Big sound comes in small size
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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.