Asus Zenpad, one of the best thing I ever had

Asus Zenpad, one of the best thing I ever had
Asus’s new
tablet, the Zenpad7.00 has been launched in two variants, the Z170CG and Z370CG
variants. I got to have the Z3760G and here I am with a sneak-peak into its features.


Asus claims
that this tablet possesses excellent features and specifications that is truly
an upgrade to its predecessor. Let us find out about it.


Design and Build

Let’s start
with the design and build of the Zenpad7.0 Z370CG.




The top border
of the display features the front camera, the Ambient Light Sensor and the
earpiece and the bottom panel prominently features the ASUS logo with no
physical navigation buttons on the face of the device.


The top side
of the device has the two-in-one audio jack for headphone and mic-in and the micro
USB jack is placed on the bottom side.




The right
side of the tablet houses the volume rocker and the power/lock-unlock button.
The left side is kept free from any control buttons and reasonably so since it
acts as part of the stand when used in landscape mode along with the cover.




Another
designing elegance is the removable back which can be ripped off with ease to
access the micro SIM card slot and the micro SD card slot for expandable memory
up to 64GB SDXC and features a textured leather finish that gives the user the
best grip over the tablet when held in hand either on portrait mode or the
landscape mode, though I honestly felt that this is a tablet built to be used
on portrait mode.

Display

The main
display unit features a 7” LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen. The glass
screen is Corning Gorilla Glass1 with anti-fingerprint coating and is fully
laminated with the IPS Panel allowing 10 finger multi-touch support.



The
operating system works on the ASUS Tru2Life Technology, which brings the same
high-end HDR technology that we find in a TV into a tablet. If I were to
explain how it helps, I would say without any doubt that the benefits include
improved sharpness, intelligent contrast and better outdoor visibility.

Camera

The tablet
features an 8MP Rear Camera with Auto-focus. 8MP is not what will give you
remarkable picture quality when compared to most smartphones available today
but I feel that it still is absolutely reasonable by tablet standards.



The front
camera is 2MP, just realistic for those urgent selfies when your smart phone is
not accessible at hand and mind you, it comes with a 140 degree selfie
panorama.

Software

The
Zenpad7.0 Z370CG operates on the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS with its CPU powered
by 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom x3-C-3230 Quad-Core, 64 bit processor.
It provides 2GB
memory and an internal storage capacity of 16 GB and 5GB Life Time ASUS Web
storage space.



Let me not
forget to mention that when you log into the device, one of your Google account
is entitled to get 100GB of Google Drive space free for 2 years. But there
surely are riders and conditions which apply here. This Google Drive space can
be redeemed only once in a single 12 month period and it can be used only on
ASUS mobile devices.

Performance

One unique
feature that I liked is the Smart group by app type. Just tap the smart group
button to classify apps automatically. Unless you are finicky about putting
your choice apps in particular folders, I felt that it does well, grouping
productivity apps, communication apps, tools together etc. For me, it surely
gets rid of the clutter.



For people
on the move and in a hurry, there is quick access to the dialer, camera and
messaging app by default apart from the notifications on the lock screen.

The
Lock/Unlock button isn’t that smooth but its usage can be avoided when the
device is used with the cover. When the cover is closed, the screen switches
OFF and when the cover is opened, it automatically sets to ON.

Speaker

The tablet
has its own speaker in the front which can be used sans the audio cover which
comes with the DTS HD premium sound technology that offers a reasonably good
audio output and it supports aptX



Battery

The tablet
comes with an inbuilt non-removable 13 WH Li-polymer Battery.


With most of
the apps running throughout, I found that the company’s claim of 8 hours of
battery life is almost close to perfection.



Eight hours
is enough for you to return to a safe charging hub and so let’s be candid to
say that’s enough for a day’s play though probably not a lot more.

Other features

The Zenpad
7.0 Z370CG that I got to review is an Obsidian Black one but the device has
been launched in Aurora Metallic too.



The 7 inch
tablet is easy to hold in your palm without the fear of slipping off with its dimensions
of 189 mm length x 110.9 mm width x 8.7 mm height.

Audio Cover

The review
of the Zenpad7.0 Z370CG would be incomplete without the mention of the Audio
Cover.



This
optional accessory converts it into a multimedia device surely offering near to
boom-box levels of audio.

It is quite
stylish in its own leather pattern  and is
fitted with Dolby speakers arranged for a 5.1 channel surround sound audio for
loud audio output without affecting its battery life, thus providing enhanced
multimedia experience for which otherwise you may need to use a Bluetooth
speaker.



It is designed
to connect and work automatically without any messy Bluetooth pairing which
means that you need to simply snap on the cover and you are ready to groove.

For
uninterrupted music therapy, the audio cover has its own battery and a
dedicated charger bundled with it. However, when connected to the device, it
charges when you charge the tablet and depletes at a much lesser rate than the
tablet’s battery.



With no
rivet or flap to secure the cover from opening, it may open inadvertently when
you are carrying the tablet in a bag and hence may switch the screen ON and OFF
intermittently and requiring you to override the cover’s ability to lock the
screen automatically once the flap is closed.



The cover
weighs around 211 gms. and hence along with the tablet the gross weight is just
close to ½ kg and hence somewhat heavy.

Pros and Cons

Here are my
honest opinion on its pros and cons.

Pros:

v The device is compact and powerful.

v Bundled with the Audio cover for multimedia effect, an ultimate
gadget if you like it loud.

v One device that takes care of all your entertainment needs,
with no separate speakers needed for personal entertainment or multimedia.

v Simple multimedia interchange with no Bluetooth pairing
requirement to connect to speakers.

Cons:

v With rear and front cameras at 8MP and 2MP respectively, the
picture quality is surely a bit disappointing.

v Though the tablet by itself is quite light, but we won’t be
able to miss out the slightly bulky feel with the snap on Audio cover.



Verdict

Priced at
Rs.14,999/- including the audio cover and Rs.11,999/- without it, the Zenpad7.0 Z370CG is surely value for
money and is certainly a good choice as a personal entertainment device with
exceptional sound output.



My rating
for the Zenpad7.0 Z370CG would be 4.5/5.



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