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Toshiba Excite Write vs Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014): Gaming Performance, Benchmarks and Comparison

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Despite being sold in a niche market, the existence of note-dedicated tablets is still needed by most of tablet shoppers out there. There are many options available in this category, from really popular Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 and Microsoft Surface Pro, to a small player like Toshiba Excite Write.

Yes, most of these tablets offer great note-taking experience for those productive users out there and even designers as well. So this is the reason why I’m excited today to talk about note tablets.

I know that many of them available on the street and some of them haven’t got the chance to be showcased on this website, like the latest-gen Microsoft Surface Pro tablets or iPad Pro.

But I will definitely bring them up on this website in the near future.

In fact, I’ve been preparing some materials for these new-gen tablets for next future reviews. So be sure to stick around on this website if you’re interested to know more.

Anyway, today in this comparison review, I’m about to show you the rivalry between 2 note tablets from Android camp, the first one is Toshiba Excite Write and its challenger is Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

Toshiba Excite Write vs Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014) benchmarks and gaming performance

Well, if you’re on the same page with me and wanna know about their comparisons in many aspects, as well as my take on their gaming performances, then here check this one out guys, my comparison review between Toshiba Excite Write and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014).

Enjoy!

Introduction

To be honest, I’ve always been a big fan of HP Slate7 Extreme or Nvidia Shield Tablet because not only do these tablets have great powerful gaming performances, but they also offer something that not many other devices do.

And that is the capability to write the digital pen or stylus.

However, HP Slate7 Extreme and Nvidia Shield Tablet are not the only 2 note-taking devices that have great writing experiences from their styluses. There’s more.

And 2 of them are the ones that get compared in this review – Toshiba Excite Write and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014).

Actually, when we talk about note-dedicated tablets, the first device that will pop up in our minds is definitely Samsung GALAXY Note because this note series from Samsung was the pioneer in note-tablet market and has been the biggest player in this tablet category for the past couple of years.

On the other hand, Toshiba Excite Write is still considered as a dust in the universe because it’s not really popular in note tablet market and not many people know about this device.

However, despite being a small player in note tablet territory, there are actually tons of great things that we can appreciate from this Toshiba’s slate.

First of all, its gaming performance.

So Toshiba Excite Write is really powerful in gaming performance. And that's thanks to its Tegra 4 processor that is rocking a 72-core GPU.

Second of all, this not-so-popular tablet is sporting a super-high-resolution display, the same resolution display that Samsung uses on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014). So there will be a great sharpness found on the screen of Toshiba Excite Write.

But the questions remain, with all of the greatness and superiority found on each of these 2 note tablets, which one between Toshiba Excite Write and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014) that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this review?

Which one is the best tablet in the whole aspect, especially as a note device?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets for playing high-performing games?

Design

To be honest, I don’t have enough information concerning the design of Toshiba Excite Write. So I have nothing to share in this regard. But from what I’ve seen on one video review on YouTube about this tablet, Toshiba Excite Write actually looks quite generic with its design.

There’s nothing special and unique about this tablet, especially compared to other rivals like Google Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Tablet Z or iPad Air, which all of these guys have their own uniqueness and characteristics that totally make them look stand out in the competition.

This is the opposite with the 2014 edition of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 with its design. I think this Samsung’s tablet really excels and has the edge here in this department, especially compared to Toshiba Excite Write.

It has this unique faux leather finish on the back, fake stitching near the edge of that rear case and also, fake metallic trim around the side of this device.

Even though all of these elements are not made out of real leather and metallic materials, they actually still make Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 look quite elegant and premium.

The design of this Samsung’s note tablet actually kind of reminds me with the same exact design of its sibling, Samsung GALAXY Note 3, which was released a few months before the bigger variant came out.

As a matter of fact, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 actually takes almost all the design cues of Samsung GALAXY Note 3. So they both share the same faux leather, fake stitching and fake metallic trim around the side.

And just like Note 3, the 2014 edition of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 of course also has that dedicated port for the S-Pen on the back.

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Toshiba Excite WriteSamsung GALAXY NOTE 10.1 (2014)
No SIM
Released 2013, July
671.3 g (Weight)
Stylus
10.1 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
2560 x 1600 pixels,(~299 ppi pixel density)
Quad-core Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra 4 Chipset
ULP GeForce GPU
2 GB RAM
Android OS 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
8 MP rear-facing camera (autofocus and LED flash) 3264 x 2448 pixels
1.2 MP front-facing camera
microSD Card slot for up to 32 GB
32 GB Internal storage
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth
microUSB v2.0
Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
HTML5 Browser
GPS
No Radio
HDMI port
Java MIDP emulator
Silver Colors
Non-removable 33 Wh Li-Po battery
Up to 11 hours for Talk time (multimedia)
Released October 2013,
S Pen stylus
10.1 inch Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, (~299 ppi pixel density)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU (LTE model)
Adreno 330 (LTE model) GPU
3 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean) Samsung TouchWiz UI
microSD Card slot for up to 64 GB
16/32/64 GB Internal storage
8 MP rear-facing camera, LED flash
2 MP front-facing camera
Micro-SIM
GPRS
EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Radio TBD
Java
Bluetooth
Infrared port
GPS
USB
Non-removable Li-Po 8220 mAh battery
Up to 2230 hours Stand-by
Up to 49 hours (3G) Talk time
Up to 98 hours Music play

Both Toshiba Excite Write and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 are no doubt two high-end flagship devices from Toshiba and Samsung. So they are powerful and superior when it comes to spec sheet as well as performance.

So Toshiba Excite Write features a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, which we know is one powerful chipset with a staggering 72-core GPU.

And then, it has 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.2MP front shooter, external storage for up to 32GB, a 33Wh battery and of course, an insanely sharp 10.1-inch screen sporting the 2560x1600 pixels resolution.

The same happens to the 2014 edition of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

So it comes with a powerful Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 320 GPU, plus 3GB of RAM in the sector of performance.

And then, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front shooter are responsible here in photography.

It’s powered by a huge 8220mAh battery and supported with external storage for up to 64GB via microSD card.

By looking at some crucial parts of their specs, we can see right through here that both Toshiba Excite Write and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 are definitely high-end flagship tablets.

I mean, they have superior performances, their cameras are top notch, their batteries are huge and they have super high-resolution screens.

Stylus vs Stylus

Samsung GALAXY Note series has always been one of the best note-dedicated tablet series on the market for the past couple of years. In fact, it is still the best in the world (of course before iPad Pro came around).

It’s no exception with the 2014 edition of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

I probably will not talk a lot about the S-Pen stylus of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 because we know already how great and amazing it is.

But in simple words, not only can you take some simple notes or write some novels with the S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, but you can also create some beautiful paintings out of this digital pen.

This is why Samsung GALAXY Note series has been the top choice for most of designers and artists out there for the past couple of years. They know how great it is to accommodate their passions of designing and painting more professionally.

All thanks to N-trig that develops the technology behind this S-Pen (as well as on HP Slate7 Extreme and Microsoft Surface Pro), which is basically to make sure that its writing experience is close to the experience of writing on a real paper.

So on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, you can easily control the thickness of the S-Pen on the fly by applying more pressure of the S-Pen to the screen.

I mean, if we put pressure to the S-Pen little bit harder on the screen, the results will be thicker.

On the other hand, if the pen is applied softly on the screen, the results will be really thin, which is awesome because with this capability, you no longer need to choose a bunch of thickness options through the setting.

However, this is totally the opposite with the stylus of Toshiba Excite Write.

So unlike the S-Pen that is so awesome with its realistic writing experience, the stylus of this Toshiba’s tablet is the other way around.

So everytime you want to draw a bold line on the screen with the stylus, you must firstly choose which type of thickness from the available options that you really want to apply on the screen.

It goes the same when you want to draw a thin line. And this ruins the whole drawing/writing experience on this device.

Screen, UI and Battery Life

As far as screen sharpness is concerned, there’s actually no significant difference of sharpness found on the screens of both tablets.

They have the same exact 10.1-inch displays sporting the same exact 2560x1600 pixels resolution. And overall, the screens on these 2 tablets look insanely sharp and gorgeous.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 with its Super Clear LCD is definitely a top notch quality display with the usual over-saturated colors. So everything on the screen looks really crisp and vivid with popping out colors.

But surprisingly, the same thing also happens to the screen of Toshiba Excite Write.

So based on some video reviews on YouTube about this tablet, the screen of Toshiba Excite Write not only has the sharpness, but also looks quite gorgeous with well-saturated colors and great viewing angle.

On software side, they both are running on the same Android platform, with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, while Toshiba Excite Write comes with slightly older Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean version.

However, these 2 tablets come pre-installed with entirely different UIs here. So Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, as usual, comes with Samsung’s own heavily-customized TouchWiz UI.

Meanwhile, on Toshiba’s tablet, the UI looks little bit like the stock version of Android, although there are still some customizations found here and there like on the icons, wallpaper and stuff.

But it’s not as heavily-customized as the TouchWiz UI of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

This is a good thing because it will allow this Toshiba’s tablet to perform really fast and smooth, without squeezing a lot of power from its already-huge battery, especially when we already know that Tegra 4 processor is one power hungry processor.

And that’s proved by how Toshiba Excite Write is so great when it comes to battery life. It lasted almost 8 hours and 12 minutes in moderate use, according to battery benchmark test.

However, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 impressively managed to top that achievement by reaching over 24 hours and 20 minutes for browsing with WiFi in minimum brightness.

But of course, the battery lives of both Toshiba Excite Write and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 are not gonna last that long (probably around 6 hours) if you use any of these devices to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all, like for watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row.

Cameras

If there is one strongest point found on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, then it’s definitely its cameras.

So if you’re a huge fan of photography and you love taking photos or recording videos, then you can totally count on the cameras of this note tablet to accommodate your hobby.

I’m actually not gonna talk a lot about this because I already know that many flagship devices from Samsung, either smartphones or tablets, mostly have great quality cameras.

As for the cameras of Toshiba Excite Write, unfortunately, I haven’t seen any photos or videos taken with its cameras. So to be perfectly honest, I have nothing to share here in this regard.

But by looking at the camera specs of this tablet, 8MP on the back and another 1.2MP on the front, plus LED flash, then all I can say is, these cameras probably are not that bad in terms of sharpness and quality, if not as great as the cameras of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

But you can still count on them to take photos/videos.

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Toshiba Excite Write looks so superior with a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, coupled with 72-core ULP GeForce GPU and 2GB of RAM. So on paper, of course this tablet really screams a lot in performance, especially for gaming.

But Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 is also an impressive performer here, thanks to Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a huge 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. So this note-dedicated tablet is also a beast when it comes to gaming performance.

However, the 2014 edition of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 actually has 2 different versions - the LTE and WiFi/3G models.

So the LTE model comes with hardware package that consists: Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the 3G/WiFI variant got the other package: Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 octa-core chipset, 3GB of RAM and Mali-T628 MP6.

These 2 packages actually are incredibly powerful in performance. However, from what I’ve seen from a video review from theVerge, the 3G/WiFi model of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 apparently is not that powerful.

So there are still some choppiness and stutters especially when deploying some heavy tasks like opening Samsung News Hub and also when playing heavy games like GTA San Andreas.

The super-sharp display of this tablet could be the culprit of that problem because the processor inside this tablet (Samsung Exynos 5420) is probably not sufficient enough to run this type of screen in such a heavy UI.

And we know how heavy the TouchWiz of Samsung GALAXY devices, especially the NOTE series, filled with many bloatwares and features, especially for the S-Pen.

So if you’re on the verge of buying Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, I strongly recommend you to pick up the LTE model as this variant is more powerful in performance than the 3G and WiFi-only models.

But even so, the 3G/WiFi version of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 is still a great performer, but it’s just not on the same level with the LTE model.

Anyway, according to some benchmark tests held by some tech sites on the net, both Toshiba Excite and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 managed to grab some decent scores.

Toshiba Excite Write with its Tegra 4 processor reached 12.272 points in Quadrant v2, 26.696 points in Antutu and 851.03 points in Sunspider 0.9.1.

On the flip side, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 also looked impressive in Antutu benchmark test with 32.408 points. Meanwhile, in GFXBench T-Rex HD (on screen), this note tablet managed to run the app in 13.8 fps (frame rate per second).

As far as the gaming performance goes, basically you can play any kind of games on any of these devices.

Even the latest and most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted or even GTA San Andreas, all can be played perfectly in buttery smooth performance, either on Toshiba Excite Write or Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

And their battery lives are also great and long lasting, even for doing heavy stuff like gaming. So you can play games on these 2 devices for very solid long hours.

Not to mention, the support of expandable storage via microSD card slot will also provide more storage space to keep as many games as you want on any of these tablets.

So between the 2, I’ve gotta to say that they both are great gaming tablets. In fact, they are still 2 of the best gaming tablets on the market right now.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

My Personal Opinions

So we’ve finally come to the final conclusion of this comparison review. But which is the best gaming tablet in this review?

Well, both tablets are actually incredibly powerful in performance, especially for gaming.

And you cannot do wrong if you pick any of these 2 tablets as the choice of your gaming device because they both are more than happier to execute any of your favorite games. No doubt about that.

So is it worth it to buy any of these tablets especially for gaming? The answer is of course YES. Either Toshiba Excite Write or Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 is an incredible gaming tablet.

However, as a note-dedicated device, I think it’s really obvious here that Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 is the one that deserves to claim the throne as the best note tablet, thanks to its amazing S-Pen stylus.

Meanwhile, the stylus of Toshiba Excite Write, as well as its writing experience is definitely not so great especially compared to the S-Pen of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

The good thing is, Toshiba Excite Write is still on the same page here with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 when it comes to hardware specs.

It has a super-sharp display with 2560x1600 pixels resolution, 2GB of RAM, a powerful Tegra 4 processor, 72-core GPU, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, a huge 33Wh battery and the support of expandable storage for up to 32GB.

So I think its expensive price is still acceptable here because it comes with flagship quality specs.

But then again, if the tablet you’re looking for is a tablet that has great writing experience, then Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 is definitely your best choice here.

On the other hand, if you’re only looking for a reliable gaming tablet that has great specs and it also happens to offer note experience with its stylus, then Toshiba Excite Write can also be a decent option for you.

Both tablets are great.

But Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 is of course the one with the best note experience. In fact, it is the best on the market right now, alongside Apple iPad Pro, Nvidia Shield Tablet, Microsoft Surface Pro or HP Slate7 Extreme.

Pros and Cons

Toshiba Excite Write

Pros:
  • it’s really expensive
  • a super-sharp and gorgeous 2.5K display
  • insanely powerful gaming performance
  • great set of cameras, including LED flash
  • a huge 33Wh battery (mAh)
  • the support of digital pen
  • huge 2GB of RAM
  • microSD card support for up to 32GB
Cons:
  • the note experience on this device is not that good
  • Tegra 4 processor is plagued with overheating issue
  • generic looking design

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014)

Pros:
  • powerful Snapdragon 800 processor
  • great for playing games
  • amazing stylus experience with S-Pen
  • great quality cameras with LED flash
  • solid battery life
  • the support of expandable storage for up to 64GB
  • premium looking design with faux leather finish
Cons:
  • the performance of regular 3G/WiFi model is not as fast as the LTE variant
  • TouchWiz software is bulky, filled with gimmicky features
  • there’s still no upgrade/sequel of this tablet

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Nvidia Shield Tablet vs HP Slate8 Pro: Comparison, Gaming Performance and Benchmarks

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I think it’s weird that I’ve never done the comparison between Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro in my previous reviews especially seeing how they both have some in common here and there in hardware department.

First of all, they both are running on Tegra processors, although Nvidia Shield Tablet gets the better treatment here with the latest and greatest Tegra K1 processor. And then, they also are packing 8-inch displays with slightly similar resolutions.

So with all of these similarities found on both devices, I think today is the best time for me to finally bring them up in my next comparison review.

Nvidia Shield Tablet vs HP Slate8 Pro benchmarks and gaming performance

I think this would be quite interesting to find out and explore more about the whole thing of both devices, especially with their gaming capabilities.

Well, if you’re on the same page with me and you wanna know more about how the comparison goes between these 2 tablets, as well as my take on their gaming performances, then check this one out, my comparison review between Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro.

Hope you enjoy reading it!

Introduction

I think it’s really amazing to see how aggressive Nvidia has really been for the past couple of years, especially in introducing console-quality gaming through its Tegra lineup.

From the early Tegra 2 dual-core that were found powering some older-gen tablets like Acer Iconia Tab A500, Motorola Xoom or Sony Tablet P, all the way to the present with the latest and greatest Tegra K1 processor embedded inside new-gen devices like Nvidia Shield Tablet or Xiaomi Mi Pad.

And all of these Tegra-powered tablets are no doubt really great in performance, especially for gaming. In fact, almost all of them have been some of the best gaming tablets on the market in their eras.

HP Slate8 Pro is no exception. Thanks to its Tegra 4 quad-core processor and its staggering 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, you can literally throw any games on this device and it will just execute them in buttery smooth performance without any lag.

The same applies to Nvidia Shield Tablet with its Tegra K1 processor that will be more than happier to accommodate any hardcore gamer out there to play their favorite games on Android platform.

But the questions are, with all of the great powerful gaming performance found on both tablets, which one between Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one is the best in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these devices especially to play heavy games?

Design

I probably will not talk about the designs of Nvidia Shield Tablet here because I’ve already done that a lot in many of my previous reviews. So if you want to learn more about that, go check out my older reviews of Nvidia Shield Tablet on this website.

So basically this tablet still inherits almost every design element found on the predecessor, Nvidia Tegra Note.

So there are dual-front-speaker grilles on the left and right bezels (in landscape mode) and the front-side also has dual-color layer (black and grey), which makes this tablet look stylish and sophisticated.

Meanwhile, the design of HP Slate8 Pro actually looks similar just like the iPad mini because it also uses 4:3 aspect ratio on its 8-inch display, the same aspect ratio used on the 7.9-inch display of Apple’s mini tablet.

So this tablet seems to be wider horizontally, as opposed to the 16:9 aspect ratio of Nvidia Shield Tablet that makes this tablet look thinner in portrait mode.

So the experience of watching movies, reading books, browsing the web or playing games definitely feel better and satisfying on HP Slate8 Pro because this tablet provides much bigger screen real estate than on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

But the consequence is, it’s probably not ideal to use HP Slate8 Pro single-handedly because it's pretty huge to hold with one hand.

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Nvidia Shield TabletHP Slate8 Pro
No SIM
Released 2014, July
390 g (Weight)
DirectStylus 2
8.0 inchCapacitive touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16M colors (~283 ppi pixel density)
Dual bass reflex port audio enhancement
Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
ULP GeForce Kepler 192-core GPU
microSD Memory Card slot for up to 128GB
Internal 16 GB
2 GB RAM
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth
microUSB
5 MP rear-facing camera (2592 ? 1944 pixels) autofocus touch focus, HDR
5 MP front-facing camera with HDR
HTML5 Browser
No Radio
GPS
Java MIDP emulator
HDMI port
19.75 Wh Li-Ion battery
Released December 2013
8.0 inch Capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1600 pixels, (~250 ppi pixel density)
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Nvidia Tegra 4 T40 S Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
8 MP Camera, autofocus, LED flash
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
16 GB Internal storage
1 GB RAM
Bluetooth
USB
No SIM
No EDGE
No Data
GPRS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
No Radio
GPS
Java
Beats Audio sound enhancement
Non-removable Li-Po 5680 mAh battery
Up to 11 hours 30 min (multimedia) Talk time

As far as the specs goes, Nvidia Shield Tablet looks shinier here than HP Slate8 Pro.

So first of all, its 8-inch screen is sporting higher 1920x1200 pixels resolution (full HD resolution), as opposed to the 8-inch display of HP Slate8 Pro that comes with slightly lower 1600x1200 pixels.

And then, there are 2GB of RAM, a more powerful Tegra K1 processor coupled with 192-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP cameras front and back without LED flash, Android 4.4.2 KitKat comes out of the box which is upgradable to Lollipop, microSD card support for up to 128 GB and the 19.75Wh battery powering this tablet.

Meanwhile, as an older-gen tablet, HP Slate8 Pro comes second in specs. It’s powered by a Tegra 4 quad-core processor with 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, its RAM is 1GB, the cameras are 8MP on the back and another one on the front (720p), there’s also Beats Audio sound enhancement, while 5680mAh battery is running the engine.

Screen, UI and Battery Life

In terms of sharpness, of course Nvidia Shield Tablet has the edge here against HP Slate8 Pro. And that’s clearly because its 8-inch screen is sporting much higher resolution (1920x1200 pixels) than the 8-inch display of HP Slate8 Pro (1600x1200 pixels).

So browsing the web or reading books on Nvidia Shield Tablet definitely gets the most benefit here because the text will look sharp and crisp even in overview (without zooming in).

But even so, the screen sharpness of HP Slate8 Pro is still exquisite because the amount of pixels on its screen is not significantly different with the display on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

Interestingly, the 8-inch screen of HP Slate8 Pro uses unorthodox 4:3 aspect ratio, which is the same aspect ratio found on the 7.9-inch display of iPad mini.

As a result, this makes this tablet look wider horizontally, thus giving a much bigger screen real estate in portrait mode.

So reading books, browsing the web, watching movies or playing games is definitely more pleasing to do on HP Slate8 Pro than on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

On software side, both Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro are running on stock Android OS. So if you’re already familiar with pure stock UI of Android with less customizations, then you can totally find it here on both devices.

The homescreen layout is standard, there are app drawer, widget element, Google Now, drop-down notification/setting window and many more.

And as an older-gen device, of course HP Slate8 Pro comes pre-installed an older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software here, while Nvidia Shield Tablet looks more updated with its Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which is upgradeable to Lollipop.

The good thing of using stock Android UI is, not only do these 2 tablets run much faster and smoother in performance, but they are also more efficient with the use of memory/RAM and especially power, providing much better longevity of battery lives on both tablets.

However, according to some benchmark test held by tech sites on the web, Nvidia Shield Tablet surprisingly is not very good when it comes to battery life.

So it could only last around 5 hours and 46 minutes for browsing with WiFi. Meanwhile, HP Slate8 Pro looks better here in battery life by reaching over 11 hours and 30 minutes for doing video playback, which is really impressive.

Luckily, Nvidia Shield Tablet is upgradeable to Android 5.1 Lollipop. And this newer version of OS brings major improvements especially in battery life. So hopefully, by upgrading to Lollipop, the battery life of this Nvidia's tablet could be improved much further.

Cameras

If you’re really into photography, then you’ll be glad to hear that the cameras, especially the rear one, on each Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro is more than capable to take decent quality photos or videos.

Nvidia Shield Tablet is equipped with 5MP cameras front and back, while HP Slate8 Pro looks more promising here with its 8MP camera on the back, accompanied with another 720p front-facing shooter.

I know that mega pixel count doesn’t have anything to do with picture quality, but I believe the photos taken by the rear camera of HP Slate8 Pro will provide more details than on Nvidia’s slate.

Even so, you can still count on the rear-facing camera of Nvidia Shield Tablet because the predecessor (Nvidia Tegra Note) actually has a great quality rear camera (based on many video reviews).

So I assume that Nvidia will also use the same or even better camera sensor on Nvidia Shield Tablet, especially given that this tablet is a flagship device from this company.

Anyway, there’s an LED flash provided on the rear-camera of HP Slate8 Pro, as opposed to Nvidia Shield Tablet that doesn’t have it. So taking photo or recording videos at night in low-light situations is definitely more ideal to do with HP Slate8 Pro.

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Playing games has always been one of the most favorite things to do on any tablets. It’s no exception with Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro.

In fact, thanks to their Tegra processors, these 2 tablets are extremely powerful for playing games.

So you can literally throw any games on any of these devices and they will be more than happier to execute your favorite games in buttery smooth performance, even in full highest graphics.

From simple games like Angry Birds or The Simpson Tapped Out to much heavier and more graphically-demanding titles like Half Life 2 or GTA San Andreas, all can be played perfectly on Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro.

As far as hardware is concerned, HP Slate8 Pro comes with a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, coupled with 72-core GeForce ULP GPU. Sadly, it only has 1GB of RAM, which is not huge enough for today’s gaming.

Meanwhile, Nvidia Shield Tablet looks more superior here with the latest and greatest Tegra K1 quad-core processor, accompanied with 192-core Kepler GPU. Not to mention, there’s also 2GB of RAM to provide much smoother multitasking on this device.

In terms of gaming performance, of course Nvidia Shield Tablet has the edge here compared to HP Slate8 Pro. And that’s clearly because its Tegra K1 processor provides more horsepower especially in graphical department.

So no wonder if this tablet has the capability to play not only regular Android games, but also many other console-quality games that are ported straightly from PC/console to Tegra K1 hardware.

There are many games that you can play perfectly on Nvidia Shield Tablet, like: Half Life 2, Portal, Odworld: Stranger’s Wrath, Trine 2, GTA Liberty City, Need for Speed: No Limit (more advanced graphics and visual effects) and many more.

Unfortunately, there’s no Bioshock is available for this tablet because this game is exclusive only for iOS devices.

Besides playing those high-performing Tegra K1 games, you can also throw regular Android games like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne, NOVA 3, Gangstar Vegas or GTA San Andreas on Nvidia Shield Tablet and this tablet has no problem at all to handle any of these titles.

The same thing also happens to HP Slate8 Pro. Despite using an older-gen Tegra 4 processor, HP Slate8 Pro is still a powerful gaming tablet though.

So you can also play the aforementioned games above, like GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 5, NOVA 3, Need for Speed No Limits or Asphalt 8: Airborne on this device.

Interestingly, according to what I’ve heard from some random Android gaming websites, Half Life 2 actually can be played on Tegra 4 devices, including HP Slate8 Pro. It goes the same with Portal and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath.

Sadly “Trine 2” cannot be played on Tegra 4 tablets. So if you love this 2D platform game, you might want to pick up Nvidia Shield Tablet instead.

Between the 2, of course I will straightly go with Nvidia Shield Tablet because it obviously has better more powerful gaming performance than HP Slate8 Pro.

And it also comes with Nvidia gaming controller (sold separately). So the gaming experience will be more immersive on Nvidia Shield Tablet with this controller.

Not to mention, this tablet is also supported with expandable storage via microSD card slot for up to 128GB. So you can install as many games as you want without deleting the existing files or games on this device, which is awesome.

Even so, HP Slate8 Pro is still a great powerful tablet, especially for gaming. And you can also put many games on this device, thanks to the support of expandable storage via microSD card slot for up to 32GB.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

My Personal Opinions

Well..well.well, we’ve finally come to the final conclusion of this comparison review. So which one gets the crown here in this review? Is it Nvidia Shield Tablet? Or otherwise, is it HP Slate8 Pro?

Okay, both Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro are great tablets. No doubt about that. And they are also really amazing for playing games.

They have high-grade specs, they perform really fast and smooth, their cameras take great pictures and overall, they are just great for enjoying media entertainment contents like movies, books or music.

However, as a newer-gen tablet, of course Nvidia Shield Tablet is the one that has more horsepower especially in graphical performance than HP Slate8 Pro.

Not to mention, this Nvidia’s slate is also equipped with an amazing digital pen called “Direct Stylus 2” as well as its own port.

And for your information, the writing experience of DirectStylus 2 on Nvidia Shield Tablet is really awesome and realistic, just like writing on a real paper. In fact, it is on the same level with the S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note devices.

So not only can you write some simple notes with Direct Stylus 2, but you can literally create some beautiful paintings out of this digital pen.

However, HP Slate8 Pro is also a top notch performer just like Nvidia Shield Tablet. As a matter of fact, this tablet impressively has better and more efficient battery life than Nvidia’s slate.

So you can play games on this device as long as you want for very long hours.

Bottom line, any of these devices is a really great quality tablet. In fact, they both are still 2 of the best gaming tablets on the market right now.

And the good news is, as I’ve seen lately on Amazon, both of them are currently not very expensive to buy.

Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 is now available on Amazon for just $199 for the basic 16GB model. But I heard, this model doesn’t come with stylus, so you need to buy it separately.

Meanwhile, the refurbished model of HP Slate8 Pro can now be had for just $130 on Amazon.

So if you’re still on the street looking for a great reliable gaming tablet, then look no further because Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro are 2 tablets you don’t wanna miss.

Anyway, to end this comparison review, let me answer some of the questions I’ve previously asked above:

Which one between Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

They both are actually great powerful gaming tablets. No doubt about that. And HP Slate8 Pro also has the power to run some Tegra K1 games, like Half Life 2, Portal or OddWorld: Stranger’s Wrath. However, if you ask me which one is more powerful, of course it is Nvidia Shield Tablet.

It’s got the latest and greatest Tegra K1 processor, which obviously is way more powerful than Tegra 4 processor found inside HP Slate8 Pro.

And it also offers a lot of great things like amazing digital pen, bigger expandable storage support, bigger RAM, a much sharper display and it also comes with its own specific gaming controller (sold separately).

Which one is the best in the whole aspect?

In the whole aspect, I’ve also got to say that Nvidia Shield Tablet totally grabs the crown here in this regard.

It has an amazing digital pen experience (DirectStylus 2), more powerful gaming performance, better sound quality (dual-speaker grilles), bigger RAM and a much sharper display.

However, HP Slate8 Pro actually also has its own strengths compared to Nvidia Shield Tablet, like its more stronger battery life, higher 8MP rear camera that has LED flash and it also comes with the support of Beats Audio, which makes the gaming experience totally awesome and immersive on this device.

But even so, both Nvidia Shield Tablet and HP Slate8 Pro are equally great quality tablets in the whole aspect.

I mean, they are great for playing games, watching movies, reading books, browsing the web and you can literally do anything with any of these devices.

Is it worth it to buy any of these devices especially to play heavy games?

YES.. yes of course. It’s just no-brainer that any of these 2 devices is really worth it to buy, especially for gaming. You cannot make any mistake if you buy either Nvidia Shield Tablet or HP Slate8 Pro to accommodate your hobby of being a hardcore gamer.

They are AWESOME!!

Pros and Cons

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Pros:
  • an insanely sharp full HD display
  • powerful performance, especially for gaming
  • decent quality cameras
  • amazing digital pen experience just like writing on a real paper
  • good sound quality thanks to dual-speaker grilles
  • pure stock Android UI
  • upgradeable to Android Lollipop
  • elegant design
  • expandable storage wit microSD card slot for up to 128GB
  • it’s really cheap, at just $199
Cons:
  • battery life is average, but could be improved with Lollipop update
  • Tegra K1 processor is really power hungry

HP Slate8 Pro

Pros:
  • a sharp display (almost full HD resolution)
  • microSD card slot support for up to 32GB
  • decent quality cameras, especially the rear one
  • powerful gaming performance
  • great screen aspect ratio
  • solid battery life
  • pure stock Android UI with less customizations
  • LED flash on its rear-camera
  • it’s cheap right now (refurbished is around $140, which is totally worth it)
Cons:
  • Tegra 4 processor is usually plagued with overheating issue
  • there’s no stylus just like its sibling, HP Slate7 Extreme
  • it only has 1GB of RAM

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Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad Air: Comparison, Gaming Performance and Benchmarks

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad Air: Comparison, Gaming Performance and BenchmarksHi guys, welcome back!

The first time I saw Google Nexus 10, I was like “damn, this tablet is so powerful!!”. I mean, look at its super-high-resolution display (2560x1600 pixels). And then, its fast powerful performance, its huge-sized battery, its sharp-taking cameras and the list goes on.

Yes, Google Nexus 10 has all of that in its package. This tablet is just really impressive in many ways. In fact, this Google Nexus tablet is still one of the best tablets on the market right now, alongside Apple iPad Air.

Talking about Apple iPad Air, we all know that, despite being an older-gen iPad, the first-gen iPad Air is still the company’s best selling tablet even until today. It’s still selling like hot cakes for sure.

Well, what’s not to like from this device?

It’s really sleek, its full metal unibody feels really solid and premium, its performance is fast, it has smooth operating system and it’s a perfect machine to do anything, even to play games.

But Google Nexus 10 also has all the same quality to compete head-to-head with this Apple’s machine.

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad Air benchmarks and gaming performance

It has an insanely sharp resolution display, its performance is really fast, it comes with decent quality cameras, its software runs smooth and it’s also a great media-consumption device.

So this is why I thought it would be nice to compare these 2 high-end flagship tablets and see which one of them is the most powerful tablet in this review, especially for playing games.

It’s also really interesting to compare and explore more about all the entire sectors between these 2 tablets.

Well, if you're also interested as i am to find out about the comparison between these Google and Apple's tablets, as well as my take on their gaming performances, then here check this one out, my comparison review between Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air.

Enjoy!

Introduction

I totally remember when Google made its Nexus 10 official to the public.

It actually happened at Mountain View, Google’s own headquarter, all 'thanks' to hurricane Sandy that attacked New York a couple of years ago.

In that same time, Google also unveiled its Nexus 4 smartphone by the way.

There are many things that make this tablet so impressive in many ways. First of all, it’s got an insanely sharp display with the resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, which is not very often to see even on today's tablets or laptops.

But its screen is not the only one that makes Google Nexus 10 a worth buying tablet.

Its performance is powerful, it has a huge 2GB of RAM and a gigantic 9000mAh battery, it comes with decent quality cameras that take amazing pictures, its design looks unique and appealing and it’s also really amazing for playing games.

The same thing also applies to Apple iPad Air. Most of us already know how incredible this tablet really is.

It has a sleek design with premium metal unibody, its rear iSight camera is superior for taking photos and recording videos, it handles all games on App Store smoothly, its battery life is solid and pretty much everything about this tablet is just perfect.

But the questions remain. With all of the great stuff found on both tablets, which one between these 2 devices is the best gaming tablet in this review?

Which one is the best media-consumption tablet?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets especially for playing heavy 3D games?

Hopefully, we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions right at the end of this review? So be sure to stick around!

Design

As far as the design goes, I think it’s very obvious that Apple iPad Air will claim the throne here as the one with the best design and build quality.

Well, that’s actually true because not only does iPad Air have solid build quality with its full metal finish, but it’s also really thin and feels convenient to use single-handedly.

It feels like holding a thin book, according to Apple when it announced this tablet the very first time.

Something that is so interesting about its design is that, Apple never made such a complete overhaul to the overall design of its tablet.

I mean, look at every iPad from time to time, each of them still looks pretty similar one to another - a sleek tablet with full metal finish, although there are still some design changes here and there.

This is the opposite with what happens to Google Nexus 10.

Unlike iPad Air that is entirely dominated with full metal finish all over the place (except the screen of course), Google Nexus 10 uses matte finish that feels really comfortable to hold in the hands (according to MKBHD on YouTube).

This tablet also has unique characteristics on its design that make it look stand out in the competition. Weirdly, despite having chubby rectangular design, Google Nexus 10 still looks really awesome and premium.

I believe Samsung, the one that manufactures this Google Nexus 10 tablet, is fully responsible with this design.

I know that Google takes over everything about its software, but when it comes to hardware, it’s very obvious that Samsung is totally in charge to design and to choose which internals that will be crammed inside this device.

Between the 2, I’ve got to say that both tablets have great looking designs. I know that Google Nexus 10 is not made out of aluminum materials nor it has sleek premium design just like iPad Air.

However, its soft-touch matte finish that is really comfortable to hold in the hands, has put this tablet on the same ergonomic level of iPad Air.

But of course, Apple iPad Air is definitely the one that comes out as the winner here in design department, all thanks to its full metal finish and slim design.

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Google Nexus 10Apple iPad Air
October 2012
10.1 inch Super PLS TFT 2560 x 1600 pixels (~299 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
Android OS v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat) and Lollipop
Dual-core Exynos 5250 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15
2 GB RAM
Mali-T604 GPU
5 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash
1.9 MP front-facing camera
No MicroSD card slot
16/32 GB Internal storage
No Radio
GPS
No Java
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC
USB
Bluetooth
Infrared Yes
Non-removable Li-Po 9000 mAh battery
LTE
Released November 2013
Nano-SIM
9.7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
iOS 7 (upgradable to iOS 8)
Apple A7 Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone ARM v8-based Chipset
PowerVR G6430 quad-core GPU
No micro card slot
16/32/64/128 GB Internal storage
1 GB RAM DDR3
5 MP
1.2 MP, 720p@30fps
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth v4.0GPS
No Radio
USB v2.0
Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
HTML5 (Safari) Browser
No Java
Siri natural language commands and dictation
iCloud cloud service
Non-removable Li-Po 8600 mAh battery (32.4 Wh)
Up to 10 hours (multimedia) for Talk time

Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air fall in the same high-end category. That means, both tablets are equipped with some flagship quality hardware specs.

Right from the screens, we can actually see how these 2 devices deserve to be positioned on high-end tablet market.

Apple iPad Air is sporting 1536x2048 pixels resolution on it 9.7 -inch display, while Google Nexus 10 looks more superior with its 10.1-inch display that comes with much higher 2560x1600 pixels resolution.

On the sector of performance, Google Nexus 10 and iPad Air are also on the same page here. So they both basically are extremely powerful and more than capable to handle some heavy tasks like watching high-resolution movies or playing some graphically demanding games.

And that’s thanks to Mali-T604 and Samsung Exynos 5250 dual-core processor found inside Google Nexus 10, as well as Apple A7 dual-core Cyclone processor and PowerVR G6430 GPU embedded beneath the iPad Air.

Google Nexus 10’s processor is clocked at 1.7GHz, while the A7 chipset on iPad Air is set with the clock speed of 1.3GHz.

However, Google’s tablet comes with much bigger 2GB of RAM, as opposed to the 1GB of RAM found inside the iPad Air, which actually is no surprise here given that iOS 7 is a very light-weight UI, compared to the stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean run on Google’s device.

The superiority of both tablets also continues on the sector of photography. Google Nexus 10 is equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera as well as 1.9MP shooter on the front, while Apple iPad Air also looks shiny with its 5MP iSight camera plus another 1.2MP front-facing snapper.

Meanwhile, in terms of battery life, any of these tablets are definitely well-prepared, thanks to their huge battery capacities, iPad Air comes a non-removable 8600mAh battery, while Google Nexus 10 gets a better treatment from Samsung with a much bigger 9000mAh battery.

Screen, UI and Battery Life

Screen is definitely one of the things that Google Nexus 10 is really superior at compared to Apple iPad Air.

And that’s because its 10.1-inch display is sporting much higher resolution (2560x1600 pixels) than the smaller 9.7-inch screen of iPad Air (1536x2048 pixels). So in terms of sharpness, of course Google’s tablet totally grabs the crown here from Apple’s slate.

It’s also really pleasing to look at the screen of Google Nexus 10 because it looks insanely sharp, vivid and gorgeous with over-saturated colors, similar just like when you see the Super AMOLED displays of Samsung’s flagship tablets that mostly have high level of color saturation.

So the colors look popping out, the sharpness is exquisite and everything that you throw on the screen of Google Nexus 10 just looks nice and crisp.

Anyway, on software side, both Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air are standing on 2 entirely different bandwagons here. Google’s tablet is running on Android platform, while iPad Air is of course more comfortable with its iOS 7.

So if you’re more into widgets and features, then you will feel at home with the stock Android UI of Google Nexus 10. But if you’re otherwise a huge fan of simple straight-forward UI, then iOS 7 on iPad Air is definitely the one to go.

Impressively, despite using a much higher resolution display, Google Nexus 10 is still capable to survive really long with its battery life.

And what makes it even more amazing is, this Google’s tablet comes with stock Android UI, which practically is much heavier than the iOS 7 of iPad Air, in terms of features and visual interface.

And this is why Google Nexus 10 needs bigger RAM (2GB) than iPad Air (1GB).

Anyway, according to battery benchmark test held by some tech websites across the web, Google Nexus 10 could last around 8 hours and 49 minutes in moderate use, followed by Apple iPad Air that also looked strong with its battery life, lasting over 8 hours and 40 minutes in the same moderate use.

But of course, the battery life of each tablet could drop even further to less than 6 hours if you mainly use it to do some heavy intense stuff in non-stop mode or without resting the screen at all, like for watching movies in marathon or playing heavy games in the row.

Cameras

Well, if you love photography, then you won’t make any mistake if you decide to buy any of these devices.

And that’s because the cameras on both Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air are more than happier to take some decent quality photos or videos.

So Google Nexus 10 is equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera, accompanied with another 1.9MP shooter on the front. Meanwhile, Apple iPad Air also looks really superior with its 5MP iSight camera on the back, as well as the other 1.2MP snapper on the front.

In terms of overall quality and sharpness, I think I don’t need to explain further about the rear camera of iPad Air because you probably already know that Apple devices are mostly great with their cameras.

As for Google Nexus 10, according to what I’ve seen on one video review on YouTube (Chris Nacca “oode”), the photos taken with the camera of this tablet look really amazing and sharp, especially for taking micro shots like flowers.

And thanks to its insanely sharp and gorgeous display, checking out photos on this device is definitely a pleasing experience.

Not to mention, it’s got an LED flash on its rear-facing camera, which is nowhere to be found on the Apple iPad Air.

So if you love taking photos at night when the lighting conditions are not ideal, you totally can count on the camera of Google Nexus 10 here.

Even so, the rear camera of Apple’s tablet is also pretty decent for taking low-light photos, despite not having LED flash. So you can also count on it if you love nighttime photography.

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If you’re looking for a great and reliable gaming tablet, then you’re looking at the right tablets here. Both Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air are no doubt really powerful for gaming.

So you can literally play any games that you’ve always want to play on any of these devices. And they all will run perfectly in buttery smooth performance.

Basically, and according to what I’ve seen on YouTube, Google Nexus 10 is capable to handle games like Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City, NOVA 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger and Need for Speed Most Wanted.

And all of these games run smoothly on this device, even in full highest graphics.

It goes the same with the Apple iPad Air actually.

Not only does this device have the horsepower to run some heavy and graphically-demanding titles like GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 4 or Need for Speed Most Wanted, but it’s also more than sufficient to play a much heavier game like Bioshock I.

The great thing is, when used to play heavy games, they both are really strong in terms of battery life.

So not only do they both have the performance, but they also are really ideal as gaming devices, thanks to their long lasting battery life.

Anyway, according to benchmark tests I found on the web, Google Nexus 10 managed to score impressive 13.563 point in Antutu v3, which is higher than the 5065 points held by Motorola Xoom with its Tegra 2 processor and 12703 points grabbed by Google Nexus 7 with its Tegra 3.

However, it’s still significantly lower than Google Nexus 9 with its Tegra K1 processor that managed to get insanely high 56.836 points.

On the flip side, Apple iPad Air score 1479 points in Geekbench 3/32 bit single-core, which amazingly is higher than Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 that managed to reach 915 points.

And this is so shocking because Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 is equipped with one powerful Snapdragon 801 processor and Adreno 330 GPU, which both are high-end chipsets on the market.

Weirdly, in GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen, Apple’s slate managed to run this benchmark app with 27 fps (frame rate per second), which is close to Sony Xperia Tablet Z2’s achievement with 27,6 fps.

But Apple’s tablet was beaten up by Google Nexus 9 in the same test with 41 fps, which means this app runs much faster and smoother on Google Nexus 9 than on iPad Air.

But then again, it’s not shocking because this Google Nexus 9 is powered by a super-powerful Tegra K1 processor. So no wonder.

Bottom line, both Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air are definitely 2 great powerful gaming tablets. And you won't make any mistake if you pick up any of these devices for gaming.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

My Personal Opinions

Well, from every aspect that I’ve explored from each Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air, I’ve come to the conclusion that these 2 tablets are both equally great either as media-consumption devices or gaming tablets.

In fact, they are 2 of the best gaming tablets on the market that you can buy right now.

They have sharp looking screens, their performances are really powerful, they both have decent quality cameras, their battery lives are really solid, they look elegant and premium with their designs and pretty much everything about these 2 tablets are just great overall.

So if you’re still on the street looking a great and reliable gaming tablet that is also great for watching movies, taking photos, recording videos, browsing the web, reading books or listening to music, then you’re on the right track here if you decide to buy either Google Nexus 10 or Apple iPad Air.

They both are really awesome!

Anyway, to finish this comparison review, let me answer some of the questions I’ve asked previously above. Here you go.

Which one between these 2 devices is the best gaming tablet in this review?

I think it’s really hard to answer this question because both tablets are equally great for playing games. And most of graphics-intense games will perform great and smoothly on any of these devices.

But if I have to choose, I probably will go with Google Nexus 10 here because it has a much sharper display, which will deliver a more immersive gaming experience given that everything inside the game will look sharp and gorgeous.

Even so, both Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air totally deserve to be the best gaming tablets in this review. They handle any games perfectly and smoothly.

Which one is the best tablet in the whole aspect?

Similar just like the previous question, I think both Google Nexus 10 and iPad Air are also equally great in the whole aspect. I mean, they have sharp and gorgeous screens, decent quality cameras, strong battery life, fast performances and they both are also really strong for gaming.

But then again, Google Nexus 10 has a much sharper display. And its rear-facing camera is also equipped with LED flash, which will come in handy in low-light photography.

So between the 2, I’ve got to say that Google Nexus 10 is definitely the one that comes out as the best tablet in the whole aspect.

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets especially for playing heavy 3D games?

Yes, totally. Both Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad Air are extremely powerful for playing games.

Pros and Cons

Google Nexus 10

Pros:
  • an insanely sharp display with 2.5k resolution
  • fast performance
  • powerful for gaming
  • 2GB of RAM
  • decent quality cameras
  • nice looking design with Samsung’s touch
  • amazing for enjoying media contents like movies, music, books, etc
  • huge battery capacity contributes to great long lasting battery life
  • LED flash
  • sufficient hardware to get the latest software updates
Cons:
  • design and build quality could be better just like Apple iPad Air
  • NO expandable storage

Apple iPad Air

Pros:
  • Premium design with full metal finish
  • fast and smooth performance
  • powerful for playing any games on App Store
  • gorgeous and sharp Retina display
  • amazing tablet for enjoying media entertainment contents
  • great quality cameras
  • solid and long lasting battery life
Cons:
  • NO expandable storage
  • NO LED flash
  • Expensive
  • it only has 1GB of RAM

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Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs HP Slate8 Pro: Comparison, Gaming Performance and Benchmarks

Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs HP Slate8 Pro: Comparison, Gaming Performance and BenchmarksHi guys, welcome back!

In the year of 2013, there were many tablets coming out like crazy on the market. From low-end devices like Asus MemoPad 7 HD, mid-end tablets like HP Slate8 Pro or Google Nexus 7, not to mention many other slates in high-end territory like iPad Air or Samsung GALAXY Note 8.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD is actually one of the tablets that has been discussed a lot in my previous reviews, which is pretty weird because this tablet is actually not that impressive compared to other affordable devices in terms of specs and performance, such as Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate7 Extreme.

But I think it’s still acceptable because Asus MemoPad 7 HD received a lot of great reviews around YouTube, which is pretty fantastic because this tablet used to cost $150 when it first came out in 2013.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs HP Slate8 Pro benchmarks and gaming performance

Meanwhile, the challenger for Asus MemoPad 7 HD in this comparison review, HP Slate8 Pro, is also an impressive tablet in many ways.

If you haven’t known already, HP Slate8 Pro is an amazing tablet from HP. It’s got a sharp display (almost full HD), powerful gaming performance (thanks to Tegra 4) and it also has a great aspect ratio.

However, it doesn’t seem that this HP’s device gets what it deserves on tablet market, either in sales or recognition. I mean, despite being a powerful and great gaming tablet, there are not many reviews or discussions involving HP Slate8 Pro around YouTube.

So this is why I thought it would be interesting to bring up again HP Slate8 Pro in my next comparison review against Asus' affordable slate – Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

So if you wanna see how this review goes between these 2 devices, especially my take on their gaming performances, then here check this one out, my comparison review between Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate8 Pro.

Introduction

Around 3 years ago, HP made a great move by releasing a bunch of new Android tablets under the SLATE series.

If I’m not mistaken, there were 3 tablets under this series that got launched by HP in 2013 - from the low-end HP Slate7 Plus (Tegra 3), the mid-ranger HP Slate7 Extreme and of course, the high-end one, HP Slate8 Pro.

HP Slate8 Pro actually is on the same level here with HP Slate7 Extreme when it comes performance. And that’s because both devices are running on the same Tegra 4 quad-core processor.

However, as a high-end variant in HP SLATE family, of course HP Slate8 Pro gets a much better treatment from HP than HP Slate7 Extreme, especially in terms of spec sheet.

And that’s true because HP Slate8 Pro has a larger, wider and much sharper display (almost full HD), better cameras, bigger battery and it also comes with a nicer looking design than its sibling.

However, unlike HP Slate7 Extreme that comes with a digital pen at its disposal (DirectStylus), HP Slate8 Pro doesn’t have it, which is unfortunate because with its huge screen real estate and wide aspect ratio, I thought it would be nice to use the stylus on this device.

Anyway, the challenger for HP Slate8 Pro in this review, which is Asus MemoPad 7 HD, is of course not on the same page with HP’s device, especially in spec sheet.

However, one of the things that in my opinion, is pretty impressive about Asus MemoPad 7 HD is actually its price, which is really cheap for a tablet made by Asus.

So when it first came out, Asus MemoPad 7 HD only cost $150. But amazingly, even with that cheap price point, there are some great things to appreciate from this affordable device.

For example, according to CNET on YouTube, this tablet has a gorgeous 720p display, while a reviewer on PhoneArena praised the rear-camera of this device. So I can tell Asus MemoPad 7 HD is still a pretty good device in low-end category.

However, between these 2 tablets: which one is the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one is the best tablet in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these devices, especially for playing games?

Soon you’re gonna find out the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

Design

As far as the design goes, I think HP Slate8 Pro is on the better position here against Asus MemoPad 7 HD. But it’s acceptable given that HP’s tablet carries a higher price tag than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

One thing that is so interesting about the design of HP Slate8 Pro is actually its screen size and aspect ratio that strike the resemblance with the Retina display on iPad mini.

So HP Slate8 Pro comes with an 8-inch display adopting the 4:3 aspect ratio, slightly similar like the mini iPad with its 7.9-inch screen and the same 4:3 aspect ratio.

So of course, this makes HP Slate8 Pro appear to be wider horizontally unlike other regular Android tablets out there that mostly use 16:9 aspect ratio, which on the other hand, makes them look thin in portrait mode.

I’ve got to say that it is a great decision by HP to use this aspect ratio because it will enhance the experience of using this tablet, especially for watching movies, reading books, browsing the web and playing games.

However, by using this aspect ratio is, it actually makes it harder to use this tablet single-handedly because the width of the tablet is much bigger than the size of our palm. So when you use this tablet, you always have to hold it with your two hands.

The opposite happens to Asus MemoPad 7 HD as this tablet comes with16:9 aspect ratio on its 7-inch display.

As a result, the tablet appears to be thinner than the width size of HP Slate8 Pro in portrait mode.

So the experience of using this tablet, especially for enjoying media contents is definitely different than on HP Slate8 Pro.

In terms of design, I think there’s nothing special about Asus MemoPad 7 HD. I mean, this tablet looks generic and has no characteristic on it that makes it look unique and stand out against the competition on the market.

According to CNET, this Asus’ tablet feels really cheap with its design and also its glossy plastic finish.

The sharp edges found on the top and bottom sides around this tablet also make it really uncomfortable to hold in the hands, which totally ruins the whole experience of using this device.

Between the 2, I think it’s really obvious that HP Slate8 Pro comes out as the winner here thanks to its more appealing design and wider aspect ratio. Not to mention, the HP logos on the front and rear sides totally make this tablet look professional and elegant.

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Asus MemoPad 7 HDHP Slate8 Pro
No SIM
Released July 2013
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels (~216 ppi pixel density)
Quad-core Mediatek MT8125 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
PowerVR SGX544 GPU
1 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB
5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
1.2 MP front-facing camera
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11
No Radio
GPS
Java MIDP emulator
Bluetooth
USB
Non-removable Li-Po battery
Released December 2013
8.0 inch Capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1600 pixels, (~250 ppi pixel density)
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Nvidia Tegra 4 T40 S Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
8 MP Camera, autofocus, LED flash
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
16 GB Internal storage
1 GB RAM
Bluetooth
USB
No SIM
No EDGE
No Data
GPRS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
No Radio
GPS
Java
Beats Audio sound enhancement
Non-removable Li-Po 5680 mAh battery
Up to 11 hours 30 min (multimedia) Talk time

Under the hood, HP Slate8 Pro looks really strong here in terms of specs than Asus MemoPad 7 HD. First of all, its display is bigger, 8-inches with higher 1200x1600 pixels resolution (almost full HD).

Try compare that to Asus MemoPad 7 HD that is only packing a smaller 7-inch screen with lower 1280x800 pixels.

And the superiority of HP Slate8 Pro continues to other sectors of this device, from its more powerful Tegra 4 processor, a higher 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, bigger battery capacity and of course, a staggering 72-core GPU.

Meanwhile, Asus MemoPad 7 HD looks really humble or mediocre, if you would, with its hardware.

Its Mediatek MT8125 processor along with PowerVR SGX544 is less powerful, its rear-facing camera has lower 5MP sensor with no LED flash and I believe its battery capacity is not any bigger, which is why this tablet has average battery life.

The good thing though, Asus MemoPad 7 HD comes with the support of expandable storage for up to 32GB, similar just like what you can get on HP Slate8 Pro with its microSD card support.

But overall, I think it’s very obvious here why HP Slate8 Pro is more expensive than Asus MemoPad 7 HD. HP's device is just way better in terms of specs and performance than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

Screen, UI and Battery Life

Anyway, starting from now on, I will discuss about the screen, UI and battery life of the tablet I’m reviewing, all in the same one section, in order to make it simple.

Besides, I’ve already talked a lot about these 3 elements of almost all the tablets I have reviewed on this website. So I don’t think it’s necessary anymore to explain them again and again in the future comparison reviews.

Okay first, let me start with Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

So Asus MemoPad 7 HD, as its name suggests, indeed is a 7-inch tablet sporting the 720p or HD resolution.

And its display is adopting the 16:9 aspect ratio, which is nothing special here because that's the same aspect ratio that most of 7-inch tablets out there are using.

The opposite happens to HP Slate8 Pro as this tablet comes with an 8-inch display with very unorthodox 1200x1600 pixels resolution, which can be considered as close to full HD (1200x1920 pixels).

Interestingly, unlike most of Android counterparts on the market, HP Slate8 Pro uses 4:3 aspect ratio, the same ratio used by iPad mini on its 7.9-inch display.

So compared to Asus MemoPad 7 HD, of course the display of HP Slate8 Pro will appear to be wider in portrait mode, making it slightly harder to use single-handedly.

However, this bigger screen real estate actually gives a much better pleasing experience to users especially for enjoying media/entertainment contents like movies, books or games because the screen is much wider.

On the other hand, the screen of Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its 16:9 aspect ratio of course looks thinner in portrait mode, but it actually makes it easier for users to hold it with one hand, while the other hand can conveniently control the screen.

Speaking about visual interface or UI, Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate8 Pro stand on entirely different bandwagons here, Asus’ tablet comes pre-installed with heavily-customized UI from Asus, while HP’s device is more comfortable to run on the pure stock Android UI.

So there will be some new added features as well as customized visual interface found on the UI of Asus MemoPad 7 HD, while HP Slate8 Pro looks quite standard with its stock Android UI just like any Nexus devices.

But it’s actually great for the battery life of HP Slate8 Pro.

So thanks to HP’s decision to go with the stock Android UI, not only does this tablet perform fast and smooth in higher resolution screen, but it’s also capable to last much longer in battery life, which is shown by its impressive 11 hours and 30 minutes of battery life for doing video playback entirely (according to benchmark test).

Meanwhile, Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its heavily-customized UI is no doubt more power hungry than HP Slate8 Pro.

And that can be seen in battery benchmark test held by some tech site which showed its capability to survive only in 6 hours and 10 minutes in moderate use.

The good thing is, Asus has provided this tablet with some extra features like battery saving mode that allows users to adjust some specific settings in order to control its power usage, like screen brightness, internet connectivity limitation, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.

This will help make this tablet more efficient with the use of power, thus ensuring its great longevity of battery life.

Cameras

As a more expensive tablet, of course HP Slate8 Pro has the superiority in some departments that makes it a better tablet than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

And that’s true because in photography department, HP Slate8 Pro looks more promising with its cameras than Asus’ device, especially in mega pixel count.

So HP Slate8 Pro features an 8MP camera on the back with the support of LED flash, while the other 1.2MP camera can be found on the front side to do selfies (yeah, like there’s no other things to do besides taking selfies, huh?).

On the other hand, Asus MemoPad 7 HD has a lower 5MP rear-facing camera with another 1.2MP shooter on the front. Not to mention, there’s no LED flash found on this device.

So if you love taking photos at night with very low lighting, it’s probably not ideal to use Asus MemoPad 7 HD. Instead, you can count on the 8MP rear camera of HP Slate8 Pro as this tablet already comes with LED flash.

As far as camera quality is concerned, HP Slate8 Pro is probably more reliable here for photography than Asus MemoPad 7 HD because, obviously, its rear-facing camera has higher megapixel count and it’s also equipped with LED flash.

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any photo or video taken with the rear camera of HP Slate8 Pro. So to be perfectly honest, I’ve got nothing to share here in this regard.

I know that mega pixel count doesn’t have anything to do with picture quality.

But if the camera sensor used on HP Slate8 Pro is as good as the camera of its sibling, HP Slate7 Extreme (which takes great shots by the way), then you can totally count on HP Slate8 Pro for taking photos/videos, especially when knowing that this tablet is a flagship model in HP SLATE series.

Amazingly, the same thing actually happens also on Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

So according to CNET and PhoneArena, this tablet amazingly is capable to take some decent quality photos/videos out of its rear-facing camera, which is unbelievable given its cheap $150 price tag (when it first came out).

And most of us always think that cheap budget tablet below $200 usually will suck in quality with their cameras.

However, you cannot expect its rear camera to be as good as the cameras of flagship devices like iPad mini or Samsung GALAXY Note 8.

Even so, for an affordable $150 tablet, in my opinion, I think Asus MemoPad 7 HD is still a pretty good performer here in photography.

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I think the best way to know which one between these 2 tablets is the best gaming tablet in this review is definitely by seeing how they perform individually when playing some of the latest and the most graphically-demanding games on the market.

So according to some video reviews I’ve seen on YouTube (which you can see too on my theGametabletz YouTube channel), Asus MemoPad 7 HD doesn’t look so impressive when it comes to gaming performance.

Even though this tablet is capable to handle some heavy 3D games like GTA III, Dead Trigger and ShadowGun Deadzone all in high graphics and all run smoothly, this Asus’ tablet still suffers a lot when thrown with one heavy game from Rockstars Games called GTA Vice City.

I believe this game could only run in medium quality graphics, not in full graphics.

The worst part is, GTA Vice City is not even a new game. So I have doubts that GTA San Andreas can run smoothly on Asus MemoPad 7 HD, especially in full highest graphics.

However, that is the opposite with what happens to HP Slate8 Pro.

So thanks to Tegra 4 quad-core processor embedded beneath this tablet, as well as its staggering 72-core of GeForce ULP GPU, this tablet is definitely a real beast when it comes to playing games.

There’s no Android game that cannot be played by this tablet. All games that you see today on the market, even the latest and most graphics intense titles on Google Play Store, all can be played perfectly on HP Slate8 Pro in buttery smooth performance.

Even with only 1 tiny GB of RAM, HP Slate8 Pro has no problem at all when used entirely as a gaming device. And this is not very shocking because we all know that Tegra 4 processor is extremely powerful especially for gaming.

In fact, Tegra processors have been heavily marketed by Nvidia as gaming processors, given its superiority in graphical performance.

So no wonder if many Tegra-equipped devices out there on the market are mostly great for playing heavy 3D games, like the first-gen Google Nexus 7, HP Slate7 Extreme, Xiaomi MiPad, Nvidia Shield Tablet or even a low-end HP Slate7 Plus.

With HP Slate8 Pro, you can actually play many great games, including newer titles that are really heavy in terms of graphics and visual effects.

To name a few, there are: Modern Combat 4 and 5, NOVA 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Need for Speed: No Limits, Dead Trigger 2 and even GTA San Andreas. And all of these games will run smoothly even in full highest graphics.

The other great thing about HP Slate8 Pro is its strong capability to handle Tegra K1 games that are made specifically for Nvidia Shield Tablet or Xiaomi Mi Pad.

So HP Slate8 Pro can also handle some console-quality games like Half Life 2, Portal, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath and some other Tegra K1 titles, with the exception of 'Trine 2' that requires Tegra K1 processor.

And of course, you can also count on this tablet to play some of your favorite PSP (PlayStation Portable) games like Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, Prince of Persia Rival Swords and some other PSP games by using one Android app called “PPSPP”.

Anyway, according to some benchmark tests held by some tech sites around the net, Asus MemoPad 7 HD managed to reach 3821 points in Quadrant v.2, which is significantly lower than the 5757 points grabbed by Archos 101 XS 2, thanks to its Mali-400 GPU and Quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU.

Meanwhile, in 3D Mark Ice Storm 2013 (Ice Storm Extreme) benchmark, Asus MemoPad 7 HD scored over 1570 points, which is way lower than the 7182 points claimed by the 2013 edition of Google Nexus 7 (Snapdragon S4 Pro and Adreno 320 GPU).

This Asus’ tablet is also left behind by Google Nexus 7 in Quadrant test with its low 3821 points, compared to Google’s tablet that managed to reach 5158 in the same test.

On the flip side, HP Slate8 Pro is capable to run GFXBench Egypt 2.5 (HD on-screen) with impressive 48.6 fps, which is still better than the 31 fps gained by Sony Xperia Z Tablet with its Snapdragon 600 processor and Adreno 320 GPU.

So it’s pretty obvious here that Tegra 4 processor is way more powerful than Snapdragon 600 processor.

Between the 2, of course I will straightly go with HP Slate8 Pro because this tablet is really powerful for playing heavy 3D games. In fact, it is actually still one of the best gaming tablets on the market right now.

So if you’re really into gaming and you want to play any games on many platforms (like Android OS, PSP or Tegra K1), then look no further, HP Slate8 Pro is one great option for you. Its display size is really ideal for playing games and its performance for gaming is incredibly powerful.

The good thing is, this 8-inch tablet is powered by a pretty huge 5680mAh battery inside, making sure that it’s long lasting especially when used for doing some heavy stuff like gaming.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

My Personal Opinions

Well, we’re finally here at the end of this review. So which one is the best gaming tablet in this comparison review? Which is the best in the whole aspect? Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets especially for playing games?

Okay, first, let me start with Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

So this is a 7-inch tablet with 720p resolution. Its performance is average, in fact it’s not a great performer especially for playing games. However, there are actually some great things to appreciate from this device.

First of all, it only costs $150 for the basic model with 16GB internal storage, which has microSD card slot by the way. But that cheap price was the price when this tablet made its debut in 2013. So you can expect this tablet to cost much even lower now on the market.

In less than $150, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is still one pretty good tablet, of course in low-end category.

Its display looks colorful and gorgeous (according to CNET), its rear-facing camera takes good pictures (PhoneArena) and it’s also a great device to enjoy media contents like movies, music, books or games.

However, don’t expect this tablet to be as great as HP Slate8 Pro especially in performance because that’s not gonna happen.

HP Slate8 Pro with its Tegra 4 processor is just way more powerful than Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its Mediatek MT8125 processor. So if you’re really into gaming, then HP Slate8 Pro is definitely the one to go.

The superiority of HP Slate8 Pro also continues on other sectors like display, cameras, design, battery life and pretty much everything about this tablet is just way better than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

But that’s still acceptable given that HP Slate8 Pro is more expensive than Asus’ tablet.

So the decision to buy any of these tablets will actually come down to your budget and needs. I mean, if you’re on a tight budget, and you only want to buy a cheap affordable tablet to watch movies, listen to music or browse the web, the Asus MemoPad 7 HD can still a pretty good option for you.

However, if you’re looking for a reliable gaming tablet and you also happen to have a lot of cash to spend for a single tablet, then HP Slate8 Pro can be a great destination for you.

Its display is insanely sharp (almost full HD), its performance is incredibly fast, it has great design, it has great cameras, its battery life is solid and the most importantly, it’s great for playing games.

In fact, HP Slate8 Pro can be a great alternative for an iPad mini.

Pros and Cons

Asus MemoPad 7 HD

Pros:
  • Cheap when it first came out in 2013 ($150)
  • Good quality display
  • Pretty good cameras
  • Good tablet to enjoy media entertainment contents
  • The support for microSD card slot
Cons:
  • Pretty good battery life
  • Not that powerful for playing heavy 3D games
  • Cheap looking design with glossy finish
  • no LED flash
  • heavily-customized UI contributes to its low battery life

HP Slate8 Pro

Pros:
  • a sharp display (almost full HD)
  • insanely powerful for playing games
  • nice appealing design with iPad mini’s aspect ratio (4:3)
  • microSD card slot for up to 32GB
  • Great cameras with the support of LED flash
  • Solid battery life
  • hardware are sufficient to get the latest Android software updates
Cons:
  • No stylus (unlike HP Slate7 Extreme that has it)
  • Tegra 4 tablets mostly are plagued with over-heating issues
  • Design could be better with more premium metal finish just like iPad mini
  • it only has 1GB of RAM

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Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7: Gaming Performance, Benchmarks and More

Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7: Gaming Performance, Benchmarks and MoreHi guys, welcome back!

Asus MemoPad 7 HD
and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 are 2 of many Android tablets that made their first debuts back in 2013.

However, despite running on the same Android platform, each of these tablets is not on the same page here, in terms of hardware and especially software. But despite of that, they both are intended by manufacturers as media-consumptive devices.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD comes with the standard Android UI, of course with Asus’ own heavily-customized layer on top of it.

Meanwhile, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is more comfortable to run on a very light-weight UI, which contradicts with its flagship quality hardware, compared to Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its low-end internals.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 benchmarks and gaming performance

But which one here is the most powerful tablet between the 2? Is Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its low-end specs are gonna suck for playing games than Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7?

Or otherwise, will Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 be blown out of the water by Asus’ tablet in the whole aspect?

Well, if you wanna know how the comparison of these 2 tablets goes, as well as my take on their gaming performances, without further ado, here check this one out, my comparison review between Asus MemoPad 7 HD and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

Enjoy!

Introduction

The first time Amazon made its Kindle Fire HDX 7 official in 2013, I was really blown away by this tablet, mostly by its specs.

I mean, how come an affordable tablet that cost only $229 could have such powerful high-end specs like Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM and a full HD display.

Okay, I know that in that same year, Google also unleashed the second-gen Nexus 7 tablet that pack some high-grade specs in it, like a full HD display or 2GB of RAM.

However, the processor and GPU of this Nexus device, which are Snapdragon S4 Pro and Adreno 320 GPU, obviously are not on the same level with the ones found inside Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

So as a result, of course, Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a beast when it comes to performance. Not only is it great for enjoying movies, music or books, but this tablet is also an amazing device to play games. No doubt about that.

Meanwhile, the challenger for Kindle Fire HDX 7 in this comparison review, Asus MemoPad 7 HD, is probably not such an ideal tablet for gaming. But we’ll get more on that later.

Unlike Kindle Fire HDX 7 that looks so shinny with its specs, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is the other way around. Being a tablet that cost only $150 (when it first launched in 2013), now wonder this tablet is really low in specs and not on par with Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

However, despite being a low-end categorized tablet, Asus MemoPad 7 HD actually is not that bad especially as a media-consumptive device.

Its 720 HD display looks so bright and colorful (CNET), its rear-camera takes pretty good pictures (PhoneArena), and its performance is still sufficient enough to execute some basic daily tasks, like watching movies, browsing the web or even playing some casual games.

But of course, you cannot expect this tablet to be so powerful especially in handling heavy 3D games because that’s not gonna happen. You’ll get what you pay for. Asus MemoPad 7 HD is definitely not a powerful tablet for gaming.

Design

From all the tablet manufacturers I’ve known so far, I think Amazon is one of the companies that has never been so aggressive with the design of its Kindle Fire tablets.

I’m not saying that all Kindle Fire tablets look ugly and have horrible designs, but in my opinion, most of Kindle Fire tablets look really generic just like any other regular Android tablets out there.

There’s nothing special about the designs of Amazon’s tablets that make them look unique and stand out among the competition around the market.

But I think it’s still acceptable because probably Amazon wants to keep focusing on making great media-consumption tablets for users so they can easily enjoy media entertainment contents like movies or books from the get-go.

The tablets that are really easy to use and don’t require some complicated learning curves.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is no exception here.

Similar just like the predecessor (Kindle Fire HD 7), this 7-inch tablet still inherits that boxy looking design with rounded rectangular corners. Meanwhile, the entire side of this tablet, back and front, is dominated with dark-themed color.

The same thing also happens to Asus MemoPad 7 HD. So this Asus’ tablet has nothing to write home about here in terms of design.

In fact, according to CNET’s video reviewer on YouTube, this Asus MemoPad 7 HD looks a cheap with its glossy plastic finish.

Not to mention, at the top and bottom sides of this device, there are also some sharp edges that kind of make this tablet feel uncomfortable to hold in the hands. And this totally ruins the whole experience of using this device.

However, this probably is still acceptable because Asus MemoPad 7 HD is one affordable tablet that used to cost $150 when it first came out.

So you cannot fire your complaint about its cheap looking design and low build quality. You get what you pay for.

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Asus MemoPad 7 HDAmazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
No SIM
Released July 2013
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels (~216 ppi pixel density)
Quad-core Mediatek MT8125 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
PowerVR SGX544 GPU
1 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB
5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
1.2 MP front-facing camera
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11
No Radio
GPS
Java MIDP emulator
Bluetooth
USB
Non-removable Li-Po battery
Released 2013, October
Micro-SIM
7.0 inchIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1200 x 1920 pixels (~323 ppi pixel density)
Fire OS 3.0
Android OS, v4.x Jelly Bean customized Mojito UI
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Chipset
Adreno 330 GPU
No micro card slot
16/32/64 GB Internal storage
2 GB RAM
1.3 MP rear-facing camera (720p video recording)
No front-facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth
GPS
No Radio
microUSB v2.0
Accelerometer, gyro Sensors
HTML5 Amazon Silk Browser
No Java
Non-removable Li-Ion battery
Talk time: for Up to 11 hours

The price difference of both tablets really represent to the internals found inside these 2 devices.

So as a tablet that costs $229, of course Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 gets much better treatment here than Asus MemoPad 7 HD, especially in terms of hardware specs.

And that’s true because Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablet comes with some flagship high-end specs, like: a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU, which mostly are found on many flagship tablets in 2014.

So no wonder if this tablet is a much better powerful performer here than Asus MemoPad 7 HD especially in terms of gaming performance. But we’ll get more on that later.

Meanwhile, as a tablet that used to cost $150 when it first came out in 2013, of course Asus MemoPad 7 HD looks less superior than Kindle Fire HDX 7 in hardware department.

Its 7-inch screen is only sporting lower 720p HD resolution (1280x800 pixels), it only has 1GB of RAM and its gaming performance is also not that great.

However, despite being a less powerful tablet than Amazon's slate, there are actually some great things on Asus MemoPad 7 HD that interestingly make it slightly better than Kindle Fire HDX 7.

First of all, Asus MemoPad 7 HD comes with the expandable storage via microSD card for up to 32GB, while Amazon’s tablet doesn’t have it.

And then, Asus’ tablet also has a camera on the back, which is nowhere to be found on Kindle Fire HDX 7. And we know that the existence of a rear-camera is really vital on any tablets.

So Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 may look powerful with its performance and display, but the absence of microSD card slot is totally a huge bummer here, especially for users that want to put many of their favorite movies and games on their tablets.

And the non-existence of a rear-facing camera makes it less appealing here because most of users out there love to take photos or record videos even with their huge-sized tablets.

But even so, I think the powerful gaming performance on Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and its sharp full HD display still make it up for the absence of microSD card slot and a rear-facing camera on this device.

So if you’re only looking for a great media-consumption and gaming tablet, and you’re also not a really huge fan of photography, then Kindle Fire HDX 7 can still be great choice for you.

Screen, UI and Battery Life

As far as the screen sharpness is concerned, of course Kindle Fire HDX 7 totally blows Asus MemoPad 7 HD out of the water here given that its 7-inch screen is sporting the higher full HD resolution (1920x1200 pixels), as opposed to the 720p HD display found on Asus’ tablet (1280x800 pixels).

However, according to what I’ve seen one video review from CNET (on YouTube), the display of Asus MemoPad 7 HD surprisingly looks great with well-saturated colors, despite being a low-end tablet.

Besides, I think it’s a great decision by Asus to go with this resolution because its not-so-powerful processor can perform much faster and smoother without squeezing a lot of power.

And this is totally the opposite with Kindle Fire HDX 7 that comes with high-end processor and GPU inside, which are more than sufficient to handle 1080p resolution and even up to 2560x1600 pixels resolution.

On software side, both Asus MemoPad 7 HD and Kindle Fire HDX actually fall in the same category here. I mean, their Android software are fully-customized by both manufacturers.

So their UIs are not the pure stock Android UIs and there are some customizations going on especially on their visual interfaces.

However, unlike Asus’ tablet that comes with heavily-customized UI, the UI of Kindle Fire HDX is actually the light-weight version of stock Android OS with less features and less visual customizations from the standard UI.

And that's because Amazon wants to make this tablet run fast and smooth, plus more efficient with the use of battery.

So if you happen to like all the elements on the stock Android UI: like the standard homescreen, widgets and all the standard Android features, then you must say 'sayonara' to them because you will no longer see many of those features here on the UI of Kindle Fire HDX 7.

But the good news is, there are still some standard Android elements found on Kindle Fire HDX 7, like drop-down window/setting, app drawer and you can also put the shortcuts of your favorite apps on the homescreen.

In terms of battery life, I think Kindle Fire HDX can deliver much better longevity than Asus MemoPad 7 HD. And that’s clearly because this tablet comes with simpler and light-weight UI than the one found on Asus’ tablet.

So even with its higher resolution display, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX can still get you through the day on a full charge. I’m actually not surprised if this tablet has great battery life because I’ve known that most of Kindle Fire tablets are really solid in battery life.

Anyway, according to battery benchmark test held by some tech website, this Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is capable to survive over 8 hours and 30 minutes in moderate use. And this is the opposite with Asus MemoPad 7 HD that only lasts 6 hours and 10 minutes in the same moderate use.

But the good thing is, Asus MemoPad 7 HD comes with battery saving mode that provides you some specific options of settings in order to minimize the use of power by controlling its screen brightness, internet/WiFi connection, wallpaper, etc.

Cameras

Unfortunately, despite its sharp display, powerful performance and solid battery life, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is still lacking on the sector of photography.

And that’s because it has no rear-facing camera, as opposed to the Asus MemoPad 7 HD that has it with its 5MP shooter. The good news is, there’s still a front-facing camera found on Kindle Fire HDX if you want to do selfies or video calls.

Meanwhile, the rear camera of Asus MemoPad 7 HD surprisingly is pretty good for taking photos and recording videos.

And that’s based on a video review from PhoneArena on YouTube. Unfortunately, there’s no LED flash on this device, so it’s probably not really ideal to take photos at night using this tablet in low-light conditions.

The photos will lack sharpness, noise everywhere and pretty much they are not worth showing off.

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If playing games is your top priority when buying a tablet, then your best shot here is definitely on Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

And that’s obviously because this Amazon’s slate is powered by an extremely powerful Snapdragon 800 processor, accompanied with a strong Adreno 330. And thanks to its huge 2GB of RAM, gaming on this tablet is definitely smooth without any lag whatsoever.

So you can expect games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, NOVA 3, Modern Combat 5, Need for Speed: No Limits or Gangstar Vegas to work seamlessly on this Amazon's device and they all will run perfectly even in full highest graphics.

In Antutu v4 benchmark test, this Amazon’s tablet managed to score decent 32.835 points. Meanwhile, in Quadrant, 19.924 points were grabbed by this tablet, beating Asus MemoPad 7 HD by a huge margin with its low 3.821 points, which is no surprise here given that Kindle Fire HDX 7 is one powerful tablet with flagship quality processor and GPU.

On the flip side, Asus MemoPad 7 HD managed to get 1570 point in “3D Mark Ice Storm 2013 (Ice Storm Extreme)” benchmark test, which is very low compared to HP Slate7 Extreme that grabbed 6454 points in the same test. And that’s not surprising because HP’s tablet is equipped with a very powerful Tegra 4 processor.

These benchmark tests actually represent to the real world performance of Asus MemoPad 7 HD. And that can be seen when this device is thrown with some heavy games like GTA III, ShadowGun Deadzone, Dead Trigger and GTA Vice City.

When playing GTA III, this game ran relatively smooth even in high graphics setting. The same happened to other 2 games: Dead Trigger and ShadowGun Deadzone, which also performed well on Asus MemoPad 7 HD, even in high graphics.

This is actually expected because Asus MemoPad 7 HD is equipped with PowerVR SGX544 GPU, the same GPU found inside iPhone 4. So it’s not surprising to see these games run smooth on this Asus’ device.

Unfortunately, when handling GTA Vice City even in medium graphics, this game ran really slow and laggy on this device, which is such a shame because this game is just an older game.

I believe this tablet will also suffer a lot to perform well when playing much heavier games like GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 4 or NOVA 3, which are really heavy in graphics and require powerful graphical performance.

So between these 2 tablets, of course Kindle Fire HDX 7 is my top recommendation here if you’re looking for a reliable gaming tablet that can play almost any games on Amazon App Store.

No single doubt that Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a top notch performer for gaming.

However, despite being a powerful gaming device, this Kindle Fire HDX 7 is still lacking in terms of storage space.

And that’s because it has no support for expandable storage via microSD card slot, compared to Asus MemoPad 7 HD that supports external storage for up to 32GB.

So if you still want to stick with this Amazon’s tablet, I totally recommend you to pick up the biggest 32GB model as this variant will provide you with much bigger storage space especially to keep all of your favorite games and media files alive.

Meanwhile, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is definitely a NO GO if you’re looking for a great gaming tablet. But you can still choose other powerful but affordable options like, Google Nexus 7 (2013), HP Slate7 Extreme, Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 or Xiaomi MiPad I.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

My Personal Opinions

Okay, we’re finally here almost at the end of this comparison review. So which one is the best gaming tablet in this review? Which one is the best in the whole aspect? Is it worth it to buy any of these devices especially for playing games?

Well, I think it’s not that hard for me to recommend you Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 instead of Asus MemoPad 7 HD if you’re on the street looking for a powerful gaming tablet.

There’s no single doubt that this Amazon’s tablet is really superior than Asus MemoPad 7 HD when it comes to gaming performance.

As a matter of fact, Kindle Fire HDX 7 is still one of the best and most powerful gaming tablets on the market right now. So you can play almost any games that are available on Amazon App Store.

However, there’s still one thing missing on this Amazon’s tablet. Actually 2, and they are the expandable storage support and a rear-facing camera. And these 2 features have become really vital on most of tablets out there.

On the other hand, Asus MemoPad 7 HD comes with the support of microSD card slot for up to 32GB as well as a rear-facing camera, which takes decent quality shots by the way (according to PhoneArena).

So you’re gonna have very huge storage space and you can also take some great pictures and videos out of this tablet.

Not to mention, the 720p display of Asus MemoPad 7HD amazingly looks pretty nice with well-saturated colors. So it’s going to be a pleasing experience to watch movies, play games or check out photos on this device.

However, as an affordable low-end tablet (which cost $150 when it first came out in 2013), of course you cannot count on its performance especially to play some heavy games like GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 4 or NOVA 3 because these games would just run slow in full graphics.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD definitely leaves a lot to be desired as a gaming tablet. And this is the opposite with Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 that is so extremely powerful for playing games.

It also has a much sharper display and a huge RAM. So its higher more expensive $229 price tag totally represents here on its powerful performance and high-grade specs.

The decision of buying any of these tablets actually will come down to your personal preference and especially budget.

I mean, if you’re on a tight budget and you only have below $150 in your pocket, then Asus MemoPad 7 HD can still be a pretty good tablet for you to watch movies, browse the web, read books, take photos, record videos or listen to music.

However, if your first intention here is to buy a powerful and reliable gaming tablet, then Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is definitely your best destination here.

But I strongly recommend you to pick up the 32GB variant because Kindle Fire HDX 7 doesn’t have microSD card slot support. So with bigger 32GB internal storage, you can keep many of your media files or games on this device without running out of storage space.

Pros and Cons

Asus MemoPad 7 HD

Pros:
  • It has microSD card slot and a rear-facing camera
  • gorgeous and well-saturated display
  • pretty decent rear camera
  • good for watching movies, browsing the web or reading books
  • useful features on its customized UI
Cons:
  • less powerful for playing games, especially the heavy ones
  • cheap looking design
  • it only has 1GB of RAM
  • it only comes with 720p display

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Pros:
  • a sharp full HD display
  • powerful for gaming
  • easy-to-use straight-to-the-point UI
  • easy access to buy media entertainment contents from Amazon
  • huge 2GB of RAM
  • solid battery life
Cons:
  • There’s no expandable storage
  • there’s no rear-facing camera
  • generic looking design

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