ASUS ZenPad Z8
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Superb Android Tablet for the price!
awright69 - 4 years ago
Yes, I'd recommend this product.
I bought this as an upgrade to the so-so Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet for my son, which he uses to do school-related research (and streaming music / videos on his hour plus long bus ride every day). He couldn't be more pleased! The display is sharp and bright, the battery life is superb, and the speed is blazing. ASUS reliability really shines through, as well, because my son uses this thing while working up under aircraft engines, in the Florida sun at the beach, etc. His friend's parents opted for a Samsung Tab and it crashed randomly many times before it died after less than one week of use under the same conditions. (I made the mistake of buying a Samsung product years back and said "never again" to that brand!) I'm really glad this ASUS is able to fill my son's needs for a dependable, fast tablet.
Terrific Replacement for My iPad Mini 3
FloydW - 2 months ago
Yes, I'd recommend this product.
I've had my Z8 since it came to me via FedEx on Thursday afternoon. I'm coming from an iPad Mini 3, LTE, 128GB. I had been looking for an 8" tablet with Retina-level display and Verizon LTE. The combination had limited me to the Mini and the HP Pro Tablet 608 G1 (which I tried but returned; the form factor was just right, but Windows isn't ready for an 8" tablet right now). I had been using the Mini for my Google account and Google apps. I found over time, though, that the apps (especially Chrome) spent a lot of time refreshing the screen every time I went to a different tab. I guess it's because of limited working memory? I also had a 128GB SanDisk class 10 card so I installed that. While I waited for the charging to complete, I reviewed through the Marshmallow manual on my Mini. When I booted the Z8 for the first time, it walked me through the setup and asked me whether to use the SD card as portable storage or internal storage. I opted for internal storage because AND HERE IS SOMETHING TO NOTE the Z8 shows "System Reserved" memory at "7.17GB used of 7.17GB" so that's probably coming out of the 16GB (I think the Verizon website it not totally correct in the specs). After I loaded all of my apps (about 150), synced 60 days of Gmail, downloaded a few Vudu videos, downloaded a bunch of playlists on Google Play, and about 15 magazines in Texture, the system reports: 20.14GB used and 113GB available of 133GB total. It seems that the 128GB card is incorporated into the overall memory and everything is seamless as far as I can tell. I've played the videos and played the downloaded music and haven't noticed any stuttering or problems with the throughput. I haven't done any documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) yet so I don't know about those. I'll try downloading some of my documents from OneDrive and play around with them to see. I'm also anxious to see what happens when I plug in my monitor into the USBC port and see what that does (I've read it does video out, but I need to get an adapter of some sort). To me, it seems faster than my Mini in doing my normal stuff and it's lighter and thinner. It's the same width, but it's a smidge longer. I have to get used to the plastic feel of the Z8, though, versus the metal feel of the Mini, but the Z8 has been easier to hold for me because it has a textured back. I'm using it pretty much like my Mini, holding it sideways, holding it vertically. The form factor seems interchangeable to me. During charging and watching videos at the same time it stays cool, which is a surprise to me. And it charges fast, too. While I was watching Xfinity video to go last night, it charged from 79% to 98% in the 30 minutes that I was watching it. Today I'll be using it all day to see how the battery lasts. I like it so far. As it gets older, hopefully the updates will come (like they do for my Moto Nexus 6 phone).
*Blur-free mode: ZenPad Z8 embedded an extra IC chip, which allows 60 million pixels optimizations per second to eliminate blur. **Low Light mode is a software algorithm that merges four pixels into one to capture more light in a low-light environment, allowing the light sensitivity to increase by up to 400 percent. Low Light mode measured using fixed device backlighting with Low Light mode turned on and off. *stand by time and usage time vary may vary depending on usage scenario