198 of 205 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
In a marketplace with so many options from $49-$500 it is tough to know what is what and what is good.
As for this Lenovo, you will find this a very good value and very good performance. Lenovo is the third largest computer manufacturer in the world and has a stellar reputation for performance and quality. I have had this unit for about six months and have enjoyed it with no hickups.
What you will like:
GPS Navigation built in: This feature alone makes this seven inch screen worth the money. I did though download a better nav app, Route66 and would recommend you do the same. The GPS works without a network and is a stand alone feature.
16gb: More than most need but if you do need more buy a larger TF card and just insert it, something Apple has yet to offer their loyal customers.
Resolution: No it isn't a retina display but neither is Apples 7"! At seven inches the display is perfectly fine and displays HD. At this size it becomes merely a selling feature to do more.
Armored casing: What you may not know is the internal design, this has a reinforced armor casing to protect and absorb impact if dropped, Apple? NO!
Android: More apps more choices and a lot less money!
What may challenge you:
Slow boot up: When you do a cold boot this unit takes about 90 seconds to boot up.
Reboots: Hold down the power button for 10 seconds and you can reboot. This is something I have found on all tablets that will be necessary from time to time. This one a little more often.
Operation buttons: These are soft touch and back lit when you touch them. At the beginning you may find this challenging until you learn where these are and then you will have no problem.
Over all this unit has satisfied me and I am sure it will you. You will be using a tablet that has more features and better build than any other for the money and perhaps even more than those costing three times as much.
I hope this helps you.
67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
12/28/2012 UPDATE: After 1 month, I am loving this! I just inserted a 16GB SD card which allowed me to move 2.5 GB of photos and music so I now was able to load Need for Speed! You will need some type of file manager (I am using ES File Explorer) to use the SD card (it took me a while to figure it all out but now that I have, it is working great).
Just a comment- I was hoping to find a Garageband type app. I couldn't find one that worked but I found Reloop which allows me to put .wav files down on different tracks. And the app creator even has different free Reloop track packs on the Play Store which I now store on my new SD card. As for recording voices or music/sound, I purchased Aubade Audio Studio which can save as a .wav file which I can then bring into Reloop. A lot of fun!
ORIGINAL REVIEW: So I bought this after giving the Kindle Fire (not HD version) a try because of some limitations I found with the Fire (a deal at $129 on Cyber Monday) which were as follows: limited memory with no expansion option, no camera or mike for Skype-ing, Amazon Appstore access only.
I got the Lenovo Ideatab A2107 for $149 and am pleasantly surprised. I have 2 Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks and they have been trusty notebooks, so I thought I'd give the Lenovo tablets a try. The Ideatab has a micro-SD card option, two cameras, a mike, and Google Play access. Plus I can download Google Chrome which allows me to use Google Docs.
After three days of using it, I am enjoying it. Internet browsing may not be instantaneous, but it is fast enough for me, especially considering that I only paid $149. Netflix works just fine, sometimes a little fuzzy as it buffers, but again, considering what I paid, the mostly clear video I get is great.
I have a friend who recently spent over $500 on an iPad and who loves it. I would too, for $500. But as I can only afford $150, I must say that the Ideatab has more than exceeded my expectations and works great. I guess I could have put down $50 more for a Google Nexus 7, but hey, that is $50 more worth of apps and accessories for me.
If something changes in the near future, I'll let you know, but for now, I'll give the Ideatab 5 stars.
98 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
I am a sales rep for a large wireless provider and deal with tablets everyday, from Pantech to Samsung to Apple to Acer.
I purchased the A2107 with wireless service and received it a few days ago. These are my impressions:
Owning a tablet is a subjective experience, as is owning a cell phone, automobile or computer. If you want a computer that plays games exceptionally well, you understand you'll have to pay a little more to get the graphics performance, and if you want a vehicle that's fast and responsive on the road, you don't buy a old rusty pickup truck. It all depends on what the customer is looking for. I was looking for a device that was inexpensive, capable of storing plenty of media, had an HD display, and could browse the web anywhere while maintaining a reasonable battery life. In this, I also realized this is a tall order. This tablet has thus far exceeded my expectations in every way.
The device is slim, light, and soft to the touch, but doesn't feel flimsy or cheap. Contrary to other reviews, I found the longest boot-up took a total of 32 seconds. If you're not familiar with the Android 4.0 ICS platform, it is an intuitive interface with lots to offer. The cameras are nothing to write home about, but should you need to take a few still shots or are in need of a portable device that supports face-to-face video calling, it's satisfactory. The design overall is simple: power button on top with charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack next to it, and a good sized volume rocker on the right edge.
As far as the actually speed and efficiency of the operating system, it is on par with many of the other tablets I have used, such as the Samsung Galaxy 2 10in., the Nexus 7, and the Pantech Element.
If you are someone looking for the fastest, newest, and best tablet out there, do not purchase this device. There are those who I have come to call "tech snobs" who believe if it's not the best, it's not worth anything. Don't be one of those people. This device is a satisfactory tablet for the budget minded and an excellent value given it's price point.
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
Just wanted to tell you I'm on my second Lenovo tablet in 14 months. It is easy to use, light weight, easy to take anywhere, great graphics and such.
What they don't tell you is it is will freeze up on you. The first one froze after 3 months and it was exchanged and I was told it must have been a rare lemon. Well yesterday my second one froze twice. must let the battery empty and recharge and it worked for a few minutes and froze again. No matter how many times I tried to turn it off it was frozen. This morning it froze again in only 2 minutes of use. I took it to Best Buy. The Geeks looked at it a second then pressed both the volume button as well as the off button at the same time and da! it turned off, she turned it back on and it was working again.
I was told that happens all the time and to press both buttons at the same time. I asked why I was not informed of this before and pretty much I was told everyone should JUST KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well I didn't know before so if this happens to you this is what Best Buy suggests. Would I buy another, not unless they have fixed this problem on the newer ones
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
Bought this as it had the best spec (for me)at the price, $150.
All worked very well straight out of the box and I was delighted with it.
The screen is good, far better than the 840,600 that on my old tablet.
As a reader it was excellent, I used the Coolreader app.
Slow bootup, updating was the onscreen excuse.
Web surfing whilst not fast was acceptable.
It died on day 5.
Was using Google maps and the screen froze.
Turned it off thinking that perhaps the battery was discharged.
Charged it for 2 hours. Pressed the on switch and zilch, just a black screen.
Tried hard reset on switch and hold down volume button. Nothing.
Read that several others have had the same experience.
Am returning it for a full refund.
I cannot recommend this tablet.
Lenovo A2107 7-Inch Tablet
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
Cant beat the $149 price. But ...
1. Too many non- deletable programs running for the limited RAM. You have to root this thing to make it perform decently.
2. No magnetic compass. If you are buying it for the gps feature (like me), you should know this limitation.
3. Factory start program is glitchy after a full shut down. Load the "go" sw from the Google play store and it works fine.
4. Bluetooth keyboard protocol is weird and not compatible with most BT devices.
Bottom line, I got it to work for my needs but for $50 more I would look at the Samsung.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2013
I was given this device in a trade for work...
I also own a Nexus 7
running ICS 4.0.2 as of today
Camera on front/back
microSD slot (32gb max)
smooth custom rom - unique ui
easy set up
Awesome visual performance
Awesome pdf power user guides & factory maintenance/repair manuals available for free from Lenovo (Mad props to them on this)
not for a power user -
modding would be non beneficial with this device
Heavy (i don't mind this)
lower quality cameras on front/back
sometimes lags on ui
no dual sim slot on lenovo ideatab a2107a-f :-(
kinda funky if not in viewing angle range
touch is functional but....odd...
All this said...
I am giving this device to my mother who will check e-mail ....
watch silly videos on facebook....
and slowly integrate into the googleverse....
she will video chat in hangouts & probably play words with friends....
The perfect Device for an aging deaf woman......
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
i would have liked to give a zero for this product. took this to use it for skype and normal browsing as the description specified says that its supported for it. believe me once i tried to install skype it says its unsupported but still installs it and the voice chat was so terrible. not sure how it could even pass any quality checks. a zero for this product and a five for amazon to have taken this back.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
I've been through multiple tablets and am used to the Android OS. I bought this to give to my parents as a christmas gift and as I'm setting it up, I find that this is an excellent tablet for the price. I have an iPad and have to say I wouldn't mind this tablet. There is a very slight lag, but it is overseable. The only issue I have w/it is the Display. It is a nice display when viewed right on, but if you change the angle slightly it is difficult to view. Other than that it works great. If this tablet gets the Jelly Bean Update, then this tablet would be perfect!
Update: Received a Lenovo firmware update while setting up. After a reboot, the lag is absolutely gone.
Update (a little over a month later): It is still a fairly good tablet for the price, but the display is really starting to bother my eyes. It looks fine when held horizontally, but when held vertically it gets washed out when turned ever so slightly on an angle. I don't know if this is a defect or it is a problem w/the type of display they used. I believe I saw one other review that mentioned the display. I may be returning this due to this issue as it is making my eyes crazy when I hold it vertically.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Got one of these as a factory furbished model for $60. Most tablets in that price range are junk, refurbished or no. There's a few that are slightly more expensive and are quite decent performers, e.g. the ASUS MeMo Pad and Acer Iconia 7. However neither of these has a rear-facing camera, which is something important to the person I'm giving this to.
Straight up, the hardware on this one is a bit dated- it's sure no Nexus 7 2013 and if you're primarily interested in playing games, you might want to look at something else. Onboard memory is pretty limited as it's an 8 GB device, but it does have micro SD and supports moving apps to SD. Despite its only having 512 MB of RAM it streams video pretty decently, though this might be mainly due to the rather mediocre non-HD screen resolution. The controls are responsive in general and it does fine for things like web browsing and email. The rear camera isn't precisely spectacular, but it works fine for things like Instagram. Here's the general pros and cons of this vs. other tablets:
The battery life is excellent- superior to that of a lot more modern tablets.
Bluetooth (rare for such a cheap tablet).
Rear camera (also rare)
Mediocre screen resolution- it is marketed as having an HD display, but it isn't one by any current standards. As noted above, however, this resolution is fitting for the hardware- it probably would lag if it was really HD.
Viewing angles are a bit weak. Not terrible, but if you aren't looking at it head-on you'll notice fading on the edges.
Unit is heavy for the size and hardware. It's as heavy as Kindle Fire HD, even though that tablet is considerably more powerful and has larger dimensions.
A few other notes on the device layout: the charge port is at the top of the tablet, next to the power switch, which is a bit unconventional but not necessarily bad (for one, it allows charging in portrait mode if on a stand). Though technically a stereo speaker device, the two speakers are both on one end which makes it sound mono. Quite a few other tablets have the same issue; if you care about things like music quality you'll need headphones. The SD slot is located behind a partially removable rear cover at the top which also houses the camera. I wouldn't advise removing this too often as the camera lens is totally exposed inside and very easy to cloud or damage.
If you're expecting a super-tablet or something comparable to the latest generation Nexus 7/Galaxy 7.0/Kindle Fire then you're going to be disappointed. However, this is a solid budget tablet that you won't be afraid to let the kids use, and makes a nice gift for casual users.