There are few companies that are developing larger screen tablets. Amazon, Apple, Asus and Samsung pump out a few different models every year. However most of the others have abandoned the space and are only focusing on smartphones. Asus tends to release larger screen tablets, where there isn’t very much competition. This device retails for $159, making it very affordable.
The Asus Zedpad 10 features a 10.1 inch IPS touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280×800. Overall the resolution is not the best, but this device employs a number of Asus technology to give it an added boost. The first is Tru2Life technology that automatically adjusts the brightness and overall look of the display to fit different lighting conditions, providing a clearer and more vivid outdoor viewing experience in bright sunlight. It also utilizes TruVivid and a Bluelight Filter to optimize all aspects of the display — including contrast, sharpness, color and clarity.
Underneath the hood is a 64 bit 1.3 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM and 16GB of internal storage. It has an SD card that is capable of an additional 64GB. It has a front facing 2MP camera for selfies and video calling and a rear facing 5MP snapper.
There is minimal bloatware on this tablet, that stuff that exists is useful. Android 6.0 gives you plenty of modern features, although it remains to be seen if it will have Android N. On the hardware side of things it is designed well and has solid construction. The speakers are better than most netbooks or Chromebooks. It also has Bluetooth and dual band WIFI.
I wish the Asus Zedpad 10 had flex storage and Doze, which helps save battery life. Asus claims 11 hours of battery, but I think you would be lucky to get 6-7 while playing games or watching videos.
In our unboxing and review video posted below you will get our thoughts on the design and everything that comes inside the retail packaging. Over the course of the review we will show you how it handles ebooks, comics, PDF files and digital magazines.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.