Here we present two of the new Lenovo entry-level tablets that are in the market in two colors (black and white). The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 and Lenovo IdeaTab A3000 both rely on a 7-inch touch screen in 1024 x 600 pixels. Fairly good, we agree!

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Starting from the fact that we do not often talk about Lenovo, we are going to make a return on this Chinese company founded in 1984, whose head office is based in Beijing. In a nutshell, Lenovo is a recognized manufacturer in the field of computers, but also in the field of televisions, workstations, computer servers, hard drives, as well as tablets based on Android and Windows 8.

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After acquiring IBM in 2005 and Medion in 2011, Lenovo now ranks as the number one PC manufacturer in the world (in terms of units sold). Although Lenovo remains a rather (and even too) actor in the tablet sector, the Chinese manufacturer has a catalog of professional laptops at prices that sometimes blush its competitors.

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With its two tablets, Lenovo is discreetly positioned alongside manufacturers such as Acer with Iconia Tab B1 and Iconia Tab A1 and ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 and FonePad. Either, the ASUS tablets are a little more expensive, but also go up in range. Of course, we are not indifferent to the price of the new generation of the tablet Nexus 7 2013 which offers a sheet of features very interesting and an incontestable price positioning.

What’s in the Box?

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  • A Lenovo IdeaTab tablet (depending on the choice: A1000 or A3000)
  • A micro-USB cable <> USB
  • An AC adapter for the charger
  • A notice: guide to important information 

Getting Started

Now, let’s take a look at, or should we say, compare the two Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 and A3000 tablets on their external curves. The difference in quality between the two products is clearly felt as much on design as in everyday use (handling and general reactivity in particular).

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We can see that the positioning of the frontal cameras is not identical. In any case, the two shelves actually incorporate a proximity sensor and a luminosity sensor. Good news, if one starts from the fact that the manufacturer was not forced to put them on the first model of the IdeaTab A1000. Visualizing the curves and the borders, it is clear that the IdeaTab A3000 remains ahead in terms of finishing. A more elaborate and more elegant finish that is reflected in a much superior hand comfort.

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From this quick action bar, natively, you will be able to access the functions Back, Home and Multitasking. In terms of thickness, there is only 0.3 mm difference, the IdeaTab A1000 makes 11 mm, where the IdeaTab A3000 goes down to 10.7 mm.  On the technical side, it is certain that the difference is not so obvious, but the A1000 looks much bigger with its thicker edges.

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Once back, the A3000 tablet advances two notable differences compared to the IdeaTab A1000: the presence of stereo speakers and a camera of 5 million pixels. Attention, the A1000 offers well two stereo speakers, only they are located in front at each end of the screen on the high and low part in portrait hold.

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Under this shell, you can see two standard SIM slots and the third slot for micro SD cards.

On the IdeaTab A3000, the loudspeakers are placed on the lower back of the tablet, while they are located on the front on the IdeaTab A1000. To conclude this grip, here are the notable differences noticed between the two tablets:

Screen quality

To follow with the 7-inch screens installed in these two IdeaTab A1000 and A3000, it can clearly be said that the difference in quality is pronounced. Although these two screens are based on identical size and definition, it should not be omitted that the technology is not the same:

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  • Lenovo IdeaTab A1000: TFT-LCD 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixels with 170 pixels per inch
  • Lenovo IdeaTab A3000: IPS-LCD 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixels with 170 pixels per inch

Software Interface

On the software aspect, the IdeaTab A1000 is installed on Android 4.1.2 and the A3000 on Android 4.2.2. Obviously at Lenovo too, when we lower in range, we must also expect to have a version of Android less recent. As for the software interface, there are not really any, except some applications and features houses here and there:

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  • FM broadcasts: an application to listen to FM radio with a wired headset
  • ES Explorer: one preinstalled file manager (which is available on the Playstore)

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  • Battery percentage: an option to display the percentage of remaining battery (Settings> Device> Battery)
  • Audio profiles: a feature that allows managing different audio profiles to the environment in which you are
  • Equalizer: a sub-parameter to handle the bass, 3D effects, etc.

 Photo and video

In terms of photos and videos, one should clearly not buy one of these tablets in order to achieve magnificent shots. A similar front camera on both 0.3-megapixel shelves that makes pictures in 1280 x 960 pixels and videos in 640 x 480 pixels.

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Nothing very transcendent, the front camera of 0.3 megapixels installed on both shelves will be ample enough to make the video, and that’s it. We will pass on the 5 megapixel back camera installed on the IdeaTab A3000 with videos in 720p which are still very passable.

Performance

Although this comparison is not really fair, it is still interesting to know where these two tablets are in terms of performance. For information, we are ahead of two entry-level products (low screen resolution, SoC MediaTek, etc.):

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  • IdeaTab A1000 7 inch touch screen at 1024 x 600 pixels, MediaTek MT8317 processor (ARM Cortex-A9) at 1.2GHz, PowerVR SGX531 graphics chip and 1GB of RAM
  • IdeaTab A3000 7 inch touch screen at 1024 x 600 pixels, MediaTek MT8125 processor (ARM Cortex-A7) at 1.2GHz, PowerVR SGX544 graphics chip and 1GB of RAM

Power

To finalize this test, we will give an update on the software optimization and the autonomy reached on each of these tablets.

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  • The IdeaTab A1000 boasts a dual-core MT8317 (Cortex-A9) which is the tablet version of the dual-core processor MT6577 (Cortex-A9) on a smartphone.
  • The IdeaTab A3000 integrates a quad-core MT8125 (Cortex-A7) which is the tablet version of the MT6589 (Cortex-A7) quad-core processor on a smartphone.