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1.0 out of 5 stars
Much promised, little delivered :(, 17 Jan 2012
I've held off getting a tablet as I found my phone did pretty much all I needed but recently Ive wanted a larger area to type on when doing email and of course a larger screen doesnt go amiss when watching video.
I decided to try out the Lenovo as it was getting some good reviews and its a brand I knew of having bought IBMs ThinkPad line a while back while putting out good quality gear. The 7" form factor was a must as I dont want to cart around a 9/10" tablet - Ive got a netbook so could drag that around instead.
My problems with the A1 are really that it doesnt quite hit the mark. I tried to playback a simple 350mb AVI file encoded in DIVX/XVID of a TV show which is at less than DVD resolution and it choked up. I downloaded other, optimised players and they didnt fair much better.
The touchscreen lag is also pretty awful and sometimes it just doesnt even register that Ive swiped or pressed the screen.
Yes its very inexpensive and running 2 generations behind OS wise but when I used it then switched back after 30 mins to my iPhone 4 I was floored at how amazingly quick and responsive my 1.5 year old phone is.
When 18 months down the line newer tech with similar specs (1GHz CPU, 512mb RAM, similar screen res) feels lethargic and forced I knew it wasnt for me. The random crashing, rebooting, lack of solid video playback and sluggish touchscreen means I can only really recommend people avoid and look elsewhere if they are looking for something fit for purpose that doesnt feel like a beta product.
Even the cheapest car on the market will generally turn left when you turn the steering wheel in that direction so being a cheap tablet shouldnt excuse the way the product functions (or fails to).
Here's hoping the next batch of quad core tablets will deliver on the promise and give the iPad a run for its money.