Excerpt: Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is a 7-inch (1024x600 pixels) tablet running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In addition, it also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity support, 3-megapixel camera, GPS, 16GB of built-in memory and a microSD slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Tablet Review: Kindle Fire Killer?
Tablet PC Reviews
15 March 2012
Summary: If the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 were the only budget tablet on the planet, it would be easy to recommend it simply for its affordable $200 price tag. But it isn`t, and the fact that you can get the Kindle Fire for the exact same amount of cash will likely result in many buyers opting for name recognition over bonus inclusions like a camera and an SD card slot.
Pros: Offline GPS, Lightweight and easy to hold, Front- and rear-facing cameras, Micro SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB
Cons: Gingerbread OS, Screen marred by poor viewing angles and glare, Pokey processor
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet is by no means a bad product; in fact it's a good alternative to those no-name tablets we see at Fry's and MicroCenter (Azpen, ChinaMart, even some Coby's aren't so hot). But the tablet's OS and CPU are already dated, and that means you'll get no future-proofing here.
Summary: Solid entry-level tablet? The new Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet A1 was announced a long time ago but it was first available at the beginning of December. The A1 is a 7 inch entry-level tablet and is currently sold for €199 RRP. Is it just an oversized smartphone (without phone functions) or an undersized tablet? How Lenovo's new "penny pincher" fares will be rated based on our conclusive test criteria in the following review.
Pros: Good manufacturing quality, Price/performance ratio, Handy size, No crashes during the tests, Good battery life, Handy size and low weight at a good price-performance ratio.
Cons: No HDMI out, Short illumination of menu buttons, Reflective screen, Only 12 month manufacturer warranty, Needs a second to wake up from standby, HDMI out
Excerpt: Lenovo has not only finally dropped into the tablet market with their LePad series, but also recently released a new and relatively cheap 7 inch tablet. The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 offers a 1 Ghz processor as well as a 7″ capacitive screen for a price of around $200 USD. Depending on the model, the device is available with an internal flash drive of 16 gigabytes.
Lenovo IdeaPad A1 – a very nice tablet for a surprisingly low price – specs review
2 October 2011
Conclusion: Now, the price: The 8 GB model will cost only $199 – that’s with all the other specs intact, including the two card slots! That’s even cheaper than the Nook Color, and it’s definitely a good purchase from a reputable brand name. Sadly, it will only be available in Europe and Asia, with the US getting the slightly more expensive 16 and 32 GB models for $249 and $299 – still a great price, but for ~$50 you could have 40 GB with an SD card instead of 16 GB internal memory...