Asus - ZenPad 8.0 - 8" - Tablet - 16GB - Dark gray

Take your favorite books and apps with you wherever you roam with this Asus ZenPad tablet, featuring Android 6.0 Marshmallow for reliable program support. IPS technology ensures a clear, fluent picture whether you're streaming video or playing a game. This Asus ZenPad tablet features a durable Corning Gorilla Glass screen and 10-point multi-touch for responsive use.

Tablet Buying Guide
$129.99
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What's Included


  • ASUS ZenPad 8.0 - 8" - Tablet - 16GB

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (69 out of 79)

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Features


Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system

Productivity and entertainment at your fingertips. Download apps, games, movies, music and eBooks from Google Play. Cloud integration provides a seamless experience across all Android devices.

8" screen with 1280 x 800 resolution

Clear, bright resolution for watching movies, surfing the Web, reading books, and more.

16GB internal storage plus microSD card slot

Plenty of space for music, movies, photos, and more. Expand storage with a microSD card (sold separately).

Quad-core processor

The right combination of fast performance and power efficiency. It allows rapid multitasking, delivers smooth response and unleashes stunning graphics.

Dual cameras for photos and face-to-face chat

2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera.


Overall customer rating

4.3
88%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet

    Posted
    floridafairy
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is my first tablet. I wanted something affordable, yet of high quality. I read lots of reviews on different models. I weighed the options of cellular plans versus cheaper wifi capability only. This one fit the bill on reviews and the tips on what gigs and ram (still confused on those, but I know they are very important) in this unit made it stand out. I wanted to be sure I could add an SD card for memory, which this does have. I also found out from my son that because we have a certain Verizon plan I can use a "tether" wifi feature that lets me use our cell phone data plan for my wifi on the tablet and I can have internet wherever I go without us adding the tablet to our cell service contract (he explained that most plans don't have this ability, but we do). Awesome! So, even though it isn't a phone, I have internet access, so that's awesome for the price of my little tablet! ASUS seems to be one of the top brands for tablets as well. I have used it to play games and e-mail so far, some internet stuff and a movie and u-tube. All played well and the sound was pretty okay with me being close to the tablet. Haven't tested from a further distance as of yet. Tried the camera in my apartment and that was a disaster, all grainy and just didn't work at all. However, was out in a daylight restaurant with friends and it took great pictures. A little washed out on the edge where the light came in the window, but otherwise crisp and sharp colors. The screen is awesome, colors on the screen are sharp, clear and vibrant. Love that! The games run very smoothly, but I don't play anything fancy. Suits my needs so far and I wanted it in order to learn a new operating system (yeah, android tablet is a new experience for me). My phone is android, but it just isn't the same and I don't do that much with the phone, it's too small. So, for a 64 year old lady wanting a new toy and a new technology to learn, I am very happy. The only thing I would want different is more sideways compatibility of the free standard programs like open office, ect. Android apps seem to be just packed full of ads of all kinds which are very annoying and you have to pay to get ad-free versions. I also am not that sure about how side-ways your documents would work between a windows product and the android platform. Guess that's one of the tech things I will learn with time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome tablet!

    Posted
    Fingolfin
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    First things first, I don't use phones or tablets for gaming. I haven't tried nor do I care to know if its ability to handle games. Moving on, Nexus 7 was my first tablet and I loved it. I purchased it just before the 2013 model was released and it lasted me a couple of years before becoming outdated for simple tasks like web browsing. It was capable of browsing but lacked the speed it once hand and sometimes it was faster to go to my computer and fire it up if I was in a rush. However, I continued to use it as an e-reader until the time of purchasing this tablet (total of 5 years of loyal service). Asus impressed me with the cheap but quality of the Nexus 7, and there are countless reviews online agreeing with me, and I was encouraged to try another low budget Asus again. So far it had not disappointed me. It looks sexy, speeds through the internet, provides a some useful preinstalled apps for productivity, and the battery lasts a surprisingly long time (sorry that I don't have quantitative information for this statement. I know I can in one sitting do light web browsing, downloading, and heavy reading for at least fours hours and be around 70% battery life with screen brightness is at two-thirds. I couldn't say that about my Nexus 7.) I have only two significant complaints. First, the low memory storage. I purchased a 32 gb memory card with this and that is surving me fine with the exception of my Google Books. Far as I am aware, all apps are saved on the device and those books are considered an app. I prefer to keep my reading material save to my tablet so that I can access them anywhere. Unfortunately, my 6 gb of books take too much of the free 10 gb of the 16 gb storage. However, I am able to make use of the external storage by saving all of lectures and PowerPoint from school. Second, this tablet lacks accessory options. That is not surprising considering the balance of power in the tablet market but I am slightly disappointed in my options for an ultra slim protective case. I don't abuse my electronics and I only desire low profile accessories but all that is available are bulky ones. I use this for school and I am not disappointed! I have yet to use the tablet as a writing pad. Once I purchase a stylist I will reconsider returning to this review and giving an additional comment. I am sure there are more productive tablets out there but for $120 I have absolutely no complaints. I personally see spending $300-500 on a tablet a waste of money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tab

    Posted
    Scoto

    Well first let me say I'm coming from using a nexus 7 (2013) for 3 years until it bit the dust. It was my first tablet and it was amazing, unfortunately the mini USB Jack broke and the battery went flat. So off to look for a new tablet. Frst I tried a samsung galaxy tab 4 but found it to be sluggish compared to my old nexus 7, so back it went and I tried the updated tab A 7. But the Wi-Fi performance was horrible (Netflix stuttered and it wouldn't stream smoothly) and it was uncomfortable to hold and heavy for a small tablet. So enter the ZenPad 8, I didn't really want to spend a fortune since my old nexus was only 120 bucks. It had the best specs on paper for the price- 2 gig of ram, Mali 750, etc. The pad is well built and is pretty easy to manage for an 8 inch tab. It runs very snappy and smooth like my old nexus 7 and the Wi-Fi is loads better than the tab A 7 (Netflix and streaming are smooth as silk). Yes the screen could be higher resolution, but it still looks good and is plenty sharp with good colours and contrast. Asus bloatware isn't too horrible and can be removed, I actually enjoy the DTS headphone effects. In summery if you're looking for a nice performing 'budget' tab, you could do worse. I'm very pleased and the slightly bigger screen is easier on my eyes. Good stuff, in fact this review was written on the ZenPad 8 :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Only Flaw - Can Not Transfer Apps To SD Card

    Posted
    casualconsumer

    Great overall, but can not transfer 'Apps' to SD card. This seems to be a trend with many manufacturers now. Interface is good and all of that standard stuff. No complaint about those. I have used Asus products for years off and on. This the only one I can actually 'complain' about. Planned obsolescence is what Apple does. Guess Android device makers want to test the waters and eventually follow suit. Do yourself a favor complain to Asus. Also in the interim try to find a no-name or lessor brand. Seems I often buy from Best Buy not out of the best deal, but out of desperation. I need this device for academic and possible business uses. I had a similiar issue with the boost Mobile LG Stylo 2. Could not transfer apps to SD card. Sad, it cost more than the older phone I wound up purchasing. LOL, yes Best Buy is not my cheapest option. Just wins the distance and time lottery. See what happens when you leave up critical features. Clients go to competitors. Who are selling a inferior-tech, but functional device. To all android hardware developers, Please do not follow the 'Planned obsolescence' of Apple. Just please stop. Again, unless you are a limited-use android consumer I do not recommend this device. However if you do not install many apps and want to use it for entertainment and occasional reading, then go for it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet

    Posted
    Mpowell

    Great little tablet for the money. I looked at several other brands in the price range & the Asus beat them all hands down. I'm normally a loyal Samsung owner but to get these specs in a Samsung would cost twice as much. The 2gb of ram was the main selling point for me. I tried a Samsung with 1gb & it was very sluggish. The screen is bright & colors are very good. All of my apps run fine even when running several at a time. The speaker could be a little better but I use headphones so it's not a big deal. Camera is great as long as you have plenty of light. The only complaint I do have is not being able to move apps to my SD card. I suppose that's a problem with the new android version & hopefully Asus will get an update to make it work. It was advertised Adobe Flash compatible but I can't seem to get that to work. Very satisfied after using it for 2 weeks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Value As I Expected from ASUS

    Posted
    Paul76867467
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Not much to say other than this tablet was worth every penny after returning my Amazon Fire HD 8 and investing only a few more bucks for the Zenpad. HUGE improvement, and this thing has 2GB memory so it hasn't let me down as far as handling basic tasks very fast. I don't do a lot of heavy gaming, but I've watched videos and haven't seen any issues with handling that. If you're a heavy gamer you might want to look at something more geared specifically for that, but for basic stuff this ASUS is a winner, and not expensive. One of the things I like is that ASUS obviously put some thought into this tablet, it is very intuitive as far as knowing what is needed for it to run smoothly. Things I was expecting to find as standard features in the Fire HD and couldn't find or fell sadly short, I found to be all there and well thought out in the ASUS. I don't know what your expectations are, but I expected a lot from a company that builds PCs, and I wasn't disappointed, I don't think you will be either.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy!

    Posted
    candys33
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    The tablet that I wanted = Samsung Galaxy Pro= $875 range. The tablet I could afford?Either a Samsung Galaxy Tab A that was refurbished or the Asus ZenPad that was new. I went with Asus because it had more storage, great reviews, cheaper, new and more ram. The only downside to this tablet is I can't find any SD card slot? I was not aware that this tablet did not offer expandable storage. I will never use 16 gigs. It comes with plenty of Asus web storage as well as free Drive storage so not to concerned. Its got pretty quick response time. Not to much lag. The touch works seamlessly. I really have no complaints. Perfect size, really nice feel and quality build at under $125, you can not beat that! :-) P.S. Read thru reviews and judge for yourself!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet tablet for the price

    Posted
    BryanP
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    I bought this tablet for the purpose of haven't a dedicated tablet for my drone (3dr Solo). I wanted to keep it cheap but I didn't want a total piece of garbage either and this tablet fits the bill nicely. Before you buy this, you have to understand that it is a $130 tablet, not a $400 tablet. If it were a $400 tablet I would be a little disappointed, but for $130, this things more than exceeds my expectations. The screen resolution is decent, a little washed out, but better than I expected. It has SD storage, which was important to me, has blue tooth, GPS, wi-fi, and accelerometer. This tablet has 2 gigs of ram which is .5 to 1 gig more than other tablets in this price range. It really isn't laggy and runs all of my apps. I'm not a gamer so I don't know how well it would handle demanding games (again this is a $130 tablet). Overall I'm impressed and recommend this tablet for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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