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: 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: The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 looks like a good entry level tablet for people who do not want to spend a lot of money but want something that is portable and has the same basic functionalities as other tablets. The A1000 is the more affordable sibling of the IdeaTab A3000 though both boast a 7-inch screen and utilize the Android operating system. It offers a dual core 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM.