The Lenovo ideaTab A1000 targets the ultra-affordable mini tablet space, currently led by ASUS-manufactured Nexus tablets.
Visually, the A1000G looks similar to its high-end siblings, boasting a box-shaped all-black design. Measuring just 199 x121x10.7mm, the tablet weighs a hefty 350g. The polycarbonate chassis is rugged enough to survive minor bumps and scrapes. The A1000 boasts of a 7in 1024×600 LED display, which is slightly disappointing as it looks dull when compared to other tablets available at the same price bracket. However, it is good for surfing the web, with good colour reproduction and clear text at different font sizes. 1080p movie clips were fun to watch with ample blacks and no noticeable frame drops.
The tablet supports Dolby Digital Plus, the integrated speakers on the front are loud-enough for a large-sized room, the sound remains distortion-free even at maximum volume.
The Dolby Digital Plus Equalizer allows the user to play around with different audio settings and supports creation of customizable audio profiles for movies or music. The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 runs on a customized version of Android 4.1.2 Jellybean with custom applications, widgets and interface.
The A1000 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core MTK8317 processor with 1GB of RAM. The ASUS MX279H, a member of the “Designo” series, is very attractive with a striking design. In fact it is a pleasure writing this review on it.
Clad in an aluminum frame with an elegant base, this IPS monitor measures just 622.6 x 441.3 x 225.2mm, and weighs alsmost 5.2 kg’s, including the stand. A 2 cm wide strip runs at the bottom, this has an attractive silver coloured manufacturers logo stamped in the middle and touch sensitive controls on the right. All the ports are housed in the rear, including HDMI 1.4, VGA and 3.5mm ports. Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers (2x3W), are integrated inside the body, the sound is clear crisp and melodious. The stand is easy to install and can be adjusted for height, swivel and rotation as desired.
The panel is a 27in AH-IPS and has a 1920×1080 resolution with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The LED backlit monitor boasts of a static contrast ratio of 1000:1 (Dynamic contrast ratio of 80000000:1) and 178 degree viewing angle, with a maximum brightness of 250 candelas per square meter. The MX279H produces accurate colours and contrasts out of the box. The high brightness, contrast and natural colours make it a great choice for any kind of graphic applications. It is great for viewing videos and images too. We also found that the viewing angle is really great with the anti glare feature ensuring that the entire screen remains visible in all lighting conditions. Overall, the ASUS MX279H is an outstanding monitor with a stylish design and superior build quality. We were impressed with it’s accurate image, the colours are spot on with good contrast and great viewing angle.
This is adequate for most tasks, however while running multiple apps, we found a slight lag, particularly when switching between apps. The 3500mAh battery is great, lasting a little more than 8 hours on a full charge. Featuring a 2G SIM slot, 4GB inbuilt memory expandable up to 32GB, the Lenovo ideaTab A1000 is available at approximately Rs 8,300.
We feel it is a bit expensive as the WiFi-only model of the Nexus 7 2013 is available at the same price.