Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs HP Slate6 VoiceTab: Gaming Performance, Benchmarks and Battery Life

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Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs HP Slate6 VoiceTab: Gaming Performance, Benchmarks and Battery LifeCompared to other tablets in low-end category, Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab are actually still pretty damn good for cheap budget tablets in the price range below $150.

Even though these 2 devices are not really impressive in performance especially for gaming, they are still considered as worth grabbing especially as devices to enjoy media entertainment contents like movies, TV shows, music or books.

But of course, for today’s standards, either Asus MemoPad 7 HD or HP Slate6 VoiceTab is probably not ideal anymore especially if you’re looking for a great gaming tablet.

Okay, they may handle some 3D games really well even in full highest graphics. But there are many other much heavier games that wouldn't run perfectly on any of these 2 devices.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs HP Slate6 VoiceTab benchmarks and gaming performance

However, despite their less powerful gaming performances, I personally still have a tiny bit of interest to bring up these 2 tablets and see how they go in my next comparison review.

I don’t know, maybe there's something about them that are still worth sharing to you if you’re on the verge of buying any of these devices.

Well, without further ado, here’s my comparison review between Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab. Hope you enjoy it!

Introduction

Ever since Asus MemoPad 7 HD made its first-ever debut in 2013, I was like “wow, this tablet is really cheap!”.

So then I decided to gather more information about this tablet either on some tech sites or video reviews on YouTube.

And the result of this little “exploration” was actually pretty impressive.

According to some reviews on YouTube, this Asus MemoPad 7 HD is not that bad for a cheap $150 tablet.

It has a gorgeous looking screen with popping out colors, its rear camera is pretty good for taking photos, its fully-customized UI offers some useful features like battery saving mode and many other more.

Similar just like Asus’ device, HP Slate6 VoiceTab also turns out to be a pretty good tablet according to what I found on some tech sites.

Its design looks really unique and sophisticated, it has that dual-front-speaker element just like the one found on HP Slate7 Extreme, it has pretty good performance and the most importantly, you can literally make phone calls with this device thanks to its 3G cellular support.

Unfortunately, when it comes to gaming, none of these tablets is perfectly capable to handle some of the most graphics-intense games like GTA San Andreas, NOVA 3, Modern Combat 4 and even an older game, GTA Vice City. But we'll get more on that later.

The good thing is, despite not being such great gaming devices, there are still some great things to appreciate from any of these tablets, like for example:
  • the abilities to make phone calls on HP Slate6 VoiceTab,
  • a gorgeous looking screen on Asus MemoPad 7 HD as well as its pretty good rear camera,
  • unique design on HP Slate6 VoiceTab
  • and some other more.

But the questions remain. With all of good stuff found on any of these devices, which one between Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab that has what it takes to be a better gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one is better in the whole aspect?

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

So you're gonna find out more of that right at the end of this comparison review. So be sure to stick around!

Design

As far as design goes, I think HP Slate6 VoiceTab has the edge here against Asus MemoPad 7 HD. I mean, if we compare the designs of both tablets, I think we can clearly see right through here that HP Slate6 VoiceTab looks nicer and more appealing than Asus' tablet.

So HP Slate6 VoiceTab actually takes some design cues from its sibling, HP Slate7 Extreme, which originally uses the design of Nvidia Tegra Note, the reference device from Nvidia.

The most noticeable similarity between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Extreme is definitely the dual-firing speaker grilles found on the front side, which helps deliver the sound a lot closer to the user's ears, thus making the experience of watching movies or playing games more immersive.

As for Asus MemoPad 7 HD, I think Asus doesn’t bring it’s A-game when designing this device. I mean, if you look at its entire design, it looks kind of cheap and even ugly.

In fact, even the video review of this tablet on YouTube by CNET, also shows the ugliness of its design, with some weird edges found all around the up and bottom sides which feel really uncomfortable to hold in the hands.

So between the 2, I think it’s quite obvious that HP Slate6 VoiceTab is the one that deserves to take the crown here in terms of design and build quality, and even the sound quality as well.

I think HP really nailed it with the design of HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

I also like the unique patterned finish found on the rear side of this tablet, making it look unique and definitely stand out among the crowd.

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Asus MemoPad 7 HDHP Slate6 VoiceTab
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
SIM Dual SIM, (dual stand-by)
release 2014, February
Weight 160 g (5.64 oz)
720 x 1280 pixels, 6.0 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (~245 ppi pixel density)
microSD Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
16 GB Internal storage
1 GB RAM
GPRS
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v3.0
microUSB v2.0
5 MP, 2592?1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
2 MP
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA1088 Chipset
Stereo FM radio
GPS
Java
Colors Black
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

On paper, I think both Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab are the kind of tablets that don’t prioritize powerful performance to satisfy their users. I'm not saying that they have terrible performances.

I mean, if we look at the gaming performances of these 2 tablets, we can clearly see that either Asus MemoPad 7 HD or HP Slate6 VoiceTab is just not an ideal device for playing heavy 3D games.

However, there are still some great stuff to appreciate on any of these tablets.

Like for example, on Asus MemoPad 7 HD, it has a decent quality 7-inch display with 720p resolution, 5MP rear facing camera that takes good shots, 1.2MP front-facing camera, the support for expandable storage via microSD card for up to 32GB and some other features.

Meanwhile, as a smaller 6-inch tablet, HP Slate6 VoiceTab is also a pretty solid offering here especially because it’s equipped with 3G cellular connectivity and it’s also got a great appealing design.

Not to mention, there are also: 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 1GB of RAM and a pretty huge 3000mAh battery.

However, if you’re looking for a great gaming tablet, I strongly recommend you to stay away from any of these tablets because their gaming performances will disappoint you a lot, all 'thanks' to their weak processors and GPUs which are not adequate enough to handle some heavy 3D games.

Besides, they both only come with 1GB of RAM, which is not big enough to execute some heavy tasks like gaming.

Even so, as two budget tablets, either Asus MemoPad and HP Slate6 VoiceTab actually can still be a pretty good buy for those of you only looking for a media consumption device, but of course, in the price range below $150.

Screen

In terms of sharpness, I think it’s quite obvious that HP Slate6 VoiceTab beats Asus MemoPad 7 HD given that its 6-inch display is sporting the 720p resolution, as opposed to Asus' tablet that comes with a larger 7-inch screen but with the same 720p resolution.

However, it’s worth noting that the 6-inch screen of HP Slate6 VoiceTab comes with 720x1280 pixels, compared to Asus MemoPad 7 HD that has more pixels horizontally ('800'x1280 pixels).

So basically, the level of sharpness on both tablets’ screens is relatively similar and you probably cannot find any difference of sharpness on both devices.

One great thing found on the display of Asus MemoPad 7 HD is actually its quality.

According to CNET through the video review I’ve seen on YouTube, the screen of this tablet looks really gorgeous with well-saturated and popping out colors.

So watching movies or checking out photos surely brings a pleasing experience to the user.

User Interface

Talking about the User Interface or visual interface, Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab both fall in totally different categories here.

So Asus MemoPad 7 HD, just like the rest of the tablets made by this manufacturer, comes with fully-customized UI that contains some new added features and of course, more attractive visual interface all over the homescreen and pre-loaded apps.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab, on the other hand, looks more efficient and simpler with the pure stock Android UI based on Android Jelly Bean 4.3.

So you can expect to see some standard looking interface from the homescreen, app drawer and the rest of pre-loaded apps, which are not that many.

If I have to choose between the 2, I think HP Slate6 VoiceTab in my opinion, is the one that has much better UI than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

And that’s because by using the stock Android UI, this can be really great especially for the overall performance of this device, especially given that its processor is not a high-end processor.

Not to mention, the battery life will also be more efficient because stock Android UI usually doesn’t consume a lot of memory and power from the battery, which is why HP Slate6 VoiceTab lasts much longer than Asus MemoPad 7 HD in battery life.

However, the UI of Asus MemoPad 7 HD actually still has some great things to appreciate here, especially compared to HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

First of all, it clearly has more attractive and more appealing visual interface all over the homescreen, features and pre-loaded apps. And this can give a more pleasing experience to users.

Beside of that, the UI also comes with some useful features like battery saving mode where you can choose the right setting for your tablet in order to make its UI work efficiently without draining too much power.

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If you’re looking for a great gaming tablet, then any of these tablets is probably not such an ideal option for you, especially if you are a huge fan of 3D heavy games.

I’m not saying that Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab are horrible for gaming (well, actually they are).

But they are just so disappointing when it comes to gaming performance, especially compared to other affordable devices like HP Slate7 Extreme or Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1.

Under the hood, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is powered by a quad-core MTK 8125 processor from Mediatek, coupled with PowerVR SGX544 GPU to handle all the graphical tasks thrown on this device.

However, PowerVR SGX544 is already considered as low-performing GPU in today’s standards. So don’t expect this tablet to perform well when executing some heavy 3D games with sophisticated graphics and visual effects.

Meanwhile, HP Slate6 VoiceTab also doesn’t look that impressive as it only comes with a quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor, accompanied with Vivante GPU inside (if I’m not mistaken).

So similar just like Asus MemoPad 7 HD, this HP tablet certainly is not an ideal tablet for playing the latest heavy 3D games on the market right now.

According to some benchmark tests conducted by some various tech sites I stumbled upon on the net, both HP Slate6 VoiceTab and Asus MemoPad 7 HD didn’t do well especially in terms of graphical performance.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab scored 11236 points in Antutu v.4 benchmark test, while in Geekbench v3, it grabbed 298 points, which was far to low compared to Amazon Fire HD 7 that managed to grab 1483 points.

And this Amazon's tablet is not even a high-performing tablet. So you can make your own conclusion here.

On the flip side, Asus MemoPad 7 HD managed to score 3821 point in Quadrant and 1570 points in 3D Mark Ice Storm 2013 (Ice Storm Extreme), while in Geekbench v3, this Asus tablet did get better score with 2431 points than Amazon Fire HD 7 that scored 1483 points.

But of course, this Asus MemoPad 7 HD is still nothing compared to the flagship Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 with its 3082 points in the same Geekbench v3 benchmark test.

As far as benchmark tests is concerned, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is definitely a clear winner here compared to HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

However, in the real world performance, any of these devices are actually on the same page when it comes to gaming. So they both are not that reliable enough specifically for playing some serious heavy 3D games.

So when thrown with some of the latest and most graphically demanding games on the market right now, of course, any of these 2 tablets really suffer a lot in performance and not really capable to deliver smooth experience to these games.

And we can see that clearly from some video reviews on YouTube about the gaming performances of these 2 devices.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD, for example, doesn’t perform really well when playing games like GTA Vice City in full graphics. The game runs slow, laggy and it’s just not enjoyable to play in highest graphics.

The good news is, some older titles like GTA III, Dead Trigger and ShadowGun Deadzone surprisingly do play well on Asus MemoPad 7 HD, even in full graphics, with all of the graphic goodies and special effects running smoothly during the gameplay.

I believe the PowerVR SGX544 GPU found inside Asus MemoPad 7 HD really helps a lot in delivering a great performance to this tablet especially for playing games.

For your information, this GPU is actually the same one found soldered inside iPhone 5 (if I’m not mistaken).

Unfortunately, the same thing doesn’t happen to HP Slate6 VoiceTab as this tablet is a really weak performer for playing heavy 3D games.

And that’s shown perfectly when this device is tasked to execute some heavy titles like NOVA 3, GTA Vice City and Beach Buggy Blitz, which all of these game run really laggy and slow even in medium graphics, as seen in some video reviews on YouTube.

So we can see right through here that HP Slate6 VoiceTab is probably not such an ideal tablet for playing games.

But weirdly, despite having less powerful gaming performance, Asphalt 8: Airborne amazingly runs in smooth performance on this device, even in high graphics (with reflections on the cars, sun glares on the roads, etc).

Even so, I totally recommend you to stay away from this HP's device if you’re looking for a great gaming tablet.

This HP Slate6 VoiceTab may be capable to handle Asphalt 8: Airborne in full graphics, but I’m not really sure if this tablet is powerful enough to run other heavy 3D games like Modern Combat 4 or GTA San Andreas in full graphics.

And the fact that GTA Vice City and NOVA 3 run really laggy on this device even in medium graphics, leads me up to my conclusion that HP Slate6 VoiceTab is not a great gaming device.

The same thing happens to Asus MemoPad 7 HD. This tablet may score some impressive points in some benchmark tests against other competing devices.

However, in the real world performance, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is still far from great.

It’s proved by how GTA Vice City didn’t run so smoothly on Asus MemoPad 7 HD and even laggy in full graphics, as seen on some video reviews on YouTube.

And we all know that this game is an older game and it’s not as heavy as its sequel, GTA San Andreas, in terms of graphics especially.

So we can clearly see that this device is not gonna perform well when running the latest and heavy games like GTA San Andreas or Need for Speed: No Limits in full graphics.

So at the end of the day, if you’re looking for a reliable gaming tablet, I recommend you to switch to other options like Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1, HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro or Kindle Fire HDX 7, which all have way more powerful gaming performance than either Asus MemoPad 7 HD or HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

However, if you’re not a huge fan of playing heavy 3D games and you just wanna buy a cheap budget tablet for your kids, then Asus MemoPad 7 HD or HP Slate6 VoiceTab can still be a pretty good choice, of course, if you manage to get any of them at low price, like around $100 to $120.

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. :)

Cameras

One of the things that in my opinion is really impressive from Asus MemoPad 7 HD is definitely its camera, to be more specific, its rear-facing camera.

So as I’ve already seen on some video reviews from PhoneArena and CNET on YouTube, the rear 5MP camera of Asus MemoPad 7 HD surprisingly is capable to take some decent quality shots, despite being a low-cost tablet ($150 in its first launch, but cheaper right now).

Okay, the camera of this tablet may not be as impressive as the cameras of other flagships devices around the market the time when it first launched, like Nvidia Tegra Note.

But I think, having a pretty good quality rear camera on a cheap budget tablet like this is something that doesn’t happen quite often in low-end tablet market.

Unfortunately, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is not equipped with LED flash on its rear-camera.

So if you love taking photos at night when the lighting conditions are not ideal, this tablet might not be the best option because the quality and sharpness is gonna be poor and noise will be seen all over the place.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab, on the other hand, has an LED flash to accompany its rear-facing 5MP camera.

So you can still count on its rear camera to take some pretty good photos or record videos in low light conditions.

However, I personally haven’t seen this tablet perform with its cameras, especially with its rear camera. So I don’t have anything to share here in this regard.

But if HP Slate6 VoiceTab uses the exact same camera sensor found on HP Slate7 Extreme, which I know takes great photos by the way, then I can assume that the rear camera of HP Slate6 VoiceTab is also pretty good just like its sibling.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, I think Asus MemoPad 7 HD is not gonna suck because firstly, it only comes with HD resolution (720p), which doesn’t consume a lot of power from its battery. Secondly, this tablet comes pre-installed with some battery saving mode.

However, it’s worth noting that Asus MemoPad 7 HD comes pre-installed with heavily-customized Android UI from Asus.

And this UI contains a lot of extra features as well as some new customized visual interface, which is gonna squeeze a lot of juice from its battery. So the battery life of this tablet is probably gonna be average.

According to battery benchmark test held by some various tech site, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is capable to survive in 6 hours and 10 minutes for moderate use, which is far behind HP Slate6 VoiceTab that has the power to run the engine in around 7 hours and 56 minutes.

But I believe the stock Android UI that HP Slate6 VoiceTab comes with, not to mention, its smaller 6-inch screen, are the ones that ensure its great longevity in battery life than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

Well, that’s clearly because we all know that stock Android UI usually doesn’t consume a lot of power, and in fact, on most of stock-Android devices, this UI really improves the battery life.

Anyway, HP Slate6 VoiceTab is equipped with a pretty huge 3000mAh battery, which in my opinion is more than enough for a 6-inch device with stock Android UI. So you can expect to see this phablet get you through the day without needing to recharge.

My Personal Opinions

So here we go, we finally come to the final conclusion of this comparison review. Which one is the winner in this review?

Well, to answer that tricky question, let me explain to you first what makes any of these tablets better against each other. But first, I wanna start with Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

So based on what I’ve seen on most of the sectors of this tablet, I’ve gotta say that Asus MemoPad 7 HD is a pretty good tablet, but of course in low-end tablet category around $130.

It has a decent quality display with bright popping out color, its rear-facing camera is pretty good and it also has some useful features on its UI, like battery saving mode for example.

However, as a cheap budget tablet, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is plagued with some flaws all over the place, like ugly design, low build quality, average battery life and it’s also not that great for playing heavy 3D games, with games like GTA Vice City running laggy in medium to high graphics.

So you get what you pay for.

As for HP Slate6 VoiceTab, I think the same story happens here, especially in gaming performance.

So according to what I’ve seen on YouTube, this tablet is not a great gaming tablet. There are some older games that just cannot run smoothly on this device, like GTA Vice City, NOVA 3 and Beach Buggy Blitz, even in medium graphics.

So if you’re currently looking for a great and reliable gaming tablet, I strongly recommend you to switch to other options like Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1, Xiaomi MiPad 7.9, HP Slate8 Pro or HP Slate7 Extreme.

However, despite being a less-powerful gaming tablet, I think HP Slate6 VoiceTab still has some great things to offer to users, especially to those looking for an entertainment-centric phablet with cellular connectivity just like a smartphone.

I mean, it has a solid and great looking design, its sound quality is impressive thanks to dual-front speakers, it’s got an LED flash for its rear-facing camera, and it also comes with a huge 3000mAh battery, which ensures its longer battery life.

So to sum this up, I think HP Slate6 VoiceTab is a bit better than Asus MemoPad 7 HD, especially in terms of design, sound quality, battery life, UI and of course, cellular connectivity.

And the fact that both tablets are not that great for gaming really makes it easier for me to take the conclusion that HP Slate6 VoiceTab is a much better tablet than Asus MemoPad 7 HD in this review.

However, as I mentioned above, when it comes to gaming performance, you just cannot count on any of these tablets.

As replacement, you can switch to other better and more powerful options like Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 (which currently only costs about $199), Xiaomi MiPad (Tegra K1), HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro or Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

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

With all of good stuff found on any of these devices, which one between Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab that has what it takes to be a better gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Between the 2, of course Asus MemoPad 7 HD is the one that deserves to take the crown here in gaming performance.

However, both Asus MemoPad 7 HD and HP Slate6 VoiceTab, in my opinion, are not great and reliable gaming devices. There are just many games that run really laggy and slow, especially in highest graphics.

Therefore, if you ask me, I will totally recommend you to go with other options like Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 ($199), Xiaomi MiPad ($240), HP Slate8 Pro or HP Slate7 Extreme.

These tablets are just way more powerful and reliable to play heavy 3D games.

Which one is better in the whole aspect?

I’ve gotta say that HP Slate6 VoiceTab is better than Asus MemoPad 7 HD in the whole aspect. And that’s because this HP’s device has a lot more to offer than what you can get from Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

I mean, it has the cellular connectivity just like a smartphone, elegant design, good sound quality thanks to the dual-front speakers, LED flash on its rear camera, and it’s also capable to play Asphalt 8: Airborne in high graphics. Not to mention, it also lasts longer in battery life.

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

I’ve gotta say NO. And that’s because there are many other better options out there on the market right now, especially the ones that are more reliable to handle some heavy latest 3D games.

To name a few, there are Nvidia Shield Tablet, HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro, Xiaomi MiPad 7.9, HP Slate7 Plus, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, Xiaomi Mi Pad with Tegra K1 or Google Nexus 7 (2013).

Pros and Cons

Asus MemoPad 7 HD

Pros:
  • Cheap to buy
  • Decent quality display with bright colors
  • Pretty good rear-facing camera
  • Battery saving mode
Cons:
  • Laggy for playing heavy 3D games
  • No LED flash
  • Old-gen hardware
  • Ugly and cheap looking design
  • Low build quality

HP Slate6 VoiceTab

Pros:
  • Elegant and unique design
  • Good sound quality thanks to dual-front-firing speakers
  • Equipped with cellular features
  • Stock Android UI ensures longer battery life and smooth performance
  • Rear facing camera has LED flash
Cons:
  • Less powerful gaming performance
  • Not sure about its camera
  • Not great for playing heavy 3D games


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