Lenovo IdeaPad A1 review reveals that the cheap Tablet PC market is heating up

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 review has to start with a revelation, a price that will change the tablet market forever.


But before it takes place, please bear in mind the following bit of information: while all the world is competing to scorch the borders of technically possible, bending over backwards to find even just one tiny thing that would make a tablet release stand out in the crowded market area, Lenovo does the exact opposite, they release an entry level tablet.

What seems to be a step backward done by an extremely smart and cunning industry giant, is perhaps the wisest move by a large company ever since Amazon presented the Kindle Fire – the release of a perfectly competent and nevertheless beautiful smaller 7-inch tablet for a price below $200!

The IdeaPad A1 at a glance

lenovo ideapad A1, all sides view

Continuing with this serious Lenovo IdeaPad A1 review it requires additional appreciation that someone finally sat down and gave the whole tablet business a thorough once-over. Instead of making people forget about the market leading iPad the Apple Tablet PC, by giving them exactly the same, only with Android and some little tweaks here and there, Lenovo decided to conquer a fully new and unusual approach to the market dominance. People still have to shell out their hard earned money well beyond the comfort zone for a top of the line tablet device, but there is now a new option for people who are not looking for every single possible feature crammed into a handheld device. By giving the interested public exactly what they want at a price that is more than accessible, such a move opens up many more previously unavailable market possibilities and actually provides a wholly new market niche for the manufacturers to compete in.

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 contains a 1 GHz Arm Cortex A8 processor, 512 MB of RAM and apparently 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB of storage – as of yet unconfirmed – depending on user’s choice. The model in this Lenovo IdeaPad A1 review is the 16 GB version. It will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and have a multi-touch capable display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. No upgrade to 3.0 or higher is planned. The seven inch display covers the Wi-Fi, GPS, two cameras VGA for chat and 3 megapixels in the back. The GPS is available in offline mode, which means that it uses direct satellite connection like common GPS units do.Full Adobe Flash support, a Micro-USB connector and micro-SD card reader, as well as Bluetooth raise the quality level of this entry level tablet way beyond its price range. 

Things worth pondering about

lenovo ideapad A1, multiple colors

To continue our Lenovo IdeaPad A1 review, the immediate reason for complaints, as perceived by many informed individuals in the IT technology and industry, is the fact that this device will run on Gingerbread, or Android 2.3. While everyone is expecting the first device featuring the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Lenovo delivers a tablet device which utilizes an operating system that is being used by smartphones. If you take a moment to think about this decision, it becomes apparent that just mere six months ago the Honeycomb was new and very enthusiastically expected operating system. Yes, the Android 3.0 was developed with tablets in mind, the 4.0 is being developed with tablets and smartphones in mind, so the expectations are being held on a very high level. Considering the whole business impartially, what did it actually bring, this dedicated operating system 3.0, which is missing in an entry-level 7-inch tablet? Not much, if you are being honest, then nothing at all. Who does really want to play HD video content through the tablet device that is as small as seven inches? Nowadays, you can simply pop a USB stick into your HDTV and watch it properly on a widescreen display that can really capture your whole attention. 

lenovo ideapad A1, back side camera

Granted, the larger and more sophisticated tablets have more features, but they cost the double, at least. Do they provide doubled capabilities and features, though? Of course not, some are barely managing to beat the performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, as reviewed here. The other tablets feature dual core processors, but the A1 functions just fine with the single core powerhouse. If you intend to do some HD video rendering, or something similarly more sophisticated, you will nevertheless not really try doing it on any kind of tablet, you would use a much more powerful desktop computer. There is no real need for a dual-core processor in any kind of device where the user is only browsing the web, checking email, liking something on Facebook, or doing any such menial task, up to and including playing some simple but popular games, such as Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies. 


To conclude our Lenovo IdeaPad A1 review, the A1 is an entry level tablet that can do much more than just introduce you into the world of tablets at a price that gives you two for the price of one. You can do almost anything that larger tablets do, at least you can play all the most popular games and watch movies, as well as surf the web without noticing any difference. It is a seven-inch tablet, but similarly priced tablets fail to offer all the abundance on features the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 provides with a chuckle. Setting up the bar very high for Apple, which is considering a 7-inch iPad, while giving Amazon Tablet PC the Kindle Fire a well-deserved headache and other manufacturers, such as the Dell Tablet PC the Streak 7, a forceful nudge to lower their prices, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is a clear winner and should be one of the most popular presents during the forthcoming holiday season. 

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