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[Best Buy] Lenovo Ideapad A1 7" 16gb Android Tablet $89.98 at Best Buy

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[Best Buy] Lenovo Ideapad A1 7" 16gb Android Tablet $89.98 at Best Buy

I came across this admittedly out-dated tablet deal while looking up the playbook deal from the other thread. Unlike that deal, there's still stock online and in-store for this one and the extra 10% discount when you add it to the cart makes it $89.98....not bad if you just plan on getting it for web surfing, e-reading or GPS. I ordered one for my parents as it fits their needs. Nice thing about this is the expandable storage, microUSB charging and battery life.

Obviously the stock GB OS is out-dated but from reading previous threads it performs better than the available ICS update which is kind of troublesome to perform.

Sale ends Feb 2, 2013.

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/len ... 0d67feen02
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I have one. It's very slow. Not recommended at all!
It's running Android 2.3. Screen touch response is extremely laggy, stutters, etc. Internet browsing on my Nexus 7 is ten times faster. It takes 30 sec. before Google Play opens up.
Look it up. The CPU is an unicore TI 3622 (Cortex A8) processor. Don't expect to do anything but read static webpages. If you're a slow reader you might like it, but even then, the screen display sucks (TN panel)

If you're in the market for e-readers, then buy an e-ink tablet; the Lenovo seems to have a lot of features, but it's a major failure in terms of performance compared to its competitors...
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grrrrr can't order it because of this !!!!&(&$^*$(% Quebec law !!
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yann3804 wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2013 12:33 pm
I have one. It's very slow. Not recommended at all!
It's running Android 2.3. Screen touch response is extremely laggy, stutters, etc. Internet browsing on my Nexus 7 is ten times faster. It takes 30 sec. before Google Play opens up.
Look it up. The CPU is an unicore TI 3622 (Cortex A8) processor. Don't expect to do anything but read static webpages. If you're a slow reader you might like it, but even then, the screen display sucks (TN panel)

If you're in the market for e-readers, then buy an e-ink tablet; the Lenovo seems to have a lot of features, but it's a major failure in terms of performance compared to its competitors...
Thanks for the info. I was considering one of these until I saw the old Cortex A8 processor and limited 512 MB of RAM.
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For this price range I would recommend the Lenovo A2109, it usually goes on sale for $199 and is Tegra3, 9", 16GB, hdmi, JB, better battery life, etc
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better off buying a playbook at this price point or as other posters suggest atleast a tegra 2 android (for a little more).
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funinagg wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2013 1:39 pm
better off buying a playbook at this price point or as other posters suggest atleast a tegra 2 android (for a little more).
If you can find stock, yes. Around the GTA, the playbook is nowhere to be found save for a few open box units scattered around here and there. There aren't many sub-$100 tablets to begin with
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yann3804 wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2013 12:33 pm
I have one. It's very slow. Not recommended at all!
It's running Android 2.3. Screen touch response is extremely laggy, stutters, etc. Internet browsing on my Nexus 7 is ten times faster. It takes 30 sec. before Google Play opens up.
Look it up. The CPU is an unicore TI 3622 (Cortex A8) processor. Don't expect to do anything but read static webpages. If you're a slow reader you might like it, but even then, the screen display sucks (TN panel)

If you're in the market for e-readers, then buy an e-ink tablet; the Lenovo seems to have a lot of features, but it's a major failure in terms of performance compared to its competitors...
I have a completely different experience :cheesygri . I bought one when it was $79.99 refurbished a few months ago.

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/merged-l ... 1252169/2/


Loved the tablet(Although my expectation might be lower since this is my first 7" tablet). Touch screen is quite responsive actually. Internet browsing is quick. Google play takes less than a few seconds to open. Major flaw is probably the viewing angle and it's slower on graphic intensive games. Battery life is very decent (6-8hours?)

Great for internet browsing and youtube videos.

Hmm...
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kidd604 wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2013 12:59 pm
Thanks for the info. I was considering one of these until I saw the old Cortex A8 processor and limited 512 MB of RAM.
yann3804 wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2013 12:33 pm
I have one. It's very slow. Not recommended at all!
It's running Android 2.3. Screen touch response is extremely laggy, stutters, etc. Internet browsing on my Nexus 7 is ten times faster. It takes 30 sec. before Google Play opens up.
Look it up. The CPU is an unicore TI 3622 (Cortex A8) processor. Don't expect to do anything but read static webpages. If you're a slow reader you might like it, but even then, the screen display sucks (TN panel)

If you're in the market for e-readers, then buy an e-ink tablet; the Lenovo seems to have a lot of features, but it's a major failure in terms of performance compared to its competitors...
I've owned this tablet for over a year and I pretty much agree with most of what you said. I've long since given this to my kids as a play thing. Most newer games can't run, many HD movies don't play, viewing angle is the worst I've seen on any tablet, battery drains pretty quickly and takes a long time to charge, the whole unit often freezes up and I have to do a hard reset. Even at $89 I wouldn't recommend, spend a little more and get something better or wait for a better deal to come along.
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I believe this was $130 on Boxing Day. Guess they didn't sell a lot and/or they got a lot of returns.
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I have the A1 running ICS with a bunch of tweaks and it isn't as slow and emotionally unstable like you folks are making it out to be. I can understand how one would feel if they were running the the tablet with it's stock software but there are other options for this tablet out there if you decided to use this neat thing called google.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthr ... ?t=1639330
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Can you watch say a 720p or 1080p movie on this if the screen res is only 1024x600?
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Raocorp wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 11:05 am
Can you watch say a 720p or 1080p movie on this if the screen res is only 1024x600?
Yes. My phone's resolution is 480x800, they just convert it to whatever resolution your tablet is at.
So for you, you would be watching in 600p
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