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Th­ese days, there are so many op­tions avail­able for a small 7-inch tablet as they are in­cred­i­bly por­ta­ble for just about ev­ery user. Hav­ing a 10-inch tablet can be a has­sle at times, but a 7-inch tablet is per­fect for those who want to stay pro­duc­tive at all times. One such op­tion from Len­ovo ar­rives in the form of the IdeaTab A1000.

Weigh­ing at 340g, the IdeaTab A1000 can get a lit­tle heavy from pro­longed use, but the porta­bil­ity fac­tor is the num­ber one pri­or­ity for many users. The tablet mea­sures a thin 10.7mm. It prob­a­bly won’t be win­ning any awards for be­ing thin, but it is sturdy, well-built and of­fers a com­fort­able grip. The 7-inch screen of­fers the stan­dard 1024 x 600 res­o­lu­tion, which seems rea­son­able given the price point. De­spite that, it still of­fers a de­cent view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for en­ter­tain­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity use.

Out of the box, the tablet has an ar­guably large bezel, but not to the ex­tent of dis­rupt­ing the flow of the de­sign. The tablet does not of­fer a rear-fac­ing cam­era. It is only equipped with a mod­est 0.3MP front-fac­ing cam­era, so do ad­just your ex­pec­ta­tions ac­cord­ingly. How­ever, it is cer­tainly ser­vice­able for snap­ping In­sta­gram pho­tos.

One of the big­gest ad­van­tages you can get from this tablet is def­i­nitely the au­dio. Both of the speak­ers are placed in front, top and bot­tom of the screen. With in­te­grated stereo speak­ers and Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus tech­nol­ogy, it is def­i­nitely an im­pres­sive feat for a tablet to of­fer such sound qual­ity, mak­ing it great for mu­sic en­joy­ment. To au­dio lovers, Len­ovo has also added a touch of tools for users to fine-tune their pre­ferred au­dio set­tings.

The place­ment of the vol­ume but­ton on the right side fa­cil­i­tates easy ac­cess, along with the power but­ton and the 3.5mm au­dio port on the top. The po­si­tion of the mi­cro-USB port, how­ever, is dif­fer­ent than where stan­dard tablets would of­fer. The bat­tery life is given a good 8 hours un­der light brows­ing. Pow­ered by a du­al­core 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor, its over­all per­for­mance is snappy, de­spite the oc­ca­sional lag from time to time. De­spite that, it is also packed with 1GB of RAM for bet­ter per­for­mance.

While this tablet might not have the bells and whis­tles of its larger brethren, it scored an av­er­age 28.3 FPS when run­ning Epic Ci­tadel in High Qual­ity set­tings, 365 for 3DMark IceS­torm and 9,211 for An­TuTu bench­mark. The scores may not be some­thing to scream about, but it is con­sid­er­ably de­cent and still ca­pa­ble of run­ning games like Candy Crush Saga.

All in all, this is a great com­pan­ion de­vice to be on daily scale whether you just read­ing your fa­vorite e-book, view­ing email or lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. The Len­ovo IdeaTab A1000 of­fers an ex­pe­ri­ence un­like any other tablets, and that’s boom­ing with mu­si­cal good­ness.

For au­dio lovers, the mi­croSD card sup­port is def­i­nitely a plus.

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