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Lenovo A1 7 inch Multi Touch Tablet (Cortex A8 1GHz, 16Gb Storage, 512Mb RAM, Dual Camera (0.3MP front/3MP rear), Android 2.3.4) - White
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- Premium multi-touch - capacitive vs resistive touch, two-point multi-touch display for an unmatched touchscreen experience dual app store - Lenovo App Shop and the Android market ensure ready access to thousands of useful apps
- Comes with 5 hours plus battery life for long periods of browsing
- Full flash 10.2 content support
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I highly highly recommend this to anyone consider a Kindle Fire or B&N Nook Colour.
I also have a Dell Streak tablet/phone thingy running under Android 2.2, so I found working with the A1 a doddle, not many differences between 2.2 and 2.3 and Lenovo have done little to it beyond adding their own launcher widget which doesn't get in the way too much. The Lenovo Shop is pointless but Android Market is there amongst the apps and so you can add apps to your heart's content. They've included a couple of apps including my favourite file manager ES File Explorer. The initialisation routine is simple and works. Generally, then, a good installation.
The hardware is good too. Screen clear and colourful and reasonably responsive, a little slower in that regard than the Streak but acceptable. Plenty of memory that has been partitioned up sensibly (16GB: 2GB for Android, 2GB for apps and 12 GB for user data). The camera, well, I've used it once and the picture was OK but quite noisy, but I don't expect I'll use it again, a tablet is really not what you be using for photos that matter. Sound is OK and the mic works. Putting in a micro-SD card results in it appearing at the mount point /removable_sdcard/ (covering up any files you've put there because it is a mount point in the Linux sense). Both internal and external memory appear separately to a host computer if you use the USB link.
All in all I think this is a cracking piece of kit for the price (especially the price I paid) and offers a lot more than, for instance, the Kindle Fire. However, I'm only giving it 4 stars because of the total lack of helpful documentation if you're new to these things. The only documentation that comes with it says, basically, switch on and follow the instructions. That gets you through initialisation but then leaves you stranded. It doesn't even tell you that there is a user manual (not all that good but better than nothing) buried away among the apps. Very bad show. I did find the user manual online while I was waiting for the tablet to arrive. In case it helps anyone else you will find it here: [...]
I had no problems, but then I had the Dell Streak and I've been working with Unix-based OSes for close to 25 years.
Edit: I see Amazon removed my totally harmless URL. Well, google "lenovo ideapad a1 user guide" and you'll get it as the first link. Any online Android manual will also be a good move.
UPDATE on 16th Jan: Last night the O/S was updated over the air. The only change I've noticed so far is a good one. I'd commented the screen was a little slow at responding to touch, something that others have commented on as well. Now it isn't - it's *wonderfully* responsive. makes the whole machine feel faster. Nice one, Lenovo!
UPDATE on 7th March: Another OTA update this morning. For reference it's Android 2.3.4, the kernel version is 184.108.40.206 and the build no is A107WO_A234_001_015_2643_ROW.
FINAL UPDATE on 14th May: Everything still going swimmingly here after nearly 5 months. I changed the launcher to Zeam about a month ago, which plays very nicely on the A1. It's supposed to be lightweight and slick, and indeed it does run very fast and smoothly on this platform. It's not available on the Android market for some reason, but downloading and installing from zeam.org works fine.
FINAL FINAL UPDATE on 17th May 2013. One year later it's still working fine.
Althought the A1 is only running Gingerbread (2.3) and not the tablet specific Honeycomb - it still performs extremely well and does exactly what it says on the tin. Downloading apps is a breeze with the full edition of Android Market and not the restricted version you get with a lot of customized Android builds.
The Ideapad A1 has a very good build quality and has a nice glossy finish to it both back and front. Having read a couple of reviews saying that the screen was a bit difficult to view from certain angles, I was again pleasantly surprised with the quality of the screen and have yet not found any issues.
The only downside to this tablet is the quality of the camera, but at the end of the day why would you buy a tablet for its photographic capabilites - thats why you buy a camera. To me its just an added bonus that can be used as a last resort.
I would definitely reccomend this to anyone looking to buy a good quality Android tablet.
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