The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet that comes with an attractive sticker price of Rs. 9,499.00 that is almost half of the cost of standard 7-inch player is obviously an affordable device. The Lenovo presents IdeaTab A1000, in a package that contains wall charger, microUSB cable and Quick User Guide. Please continue reading if you reach in a decision whether you have to buy it or not
Design and styling
The Lenovo IdeaTab, with the size of 7.83x 4.76x 0.42 inches and weight of 12.3 ounces, is a 7-inch Android tablet that feels light and comfortable to handle. Even though its dimension is similar to those of Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 and HP Slate 7, it is a little heavier than MeMO Pad HD 7 and a little lighter than the Slate 7. The Lenovo IdeaTab is available with a white or black back panel, but, the sleekness of the black panel is more preferred as it resists fingerprints.
Being an affordable tablet, the chassis of IdeaTab is surprisingly solid. The rear shell of Lenovo IdeaTab is made of smooth hard plastic. It has nicely rounded case that is resilient to twisting. The rough back gives the fingers something to hold on it and so the tablet will fit nicely into the hand. When you get the device at affordable rate, you can’t expect high quality materials. As the glossy screen and the back are susceptible to finger prints, the user has to keep a cloth to clean it.
The IdeaTab A1000 possesses a power button near the 3.5 mm headphone jack, a micro USB port, a volume rocker switch and a little plastic flap that covers the microSD card slot that can expand the storage capacity up to 32GB allowing enough space for movies and music on the right sides around the edges. The interesting thing is that it also has the same flap on the left side.
The IdeaTab A 1000, which has a 7-inch LED display, features a 1024×600 pixel resolution that is similar to that of the Slate 7 and lowers than the Sero 7 pro and MeMO Pad HD 7 that has 1280×800 pixels. The colour and grayscale accuracy are not very good in IdeaTab A 1000. Even though the color is not vivid, the good brightness level and decent contrast make the device can be used outside without major reservations. And, you can easily work with it in the shade than in the sunlight as it has a glare-type screen. Viewing angle stability matters greatly in which direction the tablet is tilted. In portrait mode, slight clockwise rotation of the tablet is enough to make the screen darken and the display content unreadable. In landscape mode, it happens when we view the screen from above. So you may have to change the orientation of the device at times in order to protect the picture from fading.
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 features a standard Android QWERTY keyboard that is responsive both in landscape and portrait modes with a free update available for trace typing. The trace typing makes enable us to produce accurate sentences and its gentle haptic feedback it also appreciable.
With the capacitive touchscreen you can enter inputs reliably, no matter, whether they are zooms, scrolls or simple clicks. It can recognize up to 5 fingers at a time.
Let me tell at first that Lenovo IdeaTab A1000, which does not possess a rear camera, is not an ideal device for photography, as its 0.3 MP front camera can produce only pale and poorly detailed portraits. So don’t get shocked when you see your purple shirt looked black and your facial features are pixelated with blotchy colors. Even though you get bright enough light, it is not nearly as useful for indoors. The camera may perform relatively well in outdoors considering its modest specs. In short, it is suitable for very basic video chatting.
Music and video
Even though the camera of Lenovo disappoints the customers, they don’t have to worry about the muffled sound provided by the device. The conveniently placed speakers on the front of the tablet ensure you that you will get quality audio when you set it down on a table and the sound is not blocked by improper placement of hands or the surface on which the device rests. The A1000, which is optimized for music, is therefore used in situations such as small get-togethers and laidback listening sessions where audio entertainment should be provided. The front-facing speakers on the top and bottom of the device provide properly directed audio. The volume will reach and exceed the level that most users will require while holding the tablet to keep a clear sound with minimal distortion. In addition to this, with the built-in equalizers that features customizable profiles for music and movies, users can create specialized audio settings so that we can select among presets built for large, medium and small rooms. The Dolby Digital Plus equalizer software can work only when the headphones are plugged in. You can also feel a significant difference in sound when turning bass up.
The A1000 supports MP3, AAC, WAV and OGG for music and MP4, DivX, H.264, Xvid and WMV files up to 1080p resolution for video.
Most of the games run smoothly on Lenovo IdeaTab A1000, even though some viewing angle issues do impact tilt games.
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 comes with an internal storage of 16 GB memory. As like all other consumer electronics, the things like operating system and pre-installed apps uses 2.5 GB of the internal storage, the consumer gets only 13.5 GB to play with. Even though the reason is not yet known, the 13.5 GB memory of the tablet is divided into two parts: internal storage of 503 MB and USB storage of 13 GB, while most other devices allocate the entire 13.5 GB of memory to the internal storage where the data and Android apps are stored.
The A1000, which is supported by unmodified flavour of Android 4.1.2 Jelly bean, is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT8317 and has 1GB RAM. While other devices are upgrading with Android 4.3 or are planning to upgrade in near future, purchasing a similarly priced A1000 with outdated version of android is not a wise decision. The user can slide left from the lock screen to launch the camera, right to access the device’s home screen and up to enter Google Now. Most Lenovo Android tablets are with full of pre-loaded apps, but A1000 is not. Besides the apps that comes with all android devices, A1000 possesses a file explorer, UI intro, FM radio app and user guide.
Lenovo IdeaTab possesses internal lithium-ion polymer battery with a capacity of 3500 mAh. The tests show that the battery of the device that provides 13 Wh lasts around nine hours, which is better than the Sero 7 Pro and HP Slate 7.
Properly placed and front-facing loud speakers, decent battery life and UI skin that is not too extensive are the benefits of this affordable tablet. Its lightweight design and microSD card slot are other significant advantages.
You have to expect dim display, viewing angle issues, mediocre front camera, below average performance and graphics and little space for apps and data are the main disadvantages faced by the customers who use A1000. There is not much to complain about the performance of Lenovo IdeaTab A1000, but the terrible display and severe lack of space for apps forces us to think twice before you select A1000 tablet.