The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA) is a solid device with one of the best screens available on any mid-size tablet, much more built-in storage than similarly priced models have, performance that is good but not outstanding, and cameras that are better than average.
On the downside, Asus pre-installed entirely too much software on this model, and the battery life could be better.
There are plenty of less expensive Android tablets on the market, but these all have compromises in order to meet their low prices points. For example, the Lenovo Tab 2 A8-50 costs less than half as much as the ZenPad S 8.0 but its display doesn’t have anywhere near the pixel density of this Asus model, the processor Lenovo had to use is much slower, and the Tab 2 A8-50 has a quarter of the storage capacity.
The ZenPad S 8.0 stands up well against more expensive models, too. For instance, the Dell Venue 8 7840 has a slightly better pixel density, and its processor performs a bit better, but the Asus device costs $100 less and has more RAM and four times as much storage capacity.
- Beautiful display
- Good performance
- 64GB of built-in storage
- 4GB of RAM
- Excellent cameras
- Too many apps pre-installed
- Battery life could be better
The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 has an outstanding display, good performance, and much more RAM and built-in storage than one would expect for a mid-range Android tablet.