Excerpt: Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is a 9-inch tablet with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing one, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, 16GB of built-in storage 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
Summary: Lenovo's IdeaTab A2109A is a 9-inch Android tablet running Android 4.1.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's a useful size for those for whom a 10in tablet is too big, and a 7in slate too small, and attractively priced at £199. But do the extra couple of inches of screen space make it a better buy than the £40 cheaper Google Nexus 7?
Conclusion: Once again, Lenovo came really close to making a great tablet, but one major flaw keeps the IdeaPad A2109 from a wholehearted recommendation. The display’s narrow viewing angles will affect media lovers and gamers more than people who mainly use their tablets to read or surf the web. But tablets at this size are made for the kind of people who like to do all of those things equally. Yes, the budget $300 price means that every aspect won’t be top of the line.
Pros: Solid and attractive design, Long battery life, Smooth, fast performance, Well-designed UI
Cons: Display has poor viewing angles, Heavy for its size, MicroSD slot difficult to access
Summary: Budget Performer. Lenovo updates the IdeaTab A series with both 7-inch and 9-inch offerings, each with a Tegra 3 processor, metal roll cage and aluminum housing. For around $269, is this tough tablet enough to convince users on a budget?
Pros: Safety frame made of metal and an aluminium case, High contrast ratio, Good speakers, Mini-HDMI port and a Micro-SD card reader, Two microphones, Front and back cameras, The A2109 does many things right and is a definite improvement over the A1. The speakers and screen contrast are better than average and we love the included microSD slot, dual microphones and micro HDMI-out port.
Cons: Very poor viewing angles, Display is not very bright; Outdoor use is limited, Average User Interface performance, Average battery life, Color reproduction is limited, Flimsy microSD cover, The tablet is screaming for a higher quality display in terms of brightness and especially viewing angles. Tablet experience should never be diminished by simply using the device in a portrait orientation. The roll cage skeleton is a great addition, but it adds just enough girth to ...
Summary: The $299 Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A has a few things going for it for tablet shoppers on a budget. We like the sound quality and the multitude of useful apps Lenovo bundled. You also get decent battery life. However, if you can live with a smaller size Google's Nexus 7 is cheaper ($199 for 8GB model) and offers better performance. For $30 more, the iPad mini is sleeker and has a larger app store. Ultimately, the A2109A is a good tablet for the price, but not a great one.
Conclusion: This device is a good effort from Lenovo, but put up in a competition against the rest of the Tegra 3 tablets we've seen, it's just a bit lacking. If you're looking for a 9-inch tablet with NVIDIA processing power inside it, this is your best bet, that's for certain - especially if you just want it to be your radio all on its own: the speakers are really worth a listen.
Excerpt: Lenovo is a relative newcomer in the world of tablets, but the IdeaTab A2109 does a decent job at getting their foot in the door and off to a good start. We like the sturdy design of the tablet as well as the speed of the device, but it could use some minor improvements.
Pros: Affordable price, Sturdy construction, Good performance
Cons: Low quality display, Mediocre cameras, Lots of apps pre-installed
Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review: The Name Is About As Good As The Tablet
1 October 2012
Excerpt: This is part one of a two-part review of the IdeaTab A2109 and S2110. Part two (the S2110 review) will be published tomorrow. There's no doubt the Android tablet market is heating up much like the phone market was a few years ago. Where before there were relatively few choices, manufacturers are now rolling out new models left and right - sometimes, it seems, with reckless abandon.
Conclusion: Being a relatively new player in the Android tablet space, Lenovo clearly has the formula in conjuring up a respectable tablet – albeit, they still have a lot to learn before being regarded as a contender. When we think of value, there's no denying that plenty of it is found with the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 , thanks partly to its contemporary hardware and competitive price point of $300.
Pros: $300 price point for a 9-inch tablet, NVIDIA quad-core CPU, Brushed metallic casing
Cons: Low quality display, Muddy quality with photo/video capture