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Lenovo A1000 7-inch Tablet (Black) - (MTK 8317 1GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, GPS, Webcam, Android 4.2)
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Lenovo A1000 Tablet
Heavy Entertainment For Those Who Travel Light
Get double the performance with the Lenovo A1000, which comes with Dolby Digital Plus sound and dual front-facing speakers for uncompromised audio. It’s all the entertainment you’ll ever need. Featuring a MT8317 Dual-Core Processor, it allows you to play games and multimedia at high speed.
The Lenovo A1000 Android music tablet is a 7” portable tablet with amazing music performance enhancements, perfect for carrying around with you during the day. Its smaller size -- at 199mm wide and 10.7mm at its thickest -- makes it great for carrying around and listening to music, reading books, surfing the web or watching films in brilliant vivid color with you wherever you are during the day.
At a Glance
- Dual Core 1.2GHz MT 8317 processor
- 7” display (1024x600) touchscreen with IPS wide view technology
- 4GB/8GB/16GB eMMC storage, expandable by 32GB with micro-SIM
- 1GB LP DDR2 memory
- Micro-USB with On The Go (OTG) support
- Front camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
Fun at Your Fingertips
The Music Master
Music lovers can experience all the rich sounds and beats from the dual front-facing speakers, which are widely spaced to improve the stereo effects. Also, each speaker is more than 1cc in size, allowing you to experience louder, deeper bass.
Dolby Digital Plus
Listening to music, films and games on your PC will never be the same. With the Dolby Digital Plus tools, you can experience riveting high-fidelity surround sound on your tablet. Dolby Digital Plus delivers high-quality sound and additional bandwidth savings – giving you great content with fewer interruptions.
Five-finger Multi-touch Display
The Lenovo A1000 features five-finger multi-touch technology for the ability to effortlessly control apps, browse the web, and play engaging games. This innovative screen is sensitive and easy to use, making typing easier and offering a responsive gaming experience.
Take your web chats to the next level thanks to the built-in 0.3 MP front camera which lets you stream higher-definition images, giving you clearer picture, perfect for capturing those special moments on photo and video and sharing them with your friends.
MicroSD Card Slot
If you need more space for your favourite multimedia the expansion slot allows you to insert microSD memory cards into your tablet. This means you can expand your storage space and transfer files between mobile devices easily. The Lenovo A1000 also features a 3.5 mm Audio/Mic Jack port and Micro-USB (supports USB-OTG).
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
The Lenovo A1000 comes with multiple wireless connection options. The built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter will allow you to enjoy reliable connections to the internet, whether at home or on a public network, while Bluetooth 4.0 is available to make it easier to connect and share files with other devices.
Handy and Light
Available in black and white and preloaded with Google Apps, you'll find the Lenovo A1000 is lighter than many of the other tablets available. This means that it is comfortable to hold and use for long periods, making it ideal for reading or watching movies. The 7" screen is large enough for easy viewing, while also being small enough to easily slip into a small bag or handbag.
Optimised for Entertainment
Dual Core Processor
The MT8317 Dual-Core processor with 1GB LP-DDR2 memory gives great performance for games, graphics, overall system speed and applications. Also on the Lenovo A1000 you'll find up to 1 GB of fast DDR2 memory and up to 32 GB of microSD expandable storage, meaning you can access your files quickly and easily.
Google Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean"
Sleek, smart and full of innovative features, the Lenovo A1000 is equipped with the highly intuitive Google Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system, a version of the Android platform specifically optimised for tablets. Android 4.1 features improved multi-tasking performance, more reactive touch responses, Photo Sphere, gesture typing keyboard, Google Now with more cards and a redesigned camera app. Android 4.1 also offers faster orientation changes, quicker switching between recent apps, and smoother and more consistent rendering across the system through vsync and triple buffering.
As well as featuring your favourite Google Mobile services including YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and more, you'll also be able to access thousands of the latest apps, games and entertainment through the Google Play store.
Long-lasting Battery Life
The Lenovo A1000 comes equipped with a long-life li-polymer battery, so users can get the most out of their tablet between charges. With Wi-Fi connected you will be able to enjoy up to eight hours of online productivity as well as six hours of video playback before it needs to be topped up.
Top customer reviews
I bought this tablet to replace a laptop for travelling as it has wifi and Bluetooth connections and is sturdily built. The design is smooth and clean with just a power switch and a 3.5mm headphone socket on the top edge and a volume control on the side with a MicroSD slot which will accept cards up to 32Gb to augment the 16Gb of internal storage and 1Gb of RAM. The dual core ARM processor is able to display videos smoothly and render web pages quickly. One quirk with this model is that the storage is partitioned strangely with only 500Mb available for applications. Lenovo have recognised this and a download is now available which repartitions the storage and increases this application space to 1.5Gb. The tablet has a 0.3MP camera on the front which is fine for Skype video calls but is not really suitable for any quality photographs. A mains charger and USB lead are also included with the tablet. Overall, this is a good budget tablet that performs well given the inherent limitations of building it down to an affordable price point.
After shopping around for a cheap tablet I was tempted to go for one of the cheap unbranded imports but when I saw this I took a chance despite some of the negative reviews.
All of my feedback is really based on value for money. The tablet works well, it is fast and well made. I cannot see that anything missing versus my kids Galaxy's is worth the extra cost. The major drawbacks are as follows:
- Storage partitioning. I have more data storage than I could possibly use but the area for Apps is awful. There is a free upgrade patch that can be downloaded which makes this a little better but this is a major oversight.
- Camera - I knew that there was only one front facing camera (I was not bothered, how many cameras do I need?). However the quality and lighting of the camera is bad making even Skype difficult unless lighting is good.
- Connectivity - Connecting to laptop is possible but needs research on how to and I cannot find away to broadcast on TV. I think the lack of TV connection was part of the spec but it was not obvious to a novice like me.
On the whole I would still rate it possitively as for my uses it fits the bill and was reasonably priced.
NB I am a harsh star giver. I disagree with how many 5 star ratings are given to products on here it makes them pointless.
After a month of owning this tablet, I've had no hardware or software issues with it and I'm actually fairly impressed with what you get for the price.
But let's rewind a little and look at what is in the package.
Lenovo have obviously set out to make this as cheap as possible so that it sits right at the budget end of the tablet market. Nothing wrong with that, kids and adults who want a tablet but don't have the cash should be able to take advantage of this.
In the box you get a charger, Micro USB cable, a tiny booklet with product information and the tablet itself.
The tablet doesn't hide its budget, though, and the large, bulky surround is certainly no oil painting. It does mean, however, than larger fingers won't accidentally make their way on to the screen. The unit isn't overly heavy, though, so holding it won't break your arms after 30 minutes of Breaking Bad.
The tablet doesn't feel very rugged and the plastic back makes it more like a toy at times. There are slots for a Micro SD card and a spare slot the other side, probably for a Sim Card in later models. There are volume controls on the other side, a headphone and charging port on the top and a power button next to these.
The screen is farily clear but colours can look a little washed out when placed next to a more expensive tablet. This won't be a problem for most, though, and the movies and TV series I've tried all looked clear enough to watch. This is, however, less than HD quality and the viewing angles do get washed out at an angle.
The 1GHz dual core processor isn't the fastest by any means, but running on a sub HD panel, it doesn't need to be. The device only has 1GB RAM as well, but that's probably plenty for most users in its target audience.
The stereo speakers do make a slight difference, bringing more quality to music and films, but it's not a huge difference when compared to a Nexus 7, despite this being sold with the speakers as a selling point.
There is only a single front facing VGA camera here, unsurprising given the budget. It's fine for 'selfies' and video calls, though.
The device runs Android Jelly Bean and comes with Lenovo's installed screen. Thankfully, these are unobtrusive and are actually pretty useful, with a calendar, weather and access to media.
Scrolling is fast and fairly responsive and apps seem to start fairly quickly, despite the limited processing power.
Google Music is included, but playing music at full power distorts the sound slightly.
Gaming and Media
Despite the low quality, I was surprised to see that this device can actually handle a lot of the top games. I've played Spider-man and other games that usually tax devices, but it was quite happy playing them all.
Compatibility was an issue at times, though Google just won't let you download something if it doesn't recognise that the tablet can play it. Other apps like Netflix worked fine and, of course, you can always add your own films and music, which makes it a good cheap media device.
Overall, while the device looks as cheap as the price tag and may not stand up to too much rugged testing, the Lenovo A1000 is still a solid budget tablet that can handle media and games pretty well for a small price.
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