Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 Review

Interface and Functionality

Taking a peek around the interface, it’s running a mostly stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean experience – with a few customizations from Lenovo. To be specific, the difference in this UI is seen in the notifications panel, camera app, and the homescreen’s main widgets. On the surface, we’re naturally presented with all the comforts of the Android experience – like its rich personalization and diverse ecosystem of apps. However, it doesn’t try to go beyond that, as it lacks any sort of enhancements or deeper functionality to move the experience into new territory.

Running Jelly Bean and all, the organizer functions of the experience is further strengthened by the availability of Google Now. It’s something we can’t complain about, since it’s so useful in keeping us organized with our schedule and routine.

In portrait, our thumbs are able to encompass the entire layout of the on-screen keyboard – with minimal stretching required on our part. Throw in its responsiveness, it helps to keep our pace consistent. On the flip side, the landscape option is a bit more cramped for our taste.

Processor and Memory

Processing power isn’t a strong point of the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000, even more when it’s packing along something that isn’t menacing under the hood. Wielding a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM based Cortex-A9 processor coupled with the PowerVR SGX531 GPU and 1GB of RAM, it struggles and cracks under the pressure – more so when it’s running any processor intensive tasks. Heck, even running a live wallpaper exhibits a distasteful sluggish response with its performance. At the end of the day, it’s just painfully slow!

Quadrant StandardAnTuTuGLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Lenovo IdeaTab A100073112772396 / 3.5 fps1307 / 417
Google Nexus 7 20135854197864556 / 40 fps1571 / 692
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch407589871930 / 17 fps1677 / 505

Even though it’s available in 8GB and 16GB capacities, it’s nonetheless wonderful to know that there’s a microSD card slot ready to supplement its tally.

Internet and Connectivity

Despite the sluggish nature of its processor, we don’t find too many nagging faults with its web browsing experience. Pages load up in a timely manner, but we do notice just a pinch of choppiness with its navigational controls. Luckily, it’s not too distracting to dissuade us.

Currently, the tablet is made available as a Wi-Fi only model – albeit, there seems to be a SIM placeholder spot on one of the sides of the tablet, which means that we might see a cellular enabled variant. Besides that, it features aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0 as well.

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