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Amid the attempts of off-brand tablet manufacturers to try their chances at competing against the iPads and the Kindle Fires of the world, there occasionally comes a device that catches the eye for its combination of cost and performance. The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 certainly matches the first requirement of competitive cost, but is it capable of stacking up against the Kindle Fire and other high profile tablets with respect to performance? Here, we take a peek under the hood of the Lenovo A1 Android tablet, which we've dubbed the \"budget brand-name tablet,” to determine if it's a hit or a miss. Build & Design: The Lenovo A1 offers nothing new by way of build and design that you haven't already seen if you've been paying attention to the comings and goings on the tablet market. This is especially disappointing in light of the vision its designers displayed with respect to some of the tablet's other features (more on that below). The A1 has a glossy black backing that practically screams \"HANDLE WITH CARE!”. Fortunately, it's lighter than the Amazon Kindle Fire by nearly a full ounce and its 7.68 x 4.92 x 0.47 (inches) dimensions (which make it a hair wider, longer, and thicker than the Fire) still make it easy enough to palm without fear of dropping.
With the IdeaPad Tablet A1 ($249 direct, 16GB), Lenovo has attempted to make a fun and easy-to-use 7-inch tablet for the masses. Unfortunately for Lenovo, Amazon has already cornered that market with the Kindle Fire ($199, 4 stars), our Editors' Choice for small tablets. The IdeaPad A1 is not only $50 more, but it offers up a subpar, lower-resolution screen, an aging OS, and middling performance. Design, Screen, and ConnectivityAt 7.7 by 4.9 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and 14.1 ounces, the IdeaPad is neither the slimmest nor lightest tablet out there. Compared with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus ($399, 3.5 stars), which measures 7.6 by 4.8 by .39 inches and 12.1 ounces, the A1 feels pretty chunky. Along the tablet's right edge, you'll find a volume rocker and orientation-lock switch. The Power button and 3.5mm headphone jack are up top, while the bottom edge houses a speaker grille, a microUSB port, and, behind a plastic flap, a microSD slot for cards up to 32GB. The A1 has a 0.3-megapixel camera above the screen and a 3-megapixel camera around back. The rounded, glossy black plastic back panel of my review unit is reminiscent of the iPhone 3GS; the tablet also comes in white, pink, or blue.
One day soon, you'll find a free tablet in every box of Cracker Jacks, but until then, $249 remains a decent price for a 7-inch Android slate. Unlike other bargain tablets that are loss-leaders for content services such as the Kindle Fire or creaky also-rans such as the Ainovo Novo7, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 promises a complete Android experience from a reputable vendor. However, that experience includes too many compromises for many users, particularly when it comes to performance and usability.In a market filled with ubClick to Enlargeer-thin tablet designs, the 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 inch, 0.9-pound Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is on a par size-wise with competitors such as the Amazon Kindle Fire (7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches, 0.9 pounds), and the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet (8 x 5 x 0.48 inches, 0.9 pounds). However, the glossy plastic bezel and bulbous plastic back and faux chrome sides give the IdeaPad A1 a less premium look than the Nook's styled gunmetal gray designs, the Fire's soft-touch back and sleek black front or the Toshiba Thrive 7-inch's textured backside.Though the A1 doesn't look pricey, you can get it in your choice of back colors, including blue, white, black, and pink. At least the A1 doesn't creak in your hands like the Ainovo 7.
|Lenovo IdeaPad A1 22282EU 7 LED 16GB Slate Tablet - Wi-Fi - Texas Instruments - OMAP 3 OMAP3622 1GHz - Black - 512 MB RAM - Android 2.3 Gingerbread - LED Backlight - Slate - Multi-touch Screen 1024 x 600 WSVGA Display - Bluetooth||$132.56||See it|
|Lenovo Ideapad A1 22282EU 7-Inch Tablet (Black)||$198||See it|
|Lenovo Ideapad A1 22282EU 7-Inch Tablet (Black)||$199||See it|
|Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Tablet - 22282LU - White - Texas Instruments OMAP 3622( 1 GHz )||$199||See it|
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