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Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000

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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
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

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PhoneArena rating:
4Poor
Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) TFT
Hardware
MediaTek, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB 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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