Lenovo IdeaPad A1

Released October, 2011
  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 2.3
For all of my peeves, Lenovo did make some great design choices on the A1.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)
7.8 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Lenovo IdeaPad A1

Performance

Processing power and speed

IdeaPad A1
8.5
iPad mini
9.6
Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

IdeaPad A1
n.d.
iPad mini
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

IdeaPad A1
6.4
iPad mini
7.6
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

IdeaPad A1
8.4
iPad mini
9.2
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and phonearena.com

7.8

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

IdeaPad A1
7.8
iPad mini
8.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Lenovo IdeaPad A1

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

IdeaPad A1
1,900 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms
Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
1,366 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Lenovo IdeaPad A1


7.0
Unfortunately, the competition has already proven that display quality matters to consumers, even at the expense of cameras, GPS, Bluetooth, and even storage capacity.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Its brightness can be cranked to an impressive level, and the native 600x1,024-pixel resolution is no better or worse than the Kindle Fire.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)
Also, the backlit Android navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen only seem to light up after you touch them, somewhat defeating the purpose of lighting them up at all.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)

Apps

The central launcher can be personalized, at least, and defaults to useful apps for videos, e-mail, music, reading, and Web browsing.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)
And after filling the A1 up with all of your music and video files, you can simply buy a microSD card to give yourself more room.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)

Operating System

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is for all of those Android fans who were drawn to the Amazon Kindle Fire's $199 price tag, but couldn't take the plunge without a few more basic tablet features thrown in, not to mention a more conventional Android software experience.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)

Camera

It can shoot pictures and video with its front and rear cameras (meager though they are).
by c|net (Feb, 2012)

GPS

It can find you on a map with its integrated GPS.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 7"
Technology TN LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600
PPI 169 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass No
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope No
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDSC
  2. SD
Maximum capacity 4 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 0.3 MP
Rear camera 3 MP

ports

USB support USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 399 g
Size 192 x 125 x 11.9 mm
Thickness 11.9 mm
Battery life 7 hour
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