Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet combines low-key features with low-quality screen
30 September 2013
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 is a meek 7-inch tablet that cuts far too many corners to reach its budget price.
Pros: The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000's Dolby Digital audio enhancement features make almost any pair of headphones sound great, and the microSD expansion slot is a welcome addition.
Cons: The tablet's screen is unfashionably low-res, with washed out color and narrow viewing angles. Graphics-heavy games chug something awful, apps sometimes stutter when launched, and Netflix video doesn't play.
Summary: I had gone into this review expecting to be able to give a thumbs up to the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 . With Lenovo’s history of quality products behind it, and a highly economical price tag, how could it miss? Surprisingly, that’s not really the case. I could overlook a lot of things, but using a sub-par screen on a $150 device isn’t one of them, not when your cheaper competitors have better displays.
Pros: Reliable brand name
Cons: Fewer features vs. competing models, Poor screen
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 might be among the most affordable tablets available, but its entertainment focus and front-facing speakers aren't enough to make up for an otherwise below average device.
Summary: Entry-level revisited. Lenovo releases a budget-friendly 7-inch tablet with Android OS and low-power hardware. Can the bargain-basement offering from the well-know manufacturer hold its own or have the cost-saving measures been taken too far?
Pros: Low price, Bright dsiplay, Sturdy design, Micro-SD card slot, The acceptable build quality and the bright display.
Cons: Quality of the materials, Display resolution, Camera produces mediocre pictures, Colors are not very vivid., A higher display resolution is on top of our list. A better webcam would also be nice.
Summary: At $129, the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 is a capable Android tablet for everyday Web browsing, music listening and casual gaming. We also like that it gets more than 8 hours on a charge, but wish it offered just a little more performance. While it doesn't last as long, the Hisense Sero 7 Pro packs a Tegra 3 processor, higher-resolution 720p display for the same price -- and at $149, the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 offers an hour more of endurance.
Conclusion: It might be possible to put together a decent tablet at this price. Unfortunately, no company has yet proved this to be true. The IdeaTab A1000’s general specs aren’t so different from the original Nexus 7 or the Memo Pad HD, but the A1000 is a poor tablet user experience, rendering the low price a moot point. Performance-wise, there’s not much to complain about, but the severe lack of space for apps combined with a terrible display make the A1000 hard to recommend.
Pros: Loud front-facing speakers, UI skin isn't too extensive, Decent battery life
Cons: Low-res screen with poor viewing angles, Little room for apps and data, Slightly sluggish performance, Mediocre front camera
Conclusion: Dirt cheap Android tablets are in abundance, but after the recent Google Nexus 7 , it reestablished what it means to be a fantastic budget offering – while at the same time, set the bar higher for everyone else too. Even with its lower $160 base price point, it’s not enough to put the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 in the same realm. In fact, it’s not even remotely close, as everything about this is just dated and behind the times.
Pros: Dirt Cheap, Good battery life
Cons: Sluggish performance, Low quality display, Heavy in weight, Bland design
Excerpt: Although the Tablet market is filled with seemingly endless choices, there are those of us who cannot afford the hefty price tag that many carry. For the consumer that wants the current “it” product for less, there is the Lenovo Idea Tab A1000. Now although the product has a paired down price there is no need to believe that you will be shortchanged when it comes to performance and look.
Excerpt: Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 is a basic 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet with 1024x600 pixels screen, 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, VGA front-facing camera, 16GB of internal memory, GPS, Bluetooth and a memory card 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
Excerpt: The IdeaTab A1000 is a latest entry-level warrior by Lenovo that is powered by 1.2 GHz MT8317 Dual-Core Processor along with 1GB of RAM for ensuring utterly fast processing speed. It sports a 7-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and runs on the latest Jelly Bean interface with sufficient decency. Moreover, it comes with SIM support for voice calling. It sports front facing camera and Dolby audio enhancements with dual stereo speakers.