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The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 is a low-quality tablet for budget audiophilesThe 7-inch tablet impresses with a headphone enhancing audio feature, but depresses with just about everything else.
Hi. I'm Xiomara Blanco and this is the Lenovo IdeaTab A100. This 7-inch tablet has a pretty simple design with 2 front-facing speakers and a front-facing camera. The back is smooth with a matte finish and no rear camera. The top edge of the tablet is home to the power button, headphone jack and micro-USB port with a micro-SD slot and volume rocker around the corner on the right edge. The IdeaTab A1000 ships with Android 4.1.2 and the most impressive thing about it is the Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancement feature. It has an equalizer with presets for everything ranging from podcasts to variety shows, but is only functional when using headphones. The equalizer significantly optimizes a fuller sound that's more enjoyable to listen to, but it's a shame that the same benefits can't be reaped by the tablet's front-facing speaker. The tablet has an unfashionably low-res 1024x600 pixel resolution screen that provides an underwhelming viewing experience with washed out colors and bad viewing angles. HD content loses any sharp detail or vibrant color saturation resulting in dull videos and images. Performance-wise, the tablet leaves a lot to be desired. The IdeaTab A1000 suffers from occasional lagging when navigating between different screens and apps and sometimes responds slowly to swipes. When it comes to gaming, this tablet is definitely a noob. Simple mobile games ran smoothly but it crashed every time it ran 3DMark benchmark testing. A gaming device, this is not. The tablet also had significant trouble loading Netflix video as in it couldn't. However it was able to load videos from different apps easily. The tablet's retail price starts at $159, but with a variety of other budget tablets on the market with similar qualities and better execution, the IdeaTab A1000 is hardly compelling. For CNET, I'm Xiomara Blanco and this has been the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000.