Hands-on with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1

And then there's the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, aka the little brother of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. It's a wee 7-inch tablet. And while it's nicely put together, we're having a hard time swallowing a Gingerbread tablet when Honeycomb's starting to hit in the same form factor.

It's noticeably slower than its dual-core counterpart, but then again, it's also only $200, and you'd be hard-pressed to beat that at this point.

See what we mean with photos and video after the break.

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Phil Nickinson
  • Looking like a winner at that price
  • Phil, reread your first line. Sounds like a nice device does it have HDMI?
  • Jaja, I was just about to coment the same thing. Too bad it doesn't haves Honeycomb.
  • The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Steak Sauce
  • I'm not worried anymore if it comes with gingerbread. I'll take anything that can be rooted and roms can be loaded. So what if no honeycomb, ics will be there in few months.
  • No Tegra 2, so no Honeycomb. Understandable for $200. Let's hope this will get Ice Cream Sandwich (one way or another) and live a good long life as the value 7" tablet of choice.
  • I have a question that has been boggling my mind for quiet a while. I love Android I really do, but why is all Android tablets called __pad like the "iPad." I mean how does "tablet" abbreviate into "pad." Where did the P come from?!
  • notePad?
  • this isn't quite true. The samsung tablets are called Galaxy Tabs. And isn't it the original viewsonic that's the gTab? And Motorola's is just the Xoom, no Pad OR Tab. :)
  • Lenovo (or IBM back in the day) have been making Thinkpad laptops for many years. So Ideapad would just be an extension of that. Perhaps they should have patented/copyrighted/trademarked the use of "pad" for computing devices ;-)
  • Yep, I wonder if Google bought the "___Pad" patent from IBM too? ;)
  • That would rock! Just for the humor of it all.
  • Answer: Star Trek. That's where all good gadget ideas come from. The crew members would carry around a "PADD" which was basically a tablet containing, eh, a to-do list? Access to the ship's computer? Angry Birds of Prey? http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/PADD
  • This looks pretty good to me. This is now another better option for rooters to flash roms to, replacing the Nook Color for that honor.
  • Looks like a good bang for the buck tablet, Fairly inexpensive but not built cheap. I really like the constant GPS feature, a nice plus for a budget tablet.
  • Any info on the release date yet?
  • Does no one even care what graphics this thing runs on? Or has the 200 bucks price tag pretty much sealed the deal?
  • I just called Lenovo and was told that it's launching October 6th. Can't wait.
  • I have the a1. It's a simple tablet, sometimes sluggish but solid. The gps takes several seconds to fix, slower than a smartphone typically does. I'm annoyed at a couple of things... the onscreen keyboard tends to autorepeat keys even with a very short tap. And while it will autodetect a change to landscape mode, the main menus are all hardcoded in portrait so I have to switch back and forth. It's fine as a bookreader and for basic nav.