Interface and Functionality:
The Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A comes running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a customized skin layered above it, similar to the IdeaTab A2109, though there’s no word yet if an update to Jelly Bean will be made available. We like how Lenovo's customized widgets on the homescreen expand to show its contents (such as social, games, media, business, and tools), but we're not particularly fond of the oversized 3D cube- like effect when scrolling through the 5 homescreens and app tray, as it appears slow and stuttery. Sure, it adds some eye candy, but we've seen this transition effect for a while now on other long forgotten platforms – like HTC's 3D cube in its TouchFLO UI for Windows Mobile years ago.
The UI Of the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
For on-screen typing, we're presented with two keyboard options, the stock Android keyboard and the GO keyboard. We highly recommend using the default Android one 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 overall we still recommend using the optional physical keyboard for lengthy typing.
When it comes to the core organizer apps, the IdeaTab S2110A doesn’t deviate from the typical Android ICS experience, as the calendar, calculator, clock, E-Mail, and Gmail apps all follow in form to what we’ve seen constantly in the past.
There are numerous third party apps included with the tablet, some more useful than others, such as AccuWeather, Amazon Kindle, Documents to Go, ES File Explorer, Evernote, GameTanium, News Republic, Norton Security, ooVoo, PrinterShare, Rara, Shazam, Skype, SugarSync, and Zinio. For games, there is HW Backgammon, Euchre, Hearts, Solitaire, Spades, and our favorite Vendetta Online.
The tablet comes with numerous third party apps preinstalled
Processor and Memory:
Instead of featuring a 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor that is on the IdeaTab A2109, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8060A processor with 1GB of RAM. Even though running apps on the tablet is plenty quick, we did see some slowness when moving between the homescreens and apps list.
| ||Quadrant Standard ||AnTuTu ||NenaMark 2 |
|Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A ||4782 ||7037 ||58,9 |
|Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 ||4011 ||10769 ||53,9 |
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) ||2711 ||4955 ||18,7 |
|Asus Transformer Pad 300 ||3872 ||9551 ||47,1 |
Having 16GB of internal memory is a fine thing, though only 10GB is available out-of-the-box. It’s unfortunate that the tablet does not have a built in microSD memory card slot, but the optional keyboard dock does feature a full sized SD card slot that can use up to 32GB cards. This is all well and good while the keyboard dock is connected, but once it’s removed from the tablet, you can no longer access the memory card.
Internet and Connectivity:
With the dual-core Snapdragon processor under the hood, the IdeaTab S2110A flies when it comes to the web browsing experience. Whether it's using the stock Android browser or 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.
Currently, the IdeaTab S2110A is sold as a Wi-Fi only device, but 3G WCDMA/EVDO model is listed on the Lenovo site, though doesn't seem to be currently availble. Aside from that specific connectivity feature, it also sports aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0.