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Re: Lenovo IdeaPad a2109 9" Released?
I am seriously considering getting one of these over a Nexus 7, especially if the price on the Lenovo drops down to $250 or below. Why? Well, I really want a tablet with a screen size larger than 7" but smaller than 10.1". 8" to 9" would be absolutely ideal, at least at 1280x800. Expandable storage, HDMI out and a rear camera would all be icing on the cake BUT I really question if Lenovo will ever update this thing to JB given their track record. I can fit all of my apps/games into 16Gb of internal storage but I'd really like an external card for my multimedia files. That's why I am a bit reluctant to pull the trigger on the N7.
This Lenovo seems very well built for the money and has all the right ports (charges over microUSB, microHDMI output). The salesman indicated to me that it DOES have a microSD slot but I did not see this to verify it. I was in a big rush but I did go into settings and there was a reference to "please intsert a memory card" in settings/storage. It looked like there might be a removable panel where the camera lens is on the backside-perhaps the microSD slot is there like on the HTC Flyer and EVO View?
Performance was good in the few minutes I played with it and there wasn't too terribly much bloatware on it. The screen was somewhat disappointing but not horrible. I'd say the TN panel on this one is a notch below what I had on my Acer Iconia A500 last year but a good bit better than the Iconia A100 that was a few feet away on display. The Lenovo's screen was definitely way better than my old Archos G8 or my Viewsonic GTablet. The Lenovo's screen viewing angles were considerably worse when viewin in portrait mode or from above. Looking at it in "normal" landscape orientation it actually quite nice at maximum brightness.
So yeah, screen is the worst part of this device aside from Lenovo's support history. A mild hardware refresh of this thing with JellyBean and an IPS panel would make it an AWESOME device, especially at the pricepoint above the 16Gb Nexus 7 but below all of the bigger Tegra3 tablets.