are not saying that the performance is bad, but performance hungry users might find that the tablet’s low-cost Intel’s 64-bit quad-core SoFIA processor and IPS 1,024 x 600 resolution display a bit of a drag. The tablet also comes with 1GB of memory, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot.
In order to give this tablet a fairer ‘trial’, we decided to engage the help of an avid GrateNews.com reader and ask her what she thinks of the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0.
1. Straight out the box, what are your first impression?
The ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 has a premium look thanks to the textured back. It also feels surprisingly light and comfortable when you hold it. Once out of the box, I measure it against my clutch bags and it fits easily into most of them, making it extremely portable to carry around.
2. What if we told you that the tablet cost only S$199?
The tablet is pretty well made, as in, the tablet feels solid and not plasticky. I wouldn’t have expected it to be at such an affordable price point.
3. Tell us a little about your experience after you powered it on.
It took quite long (more than 30 seconds) to power on the device. Once it’s on, the tablet’s widescreen dimensions suddenly becomes obvious and I am not used a tablet with that kind of proportions. I prefer a less “long” tablet as I find it better for web browsing which I do a lot. The widescreen display seems more suited for watching videos. Also, text on the display doesn’t look very sharp.
4. How about the performance?
In general, the tablet feels laggy. You need a lot of patience in order to operate this tablet. It could be that I am not familiar with the operating system, but jumping from one feature to another is not smooth. I got a little frustrated at one point when trying to stream a video. The sound and the video footage were like a second apart.
5. How long did the tablet last for you?
For a full charge, I got to about slightly over 5 hours of usage browsing the web and watching some video clips on YouTube. I will definitely carry a portable battery charger as a backup with this tablet.
6. What do you like most about the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0?
I simply adore the position of the speakers! Most tablets I have used has their speakers at the bottom or sides of the tablet. So, no more holding on to a tablet and using my palms to bounce off sound just to amplify it.
7. Would you recommend this tablet to a friend?
Like I said, the tablet does lags quite a bit. So if my friend is using it mainly for social media, web browsing and emails, I may recommend this tablet for them to consider due to the low cost of the tablet.
Before you pass your judgement on the tablet, you need to know that this tablet is retailing for only S$199. So if you are lining this tablet against the iPads of the world, you may not be comparing it apple to apple. But for now, ASUS seems to have produced a decent tablet with looks and acceptable performance at an attractive price.
Available in Obsidian Black and Pearl White colours, the ZenPad C 7.0 can be found at all ASUS authorised retailers and ASUS brand stores.