Lenovo has been known for making tablets, but the company’s electronics are now available at AT&T. Lenovo’s IdeaTab A2107 is now off-contract at AT&T for $200, on-contract for $100. The difference in price is because of the subsidies carriers pay for contract agreements versus the full price consumers cover in an off-contract agreement. The IdeaTab A2107 comes with the following features and specs:
- OS: Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1024 x 600 screen resolution
- 7-inch display
- MediaTek 6575, 1Ghz, Cortex A9 processor
- 3G connectivity provides 8 hours of battery life
- 2-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- Micro-SD card slot for memory storage expansion
- Memory storage selection: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB
- A-GPS (assisted GPS)
- Web browsing allows for 10 hours of battery life
Laptop computers (whether notebooks or not) and tablets have always included Wi-Fi capabilities, but 3G/4G cellular service has become a feature of the modern market. Some individuals want laptop or tablet connectivity even if their phone does not have it. While 3G/4G allows consumers to become more mobile, the cellular connectivity comes with an added monthly bill for cellular service. If you are on-contract with AT&T, you will have to pay the same amount each month over 24 months.
One thing to remember about the Lenovo IdeaTab is that it will only provide 16GB of storage, with a micro-SD card slot. We do not know how much additional memory the SD card slot will provide, but you may be able to purchase this tablet and have 32GB of memory – an adequate amount of memory storage for the typical user. The Lenovo IdeaTab will provide between 8-10 hours of battery life, depending on whether or not you are multitasking or tackling one application at a time. Screen resolution is not impressive, particularly when you realize that the 7-inch IdeaTab does not match the impressive display of Google’s Nexus 7. Google’s Nexus 7 has an HD display, but it is even less impressive when compared with the iPad 3 and iPad 4 screen resolution of 2048 x 1536. Still, if you are not too concerned with screen resolution, $200 (max) is a rather affordable price.
Last but never least, is the assisted GPS that comes as a feature for Lenovo’s IdeaTab. GPS is important for applications such as Maps, turn-by-turn navigation capability, shipment tracking, connecting with other gamers in your local area, and so on. With Google Maps, you must allow Google to access your location if you want to have access to turn-by-turn directions as well as use many of Google’s services. Many drivers use Bluetooth technology in their driving headsets to keep their hands on the steering wheel while driving, but Bluetooth is also useful for connections to Wi-Fi hotspots. I use Bluetooth to access my Wi-Fi hotspot on my iPhone 4S by way of my iPad 3. Bluetooth is, like Wi-Fi, another useful form of Internet connection.
Despite the inexpensive nature of Lenovo’s IdeaTab, you still receive an array of excellent features for the price. The micro-SD card expansion slot is a plus for this device, allowing you to pay a small fee to receive more memory. While it is not a Nexus 7 or an iPad 4, it is a wonderful tablet for the consumer market. Lenovo’s brand name means something in this business.