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Lenovo officially announces the IdeaPad A1 tablet; $199 for Gingberbread power

0. phoneArena 01 Sep 2011, 14:12 posted on

Taking the price of a Gingerbread flavored tablet to almost a ridiculously low extreme, Lenovo has made the IdeaPad A1 tablet official; with a 7 inch screen and a single-core Cortex A8 processor under the hood, buyers must expect that there will be no update to Honeycomb...

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posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:36

1. bsbokc (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


there is a trade-off for the savings and that is that Android 2.3 is installed and there is a good chance that this tablet will never get of its Gingerbread diet.

So it has GB or is doesn't I think you meant to say it will never get Honeycomb or that it has Android 2.2 not 2.3.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:43 1

2. osanilevich (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


the tradeoff is that it doesn't have tablet software. its basically a supersized phone that can't make calls

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:48

3. G-Reg (unregistered)


Dude, if you bold something... At least proof read it.

That one missing "f" is going to knock some peoples logic off for a few.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:07

4. Miles R. (unregistered)


Does It Matter If It Stays On 2.3? What Does 3.0 or Any Other *Tasty Flavor* OS Have Thats Different? Maybe The UI But If People Know Please Post It~ Cause They Can Also Just do 2.3 Updates Thats In 3.0 And just Call it 2.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and so fourth~ But As I Said Please Someone Post Whats Different Between 2.3 and 3.0 If You Can.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:55

5. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


3.0 and 3.1 have more features in their widgets and the layout of applications are optimized to the larger screen real estate. plus honeycomb has usb hosting

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:36

7. G-Reg (unregistered)


Great rant, ever use google?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:34

6. henri (unregistered)


The way this is written, it seems Lenovo is not committed to support the device for any upgrade. Instead, maybe their business model is to make a new device every year and make people buy it to get the latest changes (i.e., no updates). If Amazon is more supporting in updating the mobile OS on their tablet to allow a longer life of a tablet for an individual user, I'd say wait and pay the extra $100 for the Amazon tablet.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 18:16

8. box (unregistered)


But does it come with Android Market? The single most frustrating thing about the discounted tablets are lack of Android Market, and the reliance on non-Market app stores or .apk downloads or sideloading from a PC

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 20:40

9. bsbokc (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The Amazon tab will not come with the Android Market. But it will include the Amazon App Store which is pretty much the same. That is the main reason that the Amazon tab will be so cheap because they will be getting the cut from devs on the apps instead of that money going to Google.

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