Basic budget buy

The Lenovo A8 is a simple slate with smooth performance for most basic tasks. It's nothing special, but bargain shoppers will appeal to its $179 starting price.

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Dolby Digital audio enhanced speaker

The 8-inch model in Lenovo's A Series houses only a single speaker, but it's not to be underestimated. By utilizing the Dolby Digital audio app, you can easily fine-tune the speaker to optimize your listening experience.

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Smooth, matte finish with a touch of sparkle

The Lenovo A8 comes in a few different colors and, though our review unit was one of the more "normal" colors, it still had a cool, sparkly finish that was evident in the sunlight -- like a "Twilight" vampire.

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MicroSD card expansion slot

The Lenovo A8 only houses 16GB of internal storage, so the microSD card expansion slot is a must.

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Rounded edges

The rounded edges on the sides of the Lenovo A8 make for a comfortable holding experience.

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Port minimalism

The single port on the Lenovo A8 is a Micro-USB. It accompanies the headphone jack on the top edge.

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Satisfyingly rich contrast ratio

A 1,280x800-pixel resolution is standard for a budget tablet like the Lenovo A8, but it surprisingly offers deep contrast levels and a natural range of colors.

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