Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG review: Talk-worthy
The Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG comes with a custom Gallery app. It defaults to a view of your folders and the camera roll is highlighted over the top. The Gallery also supports events and people views, plus it can display images from various cloud services including ASUS, Omlet, Facebook, OneDrive, Google Drive, Google+ and Flickr.
The available features when viewing a single image are pretty standard - set image as wallpaper/contact image, share it, delete it, enter edit mode or just get more info. You also get quick shortcuts for rotation and additional information.
The integrated editor offers various effects, frames, tools (crop, mirror, straighten, rotate, fisheye, doodle) plus light adjustments that let you bring out the shadows or the highlights. A nifty feature lets you drag a vertical separator between your edits, so you can see before/after effects side-by-side.
Poor video player
The Fonepad 7 FE375CXG video player is part of the Gallery, there isn't a stand-alone app. There are no premium features or particularly striking video decoder support. Its interface is very simple, too - just a playback scrubber and a play/pause button, alongside a sharing button at the top.
It wasn't able to play anything but MP4 and MOV files, plus very few AVIs. DivX, Xvid, MKV, WMV are a no go, as is the AC3 audio codec. If you need a video player to open anything besides your camera roll videos, you'll have to opt for one in the Play Store.
The music player does the job
The Asus music player does decently in terms of functionality, covering all the basics. It has a large Now Playing window with prominent album art, and also has integrated bass boost and surround sound options, although both of those only work with headphones. An equalizer is also available with multiple presets and a single custom setting.
You can also sync Cloud services like Google Drive to stream your music collection without having to transfer it to the tablet, and you can also playback from local media servers.
Good audio output with external amplifier, mediocre with headphones
The Asus FonePad 7 did nicely in our audio quality test, slightly surpassing its Memo Pad 7 sibling we recently tested. The tablet had perfectly clean output when connected to an active external amplifier and garnished it with high volume levels. It's loudness levels are among the better out there, even in the more demanding tablet league.
Plugging in a pair of headphones does cause a fair amount of issues, though. Volume levels plummet to below average levels, stereo crosstalk appears and so does intermodulation distortion. The frequency response is no longer perfect either, adding up to a rather mediocre performance in this second scenario.
Check out the table and see for yourself.
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