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Nice tablet for the price, but it does have its limitations.
March 26, 2017
I was looking to replace my old Samsung tablet that I've had for 4 years. And I didn't want to spend a lot of money to do so at some of the tablets out there and now cost more than a laptop. I read some reviews online and was disappointed to find that many of the tablets came pre-loaded with bloatware. I didn't want to get a 16 gigabyte tablet only to have it loaded up with 6 Gigabytes of software that I did not want or will not use. The Lenovo tablet did not seem to have any bloatware so it became a good choice for me.
I'll start with the good. The screen is very bright and clear and the tablet itself is very light. I believe it weighs 1 pound. I also like the back of the tablet because it has a nice black plastic backing that does not seem to scratch very easily when you put it down. My Samsung tablet had a metal back and it seem to get scratched pretty easily. It also has an expansion slot so that you can add memory to it which is great. If you download a lot of movies, or want to load a lot of music on, 16 gigabytes might not be enough. But with the expansion slot you should have more than enough room for whatever you want to put on the tablet.
Now onto the features I don't like very much. The tablet itself is very slow to Startup and it takes quite a while. It's also sometimes slow to respond on the touch screen. I found this on both Amazon, Facebook, and Chrome browser so it wasn't just one that was the problem. And I also experienced it at different times when using the tablet so it wasn't a matter of bandwidth either.
I also find that the Wi-Fi on this tablet is not as good as it was on my Samsung. I used to be able to sit on my couch and have no problem reaching my wireless network. With this tablet sometimes the wireless signal fades in and out. I have an extremely strong router and it's only one floor away so I know it's not my router. I have no problem reaching our wireless network using my phone or my old Samsung tablet, but for some reason the Lenovo tablet has a hard time staying on the network.
One final grape and it's a minor one but still could be an issue for some is that the speakers to this thing or on the back of the tablet. If you plan on putting it in a case, and the case doesn't have a proper cut out for the speakers, you're going to be in for quite some surprise when you try to watch a movie or listen to music on this thing. I also find when I'm holding it in my hands, naturally the screen is facing me. Which means the speakers are facing my legs. So if you aren't careful, and you put the tablet on your lap or prop it up on your legs, the sound will be muffled if you're not using headphones which I don't use on a regular basis.
Overall the tablet is a good value for the money. I paid $200 here on Amazon And other tablets with similar features seems to cost somewhere between 400 and $700 so as far as price goes, I am very happy. I guess the old saying about you get what you pay for is true in this case. But if you're looking for a nice entry-level tablet, with a very nice display, expandable memory, and that a good price point, the Lenovo tablet will do you just fine. If you're looking for something faster perhaps to play games on, or if you watch a lot of movies or listen to music and are concerned about the speaker's being in the back, you may wish to look elsewhere.