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Lenovo IdeaPad A1Lenovo's $199 tablet does what the Kindle Fire can't, but supbar screen quality prevents it from taking the lead.
Hi. I'm Donald Bell from CNET.com here with the Lenovo A1 tablet. It's a 7-inch Android 2.3 tablet. It's been priced at around $250 for a while now but we've seen the price dropped all the way down to a $199 recently and that's putting it in the Kindle Fire territory and when you compared against a Kindle Fire, the thing has a lot going for it. It has 1 gigahertz processor, memory expansion, micro SD memory expansion, front and rear cameras. So you're gonna be able to get a lot of those Android features that you expected out of a standard Android tablet. You're also getting the standard installation of Android 2.3 so that comes along with looks like G-mail, maps and of course the Android marketplace. So if you're already invested on a lot of Android apps to the Android marketplace, you're gonna be able to get those on this tablet. Whereas with the Kindle Fire, you're gonna have to go to the Amazon app store and do (the Apple deal?). So the one big catch for this tablet is that the screen quality isn't great. Has one pretty bad view angle. So if you're comparing this against the IPS screen of the Amazon Kindle Fire, you're definitely gonna notice the difference in screen quality specially if you're really having to watching movies, pictures, things where the screen quality and the view angle really matters. Kindle Fire even the. Tons in Lenovo tablet. It's gonna have a better screen quality for you at this price range. So that's the Lenovo A1 7-inch tablet. Price were on a $199. It's a great deal if you're an Android fan and you're already invested in the Android ecosystem. You're sick around screen quality though. You're probably gonna need better off with something like the Amazon Kindle Fire. It's CNET.com. I'm Donald Bell