6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: The Lenovo A10 and A8 are a comfortable, portable, and affordable pair of tablets

About Video Transcript

First Look: The Lenovo A10 and A8 are a comfortable, portable, and affordable pair of tablets

2:52 /

Rocking powerful Dolby speakers, a comfy design, and smooth performance, the Lenovo A10 and A8 are budget tablets done right.

[MUSIC] Lenovo has two new impressive slates that are both portable, smooth performing, and affordable. For CNET, I'm Xiomara Blanco, and these are the Lenovo A8 and A10 tablets. Aside from size and color options, both models are similarly specced. The pairs ship with Android 4.4.2 and house 1.3 gigahertz quad-core processors. The eight-incher offers up to 16 gigabytes of internal storage, while the ten-incher offers 32 gigabytes. However, both offer MicroSD card slots. They have a smooth, and soft matte finish that wraps around the rounded corners making them comfortable to hold. In landscape mode, the left and right edges are straight, so your thumbs effortlessly rest on them instead of on top of the nearby speakers. There's no App tray, so all of your app icons are scattered amongst a variety of menu screens. [MUSIC] The menu screens are easily customizable. However, if you don't organize them into folders, or additional menu pages, it can get disorganized quickly. You also can't easily uninstall all of the included software. Both tablets also have 1280 by 800 pixel resolution screens. But with 188 pixels per inch, the eight eight looks sharper than the ten incher at 149. HD video is still decently sharp on the A10, but the live App shortcuts on the home screen are obviously pixellated. The IPS screens do have good contrast, and respond quickly to touch. Performance was surprisingly smooth with few hiccups. Large Apps download quickly with a high speed connection, and though they don't load immediately, it's only a couple seconds before the App opens. The notebook has a few different camera modes, and even more customization options, to make the best out of the modest five megapixel reader shooter. The photos are most impressive on the [UNKNOWN] themselves, with animated options like panoramic and multi-angle settings coming to life on the vivid IPS screen. The A Series feature front-facing Dolby audio speakers that are actually pretty impressive. Most tablet speakers are weak and tinny. But in comparison, these boast rich, full sound. But toying with Adobe Audio App is necessary to fine tune your media. The eight inch model starts at 179, and the ten incher starts at 249. They don't rock the sleekest aesthetic or super HD screens, but with their smooth performance, rockin' speakers, comfortable design and affordable price, the Lenovo 88 and A10 are one heck of a deal. For more information, check out my full review on CNET. Once again, I'm Xiomara Blanco, and this has been the first look at the Lenovo 88 and A10 tablets. [MUSIC]

New releases

Is Ring better than Doorbot?
2:10 18 December 2014
Ring suffers from some of the same old Doorbot drawbacks, but does show signs of improvement.
Play video
2014: The Year of the Hack
2:59 18 December 2014
We ended this year the same way we rang it in - reeling from cyberattacks. Meanwhile, tech experts forecast doom for the future of...
Play video
Sony SmartWatch 3 has built-in GPS but its poor display doesn't impress
2:06 18 December 2014
Sony's first Android Wear-based smartwatch has GPS built-in so you don't need to take your phone out running to track your progress....
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best Classic
2:00 18 December 2014
XCAR look back over 2014 to figure out what the best classic car they drove this year was.
Play video
The biggest news and gadgets of 2014 in CNET UK podcast 415
40:17 18 December 2014
It's the end of another crazy year in the tech world, so we look back at the gadgets that lit up our year, including the Galaxy Note...
Play video
Use your dSLR as a PC webcam
1:15 18 December 2014
Lexy Savvides shows you a simple way to turn your Canon or Nikon dSLR into a PC webcam.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 102: No offline Netflix, giving holiday GIFs, eating cricket cookies and more
24:44 18 December 2014
On today's show, Ashley and Khail discuss a car concept that would eliminate blind spots for drivers, explain how you can create a...
Play video
Sennheiser Urbanite: An on-ear headphone with a retro-hip design and "now" sound
1:03 17 December 2014
The $200 Urbanite has an eye-catching look and plump bass geared toward younger listeners.
Play video