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When searching for the right tablet, there’s so many options out there that it’s often hard to cut through the clutter. With expanding features and a wide breadth of price points and options available, the market is always-evolving, and I’m always interested in checking out the latest. One feature that I’d not previously had on a tablet before is 4G LTE, and that just changed with the release of the new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE, available exclusively through AT&T. This new, feature-packed, competitively-priced Android tablet just hit the streets a few weeks ago, and after spending some time with a a review sample, I’m ready to share some thoughts.

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At this stage in the game, I should be looking for an all-encompassing tablet that “does it all,” but the thing is… despite how immersed in technology I am – I’m not a one-device guy, and I tend to be multi-platform and could be more organized (my principal scheduling tool is a dry erase board in my office, and blank paper — regardless of how many apps I could be using). Running Android Kit Kat 4.4 with the ASUS ZenUI, the MeMO Pad 7 LTE packs a 1.3GHz Quad Core Intel® Atom™ processor under the hood, a 1GB LPDDR3 memory @ 1600MHz, and has 16GB of on-board storage that’s expandable to 64GB via MicroSD. Figure in the Polaris Office, a decent camera and some really intuitive scheduling features (much like those on the MeMO Pad 8 I reviewed last year), and the MeMO Pad & LTE could steer me toward being a one-device guy. What particularly impressed me on this one though, is how it functions as an entertainment tablet.

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While the usual apps all made their way in via Google Play (I loaded my essentials: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, etc.), the girls and I have been on a big STAR WARS kick lately (one that will likely last for years), so I downloaded my Digital HD copy of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK directly to my tablet, and we were playing the STAR WARS REBELS: RECON MISSIONS game, which is fairly processor-intensive. Not only does the screen look great (even Grandma complimented it), but the dual front-facing speakers with SonicMaster Technology sound fantastic. Add in the 10.5 hour battery, and there’s much entertainment to be had. I even multi-tasked, bouncing back-and-forth between apps, and checking out the new “…As Your Kingdom Falls” lyric video from Product of Hate (which I edited/directed).

And, while Wi-Fi connectivity is preferred for those data-intensive entertainment options and streaming video, I put the 4G LTE to the test just to see how well the MeMO Pad 7 LTE could hang – and it did well. 

I even loaded up a couple of kid-friendly apps for The Rock Daughters to dabble with, and this new tablet handled the kids with ease as well.

2014 rockfatherapprovedThere’s a lot of bang for a relatively small buck, and that makes it easy to deem the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE “Rock Father-approved.”

Available for $74.99 USD as part of an AT&T 2-year contract, and $174.99 USD as part of the AT&T GoPhone plan

Bonus: Here’s even more on the specs, direct from ASUS:

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