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.
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 review: how important is audio quality in a budget tablet?
2 September 2013
Summary: The only thing Lenovo's IdeaTab truly has going for it is its emphasis on audio quality, but when all is said and done, that's not enough for us to recommend it. The unforgivably shoddy display was far worse than we would have expected even at this price. Even if we were able to look beyond that obvious shortcoming, the tablet's poor performance would have been the final nail in its coffin.
Pros: Sturdy design, Good sound quality
Cons: Subpar display, Software update unlikely, Sluggish performance, some hiccups
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.
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 is affordable and has an above average set of speakers, but it makes too many sacrifices with features and performance. The display is fairly dismal and the performance is as pedestrian as it gets. The Asus MeMO Pad HD7 is better in nearly every way, with a sharper display, faster performance, and extras like a rear-facing camera and dual-band Wi-Fi.