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Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 is a buggy and boring budget tablet

The simple 7-inch tablet cuts too many corners to reach its budget price.

Xiomara Blanco
Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.
Xiomara Blanco
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Meet the A1000

The 7-inch Lenovo tablet is a semi-bare bones device that features an equalizer that makes audio sound great while using headphones, but its low-res screen and buggy demeanor make it unappealing.
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microSD slot

The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot is one of the most useful features of the IdeaTab A1000, but with plenty of other better performing budget tablets touting the same spec, it's not a big selling point.
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Minimal ports

If holding the tablet in portrait orientation, the headphone jack and Micro-USB port are located on the top edge.
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Simple rear

The tablet's back isn't much to look at, unless you like to read the fine print.
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Underwhelming screen, meet underwhelming performance

The A1000 sports a boringly low screen resolution that detracts from what would otherwise be stunning HD content.
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Thin and light, but not sleek

Although the tablet boasts similar dimensions as other 7-inch tablets, its design is rather austere.
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Front-facing camera and speaker

The A1000 houses one front-facing camera and two speakers, even though only one is visible in this photo. Trust me. It's there.

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