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Great Portable, Not the Best Tablet/ Android Out There
on July 18, 2013
The Lenovo Ideapad featured here is small, ligth, portable, and has a great price point for it's performance. A few highlights:
-WIFI and 3G Data Connectivity (via SIM on certain build models)
-Responsive Ambient Light Sensor (Reacts quickly to ensure a high battery life, working at 7hrs is what it's marketed at and have no reason to doubt so far.)
-Front and Rear Camera/ Video (Not the best quality, but if you need them..)
-Audio Port for conventional 3.5mm Headphones.
Not so good:
-Memory and Processor a little lagging (For another fifty bucks, you could upgrade to something more multi task friendly)
- Cameras lag (Very blurry and well, not what you'd expect on a post 2004 device. You'd be better off using your cell phone VGA)
For me, an Android device should be very easy to use and intuitive. This one is no exception, however the initial setup isn't all bundled for what I've experienced in even Android phones of older builds.
What's most annoying is actually just two things for myself. It has a lock button for screen orientation. Ok. It has a menu selection that opens up and allows you to auto rotate when the lock is off. Great. Well, why is it that it only applies to certain applications, and not the home screen? It's seriously the only thing, along with the lock screen, that doesn't switch to landscape. This seems pretty silly.
Secondly, maybe this is unique to Android tablets, and not phones, but even though this is a fairly new Android OS, it does not support several applications available to even basic Android phones. This seems more like a programming glitch more than anything, but certainly a let down if you like the Android for the diversity of apps available to it.. kind of a big deal.
Last on the bad stuff, it's an IBM thing. So for some reason, they thought that an Android device would make a great Windows twin. As in if you want to customize which browser, music player, video player, etc. that you want to use, you can do that. BUT, you can't make the home screen select your favorites to go to. You're stuck with the stock browser (and almost literally so as mentioned before, you can't download some apps available to other Androids). The best you can do is make your own "home screen" for your favorite app themes. Simple, right?
End Note: If you're looking for a cheap entry in the tablet world, this thing is fun, functional, and fairly reliable with great battery life to boot. It features a wide array of easy to use connectivity, and I am looking forward to giving the navigation system a run for its money once mobile data is achieved.
If you're looking for something hardier, the iPad is one solid piece of great working machinery with great battery life and durability.