You know, there was a time when some of my friends joked that Best Buy was the place that you went to window shop for things to order off Amazon or Newegg. At the time, it seemed Best Buy consistently charged more than the everything-from-A-to-Z online retailer, but Best Buy has definitely been ramping up their game. Right now, for instance, a 32GB Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is going for just $149.99. That undercuts Amazon’s current listing of $180 by thirty bucks.
The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is a device that fared well in our review at Android Authority. We found its 2GB of RAM to be up to par with what you would be expecting from a mid-to-high-end Android tablet in 2015, and the battery performed very well. Tablets aren’t renowned for their high quality cameras, but the ZenPad S 8.0 is a bit of a cut above the rest in that regard. Dual front-facing speakers are a nice perk, and those who like to tinker and really make their devices their own will be pleased by how malleable the software is. 32 GB is a solid amount of hard drive space, but if you want more, you can always take advantage of the microSD expansion slot.
What’s really impressive is how smooth the performance is for how little you’re paying, especially with this deal from Best Buy. However, if you’re one of those folks who puts a really high premium on image quality, you might want to take this deal with a grain of salt. Although it’s not something that every user would notice, the software does tend to over-sharpen pictures, and video smoothing can’t be turned off. Although we did note that the software is very customizable, this device comes loaded with quite a bit of bloatware, so you may have to roll up your sleeves and do some housekeeping before the tablet will really shine.
All in all, however, it’s a very slick device especially for the price range, and we didn’t give it anything lower than an 8.0 in any category. If you want to make a more informed decision before you buy, check out our official video review. If you’re ready to make the leap, click the button below to buy the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 from Best Buy.
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