Lenovo Black 16GB Ideapad A1 22282EU 7" Tablet: $199.99. Available 11/14/11

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  1. Pardus

    Pardus Diamond Member

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    $199.99 @amazon • Release Date: 11-14-11 • Review

    Also available from Lenovo.com for $199.20 with coupon code USPA2M1104

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    STOLEN FROM SD :)
    My quick comparisans of under $300 Android tablets
    This is a very quick, thrown together, list. Please feel free to add your own thoughts, and to correct any mistakes, or omissions. I hope this is helpful.

    Edited:
    Somewhat cleaned up, slightly more readable, list.

    What I want
    - Good performance
    - Good price
    - Real Android, not just an ebook reader
    - Expandable storage
    - Long batter life
    - GPS
    - Bluetooth



    B&N Nook Color - $249
    - PROs:
    --- easy to convert to real Android, and you can do so without affecting the installed B&N software
    --- high resolution screen
    --- solid battery life
    --- refurbs avilable for under $150
    - CONs:
    --- sluggish overall performance
    --- completely sub-standard web performance (I suspect the Kindle Fire is much better in this regard)
    --- no cameras
    --- no GPS
    - SPECS:
    --- DISPLAY: 7" high resolution
    --- CPU: 1Ghz
    --- RAM: ??
    --- STORAGE: 8GB + expandable to 32GB with micro-SCHC
    --- CAMERAS: none
    --- ANDROID VER: easy to load latest version of 2.x


    Viewsonic G Tablet - $270 (Amazon)
    - PROs:
    --- best price I have seen for a worthwhile 10.1" tablet
    - SPECs:
    --- GPS?
    --- Bluetooth?
    --- DISPLAY: 10.1-inch TFT-LCD with LED driver system and 1024 x 600-pixel resolution
    --- CPU: 1 GHz Dual ARM Cortex-A9 processor
    --- RAM: 512MB DDR2 memory
    --- STORAGE: 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via SD Card)
    --- CAMERAS: 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
    --- ANDROID VER: 2.2
    - MISC:
    --- Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
    --- USB 2.0 (Slave)
    --- Mini USB 2.0 (Host)
    --- 3.5mm stereo headphone
    --- Dock for HDMI/Headphone/USB (optional)
    --- Size (LWH): 13 inches, 2.75 inches, 9.75 inches
    --- Weight: 1.55 pounds


    HTC Flyer - $299 (Bestbuy)
    - PROs:
    --- GPS
    --- Bluetooth
    - CONs:
    --- no SD slot
    --- more expensive than comparable Lenovo IdeaPad A1
    - SPECS:
    --- DISPLAY: 7" Screen
    --- CPU?
    --- RAM: 1GB System RAM
    --- STORAGE: 16GB (but no SD slot)
    --- CAMERAS: 1.3/5 mp
    --- ANDROID VER: 2.3


    Samsung Galaxy Tab (7") - $299 (Amazon)
    - PRO:
    --- 1GB RAM - most tablets in this price range have 512MB
    --- Bluetooth 2.1 Connectivity
    - SPECS:
    --- DISPLAY: 7.0" WSVGA Display; 600 x 1024 Pixel Display Resolution
    --- CPU: 1GHz A8 Cortex Processor
    --- RAM: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
    --- STORAGE: 16GB Internal Memory; Up to 32GB Expandable Memory (microSD)
    --- ANDORID VER: Froyo (2.2);
    - MISC:
    --- Battery: Li-Polymer, 4000mAh
    --- WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n; USB 2.0
    --- Size (LWH): 4.74 inches, 0.47 inches, 7.48 inches
    --- Weight: 13.6 ounces


    Lenovo Ideapad A1 - $199 (Amazon)
    - PROs:
    --- GPS no subscription, need "Navigon" app
    --- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    --- low price for a true tablet
    - SPECs:
    --- DISPLAY: 7-inch LED Glare Multi-touch screen (1024 x 600)
    --- CPU: 1 GHz TI OMAP 3622 Cortex A8 single-core SoC
    --- RAM: 512 MB of LPDDR2 memory at 600 MHz
    --- CAMERA: Dual camera 0.3/3.0 MP
    --- ANDROID VER: 2.3 "Gingerbread"
    - MISC:
    --- USB 2.0 Ports: 1
    --- 1-cell Li-Polymer battery
    --- 802.11 b/g/n connectivity


    Vizio 8 - $189 (Costco)
    - PROs:
    --- bigger than average display, smaller than average price
    --- Bluetooth
    - CONS:
    --- no GPS
    - SPECS:
    --- DISPLAY: 8-inch LED-backlit LCD with multi-touch capabilities
    --- CPU: 1 GHz Processor
    --- RAM: 512 MB Mmemory
    --- STORAGE: 4 GB (2 GB user accessible) + MicroSD memory cards up to 32 GB
    --- ANDORID VER: 2.3
    - MISC:
    --- Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Front-facing VGA camera (30 fps).
    --- Size (LWH): 0.48 inches, 6.6 inches, 8.1 inches
    --- Weight: 1.2 pounds


    Android Kindle Fire - $199
    - PROs:
    --- dual-core processor
    --- scratch resistant "Gorilla Glass"
    --- maybe Silk browser
    - CONs:
    --- no SD storage
    --- no bluethooth
    --- no GPS
    --- no cameras
    --- not real Android, cannot read ePub
    - SPECS:
    --- DISPLAY: 7" high resolution + Gorilla Glass
    --- CPU: dual-core 1ghz
    --- STORAGE: no removable storage
    --- CAMERAS: none
    --- ANDORID VER: Amazon ebook reader
     
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  2. douglasb

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    Hmmm....this is making me reconsider ordering that Ainol Novo 7 Advanced earlier this week. Any idea how these 2 tablets compare?
     
  3. Emulex

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    $176 corporate perks was the last deal. then there was a deal with amex if you bought 6 (>$1000 it would come out at 154/unit).

    This is not a deal imo.
     
  4. DaveSimmons

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    It's a nice head's-up for those of us who've preordered a Fire or are just shopping for a <$250 tablet.

    It's good to see the Fire bringing down tablet prices -- the Engadget review link says this 16 GB version was originally going to be priced at $249. Now people have the Fire, Ideapad and Nook to choose from instead of no-names.
     
  5. Emulex

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    a1 -> two cameras
    A1 -> real gps
    A1 -> bluetooth, microphone,sdhc port

    others -> dual core cpu to do what? read ebooks? not for taking video or skype
     
  6. BUTCH1

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    I've got one, and a Koby 1Ghz/512mb 7022 and the difference is huge, Novel 7 rocks and for the $139/shipped I paid for it was a bargain IMO..
     
  7. DaveSimmons

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    Games, and maybe better HD video playback. Mostly the games though.
     
  8. BUTCH1

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    I'm wondering if mobile app games can take advantage of a dual core, are they multi-threaded?, the Novo 7 has the Mali 400 GPU which works very well, my only problem is prying it out of the hands of my wife, LOL..
     
  9. Roland00Address

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    The nook color 2 is going to be announced on Monday Nov 7th. Here are the rumor specs for the rumor price of 249. The older nook color price will be dropped to $199

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/b-ns-nook-tablet-details-leaked-ahead-of-launch/28230

    IPS screen at 1024x600, 7 inch
    Omap 4 at 1.2 ghz (thus this cpu is pretty much the same as the kindle fire but with a 20% overclock should be model OMAP4430 or OMAP4460)
    Double the Ram.
    Double the onboard stoarage.
    SD card slot so you can add up to another 32gb.
    Slightly bigger but slightly lighter.
     
  10. Balt

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    Tempting...
     
  11. Shftup

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    I hope the battery life is good on the A1. $199 is almost a steel.
     
  12. middlehead

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    Enhanced Data Rate. An optional feature that boosts bluetooth's bandwidth if both devices support it.
     
  13. BUTCH1

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    Well the good is it's backed by a major manufacturer, a big help vs a Chinese no-name and for it's price it's fair. TBO, I would wait to see how it performs, I don't see a GPU listed and it makes a world of difference, our Coby has similar spec's as the Novo I just got (1ghz/512) but the Novo is much, much faster due to it's integrated GPU.