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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy, if unspectacular, new Android tablet, 16 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Lenovo S5000 7-inch Tablet (Silver Grey Metal) - (Quad Core 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2) (Personal Computers)
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Had this tablet been released before, or around the time of, the original Nexus 7 towards the end of 2012, it would have been in the vanguard of quality, low cost Android tablets. As it is, the S5000 is one of a number of very similar devices - it won't disappoint and it won't set the world alight.

Compared to an original Nexus 7, the S5000 is much lighter and thinner - an altogether more pleasant device to use in practice. It's also a little thinner than the 2013 Nexus 7 and its build quality isn't quite up there with that device - the chrome surround is a matter of personal taste for example - but it's perfectly acceptable. Unlike the Iconia B1, for example, the S5000 doesn't feel like a toy.

The 1280x800 display is, again, mid range - matching the Nexus 7 2012 but some distance behind the newer Nexus. In use, the display is bright but, compared with the N7 2013, has a greenish tinge. I can't discover whether the screen is gorilla glass or similar which leads me to suspect it isn't although I've not noticed any scratches after a month's use.

There's a bit of a theme developing - performance wise, the S5000 is virtually identical to the original Nexus 7 with a Geekbench 3 score of 325 (single core) and 1042 (multi-core). The 2013 Nexus 7, by contrast, scores 581 and 1835 respectively and is noticeably faster in use - especially when, for example, the device is updating apps. In practice, however, the S5000 copes well with everything I've thrown at it so far, including Plants Vs Zombies 2 and Minion Rush (a game which tends to push devices pretty hard). I doubt it would cope with the most demanding games but it's pretty solid. Battery life seems pretty good, again on a par with the Nexus devices and ahead of the Iconia B1.

Android 4.2.2 comes installed which, whilst it's a couple of versions back, is pretty indistinguishable from the most recent version. Lenovo don't mess around too much with the standard Android look and feel (mercifully) but they have, for reasons I cannot fathom, removed the app launcher. This means that all apps appear as icons directly on the "desktop" - an extremely unwelcome blast from the past. To fix this, I recommend installing Nova Launcher - this has no negative impact on the overall experience but restores the app drawer. You'll thank me.

18 months ago, this would have been a market leader. As it is, the S5000 is a solid Android tablet. The Kindle Fire HD is cheaper and specified better but is locked into Amazon. The Nexus 7 2013 is better in all regards but is also more expensive. If you can afford the extra £40-£50, and you intend to use your tablet to the max, I recommend the Nexus but if you're mainly interested in sofa surfing, Facebooking, emailing and a little light gaming, the S5000 won't disappoint.
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Initial post: 25 Aug 2014 21:07:41 BDT
smartguy says:
I bought one of these for my wife based on yours and the other decent reviews on here. I was looking for something to replace her very heavy first gen KIndle Fire HD and this is a similar spec. Managed to find one brand new and sealed on ebay for £82.00 inc p&p so was happy. Great item apart from no app tray. I downloaded Nova on your recommendation and tried the Apex one.

On both, the icons in the dock do not rotate from portrait to landscape. Am I doing something wrong or is this how it is. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2014 14:33:29 BDT
Geoff P says:
Just read this and installed the Nova launcher as Kev recommends.
Works fine and gives the app tray back.
Everything rotates fine from portrait to landscape too M Spencer - usually a restart solves stuff like that :)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2014 21:08:25 BDT
smartguy says:
Ok cheers. I will try the re-boot. I tried quite a few different launchers and all were the same but didn't think about a re-boot. My wife is very very happy with the tab although not so happy with the dedicated case we bought. Nice colour but not very good quality and it made the screen shimmer. Have now installed the latest firmware so will try the case again.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2014 10:45:09 BDT
Geoff P says:
I got this case Exact Lenovo Ideatab S5000 Case [SLENDER Series] - Ultra Slim Lightweight Smart-shell Stand Case for Lenovo Ideatab S5000 Black
very pleased with it.

Anyway, after a couple of days using the Nova launcher I've gone back to the stock Lenovo one!
I'd got used to having my four or five top apps on the home screen, then scrolling right to get all the others in the order I want them. The app drawer put them in alpha order for me which I didn't want.
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