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Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

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Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

Introduction


Lenovo has never been a strong or serious player in the Android tablet space per se, which is duly noted from their offerings over the last couple of years. In fact, they haven’t produced something high-end to tangle with the greats, but rather, they’ve attacked the opposite end of the spectrum with entry-level models. Sure to attract some budget conscious individuals, the $160 priced Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 is no doubt something noteworthy to mention over other things. Seriously, we’re crossing our fingers with this one, especially considering it’s cheap – though, it doesn’t always translate to better, as we’ve come to know all too well.

Box and contents - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
Box and contents - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

Box and contents

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick User Guide
  • Important Safety and Handling Information

Design


Sadly, there’s nothing satisfying with the design of the IdeaTab A1000 – it’s just straight out boring and behind the times. Compared to the class-leader in the space, the Nexus 7, it’s longer, wider, thicker, and boasts beefy bezels. And it doesn’t help either that it’s weighty (11.99 oz) by today’s standards too, which is rather strange considering it’s donning a plastic body. Overall, it’s the epitome of a cheaply made tablet, as the plastic casing scratches easily.

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

Aside from the sizable bezels around the display, we also spot the IdeaTab A1000 wielding dual speakers and a front-facing VGA 0.3-megapixel camera. Around its trim, we find all the usual ports and buttons – like its power key, volume control, microphone, microUSB port, and 3.5mm headset jack. Indeed a sight for sore eyes, it packs an always useful microSD card slot. In keeping it low cost in price, the tablet lacks a rear camera.

The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review



Display


Ouch! Our eyes writhe in pain just trying to look at the 7-inch 1024 x 600 glossy LED display of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000. It’s just downright scary in so many ways! First and foremost, detail isn’t a strong point with this one, which is quite evident from the onset with its 170 ppi pixel density. Secondly, its color reproduction is bland, washed out, and devoid from any attractive tones to reel us in. And finally, there’s the matter with its super weak viewing angles and poor brightness output – making it nearly impossible to view outdoors. It’s bad folks, like really, really bad!

Viewing angles of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
Viewing angles of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review
Viewing angles of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 - Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

Viewing angles of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000


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posted on 20 Aug 2013, 07:41 4

1. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


I've never seen such a low score before I think.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:01 2

2. darkvadervip (Posts: 275; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


And then you get stupid posting about how android is over taking the iPad. This is one of the over takes. Lol

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 12:32

3. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


One of the worst gadget reviewed

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 13:32

4. ryan5609 (Posts: 82; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Some very strange benchmark results. A very decent Quadrant score followed by an abysmal AnTuTu and a laughable 3.5 fps GLBench. Are these accurate results? Can you even play 3D games on this thing?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 21:31

5. Furbal (Posts: 141; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


the Sero 7 line is probably a safer bet to get than this...

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 00:13

6. robocopvn (Posts: 153; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


This device using Apple A4 SOC ? as I've seen on amazon website !

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:14

7. jsdechavez (Posts: 676; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


The HP Slate 7 looks quite solid compared to this. lol

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 00:48

9. vipuls1979 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


The problem with this Tablet is it does not have calling facility

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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) TFT
Hardware
MediaTek MT8317T, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size7.83 x 4.76 x 0.42 inches
(199 x 121 x 10.7 mm)
11.99 oz  (340 g)

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