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Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Making a name for itself, the IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich – to differentiate itself obviously, but it's actually anyone's guess when and if it'll make the upgrade to Jelly Bean. Specifically, we do like how Lenovo's widgets on the homescreen expand to show its contents, but we're not particularly fond of the overused 3D cube like effect going on when scrolling through the homescreen and app tray. Sure, it adds some eye candy to show off its processing power, but we've been seeing the transition effect for far too long on other long forgotten platforms – like HTC's 3D cube in its TouchFLO UI for Windows Mobile years ago.

The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review

The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is running a slight customization on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich


Even though we're presented with two keyboard options, the stock ICS one and the GO keyboard, we undeniably recommend using the former since the GO keyboard looks like a stretched-out smartphone keyboard. Despite that, both are naturally responsive enough to keep pace with our fingers, but we're still a bit cautious due to the smaller real-estate over 10-inch tablets.

We're presented with two keyboard options - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
We're presented with two keyboard options - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
We're presented with two keyboard options - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
We're presented with two keyboard options - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review

We're presented with two keyboard options


When it comes to the core organizer apps, the IdeaTab A2109 doesn’t deviate from the typical experience, as the calendar, calculator, clock, email, and Gmail apps all follow in form to what we’ve seen constantly in the past.

Organizer apps - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Organizer apps - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Organizer apps - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Organizer apps - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review

Organizer apps


Out of the box, the tablet is stuffed full of bloatware consisting of apps like AccuWeather, Amazon Kindle, Cut The Rope HD, Doc To Go, ES File Explorer, GameTanium, PokeTalk, News Republic, Norton Security, ooVoo, SugarSync, and Zinio. Also, Lenovo throws itself into the mix as well with the App Shop, which compiles apps that are especially made to run with Lenovo's tablets.

Preinstalled apps on the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Preinstalled apps on the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Preinstalled apps on the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Preinstalled apps on the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review

Preinstalled apps on the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109



Processor and Memory:

Armed with a 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM, it's obviously ample enough for nearly all tasks. Not surprisingly, it maintains a responsive performance throughout everything we're able to throw at it – including testing its might with some kind of graphically intensive live wallpaper. Considering that this CPU has shown off its processing prowess before on other tablets, the results of its performance isn't entirely new. However, we're merely glad in the fact that Lenovo decided to outfit this baby with it.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 4011 10769 53,9
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 5479 12722 58,9
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) 2711 4995 18,7
Asus Transformer Pad 300 3872 9551 47,1

Many people won't be too perturbed by it, but the tablet is packing only 16GB of storage, which translates to 12.92GB of free space out of the box. Luckily, it features a microSD slot for memory expansion, hidden under a hard-to-remove cover.

Internet and Connectivity:

Knowing that it's packing one beastly processor under the hood, the IdeaTab A2109 flies when it comes to the web browsing experience. Whether it's using the stock Android browser or Google's very own Chrome, it establishes a tasteful experience thanks to its smooth and instantaneous navigational operations. Throw in Adobe Flash support with the stock browser, which is preloaded by default, we're able to get that ever so useful desktop-like experience.

Internet browser - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Internet browser - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Internet browser - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review
Internet browser - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review

Internet browser


Currently, the IdeaTab A2109 is manufactured as a Wi-Fi only device – with word on whether we'll see cellular connected versions. Aside from that specific connectivity feature, it also sports aGPS, Bluetooth, and nothing more.

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posted on 03 Sep 2012, 07:41 3

1. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


1280 x 720 pixels isn't too bad for a 9" tablet

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 16:47

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I think they are referring to the actual quality of the lighting and colors, not the res. The res is good for this size.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 07:45 4

2. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Well, it almost got a 7/10. Don't worry Lenovo. You did a good job. PhoneArena just believes in tough love. Better luck next time perhaps.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 07:49

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1212; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


great for the price should have gotten an 8 or even a low 9/10. Played with one at best buy and it feels solid and its fast. Anyone that buys a tablet for the camera is an idiot... I almost feel the person doing the review just concentrated on the bad.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 07:57

4. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I am definitely an idiot because a camera is generally a deal breaker for me if I'm valuing a 400$+ tablet. lol But considering that the tablet is 300$ the camera really doesn't matter. I like this device and I agree that is should have gotten an 8/10 considering it is one of the best features to price ratio's on a tablet to date. But you know PhoneArena never listens to us commenters anyway so we are stuck with that abysmal F-grade they gave it. lol

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 08:10

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 782; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I would consider it if it had a microSD card slot... But like this I would ratehr get the Nexus 7

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 08:44

6. sschwier (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


There is a microSD card slot, look under the removable panel between the spearkers.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 08:46

7. sschwier (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


The power button vibrates when you push it, giving feedback.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 08:51

8. sschwier (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


There are seven more workspace screen effects other than the cube.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:14

9. sschwier (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


On mine tere is no bleeding around display. Iagree that the veiwing angles are limited, but you are holding the tabet in your hands. You automatically adjust the angle while using the tablet.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 09:22

10. sschwier (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I'm sitting outside using this tablet, using the auto brightness feature. It is no different than using my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 12:06

11. kmhasanat (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


How did Phonearena forgot to mention the micro sd card slot feature as it is exists there and it works.
It seems like phonearena's reviews/previews is not dependable or reliable at all.....

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 17:36

13. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Glad pa edited info and said that it has an SD slot! I bought this a month ago and its probably the best purchase I've ever made. Pa is only accurate with the viewing angles when talking about the display. But honestly who uses it at an angle all the time anyways? Maybe a little washed out but not too bad. Otherwise just the same as the sgtab 8.9. And the build quality is just fine, its not like sharp edges are going to cut your hands. Easy enough to hold........ Very good value for the money, I hate how pa never incorporates price into review scores! Should be 8+!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 18:12

14. tammrm (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


I must disagree with you, John, on the screen. I bought my tablet a few days ago (for $236) and am extremely satisfied. I researched several tablets in this price range, and the Lenovo is definitely "the mostest for the leastest." I popped in a $20 16 GB micro SD card right away, so now have 32 GB of storage. Though you and other reviewers critized the screen, I have no problem with it. It is as good as the screen on my HTC EVO 4G LTE. This tablet has features tablets costing twice as much don't have.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:03

15. betoNL (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


I am glad I decided to ignore all those negative video reviews out there.

Here in Holland there is no better Tablet for this price range (199 euros) !
I purchased it in april 2013 (this review above is from 2012 and have my A2109 isrunning Jelly Bean 4.1.1(dutch)

For the price, it over exceeded my expectations.

It's not only that it got a GPS chip , but it is working great ( outdoors of course), locking reasonably fast to the satellites and stable!

Great WiFi performance unlike many other budget tablets over here.

Rear Camera aint good , but who needs a rear camera on a Tablet anyway. Other (even more expensive) tablets don't even have one!

Screen is no IPS and the lack of IPS is only really noticeable when playing some games that needs tilting the screen forward/down but still doable.
All other angles are ok.

Having that said, for the rest, screen looks good enough

Many other more expensive tablets got same resolution (1280x800 ) even on bigger screens (10.1")

It's snappy (quadcore processor), battery efficient, got great sound, meaning .... great all-round performance

It's not the best tablet out there, but it's certainly the BEST BUY ! ( Did I mention , 199 euros?)

And the size ! 9 inches is the best in my opinion- not too big , not too small

Just great!

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Display9.0 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels (163 ppi) LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size7.6 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
(259 x 178 x 11.65 mm)
20.11 oz  (570 g)

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