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

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

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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]

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