Hi all. I have recently purchased the Asus ME572 tablet and would like to share some of my thoughts about the tablet.

Firstly, lets get the specs out of the way:

 

  • 7 inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) IPS screen
  • 16Gb with micro sd card for expansion
  • Intel Atom Z3560 processor at 1.8GHz and 2GB ram
  • Wireless N + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2MP Front facing camera and 5MP rear camera
  • Stereo speakers on the top and bottom edges!!
  • Android 4.4.2 (so far)
  • Apparently the tablet has GPS built in - havent used that feature yet though

Most notably, the feature that is absent and I wish was included is NFC. It is handy to have. And another item on my wishlist that isnt on here, an LED notification light. It is usually more handy on a phone, yes, but I got spoilt by it and would have preferred to have an LED notification light over the rear camera (I am one of those who cringe when I see tablet photography :S)

The tablet is available in 3 colours, Black, Gold and Burgundy. I have got the black one that has a nice textured back feel to it. They did not have the other colours in store for me to get a feel off but I read that they are more glossy than the black (which has a nice matte feel to it). The sides are nicely rounded which make it comfortable to hold - expect the top and bottom which are a bit sharper (not cut into skin sharp, but I feel that, sharp). The tablet itself has a plastic build but feels very similar to the 2013 nexus 7 To wrap up, the size of the tablet is quite similar to the 2013 Nexus 7 which is a good thing, great form factor as far as I am concerned.

Android 4.4.2 has the Asus Zen UI built on top of it. It is not the most intrusive skin that I have used (that honour is still Touchwiz's). I do think that it does add a tiny bit of lag to the interface. Other than that, the skin does feel close to stock android. Asus has tried to add a few of their own apps that they think would make life a bit easier. There is this cool timeline type app called "What's Next" which tells you of the upcoming appointments from the calendar in a nice timeline format. Also has a lock screen widget and a regular widget as well which is nice. I am not sure if these apps are available in Asus phones, they most likely would be so if anyone would like to add further comments about the Asus apps, feel free.

The other apps that I have tried are the built in Music and Video apps. I think the Music app is quite similar to Google's Music app with a similar interface. The Video app is decent, but lacks codecs. I prefer to use MX Player instead for all my movies and videos on the tablet. Speaking of movies and videos, I am so glad this tablet has an SD card slot! Which brings me to the reason I bought this tablet: I wanted a newer nexus tablet with a micro SD card slot. That is exactly what this tablet is (more or less). It doesnt have pure vanilla android (which would have been perfect), but it is close enough. And of the micro sd slot, it is exposed, that is it is on the left side of the tablet but does not have a cover or flap to hide it. Not a deal breaker for me but for some, it would matter.

I have not run any sort of benchmark tests to run the processor and GPU so I dont have any scores. If anyone would like any numbers, please let me know and I can run those tests and put up some scores. In terms of real life performances, this tablet is quite nippy. There is the occasional lag that I come across, unlocking the tablet etc. I suspect it could be the atom processor in an android tablet that is causing it. I feel the processor has a lot of grunt but it is the software that is letting it down.

The battery did cause me some grief initially (in stand by mode). The battery life used to drop 20-25% overnight without me using it! It was definitely a software issue - something was either syncing in the background (sync wasnt turned on btw) or the Android OS was polling for something. But I just received an update a couple of days ago and the battery life only fell 5% overnight last night. So I believe that has improved. Besides that, the battery would easily last the whole day no issues, it actually has pretty decent battery. I stream music from it over bluetooth whole day and it would drop 10-15%. So pretty decent. Charge times seem to be average with the tablet - 2-3 hours to full charge from 10%. I can get the exact time if someone would like it. 

I have to comment on the stereo speakers of the tablet. I believe every tablet should be doing this, as a standard. The speakers are not rear facing like the 2013 Nexus tablet, neither is it front facing. They are placed on the top and bottom edges which can be sometimes blocked by placement of the hands. But hey, stereo speakers are better than no stereo speakers. They do sound fine, nothing to write home about but good for watching movies, gaming and listening to music.

The screen on this tablet is definitely as good as, if not, much better than the 2013 Nexus 7. It is a Full HD screen and has an IPS panel! The IPS panels gives it much nicer colours and better viewing angles. Images appear crisp and sharp on it. Watching HD videos is really pleasing to the eyes. Cannot be more happy with the screen.

One small thing about the tablet that annoys me is the power button. Firstly, the placement. It is placed just beneath the volume rocker on the right side of the tablet. I have a Moto G at home which has the power button placed above the volume rocker! So that confuses me sometimes and I end up increasing the volume instead of turning the tablet on. Small thing, but still noteworthy. Another thing that annoys me even more is that sometimes, you have to hold down the power button for at least 1-2 seconds (long press). I read up online and they were mentioning that the tablet goes into a deeper sleep mode which requires a long press of the power button to wake. 

To wrap up. This tablet can be summed up as the 2014 Nexus 7 for sure. It does have an Asus Zen UI skin, but it is not overly intrusive which is nice. In real world usage, it does suffice. I am just hoping the lags and hiccups are attributed to the software and its friction with the Intel Atom processor. The micro SD card is a very welcome addition. The form factor is great! Feels good in hand and easily pocketable (back pocket when walking around the house!). The speakers are a boon for those wanting to consume media on this tablet. The battery life was a bit of concern but since the last update, it has shown improvements. Overall, a very nice 7 inch tablet, with a really nice screen and feature set. There are a couple of things I wish this tablet did have (LED notification light and NFC) and I would have gladly paid 20 bucks extra for those things. But otherwise, if you know someone in USA who is visiting Best buy, pick one of these up for $200 USD (including taxes of course) and you will not regret it.