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Review of Lenovo Ideapad A1

Review of Lenovo Ideapad A1

3.60 stars
Price Range
Reviewed on: October 29, 2012
Author: BoolPool.com

Pros & Cons

  • WIFI connects fast and has good range
  • GPS works very well
  • Good Bundled apps like Docs to Go
  • Good keyboard
  • High definition responsive screen
  • Front and back cameras with free Skype or Oovo
  • Value for money at $199
  • Battery life is not so good for many users
  • Internal speakers are not good
  • Bezel mounted control buttons are hard to spot

Review Summary

This is the summary of consumer reviews for Lenovo Ideapad A1. The BoolPool rating for this product is Good, with 3.60 stars, and the price range is $199.

Lenovo Ideapad A1 tablet is a very good entry level tablet for anyone who has "basic" needs for a tablet. It competes with Amazon Kindle Fire and B&N Nook when many users buy tablet in that price range. Most of the users chose IdeaPad A1 because it comes with 16GB of storage space (2GB+14GB internal SD) and MicroSD expansion slot. It also has a Bluetooth 2.1 in addition to WiFI b/g/n. Front and rear cameras are addendum, which are not present in other tablets of its cost. It has a GPS which works offline as well.

Lenovo can do Facebook, Email, and YouTube as well as an iPad and with FLASH.

Users do not like that fact that the home, back and settings menu buttons light up only when touched. This can be annoying at first because user can't find out where they are if it's dark. It is definitely a design anomaly.

Overall, users are happy with Ideapad A1 tablet and they recommend it for the basic tablet users since it is a good value for money.

User Voice

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Review Group #: 1
(3.50 stars)
5 Reviews
Poor product support Good value for money Some users love this device
Review Group #: 2
(3.00 stars)
6 Reviews
Screen is not that good Screen has bad angle views Screen is bright Users complain about hardware failures
Review Group #: 3
(3.00 stars)
12 Reviews
Excellent product at low price Lenovo has brand reputation
Review Group #: 4
(4.00 stars)
14 Reviews
Kindle app, Netflix, Youtube work well Document app for Office based files work well Microphone is not good
Review Group #: 5
(4.50 stars)
14 Reviews
Value for money Great features like -Micro SD slot, 2 cameras, Gorilla Glass, Android Market, GPS, Bluetooth
Review Group #: 6
(4.00 stars)
14 Reviews
Good apps available from app store Built-in news & weather app is really great
Review Group #: 7
(4.50 stars)
21 Reviews
Full Android market support Has Nook and Kindle reading apps Slower compared to iPad 2 but better compared to Kindle fire
Review Group #: 8
(4.00 stars)
26 Reviews
Plays music and video quite well Camera quality is decent 7 inches screen is nice and clear to read

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Review Sources

Cnet.com  ‎ Rating: 3.50 stars from 12 reviews‎.
Amazon.com  ‎ Rating: 3.60 stars from 125 reviews‎.


Battery Life

  from 19 reviews

Most of the users do not like the battery life on Lenovo Ideapad A1.

1. The battery lasts for about 5 hours. It can drain in about 4 hours with WiFi enabled.

Some users are happy with battery life based on their method of using the tablet.

1. Battery life is excellent if you play audio in airplane mode with the screen turned off.

Overall, most of the users are happy with the battery of IdeaPad A1.


  from 47 reviews

Users are not happy with the internal speaker on this tablet. Most users recommend using headphones while listening to music or watching a video, or plugging it into the aux jack in vehicle's radio (or using an FM transmitter).

Screen Quality

  from 25 reviews

Most users like the screen on Ideapad A1 because of:

1. Great 1080P resolution of the screen.

2. Bright screen and it can change screen orientation.

Some users also complain that:

1. The screen really smudges up good

2. It is not a wide angle screen so a reader has to be right in front of it to read.

3. It does have an ambient light sensor in the front.

Overall, most users are happy with the screen size, resolution and quality of screen.


  from 30 reviews

Most users are like these more things about their IdeaPad A1 tablet.

1.GPS which can be used as a Tomtom offline in car without connectivity. It comes with free worldwide maps.

2. It is not loaded with bloatware and many apps that come pre-loaded are easily removable by user.

3. It has full access to Android Market.

4. Comes pre-loaded with useful applications like Docs-to-go.

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