It has been a while since I posted a review of a phone or tablet, so when my wife’s Kindle finally died it seemed a good opportunity to get her an Android tablet so she could read books (using the Aldiko app which I reviewed here), surf the ‘net, check emails and Facebook etc.
I had hoped to be able to get a tablet with GPS too but it seemed that this usually bumps the price up considerably and we could only spare around $100-$150.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that JB HiFi are selling a Lenovo (a great brand) 7″ tablet for just $99 and as a bonus it came with both Bluetooth AND GPS. With 1Gb RAM and 8Gb storage (this is expandable to 32Gb with a micro SD card) and a quadcore processor it seemed to be a no-brainer.
After setting up the tablet and installing our favourite apps I – and more importantly, my wife – am very impressed with the tablet. It is running Kit Kat, which I consider the best version of Android so far but my belief may be coloured by my experiences with Lollipop on my Nexus 7 tablet. In a word – horrible. But that’s another story (read about it here).
Apps snap open very quickly and the tablet feels very smooth, but of course it is new and only 3-4 months of use will reveal if it remains the same – I’ll keep you posted. The GPS gets a much quicker satellite fix than both my Nexus and my phone, so it must have a good receiver chip installed.
The only negative I have found so far is the Lenovo launcher which doesn’t seem to have the ‘All apps’ button to access all installed apps – at least I haven’t found it as yet. The Google Launcher can be installed of course and this will go on the tablet soon unless I find it!
For under a hundred bucks I’d say this tablet is damn good value. Sure it might not have the ‘S’ name on the front but I’m not a huge fan of that brand anyway.
Brief specs of the tablet:
* Quad Core 1.3GHz
* 1 Gb RAM
* Total storage 8GB
* Expandable Memory to 32GB
* Rear Camera 2.0MP
* Front Camera 0.3MP
* Bluetooth v4.0, WiFi, GPS